Sisters, staff leave their mark in cross

February 24, 2009 by

With the refurbished cross ready to be returned to its place atop the seven-story tower of the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, there was only one thing missing: “Personalization” by those who were here when the 107-year-old structure was taken down, and who will be here when it goes back up.

Sister Gilberta Appelhans signs the inside of the tower cross Tuesday afternoon.

Sisters and employees at the Motherhouse had the opportunity beginning Tuesday, Feb. 24, to sign and date the inside of the lightweight metal cross, which had graced the top tower of the historic Nazareth Convent and Academy since it was built in 1902. The cross was removed in September 2008 when maintenance workers discovered damage to both the cross and its base.

Over the last several months, maintenance employees repaired the damage and have strengthened the structure and repainted it, and Geisler Roofing of Concordia will be called in to put it back on the tallest point of the Motherhouse.

The inside surface of the cross base is crowded with signatures.

The inside surface of the cross' base is crowded with signatures.

The cross, which is nearly 6-foot tall, will be blessed at the 11 a.m. Mass Friday and then will be returned to its tower-top perch 110 feet off the ground as soon as weather permits.

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