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Outings Day offers chance to see new sights

Outings Day offers chance to see new sights - (04-01-2019)

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PHOTO: Several Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration visited museums on the fall Community Outings Day, which included the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, Mo. Pictured (left to right) are Sister Hope Rodenborn, OSB, Sister Cecilia Rose Sprekelmeyer, OSB, Sister Patricia Vereb, OSB and Postulant Elizabeth Wavra.

Community is a large part of Benedictine life, and much of that takes place inside monastery walls. However, there are opportunities to spend time in fellowship and fun elsewhere, and many of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration took advantage of the fall’s Community Outings Day.

Sisters Ramona Varela, Judy Niesen and Nancy Rose Gucwa road tripped to St. Joseph, Missouri, to spend time at the Walter Cronkite Memorial.

“He was a man of integrity and honesty in his reporting of national and world news, and we found the museum very interesting,” Sister Ramona said.

The Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, offered a unique view of a salvaged steamboat that sank in the Missouri River in 1856 and was recovered decades later. Many of the steamboat’s artifacts are on display and offer a glimpse of nineteenth-century Americana. Visiting the museum were Sisters Patricia Vereb, Hope Rodenborn and Cecilia Rose Sprekelmeyer and Postulant Elizabeth Wavra.

“It was our first time there, and we were thoroughly impressed with the history and artifacts,” Sister Patricia said. 

Sisters Sarah Schwartzberg, Lynn Marie D’Souza and Maria Victoria Cutaia enjoyed spending time at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City.

The Sisters serendipitously chose the only day of the year that the famous Coleman Dollhouse, 9-foot-tall structure, is open to the public.

“I am fascinated by miniatures, so I was eager to see the collection, and it did not disappoint!” Sister Lynn Marie said. “The detail and craftsmanship were remarkable.”

Other Sisters spent the day playing games, venturing to the library for a new book and eating out at a restaurant.