Project honors Sisters’ founder, 50th anniversary
LINCOLN (SNR) – Two young men from Boy Scout Troop 28 at St. Teresa Parish in Lincoln recently built a prayer and fellowship garden area for the School Sisters of Christ the King convent on the church’s campus as their Eagle project.
Pastor Msgr. Joseph Nemec blessed and dedicated the space in October when Jake Swanson and Connor Showers received their Eagle Scout rank for the project.
Msgr. Nemec had graciously allowed the use of a large area on the grounds for the project. Where there was bare dirt and grass before, there is now a large, enclosed, tiled area with a table and chairs, two 8-foot benches, an 11-foot umbrella, a Sacred Heart statue, water feature, stations of the cross and plants including rose bushes to honor the parish patroness, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
To undertake the project, the boys received donations from the Knights of Columbus, family members, the St. Teresa Thrift Shop and local businesses, as well as donations of labor from members of their scout troop, family and friends. The planning and completion of the project took all summer, but was finished when the Sisters moved back to the convent to begin the school year.
Previously, the Sisters had no outdoor place of their own on campus to gather. They would walk to Calvary cemetery to pray. Since the installation of the garden, they have used the space to grill meals, eat together, and gather for group or individual meditation at the Sacred Heart statue or at the stations of the cross.
Swanson and Showers asked the Sisters if they would like to name their garden after the late Bishop Glennon Patrick Flavin, founder of the School Sisters of Christ the King. The decision to name the garden “Glennon Garden” in memory is fitting as the Sisters are marking the 50th anniversary of their founding this year. The boys had a plaque made with the name and installed it at the gate.
Swanson and Showers are seniors at Pius X High School but attended St. Teresa School and were taught by the School Sisters of Christ the King. They said their project was a labor of love and gratitude for their church campus, Msgr. Nemec and the Christ the King Sisters.