Historic Everest Inn in Wausau to become new home to Sister Adorers

Lori Torkko, left, with The Rev. Canon Aaron Huberfeld, center, and Dave Torkko, right, in front of a wall in the entrance hall at the Everest Inn. Guests signed their name on the wall so the Torkkos could preserve the memories. (Photo: Megan Stringer/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin) 
WAUSAU - As guests plan their final visit to the historic Everest Inn before it closes at the end of the month, St. Mary's Catholic Church is preparing plans to convert the bed and breakfast into a home for nuns.

The Rev. Canon Aaron Huberfeld, head priest at St. Mary's, announced Monday evening that the church will buy the Everest Inn and it will become a convent. He made the announcement at the Everest Inn during a potluck dinner with some of the current owners' friends.

The sale will be final on May 30. The last evening for visitors to stay at the inn is May 29.
The church also has historic roots in Wausau. A house on McIndoe Street was the location of the first Catholic Mass in Wausau around 1850 or so, Huberfeld said.

St. Mary's opened its church on Grand Avenue in 1892, he said. It was destroyed by a fire in 1953 and later renovated. The current religious order — the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, of which Huberfeld is a member — has been at St. Mary's since 2003.

Huberfeld anticipates that neighbors will see the sisters around McIndoe Street and at St. Mary's, but they will of course be quiet neighbors, he said. The women will be an active part of the community at St. Mary's and will find charitable work in which to participate..
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