Nearly 600 guests fill Motherhouse for annual event

March 13, 2016 by



In the midst of the whirl that is the annual Motherhouse Spaghetti Dinner — complete with prize drawings, silent auction, building tours, bake sale, musical performances and food — one of the most important attractions is one-on-one conversation.

Catching up. Renewing friendships. Sharing memories.

Today nearly 600 guests, along with untold volunteers, sisters and staff filled the historic Nazareth Motherhouse for the Sisters of St. Joseph annual spring fundraiser. But in the midst of the hubbub, people were making time for quiet conversation and seeking out special sisters they wanted to chat with.

“Have you seen Sister Jean?” asked one woman. “I can’t leave without seeing her.”

“Will Sister Ann be here today?” asked someone else. “I come here every year just so I can say hello.”

“People come to this from all over,” noted Father Larry Letourneau. “There’s always a lot of catching up to do.”

There was also mingling and checking out the prizes that would be drawn for at the end of the event, plus a silent auction chock full of assorted items and an art auction thanks to a donation from the now-closed Jilka Furniture of Salina. Plus one-of-a-kind Easter baskets, the always popular “grab bags” and a bake sale of homemade cookies, candies, cakes and breads.

Musicians performing today were the Bent Wind Ensemble, John Paul Breault, Sister Beth Stover, Edgar Hake of Tipton and Temporarily Irish of Salina.

Today’s event served 597 dinners and raised $14,700, to benefit the ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

In the prize drawings, the winners were:

  • $500 —Curt Kruse, Spokane, Wash.
  • $350 cash —Becky Baird, Salina
  • $250 cash —John Puckett, Miltonvale
  • Keurig coffee maker —Cherri Waites, Concordia
  • CharBroil grill —Karen Larson, Scandia
  • Quilt (made by Sister Betty Suther) —Cindy Dunlap, Concordia

The annual special event is organized by the sisters’ Development Office, with months of work by director Holly Brown and assistant Ambria Gilliland. On Sunday, Sister Loretta Jasper coordinated the legion of volunteers who came from across the state to help.



2 Responses to “Nearly 600 guests fill Motherhouse for annual event”

  1. Missy Ljungdahl on March 13th, 2016 10:22 pm

    Thanks for everyone who helped and attended. Our hearts were in Concordia today. It looks like it was another amazing event. Sarah, thanks for the write up and pictures.

  2. Jodi Creten on March 13th, 2016 6:55 pm

    Looks like another fulfilling day for all. Thanks for the picture panorama, Sarah!

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