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1910 - "Novenas to St. Joseph"

Commencement took place on June 16 with eight graduates receiving their diplomas and state certificates. As soon as the pupils left for home our new building, so long planned, was begun. Already in May the farmers without compensation had begun the excavation, and on July 28 the first stone was laid. On August 18 Reverend M. F. Cassidy blessed and laid the corner stone with all possible ceremonies and solemnities.

School reopened on September 6 with 214 day pupils and 84 boarders present. Soon the number of boarders was increased to 95.

On October 19 another great celebration took place— the dedication of our new debt-free church built in Romanesque style. Three Bishops and 22 Priests attended the dedication. Most Reverend Richard Scannell, Bishop of Omaha, carried out the ceremonies. Most Reverend John J. Keane, Bishop of Cheyenne, Wyoming, a very able and pious missionary, surprised us with a very eloquent and impressive sermon. Most Reverend Bishop Galligan, of Sioux City, celebrated the Pontifical High Mass. It was a most solemn occasion. The entire cost of the church amounted to $40,000, the last penny of which has been paid off by our small parish.

Thanks to our Lady of Perpetual Help and to St. Joseph, our new building progressed rapidly and well. The weather was so favorable that the building was under roof before winter arrived. Our Blessed Lady and St. Joseph gave us special help in regard to our lack of fuel. For months we had waited for the arrival of our winter coal from Wyoming, but late in the fall word came that the miners were on a strike and the coal could not be delivered. Application was made to another company, but their mines, too, were closed. In our great need we made one storm novena after another, begged our Blessed Lady and St. Joseph to take Sisters and children under their all-powerful protection, to keep the cold weather away, as we could not get coal and besides, the men were making excavation for the new heating system next to the coal cellar, and the coal, if it did arrive, could not be put into the coal cellar on account of the heaps of earth in front of it. At last on December 4, the coal arrived, plenty of it, but it had to remain in the cars for two days, as the delivery could not get near the coal cellar. We prayed with great confidence, and God continued the beautiful spring weather, so that we were able to have all windows open. On December 6 the coal was delivered and the coal cellar filled. Scarcely was this accomplished at 5:00 P. M. when the wind turned, snow came and winter was on in full blast so that the furnace had to be heated. Within a half hour after the last delivery of coal this happened. The cold weather continued for a long time.  Another time, we were short on funds for the building. We made a novena to St. Joseph, begging him to see that the Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio should get an unexpected conation during our novena.  Meanwhile, we applied to the Josephinum for a loan.  On the seventh day, we received the glad news from the Reverend President of the Josephinum that he would help us out, as he had unex­pectedly received a donation of $5,000.  We had promised to have it published in honor of St. Joseph if he helped us.  So we hastened to fulfill our promise.  During this year four Sisters were transferred to other convents. Sr. Angelica and Sr. Patrick went to St. Ann’s, Buffalo, Sr. Antona (Pfeffer) to California, and Sr. Salome to the novitiate at Stella Niagara.  They were replaced by Sr. Annunciate from Columbus, Ohio, Sr. Etheldreda (Bracken) and Sr. Honora (O’Grady) from California, Sr. Louise and Sr. Afra from Stell Niagara.

 

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