Marymount College sets date for reunion

April 19, 2022 by  

CHEERS TO 100 YEARS!

SAVE THE DATE: An all-school reunion and special centennial tribute to Marymount College (Kansas is underway. The celebration is scheduled October 7th & 8th, 2022 in Salina.

“The Centennial Reunion is a once in a lifetime opportunity to come together and celebrate our shared experiences as well as salute the Sisters of St. Joseph and lay faculty who were so instrumental in our lives, “, said John Arnold ’74. John serves on the volunteer Steering Committee working with others to organize and execute plans for the reunion. “The dedication, energy level and fellowship we are witnessing is more than we could every imagine. Alumni are yearning and hungry to recapture those special memories… and we’re going to have a great, fun time.”

“I am just so excited this is finally happening,” said alum Marian Labrie Salwierak. Marian and Gary Salwierak ’74 and several other volunteers are currently gathering alumni contact information. “It is fun re-connecting with people. I hope MMC classmates will provide their contact info so they can receive reunion updates and I hope they spread the word. I am particularly excited about this reunion since it marks the 50th anniversary for the class of 1972!”

The invitation is extended to the Sisters of St. Joseph, former faculty & staff and anyone who attended MMC, “As a Marymount alum, I consider anyone who attended MMC an alumni as well, so please come and join us,” said Lori Richards Swanson ’80.

Details to follow. Stay in touch (provide your contact info) and SPREAD THE WORD!

Email contact info: marymountcollegeofkansas@gmail.com

Suggestions or questions:

John Arnold ’74 john@johnsarnold.com

Marian Labrie Sakwierak ’72 msalwierak@gmail.com

Alumni Search Committee:

Yvonne Gibbons ’71, Marian Salwierak ’72, Leslie Krauledia ’73, John Maguire ’74, Kevin McCade ’75, Jay Saylor ’77, John Quinley ’79, Arrange Dillard ’80, Susan Martin Tacket ’82.

If your graduation year is not represented above and you would like to help in the alumni search, Please contact Marian: msalwierak@gmail.com

Reading with Friends Story Time!

April 19, 2022 by  

Sister Jean Ann Walton wins at annual Veterans Art Show

April 9, 2022 by  

Sister Jean Ann Walton’s quilt entry in the recent 3rd annual Veterans Art Show brought home a first place win.

The show, Aug. 19-30 at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, is an annual competition for Veterans treated in the Department of Veterans Affairs national health care system.

“My quilt was entered in the Cut and Sewn Fabric category of the Visual Arts Division (VAD),” Sister Jean Ann said. “My first place win at the local level qualifies me for the national NVCAF against other 1st place winners in the spring of 2022.”

The quilt is named “A Study in Black and White with Turquoise Squares.”

Other categories in VAD are Combat Experience, Mixed Media, Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting, Watercolor Painting, Monochromatic Drawing, Color Drawing, B&W Photography, Color Photography, Special Recognition for Mental Health, Metalwork, Wood Model Kit, Applied Arts, Assemblage, Ceramics, Bead Work, Sculpture, and Mosaic.

The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) is the celebration and grand finale stage show, art and writing exhibition, which are the culmination of talent competitions in art, creative writing, dance, drama and music for Veterans

VA medical facilities incorporate creative arts into their recreation therapy programs to further the rehabilitation milieu for both inpatients and outpatients. This annual competition recognizes the progress and recovery made through that therapy and raises the visibility of the creative achievements of our Nation’s Veterans after disease, disability or life crisis.

Sister Jean Ann was a Vietnam-era Marine and served six years on active duty and five years as a Marine Reservist. When on active duty, she served as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor for women and as an illustrator.

 

Eulogy for Sister Dorothy Hoover — Nov. 14, 1929 – Jan. 30, 2022

April 3, 2022 by  

Vigil: Feb. 3, 2022, at the Nazareth Motherhouse
Eulogist: Sister Janet Lander

In the Maxims of the Little Institute, written by our founder, Fr. Jean-Pierre Médaille, we hear the invitation: “Accordingly, pursue to the very end and with gentleness and vigor what you have once and for all resolved and what you prudently believe corresponds to the greater glory of God.” (MLI, 67) Sister Dorothy Hoover passed into eternal life on Sunday, Jan, 30, 2022. In her life, I believe we will find an example of one who lived this maxim well.

Dorothy Josephine Hoover was born Nov. 14, 1929 in the hospital in Junction City. Her parents were Laurence and Josephine (Caspar) Hoover. She was baptized at St. Xavier Church,  Junction City, on Jan. 5, 1930. Her younger brothers, Bernard and James, were born in the next few years. Bernard was to marry and become a doctor. Jim became a priest in the Salina Diocese.
They all grew up on a farm two miles east of Junction City. Dorothy often shared memories of all they had to do on the farm. But one of her most vivid memories from her youth is that of being saved from drowning when she was 14. She recounted, “My life went before me. I am grateful to the mercy of God for surviving.”

