Thursday, June 13, 2024
Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Loving God and neighbor without distinction: A pontifical institute of women religious of the Roman Catholic Church


Sisters offer a warm welcome at Holiday Open House

Visitors willing to brave single-digit temperatures Saturday afternoon received a warm welcome from the Sisters of St. Joseph at our annual Holiday Open House at the Nazareth Motherhouse.

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Guests had a chance to visit with sisters, enjoy coffee and cookies, listen to Christmas music played by Jane Wahlmeier and Sisters Lucy Schneider and Dian Hall, and enter their names in a drawing for door prizes.

The door prize winners were Mary Jane Hurley, Judy Kohman, Janet Linenberger, Jeanne Robertshaw and Joan Jorgensmeier.

Most of the visitors also joined free guided tours of the historic building, led by volunteer docents and some of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

The cornerstone for the five-story red brick and stone building was laid in 1902 and completed within 13 months. An addition on the east end of the main building — including the Sacred Heart Chapel and the 15-foot-diameter stained-glass “Rose Window” — was built in 1907. The landmark building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.

In preparation for the annual Open House, sisters, staff and volunteers spend the weekend after Thanksgiving adorning almost every room in the Motherhouse with Christmas decorations.

About 35 sisters who have retired from active ministry live at the Motherhouse, which is also the spiritual center of the 130-year-old religious community. Another 100 Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia serve in various ministries in 10 states and in Brazil.

3 thoughts on “Sisters offer a warm welcome at Holiday Open House

  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Gasperich-Miller

    It warmed my heart to see the photos and read about the Holiday open house. Wish I could have been there to join in on the festivities and take in the joy and beauty of the Motherhouse and the Sisters. I remember it well.
    Sending love, prayerful hugs and blessings to each of you, dear Sisters.
    Thank you for enriching my life!

  • Jodi Creten

    Would have liked to have been there to hear, smell and see the Christmas spirit at home, but we are content to view all of the pics and the write ups!

  • Loretta A. Jasper, csj

    An event which warmed the hearth within Nazareth Motherhouse in spite of the frigid temps out of doors.

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