On a lovely evening surrounded by the natural beauty of golden Gingko trees lining the walkway to the chapel at St. Joseph. Slowly filled up with long time and new friends of the Brothers and St. Joseph’s gathered to hear a Christmas Concert and the inauguration of a newly donated Roland C330 organ. The musical concert a constellation of voice and organ joyously filled the magnificent chapel at St. Joseph.
Br. Peter Gelfer, O.H. raised the funds for the newly donated organ. He welcomed those who came to the concert and thanked the donors who wished their deceased loved ones to be remembered. They were, Captain Gilbert H. Boreman, USMC and his service to our Nation from his daughter Gail Boreman Bird of Oxnard, CA. Edward N. Mills, a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. During his illness, Mr. Mills worshipped in the chapel and found great consolation in this sacred space. His daughter Julie Teichert of Ojai was one of the donors. She has a son Jonathan Teichert who is an organist. The third person remembered was Susana B. Lamb, an artist, volunteer, member of our St. Joseph’s Women’s League and a resident of St. Joseph’s. Her sister-in-law Ginger Randolph was another donor. Her daughter Carol Randolph-Lamb is a member of the Pacific Shores Philharmonic Foundation and helped Bro. Peter bring the Christmas Concert to St. Joseph’s as a way of welcoming people of the Ojai Valley to see the new renovations in progress for future assisted living and to inaugurate the new chapel organ.
The Pacific shores Philharmonic foundation El Coro Maestro, Las Voces del Mar had featured organ soloists Sara Edwards and Chris Gillmon of Ojai. The Artistic director was Dr. E. Burns Taft along with Jessica Helms, Associate Director. The program featured. The Pastorale in F, BWV 590 by J.S. Bach and a variety of Christmas melodies like O come, O Come Emmanuel, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman O Come All Ye Faithful. The concert came to a close with an invitation from the conductor for all present to join in and sing together Silent Night.
It was a lovely advent gathering which allowed our hearts to prepare the way of the Lord.