Left, DDN religion reporter Meredith Moss (standing) observes Sister Helen Theresa Fleischman make a crown of thorns from palm. Others pictured, from left, are: Sisters Noreen Jutte, Hedwig Mary Stammen and Barbara Jean Backs; second, Sister Regina Albers (right) gets a lesson from Sister Catherine Nader on weaving a certain palm design; third and fourth, Sister Adeline Mertz is deep in concentration as she puts the finishing touches on a rosette made from delicately shredded palm; fourth, some of the palm creations made by the sister. Pat Morrison photos.
Sisters of the Precious Blood at Salem Heights were recently tapped by the Dayton Daily News for a demonstration of the ancient art of palm weaving, traditionally done with blessed palms from Palm Sunday.
The feature and photos were published in the paper’s March 28 LIFE section on page 15.
Religion reporter Meredith Moss and DDN photographer Jan Underwood visited the convent to see a group of sisters in action making various palm creations. The CPPS palm weavers included Sisters Regina Albers, Barbara Jean Backs, Helen Theresa Fleischman, Noreen Jutte, Rosemary Laux, Adeline Mertz, Catherine Nader, Hedwig Mary Stammen and Rose Ann Winkeljohn.