Music highlights annual Motherhouse Open House

The Sisters of St. Joseph are hosting their annual Christmas Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.

Everyone is invited to stop by the historic Nazareth Motherhouse for refreshments, building tours and a chance to meet and visit with the sisters. Also, this year entertainment will be provided during the Open House by the Bent Wind Saxophone Ensemble of Cloud County Community College, directed by Patrick Sieben, and the Concordia High School Chamber Choir, directed by Kevin Johnson.

The Sisters of St. Joseph is a religious order of women who came to Kansas in 1883 and established the Nazareth Convent and Academy in Concordia a year later. Their first Motherhouse was at Fifth and Olive streets and is now Manna House of Prayer. The cornerstone for the current Motherhouse, at 13th and Washington streets, was laid in 1902 and construction was completed in 13 months. The 108-year-old building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

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