Fourth-graders arrive for annual spring Motherhouse tours

May 5, 2014 by

Sister Carolyn Teter talks about the orphanage that the sisters ran for decades in Abilene, Kan.

Sister Carolyn Teter talks about the orphanage that the sisters ran for decades in Abilene, Kan.

Each spring Concordia fourth-graders spend one afternoon at the Nazareth Motherhouse, learning about its history and the Sisters of St. Joseph. And today (May 5) they were greeted by “guides” who told them stories about the congregation and all the ministries of sisters who have lived here.

One special treat was a chance to meet Sister Pat Neihouse, who was one of four founders of the Concordia sisters’ mission in Brazil. Sister Pat has served in Teresina, Brazil, for 51 years and is in the United States for a few months to visit family and friends. The American-born sisters who serve in Teresina generally come back to Kansas about once every five years.

The tours continue through Thursday, with one class of fourth-graders coming each day.

“Guides” on Monday included Sisters Janet Lander, Julie Christensen, Betty Suther, Pat McLennon, Janis Wagner and Carolyn Teter. The tours were planned by Sister Janet Lander and Jane Wahlmeier, Motherhouse administrative services coordinator, and organized by fourth-grade teacher Deanna Garlow.

 

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