Sister Lydia and Mother Earth celebrate 100th birthday!

07/21/2022 1:00 pm

Surrounded by sisters, family and partners in mission, Sister Lydia Wendl was recently celebrated for her 100th trip around Mother Earth with the planting of a sugar maple tree at Villa St. Joseph in her honor. As she watched, the tree was planted by former FSPA Land Sustainability Coordinator Steve Dewald, who came out of retirement to grab a shovel.

Sister Lydia was surprised (literally) and a bit speechless at the event, but now "cannot wait to go outside to see how her tree is doing." And as she told one partner in mission, "You have to live well enough and long enough to have the honor of planting a tree at the Villa."

Says Sister Eileen McKenzie, "It was such an honor to celebrate Sister Lydia's life with her family, FSPA sisters and living community by welcoming Brother Tree to our Villa family! We celebrated throughout the Villa the gift of Sister Lydia and the gift of life we all share."

Congratulations, Sister Lydia!

Steve Dewald plants a tree for Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Lydia Wendl

Steve Dewald, retired FSPA land sustainability coordinator, plants the tree for Sister Lydia.

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Lydia Wendl, Julie Tydrich, Sue Ernster and Eileen McKenzie celebrate tree planting

Sisters Julie Tydrich, Sue Ernster gather around Sister Lydia Wendl next to the sugar maple tree planted in honor of her 100th birthday.

Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Lydia Wendl and family celebrate tree planting

Sister Lydia surrounded by her family.

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