Spruce trees honor the memory of Sister Mary Julia Stegeman

September 25, 2011 by

A simple dedication ceremony Saturday (Sept. 24) honored the memory of Sister Mary Julia Stegeman, who died April 17, 2010.

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Sister Virginia Pearl and agrégée candidate Kathy Schaefer organized the ceremony to bless two blue spruce trees in Sister Mary Julia’s honor.

When she died at age 99, Sister Mary Julia was remembered for the loving care she had given to the sunken garden at Marymount College in Salina, the flowers and garden at St. Mary’s Convent in Grand Island, Neb., and the greenhouse at Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia.

The small blue spruces were planted near the state of St. Joseph on the Motherhouse grounds.

Saturday’s ceremony included a prayer for the spruce — a variety often used as a Christmas tree — and Sister Mary Julia, which concluded:

“As Blessings, Peace, Prayer and Life, were gifts to each of us, may these trees forever remind us of her gift of prayer and eternal joy. May the spirit of Christmas mix with Sister Mary Julia’s spirit that rises in these branches, as Sister Mary Julia continues to shower us with her warmth, and her love forever.”


One Response to “Spruce trees honor the memory of Sister Mary Julia Stegeman”

  1. Elizabeth (Betsy Gasperich) Miller on September 25th, 2011 4:01 pm

    I remember Sister Mary Julia well. She was always a welcomed face as one walked down the halls of the Motherhouse or in the garden. She was always most kind and pleasant…..What a wonderful dedication in her honor….She is well to be remembered and every time we speak her hame or of her …. She is alive and with us!

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