Dorothy and her brothers were active in 4-H and also took piano lessons from the Sisters of St. Joseph. Dorothy attended both grade school and high school at St. Xavier’s. She was always grateful for her 12 years of Catholic education. She graduated from high school in May of 1947. In her life review she says, “Our Catholic faith had a high priority in the family … To miss Sunday Mass was never an option. Our family life was much involved with St. Xavier’s Parish. We took eggs from the farm to the sisters every week when I was a child. … Attendance at school had a high priority and we were rewarded if we worked for grades. I grew up surrounded by much extended family. … Holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas were big family reunions.”

After high school, Dorothy and her best friend, Pat, chose St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wichita for nurses’ training. While she was in training she accompanied a school chorus. She graduated in August of 1950, and began working at St. Joseph’s Hospital. From 1951 to 1952 she also attended Kansas State University for three semesters. In an attempt to support herself while going to school, Dorothy worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Manhattan, and then as staff nurse at the Junction City hospital in the fall of 1952. While she was there she began actively discerning whether to enter religious life.

On February 11, 1953, Dorothy became a postulant with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. She received the habit, and the name Sister Mary de Lourdes on August 15, 1953. She made first vows August 15, 1954 and final vows August 15, 1957. There were three sisters in her band. One left and S. Janice Koelzer pre-deceased her.

After novitiate, Sister Dorothy spent one year in the House of Studies at Marymount, and then began her ministry as a Sister of St. Joseph. From then until 1999 Sister Dorothy gave herself to ongoing ministries in nursing and pharmacy, as well as the teaching of nursing. To do so, she also engaged in various programs of study: a BS in nursing from Marymount, a degree in Pharmacy from Creighton University, a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Missouri, and another Masters in Medical-Surgical Nursing at Kansas State University Medical Center, not to mention other courses, such as Psychiatric Nursing, plus numerous workshops. She ministered at St. John’s Hospital, Salina, the hospital in Seneca, St. Mary’s in Manhattan, Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, Johnson County Mental Health Center in Olathe, KS, and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City. She also taught at Avila College, Marymount College and Creighton University.

In her life review Dorothy reflected on the joy she also found in serving both students and patients. She also looked back on these years saying, “I have enjoyed community life on the missions where I resided. …I have found my Sisters in religion as loving, caring and supportive women. I am grateful for this.

The joy of a sabbatical year arrived in 1998-99. This was a time of transition. Sister Dorothy’s sabbatical included the Sarah Sabbatical program at Manna House, in Concordia. Then she went away for an Ignatian 30 day retreat, followed by volunteer work at Manna House and at Open Door in Junction City. She recounted that the highlight of this year was a trip to the Holy Land and Greece with Sister Marilyn Foote. About her trip she reminisced, “We were able to walk where Jesus trod…I had wanted to do this for a long time.” All of this was bookended by two summers at Creighton University studying in the spirituality program. Learning was a passion for Dorothy.

Post-sabbatical time found Dorothy transitioning into new ministries, offering spiritual direction, and teaching spirituality courses for the Salina Diocese. She began doing volunteer work, including being a hospice volunteer and giving a dream workshop at Manna House. She began this early period of retirement, residing first at Medaille Center, Salina; then Hillside Convent, Concordia.

Finally Dorothy moved to the Motherhouse in 2008 where she appreciated having more time for prayer and growth in the interior life. Initially she helped at the reception desk and with driving to medical appointments. Dorothy typically served behind the scenes, helping the sisters with computer, doing notetaking or bookkeeping. One thing she excelled at and enjoyed over the years was playing bridge.

At the end of her life review Sister Dorothy expressed gratitude and hope saying, “I am grateful to God for God’s many blessing…religious vocation, retreats, educational opportunities, friends, ministries. I especially thank my CSJ community….” “In the time remaining in life,” she added, “I hope to grow in my journey to God and love of the dear neighbor, …and to be a joyful presence.” In this year’s Commitment to Mission and Ministry she embraced the words of Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin, “Above all, trust in the slow work of God. … Only God can say what this new spirit forming in you will be.”

Now, dear Dorothy, your spirit and God’s are one; growth in your journey has come to its fullness in Christ. You have given yourself over into the loving and grace-filled hands of our God. We entrust you as one who has lived out our Maxim 73: “Live out your life with one desire only: to be always what God wants you to be, in nature, grace and glory, for time and for eternity.” (Maxims of the Little Institute). We are grateful to God for your life among us, Dorothy.

To make an online donation in Sister Dorothy Hoover’s memory, click on the button below:

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No Foolin’! Reading with Friends is April 1st!

March 15, 2022 by  

No Foolin’! Reading with Friends will be April 1!

