Photo Gallery: Planting the Wangari Tree
13 July 2013
Five years ago we invited Wangari Maathai, Mount St. Scholastica alumae and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, to come to Atchison to celebrate our sesquicentennial with us. Since Wangari died in 2011, WanGari's daughter, Wanjira Mathai, along with her husband, Lars Lindquist, and two young daughters, came from Kenya to celebrate with us and to plant the tree in Wangari's memory. We planted a red oak across from St. Catherine's in soil where Wangari would have walked as a student at Mount St. Scholastica College. Wangari's granddaughter Ruth placed medals of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica in the hole. Then she helped her mother and father add soil to fill up the hole. The sisters and guests got to add their hand-fulls of soil, too. Wanjira watered the tree and gave it her blessing. And now it waits for life-giving rain and sun.
You are welcome to come enjoy the Wangari Grove with us!
Photos by Rox Stec
- Wanjira Mathai, Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai's daughter, addresses the group on "Hope."
- Sister Anne Shepard presents Wangira Mathai with our commemorative sesquicentennial medal.
- The stone marking the Wangari tree and the Wangari grove. This is located where the dorms Northman and Hemmen formerly stood.
- Some of the sisters who gathered for the planting of the Wangari tree.
- Lars and Ruth help plant the tree.
- Wangari Maathai's daughter, Wangari Mathai,and her whole family help to plant the red oak across from St. Catherine's where Wangari lived.
- Sisters Molly Brockwell and Thomasita Homan toss in some dirt.
- All of us helped to plant to the tree.
- Wanjira Mathai blesses the newly planted red oak.
- Wanjra, her daughter, and Sister Elaine Fischer admire the newly planted tree.
- The sisters from our daughterhouses who joined us to celebrated our 150th.