Sr. Teresita Huse, OP

Sr. Teresita Huse, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Teresita Huse, OP (103), a native of Kingman, KS, died July 4, 2022, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS.

Sr. Teresita was born Marcella Kathrene to Frank and Clara Marx Huse on July 23, 1918. In 2021, Sr. Teresita celebrated 85 years of Dominican life, having made first profession in 1936 and final profession in 1940.

Sister Teresita earned her BA in English from St. Mary College, her MA in Library Science from Rosary College, and her MA in Theology from Saint Xavier University. For the first 16 years of her long ministry, she was a dedicated teacher at elementary and secondary schools in Kansas and Oklahoma. She also served as a professor of Theology, registrar and librarian of Immaculate Conception College in Great Bend, KS.

Sr. Teresita served as a Pastoral Minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Goodland, KS, before moving back to Great Bend to serve on Congregational leadership for eight years.

During a year-long sabbatical, Sr. Teresita traveled to Japan to teach English to adult learners. This trip was the beginning of a period of world travel, when over a number of years, Sr. Teresita visited New Zealand, Australia, Alaska, Korea and India. She also organized tours to the Holy Land.

Even after her retirement from active ministry, Sr. Teresita was devoted to the Great Bend ministry in Nigeria. She was very active in planning and running the annual Mission Bazaar, recruiting volunteers and donations for years.

In a news article profiling her then-85 years in ministry published in 2021, Sr. Teresita said that from a young age, she had dreamed of life as a religious sister. She even got to play a sister in a school play! At the age of nearly 104, she said that “God’s great goodness to me as a Dominican for 75 years boggles my mind, and God willing, there will be more. I’m very, very happy with my many years in the convent. I’ve been truly blessed.”

She is survived by several nieces and nephews, as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Sister Teresita was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Leo, Cletus, and Sylvester.

A Vigil Service was held on July 7, and a Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 8, both at the Sisters’ Convent in Great Bend. Sr. Teresita was interred at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery in Great Bend.

To donate in memory of Sr. Teresita Huse, OP, please click here.

To download a printable copy of this memorial, click here.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Teresita’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219 or oppeace.org. Memorials may also be sent to Hope for the Village Child to benefit the Sisters’ Nigerian Mission.

Posted in Obituaries

Butterflies

Blog by Mary Kay Wood, OPA

A number of years ago a few of us used to walk in a nearby cemetery due to the condition of the roads which were paved.  One evening in late August we happened to notice many Monarch butterflies flying over our heads.  We watched as hundreds pass by and determined they were in the process of migration.

Where do these Monarchs go, you may ask?  Well, Eastern North America monarchs have a second home in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.  Monarchs in Western North America overwinter along the Pacific coasts near Santa Cruz and San Diego.

The butterfly, the type of species it is, its habitat, and the time of year when it becomes an adult are factors.  Larger butterflies generally live longer than smaller butterflies.  But size is not a guarantee that a butterfly will live longer.  The average lifespan is one month.  Some types of butterflies such as Monarch and Mourning Cloaks usually live up to eight or nine months.

The Monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do.  Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs can’t survive the cold winters of northern climates.  They seem to have a built-in cue that tells them when it is time to travel south for the winter.  These butterflies use a combination of air currents and thermals to travel long distances.  Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter home.

Some butterflies can enter a state of dormancy in their egg, larva, pupa, or adult state.  Those that can overwinter as inactive adults are Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, and Brimstone.  They remain dormant in tree holes, rock crevices, and other shelters.  It is reported that the butterfly secretes a type of natural antifreeze in their body fluids to prevent the formation of ice crystals on the surface of their bodies.

Climate change and habitat loss are among the largest threats to monarch butterflies.  Colder wetter winters could destroy these creatures as well as hotter, drier summers.  In the USA, monarchs need places to reproduce and feed heavily on the plant milkweed.  Herbicides need to be discontinued on vegetation and milkweed.

In the whole world, there are 17,500 different species and in the United States, there are 750 species of butterflies.  The Monarch can fly up to 10,000 feet or more up in the sky, much higher than most birds do.

Those of us who witnessed a small bit of the migration of the Monarchs that day in the cemetery are very grateful that we were in the right place and at the right time.

Sources:
U.S. Forest Service
WOSU PBS

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Great Bend Motherhouse Opens New Gift Shop, Continues Raffle

Featured in the Great Bend Tribune, Story and photo by Susan Thacker

 

 

 

 

 

The Dominican Sisters of Peace will no longer hold their annual bazaar in Great Bend but they have opened a Gift Shop that will be open year-round at the Motherhouse, located at 3600 Broadway Ave.

Sister Judith, left, and Sister Carol show some of the handmade items for sale in the new Gift Shop at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse. Items previously sold during the annual missions bazaar are now available year-round at the gift shop.

To purchase tickets for the Great Bend Raffle, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Missouri Students visit Springfield to learn about local farming

From the Springfield Sun: Photo and story by Madison Briscoe
FFA students from Ash Grove, Missouri, made stops at three Springfield farms to learn more about local farming.

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Farm Manager Danny Ray Spalding gives Ash Grove students a tour of the St. Catharine Farm.

They stopped at Nash Farm, On Tapp Dairy Farm, and the St. Catharine Farm, to look into local dairy, produce, and beef farms.

Rick Greenwell took the students around to the different farms around Springfield, ending their trip with Danny Ray Spalding at the St. Catharine Farm. Spalding is the Farm Manager at St. Catharine and told the students the ins and outs of running a beef cattle farm.

Spalding allowed the students onto the farm to check out some of the barns on the property where they hold cattle as they’re growing.

Along with learning the basics of managing the farm, Spalding also shared with the students how the Sisters at St. Catharine have helped the farm over the years and why it is a major part of the Springfield community.

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