Sisters of St. Joseph plan Volunteer Day for April 7

March 27, 2018 by  


The 2nd annual Sisters of St. Joseph Volunteer Clean-Up Day set for Saturday, April 7, has been cancelled due to the forecast for frigid temperatures.

Volunteer Clean-Up Day coordinator Laura Hansen said she will be working individually with volunteers to still try to help people who requested assistance on more temperate days in the near future.

If you have questions, you can call or e-mail Hansen at, 785-243-2113 ext. 1221


The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia are organizing another volunteer day on Saturday, April 7, to help people in Concordia that need assistance with light yard work and setting discarded items at the curb for Concordia’s 2018 city-wide clean up, “Refresh Concordia.”

Individuals, groups or organizations interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact Laura Hansen, Volunteer Program coordinator with the Sisters of St. Joseph, at (785) 243-2113 ext. 1221 or

“The Sisters of St. Joseph-sponsored Volunteer Clean-up Day was a huge success last year and much of that success was due to our very ambitious, outgoing and hard-working group of volunteers. In just a matter of hours we were able to complete yardwork and clean-up tasks at nine local residences, plus Manna House of Prayer, North Mound, and the Community Garden,” Hansen said. “We had student volunteers from the Concordia High School, their club sponsors, Concordia community members and parents, along with some personal friends I was able to snag, and together we had a wonderful morning.”

Volunteers will meet to register and receive their assignments from 7:45 to 8 a.m. April 7 in the east parking lot at the Nazareth Motherhouse, 1300 Washington. Clean-up supplies will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves, sunscreen and to wear work clothes, a ball cap and closed-toed shoes. Lunch will be provided after the event in the east parking lot.

“Last year we were fortunate to have nice weather, support from the city and local businesses, and just the right balance of applicants and volunteers. Our applicants were very appreciative and gracious and so much was accomplished at each location. Everything just went so smoothly and I can’t brag on the volunteer groups enough.” Hansen said. “The Sisters’ Volunteer Committee had a great idea to plan this community event last year and we hope that this year it will go just as splendidly. We invite anyone who is free on the morning of April 7 to join us.”

The event is a great opportunity for students to get in community hours, Hansen noted.

The volunteer clean-up day will precede the City of Concordia’s planned “Refresh Concordia” day for residential areas during the week of April 9-13.

Those needing assistance should fill out an application form at the Concordia Senior Citizens Center by March 29 or contact Hansen at 243-2113 ext. 1221 or email Priority will be given to those with physical limitations, including the elderly and people with disabilities. Please note that filling out an application doesn’t guarantee that you will receive assistance. You must be able to have someone present while the volunteers are helping at your residence. You will be contacted for more information.

Check out a slide show of volunteers working at last years event.

Shopping at Amazon? You can support the sisters

November 13, 2014 by  

web-AmazonSmileAmazon now offers a program that allows shoppers to donate 0.5 percent (that’s half a percent) of whatever they spend to a charity of their choice. You can donate to NAZARETH CONVENT AND ACADEMY (our legal name) whenever you shop at Amazon, just by signing up for the Amazon Smile program. It’s free for you, and allows you to support the sisters painlessly! To learn more and to sign up, go to

A special message: Volunteers needed!

December 14, 2010 by  

Looking for a way to make a difference by giving your time? We may have exactly the right volunteer opportunity for you!

“In every community there is work to be done.
In every nation there are wounds to heal.
In every heart there is the power to do it.”

— Marianne Williamson

We need the power of your heart.

We invite you to consider joining us as a volunteer in our mission as Sisters of St. Joseph — whether for an hour a week, a few days, or even a year! From drivers to help at the Motherhouse in Concordia to exciting possibilities wherever we serve and “Spring Break Alternatives” for college students  — we need you!

The CSJ Volunteer Program is a means to:

• invite people to be in mission with us on a temporary basis.
• provide ministry opportunities for people who desire to witness to faith through service.
• provide an environment for mutual growth in faith that liberates the charism of unity and reconciliation in the world.

For more information on the CSJ Volunteer Program, contact Laura Hansen at


A gift of generosity

December 14, 2010 by  

Sometimes the very best gift we can give is a lesson in generosity. And by making a donation on behalf of someone else, you can do that — and so much more. You demonstrate by your example the value of giving, while also telling the recipient he or she was in your thoughts. And your gift benefits all those served by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

When you make a donation of any size the the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, we will send you an email within 24 hours asking you to whom we should send the “thank you.” And if it’s that man or woman or teenager or grandparent, you may be surprised by their gratitude in knowing that their gift helps us continue to give our gifts to those in need.

Please make a donation through our secure server, by clicking on the DONATE button:


Here’s an idea: Give the gift of a gift

December 6, 2010 by  


For all of us, there’s that one person on our gift list… Maybe it’s the man who has everything, or the woman who never seems satisfied with anything. Maybe it’s the teenager whose tastes never match yours, or the grandparent who really doesn’t need another pair of slippers…

Maybe a better alternative this year would be the gift of a gift.

When you make a donation of any size the the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, we will send you an email within 24 hours asking you to whom we should send the “thank you.” And if it’s that man or woman or teenager or grandparent, you may be surprised by their gratitude in knowing that their gift helps us continue to give our gifts to those in need.

Please make a donation through our secure server by clicking on the button below:


‘What you have received as a gift, give as a gift!’

December 3, 2010 by  


This command from Jesus — in Matthew 10:8 — has been our guide for decades! It is a reminder that abundance of attitude and giving is the core of who we are. And we have been gifted with so much that we cannot but give in return.

Until the last two decades we have been able to provide for ourselves and our ministries with our earned income. But today, fewer of us earn an income, more of us volunteer and many of us are of an age where neither working for a wage nor volunteering in exchange for a living is possible. Consequently, what earned income we have goes more and more for the care of our elderly sisters and less for our ministries and charities.

That is where our friends and benefactors have come in. You understand that we receive no financial support from the official Church, and that we are self-supporting in everything we do. So if we are to continue to love our neighbor as Jesus intended, through our ministries and charities, we must look to you for help.

Through your gifts — whether they be prayer or contributions of labor, money or matching grants — you demonstrate that you are our partners and companions in this Way of Jesus, for whom giving was a way of life.

And if “gratitude is the heart’s memory,” then be assured that you are indeed well-remembered by each and every one of us daily.

With gratitude and affection,
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia

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