Building critical thinkers and critical minds

April 21, 2017 by

How can 2,000-year-old religious beliefs translate into modern day life?

That is the question Kansas Wesleyan University Professor Phil Meckley, of Salina, put before six students from his honors class entitled “Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus.” The class is based on the book by the same name which explores the impact that these four historical individuals have had on modern thought.

To help them find answers to that question, they visited the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia at the Nazareth Motherhouse on April 18.

The six students had an opportunity to eat lunch, meet and talk one-on-one with sisters in the Motherhouse, before being taken on a tour of the house by Sister Pat   Eichner. While the beautiful stained-glass windows in the Sacred Heart Chapel and the dramatic Rose Window garnered the students’ admiration, they were equally interested in exploring how modern Sisters actually live and work inside the Motherhouse.

Following the tour, the students sat down with Eichner and Sister Janet Lander for a question and answer session. Discussion ranged from things as mundane as “How do you pay for food?” to the more spiritual, “Was there one specific thing that made you know it was your calling to be a nun?”

Meckley has made a tradition of bringing his class to the Motherhouse each year. This year’s group also visited the Buddhist Temple in Salina earlier in the semester.

For more information on scheduling a tour at the Nazareth Motherhouse, call (785) 243-2113 or email


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