Reading with Friends at Neighbor to Neighbor will be both in person and as a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1. April’s book will be “Do You Speak Fish,” by DJ Corchin and illustrated by Dan Dougherty.

When a boy comes across a fish and says hello, the fish does not respond. The boy is shocked. What a rude fish! But soon he realizes that it isn’t up to the fish to speak Boy. Rather, if he wants to communicate, it’s up to the boy to take the time to learn how to speak Fish.

Celebrate the connections we have to those different from us with “Do You Speak Fish!”

Pre-registration is required to come to the live event at Neighbor to Neighbor, and masks are required in the building. Pre-registration also is required to pick up a free book in advance. However, the video will be free for anyone to watch on Neighbor to Neighbor’s Facebook page. www.facebook.com/N2NConcordia

Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1. The video will stay on the Facebook page after the reading for anyone to enjoy later, in case they can’t make it at 10 a.m.

Sister Missy Ljungdahl, director of Neighbor to Neighbor, said the first 25 children to pre-register will be able to pick up a copy of the book whether the child is attending in person or online (one per family).

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. (Except this month where we have to do the first Friday!) To register, call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. Neighbor to Neighbor is located at 103 E. 6th St. in downtown Concordia.

Register now for Reading with Friends on March 18

March 7, 2022 by  

Reading with Friends at Neighbor to Neighbor will be both in person and as a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. Friday, March 18. March’s book will be “How to Feed Your Parents,” by Ryan Miller and illustrated by Hatem Aly. The event was originally set for March 11, but was moved due to a significant snow event. 

Do you have a picky eater in the house? Who’s the picky eater? Well in this story it is not Matilda — a little girl with adventurous tastes turns the tables on her food-fussy parents and teaches them that dinner can be more than chicken nuggets.

The guest reader will be Camey Thurmer.

Pre-registration is required to come to the live event at Neighbor to Neighbor, and masks are required in the building. Pre-registration also is required to pick up a free book in advance. However, the video will be free for anyone to watch on Neighbor to Neighbor’s Facebook page. www.facebook.com/N2NConcordia

Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, March. 18. The video will stay on the Facebook page after the reading for anyone to enjoy later, in case they can’t make it at 10 a.m.

Sister Missy Ljungdahl, director of Neighbor to Neighbor, said the first 25 children to pre-register will be able to pick up a copy of the book whether the child is attending in person or online (one per family).

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. To register, call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. Neighbor to Neighbor is located at 103 E. 6th St. in downtown Concordia.

Sisters of St. Joseph to host annual Spaghetti Dinner

February 21, 2022 by  

The annual Sisters of St. Joseph Spaghetti Dinner will return from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

In 2020 we had to completely cancel the event as Covid-19 made its appearance.

Last year, we had to take the unusual step of holding it as a drive-thru event. We moved the silent auction online, and still had the raffle ticket drawing … we just showed the drawing on Facebook Live.

Due to current Covid-19 surges in the area, we are going to follow the same plan this March.

Despite everything being new last year, the event was still a great success, and we’re hoping to have an even smoother event this spring!

And while we won’t be able to invite you inside to visit with the sisters, there will be many sisters outside greeting the cars in the drive-thru and delivering food to cars.

This year’s theme is “Mexican Fiesta” so look forward to vibrant decorations and music as you enter the drive. However, the menu stays the same with delicious spaghetti, bread stick and vegetable all made by the Motherhouse culinary staff, and an ice cream dessert.

The silent auction will be online and hosted by Hansen Online Auctions out of Beloit, Kansas. The auction items will be posted on their website and the auction will open for bids on March 14. Visit www.hansenonlineauction.com to bid.

Raffle tickets are available for prepurchase at the Motherhouse, Neighbor to Neighbor and Manna House of Prayer. If you are out of town, just contact Assistant Development Director Ambria Gilliland at 785-243-2113 Ext. 1225 or email agilliland@csjkansas.org to reserve your tickets. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

And you will want to get tickets for this year’s amazing line up of prizes!

  • Five cash prizes ($500, $250, $150, $100 and $100. )
  • Two tickets to the Kansas City Royals.
  • A nostalgic popcorn maker.
  • One of five restaurant gift cards
  • Handmade quilt by Sister Loretta Clare Flax.
  • Handmade crocheted alpaca by Sister Susan Stoeber.

The raffle drawing will be held on Facebook Live at 1:30 p.m. that day.

Raffle winners and auction winners need to be able to pick up their winnings in Concordia.

Make plans now to attend! The cut off for purchasing meal tickets is Friday, March 11.

