Left, The 2016 Salem Heights Mardi Gras Queen, Sister Rosemary Lindemann; middle, Sister Ellie McNally enjoying a cup of coffee; right (from left) Sisters Mary Ellen Andrisin and Mary Anne Schiller listening to the discussions of the origins of the unofficial holiday.
The Sisters at Salem Heights celebrated Mardi Gras on Feb. 9 with stories and, of course, three different flavors of king cake. Before digging into their treat, they discussed the origins of the unofficial holiday and shared memories of past celebrations. Sister Rosemary (M.Christa) Lindemann found the baby Jesus in her piece of cake and was crowned the 2016 Mardi Gras queen.
Story and photos by Dave Eck