The annual Christmas Bazaar hosted by the St. Scholastica Monastery is held in the Rockhurst Dining Room. Sister Lois is selling cards and stones handmade by Meridith Schifsky. (Cable Photo/Maggie Grob)

CSS Sisters Host Holiday Sale – A Blooming Tradition

DyAnna Grondahl

In this season of giving, it is crucially important to recognize the sisters, and the monastery volunteers with all that they do for the St. Scholastica community. Last week the sisters, with additional help from some volunteers, ran a bazaar for the enjoyment and benefit of the community. The bazaar offered everything from baked goodies and canned items to books, puzzles and gifts.

The Bazaar was organized by Sister Teri Spinler and volunteers Mary Tanner and Kathy Noble. Sister Teri originally took on the project last spring. The monastery hadn’t hosted the bazaar last year, and people missed it. Because of the large amount of work that goes into putting the event together, Sister Teri recruited Noble and Tanner in her efforts to revive the bazaar. According to Sister Teri, the co-coordinators of monastery volunteers “have a lot of contacts” that were quite helpful in the process of putting such an event together. The three got together and began recruiting more Sisters, friends and volunteers.

When it came to asking for donations and volunteers, people were “overly generous,” according to Noble. They acknowledged that many of the event volunteers expressed desire to return. The organisers also specifically mention Lisa Roseth of CSS being an invaluable source of generosity and time.

The bazaar is an event where the relationship between the monastery and College of Saint Scholastica shines. Many people showed up to support the event by volunteering, shopping, and even contributing.

The Alumni support was wonderful, according to the event organisers, citing that alumni contributed many things. This years bazaar was set ahead by being publicly advertised in the newspaper, Women Today and the Budgeteer. Sister Spinler, Tanner and Noble glowed with excitement retelling the day’s successes.

As far as the history of the event goes, the bazaar could date back to the 1980s, with sales of baked goods and quilted items. The sale kept growing and became a tradition, until it exploded this year. The event is to continue to grow as long as someone is willing to put it together. Sister Teri Spinler looked back on her work fondly by mentioning how fun it was, and the other two organisers commented in agreement.

“It was a lot of hard work,” said Noble. “But it is fun to work with the sisters.”