Alverno church building
Proximity to motherhouse, college makes it logical buy
poised for career change
for Manitowoc Sisters
By Joanne Flemming
The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in Manitowoc expect to make a decision early next year on a use for St. Joseph Church, Alverno, which they purchased in late August.
Sr. Louise Hembrecht, community director, said the sisters bought the property because of its location between the motherhouse, Silver Lake College and the community's retirement home, St. Francis Convent.
Sr. Paula Vanden Hogen, former community director, had asked the college administration if it could use the property, she said.
After Sr. Hembrecht took office, she asked the entire community for ideas. The deadline for submitting them is Dec. 15.
Fr. David Beaudry is pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Newton, which was formed out of parishes in Alverno, Cleveland, Northeim and Osman. He said the sisters bought St. Joseph Church and School, which sit on two acres of land.
He said that they and St. Joseph's have been "good neighbors" since the 19th century. "We think it's in good hands," he said.
In the meantime, the parish will continue to rent St. Joseph Church from the sisters for Masses, CCD classes and other functions until the end of April 2002, Sr. Hembrecht said.
That is when St. Thomas Parish expects to complete the first phase in the construction of its new church. This construction was necessitated by the merger of the four parishes: St. Joseph, Alverno; St. Wendel in Cleveland; St. Isidore in Osman and St. Casimir in Newton.
Fr. Beaudry said the other three church properties are for sale. Non-Catholic congregations are considering buying them.
Three lots and the parish hall were sold at the St. Casimir site.
St. Thomas Parish also has statues, crosses, altars, ambos, and some pews for sale. More information about these is available by calling Lee Villeneuve at (920)693-8911.