They did not have to go to the highways and byways to fill the banquet hall (Wellspring)…
They came: sisters, housekeepers, and maintenance staffs from Mother
of Good Counsel Convent in Chicago, IL; sisters, nurses, CNAs, and housekeepers from Our Lady of the Angels Convent; the friars, Felician Services staff, and kitchen staff.
For what, you ask? A celebration organized by the sisters of the Core Group to help usher Peter Knippel, facility manager for the past 13 years, into his retirement.
SM Carlotta Myszka, GMC local minister, and SM Ursula Myszka, OLA local minister, Father Larry Janowski, OFM, chaplain, and employees acknowledged his accomplishments. A wonderful luncheon, organized by S Connie Marie Lewandowski and prepared by the kitchen staff, followed.
The conclusion of the event was a slide presentation prepared and presented by SM Samuel Holowacz.
Peter began his closing remarks by saying, “I have some astonishing news to share with you. After getting the results of a recent DNA test I was diagnosed with having ‘Felician blood.’ He then traced his “Felician blood” line back to his grandfather who was responsible for getting the Felician Sisters to come and teach at the rural school in Bevent, WI, in 1933. He also attributed these roots to his Felician aunt and four Felician cousins. He expressed his gratitude to the sisters and employees for their support and encouragement over the years.
Peter expressed gratitude to SM Barbara Ann Bosch who, with her council, hired him in 2001. “She had no idea what I could do, nor did I. She trusted and believed in me, and that has been my motivation and compulsion,” said Peter.
He shared that when he completes employee evaluations, he encourages employees to leave their “signature” on whatever they do. “I feel good about my signature at 3800 W. Peterson – on the grounds, the buildings, the equipment, the employees and my relationship and family connection with all the sisters,” said Peter.
He concluded his remarks by paraphrasing the Canticle of Simeon: “Now O Lord, you let your servant go in peace. My eyes have seen your wondrous transformation – a light for all to see and enjoy. Amen.”