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A ‘Happy Endings’ update on St. Joseph’s Lake

As you may know, Pope Francis decreed 2021 a Year of St. Joseph so “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God’s will.”

Along with Sister Jean Fuqua and because of her swimming prowess, Cynthia MacWhorter dove to the bottom of the lake and helped secure the floating raft to boulders. This image, entitled “Happy Lake Card,” depicts the hand-crafted card Cynthia created as a tribute in honor of the 2021 restoration of St. Joseph’s Lake.

The Feast of St. Joseph – March 19 – in this Year of St. Joseph, marks the perfect occasion for expressing our gratitude for the many generous donors who bring a happy ending to the wonderful story of St. Joseph’s Lake at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Thank you for your generous support for the project!

You may recall from our Winter 2021 article in “HOPE Magazine” that we reported having pulled money for initial repairs on the damaged berm from the emergency fund. The total repairs for the lake restoration project included site preparation, tree removal, berm replacement and landscaping, coming with a price tag totaling $178,500. And you, our donors, have responded in kind! To date we have received pledges and gifts of more than $72,000.

Once, St. Joseph’s Lake served as the supplemental water source for the Congregation and its farming needs. In recent decades, the lake offered peaceful and recreational benefits for the sisters, their visiting families and those living in the hermitages throughout the years. What Mother Nature decimated, Mother Theodore and our Provident God, through your generosity, restored. Thank you!

We told you the beginning and middle of the story and asked you to write a happy ending. You did!

“… and they all lived happily ever.”

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Maureen Dickinson

Maureen Dickinson

Maureen Dickinson was the Director of Advancement Services for the Congregation. Prior to coming to the Woods, the Illinois native served as the Executive Director of Quad-Cities Foundation for Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois.

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  1. Avatar S. Joni Luna on March 18, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Thank you to our AMAZING donors who have supported
    the St. Joseph project. I especially, “THANK YOU,’ for your
    generosity on the mission of Providence.
    You make our ministries possible and I am
    so very thankful for your prayers and willingness to
    share your wealth to help further the mission and legacy of
    Saint Mother Theodore and Jesus. You help bring about
    love, mercy and justice in our world. You are PROVIDENCE!
    May God bless you and your families for your
    love , kindness generosity.
    In Providence,
    Sister Joni Luna, SP

  2. Avatar Jane OBrien on April 25, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Last week a friend and I spent two days and nights in Regnier hermitage on the lake. How beautiful it is! Thank you for sharing it with others! –Jane O’Brien, ANG

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