“When the day is done,” says Dean and President Bishop Edward Salmon, “it’s all about relationships.”
Continuing in the tradition of Kemper and Breck, the House continues to reach out to the immediate community, whether through hosting a water station at this past Saturday’s St Joan of Arc School Frostbite 5K run, hosting Bible studies at St John’s Military Academy, in neighboring churches, or just jumping in and getting involved with area churches, schools and businesses. To name just a few of the local friends of the House — St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Delafield Presbyterian Church, St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, and Thrivent Financial — we gather to host and to build community with our neighbors from all walks of life.
As Lent approaches, the House community recently hosted a water station for the St Joan of Arc school’s annual Frostbite 5K outside Shelton Hall, where community ran, walked, ambled or strolled through the historic campus. Several people stopped by the table to visit and say thanks for all the House does for the immediate communities of Nashotah, Delafield and Oconomowoc, WI.
“I’ll be back for the fish fry in Lent,” called one runner as he waved past to the cheers of students, spouses and ‘sprouts,’ as the House children are fondly called.
Teresa Singer, friend of the House, says, “The House helping with the 5K reminds me of a simpler time when seminarian Michael Singer’s class teamed up with the school where I taught music and a fifth and sixth grades combined class!”
The House continues to seek opportunities to serve and minister, living the gospel in a very practical way. One week until our delicious pancake breakfast, two until we begin our Lenten Fish Fries.
“Whether it is eating together, working together, studying together, and negotiating the challenges of fellowship together—these, too, are vital to our formation,” says Dean and President Bishop Edward Salmon. “That’s why, as other seminaries begin to de-emphasize or even eliminate their residential programs, Nashotah House continues to offer an intensive residential experience even to its cohorts of distance learning students. And that’s why the Sons and Daughters of the House, as well as their spouses and children, form relationships here which they continue to enjoy, and to which they can look for support, throughout their ministries.”