Come on inside and see what our Motherhouse looks like. :):)
She will ask you to wait in our Reception Room while she pages the Sister you want to see. When I was a Postulant, then a Novice, my family would wait in here on "Visiting Sunday" about twice a year, when our families were allowed to come and visit us.
My father always knew when I was coming because he recognized my quick walk coming down this beautiful staircase.
We will start our tour on First Floor.
Straight across from the front door is what we call "The Front Office". If you need to request a car, ask for repairs, a bed etc, here is where you come and talk to one of our Sisters.
Often times, when you want to meet up with another Sister you will say, "Let's meet by Front Office" and on the floor right in the middle outside the Front Office is this cross on the floor and a beautiful crucifix on the wall. Both have been here it seems forever. The cornerstone of our building is 1873. Our Community was founded in 1869.
Continuing on our tour we come to the mailroom. Every Sister living at the Motherhouse has a mailbox where your mail is put. We have a Sister Mailman.
Here are some items I found very interesting.
There is a case with Sister Dolls to show how our habit has changed from 1869 to now. After Vatican II around 1966, religious Sisters were asked to modernize their habit. About 50 Sisters that summer wore a different style habit for 2 weeks. After that the Sisters voted for the habit that the whole community would be wearing. I saw the pictures of all of them in the Heritage Room. What a variety of veils. I am happy with the one they voted in.
Continuing on down the hall..............
On the other end of first floor, going the opposite direction from the Front Office, we come to the Patio Lounge.
Now we come to the North Parlor.
We come upon now the Hall of our Foundresses and Leaders - Our Hall of Fame.
|Mother Gabriel, our Foundress.|
|Mother Generose was a visionary in education. She made the decision to build our college -Silver Lake of the Holy Family.|
On this floor we have classrooms, as this part of the Motherhouse was used as college classrooms for our Sisters, before our college was built. Then they were used as high school classrooms for when we had the "Aspirancy". It was a boarding high school for girls who were thinking about becoming a Sister.
We have almost finished our tour of first floor. One of my special parts of our First Floor is the Art Hallway and the Art Parlor. Quite a few of our Sisters are artists and their Art work is displayed throughout the Motherhouse but in particular here on the first floor.
This is my most favorite picture.
Christmas in Bethlehem, in Greccio with St. Francis who created the first Nativity Scene and Christmas with our Sisters outside our Motherhouse.
"Look at the eyes!"
|The Art Parlor|
|Sr. Regina Rose, explaining to Sr. Alexandra her latest painting.|
|St. Clare and St.Francis painted by Sister Mariella.|
|Located on First Floor|
Our Vocation Directresses work out of this office. They talk to women who are interested in learning more about what it means to be a Sister.
Let's travel on down now to our basement. It is not your normal basement as it is quite equipped and a very well used, populated area of our home.
Our gym, which also serves as a meeting room for our Sisters. Such as our Chapter that we just finished.
Our laundry room is very large.
As novices we were often in here folding sheets and towels and taking the laundry carts of clean clothes to the different sleeping areas.
|Each Sister is assigned a laundry number when they enter and you mark your clothes with this number. They are posted on this wall with where you are sleeping so they know where to take your clean clothes.|
Now it is time to stop in the "Coffee Shop/Lunch Room" - a more popular room in our convent. .
It is the place to get an early or late breakfast, snack in the afternoon and a place to visit other Sisters.
Moving on down the "bakery hallway" we come first to the Garbage Room. Now, I feature this because as Novices we all took our turn at cleaning this room on Saturdays. We scrubbed the floor and barrels. It is the cleanest garbage room you will ever find anywhere. We got to read the 'Comics' in the newspaper as we worked away.
Our bakery is right across the hallway.
|Our homemade bread is sliced here.|
|St. Francis of Assisi is always around us.|
|Stop in and get your feet taken care of so they feel good again.|