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.