Staff wraps up second day of workshop

March 11, 2009 by

Sister Janet Lander holds the basket fro which staff members draw numbers to begin the gift game as todays employee workshop nears its end.

Sister Janet Lander holds the basket fro which staff members draw numbers to begin the "gift game" as Wednesday's employee workshop nears its end.

The second group of employees finished up their daylong workshop by learning a little about “swiping” from Sister Janet Lander. But the “gift game” — in which the 12 staff members first chose a prize and then had the opportunity to exchange it by “swiping” a different prize” — was designed as a fun conclusion to the ninth annual “Employee In-Service Days.”

Computer tech Kari Grogan tries out a sleep mask that was a part of the gift she chose Wednesday afternoon.

Computer tech Kari Grogan tries out a "sleep mask" that was a part of the gift she chose Wednesday afternoon.


The two workshops were held Tuesday and today, and about 25 workers from the Motherhouse, the CSJ Center and Manna House of Prayer took part. The Sisters of St. Joseph have 68 lay employees. The sessions were led by Sister Janet, along with Sisters Carolyn Teter and Liebe Pellerin.

The program is “a gift to employees, to give them a break,” explained Susan LeDuc, who as administrative coordinator of Manna House is overseeing the retreats, which were held at the retreat center on East Fifth Street in Concordia.

The program included time for prayer and personal reflection on the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, as well as a chance for everyone to get to know each other better, LeDuc said. “It helps us see that we’re all in this together,” she noted.

Comunity administrator Arlys Hubert, standing, swipes a gift from Jerry Gallagher as part of the good-natured spirit of the gift game Wednesday at Manna House.

Comunity administrator Arlys Hubert, standing, "swipes" a gift from Jerry Gallagher as part of the good-natured spirit of the "gift game" Wednesday at Manna House.

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