MORE PHOTOS: Orphanage reunion brings together friends and family

October 2, 2010 by

Sister Celestine Ruder, standing at left, was the only sister who served at St. Joseph Home able to attend Saturday's gathering. With her are most of the former residents who attended the reunion.

The oldest of friends and the closest of families plus scores of others who cared about them all crowded the Parish Hall at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Abilene Saturday (Oct. 2) for a unique reunion.

The focus was St. Joseph Home and Orphanage, which has not existed in this small town for 51 years. But that didn’t dampen the memories, or the laughter, of the former residents, day students, relatives and friends who gathered for the first-ever reunion of anyone connected with the long-time orphanage and school. Also on hand were three dozen members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, the religious congregation that ran the facility for 43 years, from when they opened it in 1915 until it closed in 1958. The building on the north edge of Abilene, just off Buckeye Avenue, was demolished in 1959.

These three slideshows are from Saturday’s gathering. The first has 32 photos; the second and third have 24 photos each..




5 Responses to “MORE PHOTOS: Orphanage reunion brings together friends and family”

  1. Mary Glenn-Gonzalez on October 7th, 2010 5:46 am

    I wish there would be a reunion for the home in Salina next……

  2. Edward D Schellinger on October 5th, 2010 8:13 am

    Thanks to all who made the reunion such a wonderful event. To everyone who brought pictures to share thanks for bringing back so many memories. The DVD and literature are wonderful mementos to share with our familys.

  3. Lucille on October 3rd, 2010 2:56 pm

    It was so great to be present for this reunion–a first of its kind. Thanks to Jan and all who helped make it a reality for so many to reconnect after so many years. It was a HAPPY day!

  4. Jean Befort on October 3rd, 2010 2:21 pm

    What a wonderful, spirit-filled event of re-connecting so many persons. I became a “watcher” through most of the day….sitting in awe….. persons greeting each other, laughing, sharing memories, hugging. Jan, and all your committee put together a marvelous day! The pictures tell the story, one can almost feel all the emotions!

  5. Jodi Creten on October 2nd, 2010 8:29 pm

    What a wonderful gathering for folks to share memories of a vital time in their lives, and to reconnect with others who shared that time with them. Thanks to Jan and her committee for making it all possible. And thanks to Sarah for bringing it all so quickly to the masses at a distance.

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