Carmelite Events

Blessing of the New Kahl Home, Davenport, Iowa

Sister Helena - Saturday, August 18, 2012
On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, the Feast of the Assumption, the new Kahl Home was blessed by Most Rev. Martin Amos, Bishop of Davenport, Iowa.  It was a beautiful, sunny day with a light breeze rippling the corn fields next door.  Sixteen Carmelite Sisters and administrator Rosalie Thomas were joined by representatives of the Board of Directors, Catholic Service Board, architect and construction firms and many others in the Kahl Home family at the dedication Mass.  Bishop Amos anointed the new altar with oil and incensed it during the Mass.  All heartily sang the Mass hymns and after the recessional made their way to refreshments in the coffee shop/pub area.  Tours were then given, and all appreciated the careful thought and planning which went into every detail of the new facility.  The former Kahl Home stood on a high hill overlooking the Mississippi River, and while that view will certainly be missed, the new facility offers the smaller neighborhood concept, private rooms complete with bathroom and shower, lovely secure courtyards, country kitchens and common spaces.  Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa would be happy that this new facility is geared toward resident comfort and meets the needs of the times.  Congratulations to all who planned, built, and are preparing the home for the arrival of the residents on the 20th.                        
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