A Look Back: THE Big Bazaar

Sister Maristella Dunlavy wrote this story for a 2012 edition of JUST Words.

Oh, do you remember a long time ago? Well, if not, here is the story! It was late December of 1966 that a group of sisters stationed at St. Agnes School and Convent in Springfield, Ill., got together for recreation one evening and discussed what fun it had been to make small Christmas trees for parishioners who were unable to leave their homes. The recipients were delighted, but the sisters had also derived great pleasure in making the gifts and presenting them.

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The idea

1967 Bazaar items

The conversation continued and ultimately concluded with a brilliant idea. Just think, “If everyone in the community could make just one item, we could sell them to make money for the new motherhouse!”

The St. Agnes sisters were so excited with their idea that no time was lost. A presentation was made to Mother Jeremiah on December 28. In her enthusiastic support, she put forth one condition and that was that the sisters of St. Agnes would assume full responsibility for the bazaar. With resounding affirmation from this small band of sisters, the bazaar of 1967 was born!

The Labor Force
“Bizarre bazaar"
Busy Bees
"Marshal Fields"
Only One Bazaar
Sister Maristella proclaiming the Word of God.
Sister Maristella proclaiming the Word of God.

Sister Maristella:
By the Numbers

63: Number of years since Sister Maristella's first profession of vows.

8: Number of schools in which she ministered.

14: Number of years as principal of Cathedral School, Springfield.

37: Number of years in school administration.

1: The number of REALLY BIG BAZAARS she helped coordinate.