Friday, June 21, 2024
Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Concordia Sisters of St. Joseph

Loving God and neighbor without distinction: A pontifical institute of women religious of the Roman Catholic Church


Sisters honor longtime Development Director

Sisters of St. Joseph gathered today to thank Sister Carmel Garcia for nearly 10 years of “makimg friends for all of us” as the congregation’s Development Director.

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Sister Carmel is retiring Friday, and called her work in the Development Office her “last ministry.” But, she told the sisters gathered to honor her, she has  worked since she was 6 years old and so may have to learn how to take it easy.

Before returning to Concordia as Development Director in 2001, Sister Carmel was the director of El Refugio, a shelter and counseling center for abused women and children in Silver City, N.M. She was responsible for funding and engineering the building of a new facility and then was director of it for several years. When she moved to Concordia, the people affiliated with El Refugio renamed the Center “Casa Carmel” in her honor.

In her role as Development Director, Sister Carmel has been primarily responsible for fundraising for the congregation, and has created numerous public events and worked behind the scenes to ensure the success of those events. As Sister Marcia Allen, president of the Sisters of St. Joseph, noted today, Sister Carmel is well known for the warm relationships she has built over the years with contributors and how much she cares for the friends and supporters of the congregations.

In late 2008, Sister Carmel was joined in the Development Office by Martha Bryant, a veteran fundraiser who has worked for a number of nonprofit organizations. She will continue as executive development director.

During the simple ceremony during dinner at the Motherhouse today, Sister Marcia thanked Sister Carmel for her service, and for her genuine caring and concern for the friends and supporters she has worked with over the years. Sister Lucy Schneider wrote the lyrics for a song — titled “A Gift of Song to a Gift Giver’s Friend — which she performed with Sisters Therese Blecha and Beth Stover.

4 thoughts on “Sisters honor longtime Development Director

  • Margaret Tasssione (Morissette)

    Thank you so much, Carmel, for your beautifully written notes over the last few years. I think of many of the Sisters fondly. I hope to see you when I visit my sister, Barb, in Salina. God bless.


  • Faye Huelsmann

    S. Carmel, you are remembered and though we couldn’t be in Concordia, we were there in spirit. The charism and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph will continue and thanks for the help you have inspired from others.

  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Gasperich-Miller

    Dear Sister Carmel,
    I CELEBRATE YOU! Thanks for all you have done for us….at St. Joe’s and Anne’s, at All Saints in Gladstone….my sister Barb, loved you dearly….and for just being the wonderful person that you are. You are always in my heart…and I send love, hugs, blessings and healing every day……
    So sorry that I missed seeing you at the St. Joe and Anne’s reunion…..
    thanks for calling…. I will see some of the Sisters next Sunday in LaGrange Park….I am so looking forward to that time…..will be thinking of you!
    Love always……Betsy…/..Elizabeth

  • Loretta Jasper

    So sorry I missed your celebration, but was truly aware of your being honored.
    You are a testament for remembering the personal touches of the lives of persons with whom you interacted and met these past years in the ministry of development. Thanks for all of that.
    We are better known to our friends as a result of you, Carmel.

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