Article omitted a piece of Marian House history
Letter to the Editor
I am writing to you in regard to the article in the Jan. 19 issue of the Herald concerning the history of the Marian House (“Catholic Charities Celebrates 50 Years of Help and Hope”). The St. Mary Church parish council decided to provide activities for the senior citizens of the parish. In 1969-1970, the Marian House was established with Sister Dolores Marie Walters, a Sister of Charity, as the administrator of the program.
Luncheon meetings were held in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on Kiowa Street. The meals were enjoyed at the affordable price of $1.25; the lunch was free for those who were not able to pay. The luncheons provided not only a delicious meal but also a place for seniors to meet up with long time friends and also to meet new friends. Free classes were held at the Sisters of Charity Convent on Bijou Sreet. I taught a knitting class, and a quilting class was given by Margaret Sheely and Sue Forkus. The Marian House provided a social interaction program for seniors that was enjoyed by many. Participants were able to ride the city bus to St. Mary’s and some of the volunteers provided transportation for others.