Here’s what you need to know:

DINNER

  • What: Drive-thru Spaghetti Dinner
  • When: Sunday, March 20, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Nazareth Motherhouse, 1300 Washington, Concordia, Kansas, circle drive (west side)
  • How: Contact the Development Office to reserve/purchase your tickets by Friday, March 11.
  • Cost: $8

RAFFLE TICKETS

  • Price: $1 each or 6 for $5
  • How to buy: Purchase at the Motherhouse, Neighbor to Neighbor or Manna House of Prayer. Call 785-243-2113 ext 1225 or email agilliland@csjkansas.org to reserve.

ONLINE AUCTION

  • The auction will open March 14 and close on March 19. It will be on the Hansen Auction website at https://www.hansenonlineauction.com

 

Manna House to offer in-person and online Lent series

February 5, 2022 by  

Manna House of Prayer is offering a six-week long Lenten series on Wednesday evenings in March and April. The one-hour programs are from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from March 9 through April 13. Cost for each program is $10, or $50 for the entire series. The programs are available in person at Manna House in Concordia or online using Zoom. Attendees may choose to attend one program, all programs, or any selection of programs.

The programs include:

• March 9, 2022
Lenten Series Week 1: Jesus is Condemned to Death
Presenter: Dian Hall, CSJ
As Jesus faces Pilot and is sentenced to the crucifixion, we are called to reflect in our own lives about how frequently we condemn others. Have I spoken against another person in an effort to condemn them? Have I told untruths about someone because I want to see them suffer and be ridiculed? Has this happened to me at the hands of another person…or even at the hands of a close friend?
Jesus is our example of love for all others, even after his friends turned away from him.

• March 16, 2022
Lenten Series Week 2: Jesus Falls
Presenter: Janet Lander, CSJ
In the Stations of the Cross Jesus falls, not once but three times. What does this say to us? What is the grace at the root of Jesus’ falls? Come, let us contemplate. Wednesday evening, 7-8 p.m. Cost: $10/session or $50 for all 6 sessions. Participants can register for in-person or Zoom participation.

• March 23, 2022
Lenten Series Week 3: Veronica
Presenter: Mary Jo Thummel, CSJ
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. Who was Veronica? Why did Veronica wipe the face of Jesus? Veronica veiled Jesus’ face in what? Does this scene remind you of anything that has happened in your own life?

• March 30, 2022
Lenten Series Week 4 : Simone of Cyrene
Presenter: Jean Ann Walton, CSJ
Simon of Cyrene. Who was he? He was a little-known biblical figure who helped Jesus by carrying His cross on the way to Calgary. Simon’s act is perhaps among the most important and symbolic of all acts in the Bible. How does that act apply to us today? Let’s explore those possibilities.

• March 6, 2022
Lenten Series Week 5: The Crucifixion
Presenter: Gilla Dubé, CSJ
Jesus was nailed to the cross and died on that cross. Nailed and died — realities born out of immeasurable love for us! Jesus did not run away. In the course of our lives, we also are brought to the cross. How can Jesus’ example carry us and carry our world in the midst of suffering that’s all around us? To what is Jesus inviting?

• April 13, 2022
Lenten Series Week 6: Jesus’s Burial and the Meaning of the Empty Tomb
Presenter: Betty Suther, CSJ
The burial of Jesus is described in some detail in all four gospels. Was this important information? What meaning can we find in the stillness of Holy Saturday? What does the empty tomb say to us today?

To find out more information or to register, call Manna House of Prayer at 785-243-4428 or email retreatcenter@mannahouse.org. Online registration is available at www.mannahouse.org.

Manna House of Prayer is located at 323 East 5th Street in Concordia, Kansas, and is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

Reading with Friends returns Feb. 11

February 4, 2022 by  

Reading with Friends at Neighbor to Neighbor will be both in person and as a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11February’s book will be “Mirabel’s Missing Valentines,” by Janet Lawler and illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller. When Mirabel’s valentines fall out of her bag on the way to school, the shy little mouse panics. But those lost cards brighten some days . . . before making their way back to her.

Pre-registration is required to come to the live event at Neighbor to Neighbor, and masks are required in the building. Pre-registration also is required to pick up a free book in advance. However, the video will be free for anyone to watch on Neighbor to Neighbor’s Facebook page. www.facebook.com/N2NConcordia

Story time will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11. The video will stay on the Facebook page after the reading for anyone to enjoy later, in case they can’t make it at 10 a.m.

Sister Missy Ljungdahl, director of Neighbor to Neighbor, said the first 25 children to pre-register will be able to pick up a copy of the book whether the child is attending in person or online (one per family).

The story times for children 3 to 5 years old are on the second Fridays of the month and all begin at 10 a.m. To register, call Neighbor to Neighbor at 785/262-4215 or email neighbortoneighbor@csjkansas.org.

The monthly program has been a part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s regular offerings since September 2012. Neighbor to Neighbor is located at 103 E. 6th St. in downtown Concordia.

Eulogy and Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Dorothy Hoover

February 3, 2022 by  

Please click on the link below to watch a video of the eulogy and Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Dorothy Hoover.

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