‘First Monday’ vegetarian feast honors Earth Month

March 17, 2013 by

As Earth Month begins, the sisters at Manna House of Prayer in Concordia will serve a vegetarian feast for their fund-raising dinner April 1.

Reservations are required for the “First Mondays at Manna” dinners and may be made by calling 785-243-4428 or emailing retreatcenter@mannahouse.org.

There will be two seatings for the dinner — at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. — and guests are invited to arrive 15 minutes early for appetizers, wine and punch.

Manna House is located at 323 E. Fifth St., Concordia.

Donations are welcome, with all proceeds going to the numerous Manna House ministries, including Helping Hands, a program that provides emergency assistance for people throughout Cloud County and operates a small food pantry.

The menu for the April dinner includes veggie chips and dips for the appetizers, followed by chilled strawberry soup, asparagus frittata, hash browns, green beans almondine and whole-grain bread and topped off with peach crumble for dessert. All the dishes except the bread will be gluten-free.

This year will be the 43rd observation of Earth Day, on April 22. Globally, more than 175 countries recognize it as a day to increase awareness and appreciation of the earth and the environment, with many communities and organizations celebrating Earth Week or Earth Month throughout April.

Another special event at Manna House next month will be an Anniversary Open House on Sunday, April 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to visit, meet the sisters, tour the historic building and learn more about the programs offered there.

The “First Mondays at Manna” dinners are part of the center’s 35th anniversary celebration, and will continue throughout 2013.

The May 6 dinner will be a Mexican feast in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, which marks the anniversary of the French defeat at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

The red brick building that is today Manna House was built in 1884 as the first Motherhouse of the newly arrived Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. It has been in continual use since then, and in April 1978 was dedicated as a spirituality and retreat center.

Its mission, then and today, is to be a place were people of all faiths come for personal and communal prayer, on-going education, quiet time and counseling. Sisters who live there also provide youth ministry, facilitation services, spiritual direction and counseling.

In 2013 it is home to seven Sisters of St. Joseph and has a staff of four laypeople. Throughout the year there are workshops on everything from “seasonal spirituality” and the ancient art of bobbin lacemaking to “meditation and movement” and the meaning and mystery of the rosary.

To learn more about Manna House, its ministries and upcoming events, go to mannahouse.org.


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