Year of Peace rolls out with Fall Fest

September 26, 2009 by

The Concordia Year of Peace float in this mornings Fall Fest parade showed support from a variety of local organizations and civic groups.

The Concordia Year of Peace float in this morning's Fall Fest parade showed support from a variety of local organizations and civic groups.


The Concordia Year of Peace had a showy beginning this morning, with support from a number of local organizations for its float in the 2009 Fall Fest parade.


The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia have taken the lead in the 16-month-long “year” to celebrate peace and teach about living a nonviolent life, but other local groups and service organizations have rallied to the cause. In Saturday’s parade, the Year of Peace float had signs recognizing support from the Concordia Rotary Club, the Concordia Lions Club, the Frank Carlson Library and Manna House of Prayer.
Sister Mary Jo Thummel was one of the members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia staffing the Year of Peace booth this morning.

Sister Mary Jo Thummel was one of the members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia staffing the Year of Peace booth this morning.

More than 30 people have joined the committee organizing events throughout the year.

There was also a Concordia Year of Peace booth at Sixth and Broadway, staffed all day by sisters and members of the Year of Peace committee. In addition to providing information about nonviolence, the booth featured Year of Peace T-shirts for sale, buttons with the Year of Peace logo, and children’s games. Two songs composed by Patrick Sieben of Cloud County Community College specially for the Year of Peace were playing on the booth’s sound system/

Earlier this month, Mayor Greg Hattan issued a proclamation officially marking the Concordia Year of Peace.

The Year of Peace Committee has received a $500 grant from the Community Foundation for Cloud County, to help cover some of its initial expenses, and foundation chairman Bob Steimel and his wife Lorene were on hand this morning to show their support. Bob drove the pickup pulling the float while Lorene joined the sisters who rode on it during the parade.

For information about the Concordia Year of Peace or any of the planned events during the year, contact Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, who is heading the committee. She can be reached at 785-243-2149 or by email at sisterjean@csjkansas.org.

Lorene Steimel, left, talks with Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, center, as they and Sister Anna Marie Broxterman get the float ready before the start of the parade at 10 a.m.

Lorene Steimel, left, talks with Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, center, as they and Sister Anna Marie Broxterman get the float ready before the start of the parade at 10 a.m.


Signs on the Year of Peace float listed organizations that have expressed support for the 16-month effort.

Signs on the Year of Peace float listed organizations that have expressed support for the 16-month effort.


Sister Liberata Pellerin tries her hand at a Velcro dart game — to win a piece of peace candy — as, from left, Sisters Lucille Herman, Loretta Clare Flax and Pat McLennon cheeer her on.

Sister Liberata Pellerin tries her hand at a Velcro dart game — to win 'a piece of peace' candy — as, from left, Sisters Lucille Herman, Loretta Clare Flax and Pat McLennon cheeer her on.


Barbara Henry, left, a member of the Concordia Year of Peace Committee, signs up for a workshop with the assistance of Sister Pat Eichner, at the Year of Peace booth Saturday morning.

Barbara Henry, left, a member of the Concordia Year of Peace Committee, signs up for a workshop with the assistance of Sister Pat Eichner, at the Year of Peace booth Saturday morning.

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6 Responses to “Year of Peace rolls out with Fall Fest”

  1. MaryAnne Huepper, CSJ on October 1st, 2009 7:20 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing with us the opening of Concordia’a Year of Peace with the Fall Fest. Having just been to Concordia in June and July I could imagine some of the spots mentioned and some of the folks who participated. What a terrific idea! The weather looked spectacular.

  2. Jean on September 29th, 2009 7:39 pm

    Yes, that was quite a lovely day, streets filled with the sounds and sights of happy people!
    Friday it rained most of the day….I guess it was meant to get all the rain out of it’s “system” to offer such beautiful weather.
    Jean

  3. Bette Moslander on September 29th, 2009 7:29 am

    It was great to see the Year of Peace float, backed up by other civic groups coming down sixth street. The Year of Peace is really a remarkable event when you think about it. It grew out of a sub-group that formed during the Civic Forum early last spring–a small committee of Concordia citizens and our Sisters. What makes it so amazing is that it is such a collaborative effort–the Library, the College, Rotary, the City Commission and others. Now the challenge is to participate in the 8 week workshop “Engage” at t he Public Library. Here’s hoping that it continues to be a collaborative effort.

  4. Helen Mick on September 27th, 2009 11:58 am

    Wow! That’s just great! Looks like the weather cooperated, too. Thanks to you all for your wonderful work.

  5. Carm Thibault on September 26th, 2009 8:08 pm

    I knew there would be something here to see! Can’t be in two places at once so this site is great…and what a good day in Concordia with the Year of Peace beginning! A perfect fall day as well… Esther, Chris, Marg R. and I were at the Land Institute today for the annual festival in fall…also a wonderful experience!

  6. Loretta A. Jasper on September 26th, 2009 5:49 pm

    A great and wonderful event. I truly hope that the visibility of our partners in the Year of Peace remains visible…that this is not only the CSj’s engaged in this year.

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