Enjoy, explore and learn

The Art of…
Dance, Cuisine, Painting, Language, Music and Gardening

The art of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities will be shared through exhibits, displays and workshops. Please join us in celebrating the creativity and beauty the sisters have offered to their patients and communities from Marianne’s day through today.

Sister Michaeleen is an accomplished dancer and musician. She will be teaching about Hula and leading her audience in movements of the traditional Hawaiian dance.

​May 6

Sister Joselle Orlando

Playing the Ukulele
Why play the ukulele?  First, it’s cool.  Second, it’s inexpensive. Third, it’s easy. Fourth, it’s portable.  Fifth, it’s FUN!We’re in the midst of a mini ukulele boom – sales are surging.  Beginning students would rather pick up a ukulele than a recorder.  They sound better, and they’re even easier to learn! They’re so simple, they’re the obvious instruments to get started on. By learning just 2 or 3 simple chords, you can play dozens of songs, including rock and roll and blues!    


Mother Marianne liked to plant flowers to create beauty everywhere she went.  The garden is a beautiful tribute and we are excited to share this sacred ground. We invite you to visit this special place located at the shrine and museum that celebrates the importance of family and the legacy of Saint Marianne. 

Thank you for joining us!

Sister Eileen Derrick provides healing music to the sick and dying. She played her harp and discussed her practice and how it is used to give comfort.

Sister Eileen Derrick


Our festival fell on the same day St. Joseph’s Hospital opened for patients in 1869. It was a memorable day! Visitors viewed the displays in our museum galleries, met sisters, and participated in one or more of the workshops. 

Sister Joselle is an artist who teaches classes at her studio in Fayetteville, NY. She taught about the ancient form of the mandala (which predates Christianity) and how it is used in her watercolors.

Sister Michaeleen Cabral

Sister Theresa Laureta