Around the Abbey

A Week in Spring

It has been a busy but enjoyable Spring.  Last Saturday we said goodbye to our employee of 9 years, Karen Cusak.  Karen is truly a jack of all trades.  She cleaned and stocked our guest houses, worked in our candy production and helped take care of our grounds.  Karen is not only a hard worker but a cheerful and upbeat one.  We will miss her!  The only way we can say goodbye with happiness is that Karen is moving to Portland Oregon with her husband Greg to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren.  Both daughters are expecting babies on August 6th

Last Sunday Janet, the director of L’Arche St. Louis, and core member Jim visited.  Janet is a former Long term guest and a Clinton, IA Franciscan.  Several sisters had supper with them.  The joy of L’Arche was very tangible and we all enjoyed the visit very much.

Yesterday, our Sr. Ann Marie Lortscher, celebrated her Golden Jubilee.  We enjoyed a special meal together.  We joked that we were probably going to have peanut butter salmon, as Sr. Ann Marie loves peaunut butter.  We did have salmon, no peanut butter but we did have peanut butter cake for desert.