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Servite center celebrates 10 years

With music, poetry, food and prize drawings, the Servants of Mary will celebrate June 14 their 10 years of offering retreats, speakers and spiritual direction at their motherhouse’s Servite Center of Compassion in Omaha.

Religious sisters with the order, which also founded the all-girls Marian High School on the same campus, wanted to share their gifts widely with the community, said Sister Margaret Stratman, center director. With renovation of their motherhouse in 2003, they discussed how to create a center of spirituality and support, she said.

The sisters decided to build a room that holds up to 100 people, three smaller rooms for 20 to 30 people and several offices for spiritual direction, which opened at the center in June 2006, Sister Stratman said.

Ministry programs revolve around issues of interest to women, as well as spirituality and wellness and healing, including dementia, caregiver and grief support, and the religious order’s longstanding Peregrine Ministry for people suffering from cancer, Sister Stratman said.

It’s been a fruitful 10 years, she said.

"One thing people will say to me, when they come here, it feels so peaceful," she said. "They feel spiritually enriched."

The 6 to 9 p.m. celebration will be held at Marian High School’s lobby and theater in the center for performing arts.

WANT TO COME?

WHAT: Servite Center of Compassion 10th anniversary celebration.

WHEN: June 14, 6 to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Marian High School’s Mary Jo and Tal Anderson Performing Arts Center, 7400 Military Ave., Omaha.

COST: Tickets $45.

CONTACT: Servite Center for tickets or to donate: osms.org; osmdev@osms.org or 402-951-3060.

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