Sisters welcome friends to Christmas Open House

December 13, 2009 by

Sister Dorothy Hoover, right, answers questions from Leon and Loleta Deaver about the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph during this afternoons Christmas Open House at the Motherhouse.

Sister Dorothy Hoover, right, answers questions from Leon and Loleta Deaver about the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph during this afternoon's Christmas Open House at the Motherhouse.


Entries in the drawing for this colorful quilt overflowed the basket before Sister Jane Guenette picked the winner.

Entries in the drawing for this colorful quilt overflowed the basket before Sister Jane Guenette picked the winner.

The weather outside was frightful, but inside the Nazareth Motherhouse it was warm with friendship and hospitality as the Sisters of St. Joseph welcomed friends and neighbors to their second annual Christmas Open House this afternoon.


The highlight of the informal event was the drawing for a colorful quilt, which was donated to benefit the new Neighbor to Neighbor program. Sister Jane Guenette had the honor of drawing the winning name from a basket overflowing with entries — and the winner is Edna Flood of El Paso, Texas, who is the sister-in-law of Sister Kathleeen Flood.


Throughout the two-hour Open House, visitors chatted, sampled homemade treats and wandered through the 107-year-old Motherhouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Sisters were stationed throughout the public areas of the building to offer information about its history and answer any questions visitors might have.


In the auditorium, holiday music was provided on the piano by Sisters Janis Wagner, Beth Stover and Lucy Schneider. The event was organized by the sisters’ Development Office.


Proceeds from the quilt drawing go to Neighbor to Neighbor, a new center for women and women with small children now in the process of renovation at 103 E. Sixth St. The sisters hope to have the renovations complete and the center open by February 2010.
Sister Lucy Schneider was one of three sisters who entertained with holiday music.

Sister Lucy Schneider was one of three sisters who entertained with holiday music.


Sisters Julie Christensen, left, and Redempta Eilert chat over treats in to auditorium.

Sisters Julie Christensen, left, and Redempta Eilert chat over treats in to auditorium.


Sister Marie Coleman, left, explains the history boards in one of the Motherhouses Heritage Rooms to a visitor Sunday afternoon.

Sister Marie Coleman, left, explains the history boards in one of the Motherhouse's 'Heritage Rooms' to a visitor Sunday afternoon.


Sisters Gilberta Appelhans, left, and Norma Schlick take time for a quiet conversation as they sample of open house treats.

Sisters Gilberta Appelhans, left, and Norma Schlick take time for a quiet conversation as they sample of open house treats.


Sisters Mary Jean Assell, left, and Louise Vaughan are stationed in the second floor foyer, to help visitors making their way through the historic building.

Sisters Mary Jean Assell, left, and Louise Vaughan are stationed in the second floor foyer, to help visitors making their way through the historic building.


Sister Janis Wagner entertains with holiday piano favorites during Sundays open house.

Sister Janis Wagner entertains with holiday piano favorites during Sunday's open house.


Sisters Beth Stover, left, and Loretta Jasper chat before Sundays open house begins.

Sisters Beth Stover, left, and Loretta Jasper chat before Sunday's open house begins.


Sister Jane Guenette draws the winning entry for a donated quilt as Martha Bryant, executive director of development for the Sisters of St. Joseph, looks on.

Sister Jane Guenette draws the winning entry for a donated quilt as Martha Bryant, executive director of development for the Sisters of St. Joseph, looks on.


Bob and Lorene Steimel tour one of the two Heritage Rooms that explain the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

Bob and Lorene Steimel tour one of the two 'Heritage Rooms' that explain the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.


Sue Sutton, in pink, and Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, at right, are two of the women taking part in a lively table conversation during Sundays open house.

Sue Sutton, in pink, and Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, at right, are two of the women taking part in a lively table conversation during Sunday's open house.

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