Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Presidential Inauguration Day

January 21, 2013
BRRRRR. Sixteen below-zero this morning and a possible -30 overnight tonight. That’s as cold as it has been for a lot of years. I’m glad it’s not as cold in Washington, DC for the Inauguration today as it is here. Let us continue to pray that all Governmental Leaders work for the Common Good.

As I said last week, we had a retreat for Sisters all last week. It was very good. Father Charlie came in place of scheduled Fr. Dan who died giving a retreat in 2012. We’d be happy to have Fr. Charlie come again another year. There was a definite feeling of silence, peace and prayer in the buildings all week.

Last week we had three more deaths that affected the Sisters. The first one on Wednesday was the death of Jerry who is a Franciscan Associate since October of 2011. He and his wife are volunteers here at the Motherhouse for many events. On Thursday we were all shocked at the death of Fr. Luke Steiner, OSB, age 83, who has been coming for years on Thursdays to say Mass for us Sisters here at our Motherhouse. He was also chaplain for the Poor Clare Sisters in Sauk Rapids, MN (2007-2013). Then on Saturday we learned of the death of Lorraine, sister of Sisters Tonie and Rose Mae Rausch.

On Thursday this week we have our Employee Recognition event. There are 22 people celebrating 30, 20, 15, 10 and 5 years. Amy has been with us 30 years! How can that be? There will be a Social Hour, Dinner, Program and the handing out of awards. Congratulations to each of you.

Saturday, February 2nd, Ground Hog’s Day, we have an all-you-can-eat Soup Supper (4:30 to 7 p.m.) (No, we are not serving ground hog.) The three homemade soups are: Chicken Wild Rice, Beef Barley Vegetable and Bean and Ham. There will also be fresh bread, cracked wheat and white, and homemade bars. Come and enjoy.

Keep warm. Stay well…and if you are sick, get well soon.
Peace and blessings on you.

Sister Mary Lou

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