School of Notre Dame sisters recall community service in Mankato

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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Atop Good Counsel Hill, the School Sisters of Notre Dame have watched over Mankato since 1865.

But beginning in early September, retired older sisters will move into the Benedictine Living Community of Shakopee.

“It will be hard for all of us to leave. But our whole life has gone from one place to another. So I think everything will be fine, but Mankato will be missed,” said Sister Patricia Frost.

Although approximately 110 sisters will move to Shakopee, their experience and work in the community will be forever remembered, especially by the sisters who will remain in Mankato.

“The learning center remains here, and I am part of it, so I will continue my work to meet the needs of children and adults,” said Sister LuAnn Jacobs.

Since 1912, Our Lady of Good Counsel has organized many entertainment and educational programs for the community, such as Rockin’ on the Hill, Pedal Past Poverty, Write on Race to be Right on Race, and more.

“The city council has declared Mankato to be a city of inclusion, and a lot of that is due to the awareness that was raised, and we were part of that. It’s affected us as well, I think we’ve put more effort into being more inclusive in our recruiting,” Frost said.

“When I think of the thousands of people that we got to know here, and they got to know us, it was kind of like a pollination of art and beauty that happened here,” said Sister Lucille Matousek.

Just before the big move, the School Sisters of Notre Dame welcome the community to the top of the hill for an open house and farewell party from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“Just come see the field and meet us,” Jacobs said.

“We want to see you, we want to say goodbye to you. And some will stay here, and we hope we stay in your hearts,” Frost said.

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