Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Mary Beth Kornely shares the latest activities at Immaculate Conception Convent, Yuma, Arizona including the 25th anniversary of Santo Nino.

Last weekend was really busy. There was the Yuma Marathon that Sister Mary Teresa Bettag participated in and did her best yet in finishing (7th overall and top three female category). We had an open house for the third through fifth grade students and families from St. Francis School after the Sunday Mass for Catholic Schools Week. The three teachers had done a unit on vocations the week before. I had also visited them in their classrooms to answer their questions. Sister Mary Teresa and I gave them a grand tour while Sister Janet and Sister Ann Mary were taking part in an open house for Immaculate Conception School for their Catholic School kickoff. In the convent students spotted some good hiding places for hide and seek. They were also fascinated by the tiny phone room we never use. The oranges growing on our dying orange tree in the patio caught their attention. We were so busy focusing on the families and kids that I forgot to get pictures like I planned.

However, we are able to share some highlights of the 25th anniversary of Santo Nino celebration.

The Filipino community begins the nine Fridays before the celebration with the novena of rosary and prayers and music and a meal usually held at different homes. It concludes with a Mass and big celebration of food and traditional dances. Sister Mary Teresa attended most of the Friday nights.

The rest of us were present for the last Friday night, and we all were there for the Saturday celebration.