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Congregation names Leadership Council

February 6, 2012

Sister Marcia Allen

Sister Marcia Allen has been re-elected as president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

She was named to the position Monday as the congregation’s three-day “Senate of Elections” came to an end. The Senate — the Concordia congregation’s highest deliberative body — convenes every four years, and the schedule depends on the agenda. This Senate began in November 2011 with an assembly of all the sisters in the Catholic religious order and then concluded this week with the Leadership Council elections.

Sister Marcia will serve on the Council with six other elected leaders. Five of those six are completing their first terms on the council and were re-elected for another four years.

The new term will begin on July 1.

For Sister Marcia, a native of Plainville, Kan., the 2012-16 term will actually be her fourth stint as president. She was first elected in 1987 and then re-elected in 1991. Under the congregation’s Constitution, there is a limit of two consecutive terms as president. But she was elected again in 2008.

Sister Marcia was received into the congregation in 1959. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Marymount College and a master’s degree from Kansas State University. Later she earned a doctorate in applied ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Ind.

The other council members re-elected Monday were:

  • Sister Jean Rosemarynoski

    Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, who was elected vice president. She is currently the congregation’s Development Director and has served the last four years on the council. A native of Wichita, Sister Jean was received into the congregation in 1994. She received a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University and master’s degrees from Kansas State University and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Prior to her election to the council four years ago, Sister Jean served as communications director for the congregation. Previously she was a special education teacher, served on the Cloud County Resource Council and was a staff member at Manna House of Prayer in Concordia.

    Sister Beth Stover

    Sister Beth Stover, of Beloit, Kan., who has served since 2008 as vice president. She was received into the congregation in 1960. She received a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College and a master’s from St. Louis University. Before being elected to the council in 2008, Sister Beth was program director for the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging. Before that she had served as director of laboratory services in hospitals, as administrator of the Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia and as executive director of Catholic Charities of Salina.

    Sister Anna Marie Broxterman

    Sister Anna Marie Broxterman, of Baileyville, Kan. She has been a Sister of St. Joseph since 1959 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College and a master’s degree from Regis University in Denver. The longtime vocation director for the congregation until her election to the council four years ago, Sister Anna Marie earlier served as a hospital nurse, as a staff member at Manna House of Prayer in Concordia and as a campus minister.

    Sister Judy Stephens

    Sister Judy Stephens, who is originally from Oakley, Kan. She was  received into the congregation in 1961 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College and a master’s from the University of Detroit. She served in the Hispanic ministry for the Catholic Charities of Salina before her election to the council in 2008. Previously she had done similar work in Silver City, N.M., and Palomas, Mexico, and was on the staff of Manna House of Prayer in Concordia.

    Sister Mary Jo Thummel

    Sister Mary Jo Thummel, a native of Plainville, Kan. A Sister of St. Joseph since 1959, Sister Mary Jo received a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College and a master’s from Creighton University in Omaha. Before her election to the council in 2008, she was the pastoral associate for St. Francis Xavier Parish in Junction City, Kan. Previously she had served as an elementary school teacher, parish minister and retreat director.

Sister Therese Blecha

The new member of the council is Sister Therese Blecha. Originally from rural Republic County, Kan., she has been a Sister of St. Joseph since 1963. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College, master’s degrees from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and Kansas State University, and a doctorate in chemical education from Kansas State. She is currently the administration accountant for the Sisters of St. Joseph and also teaches and tutors part time at Cloud County Community College. She has also taught chemistry and science at other colleges and served as general treasurer for the congregation from 1994 to 2008.

Sister Regina Ann Brummel, who has served on the council since 2008, did not seek re-election.

 

Neighbor to Neighbor receives $4,000 from QuiltFest

November 16, 2011

Gerry Pounds of Glasco, right, talks about her idea for a quilt show to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor, during a reception at the center Tuesday evening.

Volunteers and committee members were on hand Tuesday evening (Nov. 15) as the KS 150 QuiltFest Committee gave Neighbor to Neighbor $4,000 that was raised during the first-ever event in October.

Susie Haver of the Cloud County Convention and Tourism office said people from 33 Kansas cities and towns and nine states had visited the QuiltFest exhibits.

Gerry Pounds of Glasco, who came up with the idea of a quilt show to benefit the women’s center in downtown Concordia, presented an oversized check to Sisters Jean Befort, Pat McLennon and Ramona Medina during a simple reception at Neighbor to Neighbor.

The center opened in May 2010 at 103 E. Sixth St. and is operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia for women and women with young children. In addition to the three sisters, its staff includes a growing cadre of volunteers.

There is never any cost to the women taking part; all the programs are offered free, with funding coming from a handful of grants and individual donations. The QuiltFest marked the first time proceeds from an event directly benefited the center.

Gerry Pounds of Glasco presents the oversized $4,000 check Tuesday evening to the Sisters of St. Joseph who operate Neighbor to Neighbor.

Pounds, who is an avid and experienced quilter, wanted to do something to help the center and more than a year ago began recruiting volunteers to put together an event. That group — which ultimately included Susie Haver and Tammy Britt of the Cloud County Convention and Tourism office, Sister Betty Suther of Manna House of Prayer, Linda Houser of Jade Travel, Marsha Doyenne of Fabric Essentials and quilter Bonnie Strait of Jamestown — developed the idea of the two-day QuiltFest held Oct. 7 and 8.

A total of 216 quilted items, including about 180 full-size quilts, were exhibited at the Nazareth Motherhouse and at Living Hope Foursquare Church in Concordia. There were also quilting demonstrations, a vendors’ hall, an evening social and a “quilters’ thrift shop” as part of the event.

The QuiltFest’s featured event was the dinner and quilt auction Saturday evening, where 20 pieces had been donated for sale. Those donating quilts were asked to give at least a portion of the proceeds to Neighbor to Neighbor.

Bidders ultimately anted up more than $6,000 for the items, and took home pieces ranging from a Northcott Flower of the Month tabletopper and a Baby Cat child’s quilt to king-size and antique quilts in an array of designs and colors. The featured item of the evening was a Harley-Davidson quilt made and donated by Sister Betty Suther.

On Tuesday evening, Gerry Pounds said the QuiltFest Committee plans another event in two years, but no date or details have been set.

Sponsors of this year’s event included the Knot-Tea Ladies Quilt Guild of Glasco, Cloud County Convention and Tourism, Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Stained Glass Stitchers of Concordia, Concordia Lutheran Church and Living Hope Foursquare Church.