SSMOs Host Annual Valentine Tea
Submitted by Sr. Adele Marie Altenhofen
The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, via Bethany Center, hosted a grand event on February 12– the annual Valentine’s Tea. This was the 10th anniversary of the tea and it also was an opportunity to spotlight the Sisters’ 125th Jubilee of their founding.
There was a full house for the tea, which featured wonderful epicurean fare, sweet melodies on the harp (5th grader Claire Abraham), and singing (senior students Evan Tait and Genie Genetiano). An added bonus for this year’s event was a biographical presentation on the life of the Sisters’ first Superior General, Sr. Wilhelmina Bleily. Sr. Wilhelmina visited “in the flesh” as yours truly donned a habit of 1950s ilk made by Sr. Mary Hugh Copenhaver.
Additionally, this year’s tea featured a special raffle of Sisters’ handmade crafts and chocolates. Sr. Rita Rose Stohosky and Sr. Charlene Herinckx contributed greeting cards, Sr. Ruth Frank made afghans and Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, Sr. Lawdean Lamberger contributed a cross-stitched nativity scene, and Sr. Juanita Villarreal embroidered tea towels and tortilla warmers, just to name a few. All monies from the raffle benefit the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program that the Sisters are sponsoring.