December 1, 2012 Vol. 26, No. 4 [p. 1]

A blessed Advent-Christmas season.

May 2013 be filled with

grace and blessing.

Mary, Sheila, Clare

Sister Marcellita Gisch, OSF
May 10, 1918 - November 6, 2012
Dwelling Place Staff Member: January 1989 - January 1995

Sister Marcelitta Gisch, OSF

In Sister Marcie's room at Mount Saint Francis hung this statement:

The Goal of my
Journey is to Become a
Dwelling Place of God.

For six years Sister Marcie was a gracious, loving presence as she served our retreatants in so many ways here at The Dwelling Place. She shared her gifts so willingly and brought joy to staff and newcomers alike.

She left a lasting impression on all who interacted with her. Coming from a large family, she and her nine siblings shared everything. Though financially poor, they were rich in love and tender care for each other and their parents.

She learned compassion and care at an early age. Her mother died when Sister Marcie was 12 and she assumed much of the care of her younger brothers and sisters. She entered the Dubuque Franciscans in 1934 and taught for many years before being called into Community Leadership.

Dwelling Place Associates and staff crowned Sister Marcie "Queen for a Day" at her Farewell in December, 1994. My, how young ya'll look!

In one of her journal entries she wrote, "I am so grateful for my Franciscan vocation. What a blessing we are for one another as we plan, work, share together, listen to one another, pray for one another, and trust one another. I am so grateful that I grew up in a poor simple family because it helped me to understand the meaning of poverty in my calling as a Franciscan."

When Sister Marcie came here she entered totally into the ministry. Within the month after she arrived, she and I planted fifty sycamore seedlings along the south and west fence lines. Now they are tall and stately as they frame our property, provide shade, and shed their plate-sized leaves each fall!

She also is responsible for our asparagus bed in our herb garden. Each year we thank her as we enjoy this luscious green vegetable. Sister Marcie also loved to cook, though she did not have too much opportunity with Sister Maggie in the kitchen!

Sister Marcie left a legacy of love. When asked what they remember most about her, our retreatants and guests unanimously agree that it was her loving, welcoming presence. We miss you, Sister Marcie.

"Help me to be at home with myself" she wrote. "As a pilgrim I will always be longing for The More and never be satisfied until I am grasped by God."

Students from Annunciation School, Columbus, serenaded us as we began our day. Pictured here are some of the singers as they did actions to their song.

The silent auction brought many to the table to bid on its treasures. Here JoAnn and Jim Kitchens and Mary Pat Curtis peruse the tables.

Michael Valentine teaches his son how to play bingo.

Fall Festival- September 29
Saint Joseph Parish, Starkville

This year's Fall Festival was an overwhelming success.

The food was great- but then- the Sweet Shoppe!

'Lightly Read' books were for sale.

John Maloney did the honors at Bingo.

Children's games of golf, fishing, the jumper, and ring toss kept everyone busy!

We are so grateful for all that was donated in every area- from raffle, bingo, and childrens' prizes to food and labor.

Thanks, Saint Joe.

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