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Rev. Charles Fail awarded “Living Faith” award

On September 11th, the Mobile Area Interfaith Conference held a luncheon for The Neighbor Center reentry program to celebrate overcoming adversity and to announce the 1st recipient of the Judith Smits Award for “Living Faith.” Sr. Judith was a member of the Congregation of St. Agnes, based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She served in Mobile as the director for the Catholic Service Center and was a founder of The Quest, a social justice advocacy group. Known for openly campaigning against injustice, Sr. Judith, who died in 2012, will be remembered for living her faith in God as a call to service. Charles Fail is a retired United Methodist minister who is also known for his social ministry projects in addition to his responsibilities as a pastor. He has served as the director of the United Methodist Inner City Mission and has actively served with diverse congregations during periods of transition. As the president of Mobile Area Interfaith Conference, he established the Jail ministry at Mobile County Metro Jail in 2002. He is the founder of the Open Doors Resale and Thrift Store that since opening in 2013 has provided ongoing financial support of nearly $250,000 to community ministries of interest to United Methodists, including the jail ministry. Rev Fail knew Sr. Judith as a partner in pursuing ecumenical projects for the benefit of citizens in need. It was their vision that led to Mobile Area Interfaith Conference establishing The Neighbor Center in 2016 for released inmates, now referred to as returning citizens. As the 2017 recipient of the Judith Smits “Living Faith” award, Charles Fail was recognized for his role as a servant leader on behalf of those seeking God’s intervention for hope and justice.

Sisters of St. Agnes offered Peace Prayers last September 13 at the Motherhouse as one of the 1,000 events taking place, which is part of Pace e Bene's Campaign for Nonviolence.   Photos

The Sisters of St. Agnes and Associates celebrated Founders Day with a Mass in the Motherhouse Chapel. Mass attendees enjoyed a reception there after.  VIDEO

From Action Advertiser in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

The Sisters of St. Agnes Publicly Condemn Racism (from the Fond du Lac Reporter)

CSA Justice Coordinator Sister Ruth joined associates, sisters and the throng of people at the peaceful demonstration on immigration in Oshkosh.

The blessing of the addition of 12 to 20 rooms in Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was attended by representatives of the Sisters of St. Agnes and the Hospice Home of Hope administrators and staff.

Sister leaders to connect contemplation with real world at 2017 LCWR assembly
The 2017 assembly for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in Orlando, Florida, is not going to be a business meeting. It will be a spiritual experience, said Sr. Catherine Bertrand, a School Sister of Notre Dame and the assembly's facilitator, with as many experiences as women in the room. The conference represents about 80 percent of the 48,500-some women religious in the U.S. Read more. (Photo of Sisters Anita and Jean)

Whalen Films presents a Bren Ortega Murphy film, of which  she is one of its creators. She recently spoke at Marian University and dedicated the film to three women religious.  "A Question of Habit" is narrated by Susan Sarandon.

Martin Lang dedicates this book to the memory of Sisters Maureen Courtney and Teres de Jesus Morales. "So it is appropriate in reading Matthew's Passion for us to be reminded of the sacrifice these sisters made of their lives as faith-filled followers of Jesus." ~ Martin A. Lang. The dedication is contained in this three-page PDF.  To purchase the book please visit

Sr. Mary Mollison, CSA, remembered for the compassion underlying her leadership.
Sr. Mary Mollison, CSA, a health care, congregational and higher education leader who advanced projects by counseling the common good, died June 30 at age 70. Read more.

Agnesian HealthCare, Monroe Clinic Signal Intent to Join SSM Health
Fond du Lac, Wis.-based Agnesian HealthCare and Monroe, Wis.-based Monroe Clinic may join the St. Louis-based SSM Health system. Read more.

SSM Health to acquire Monroe Clinic
The organization that oversees Monroe Clinic will transfer sponsorship . . Read  more.

Sister Ruth, CSA Justice Coordinator, attended the over 20 weeks health care repeal rally in front of Senator Ron Johnson's Oshkosh office.

Nicaragua Was Never Part of Bishop Paul Schmitz's Plan
Bishop Schmitz found himself literally in the middle of the Contra War on New Year's Day in 1990 when guerilla fighters ambushed the car he was riding in with three Sisters of St. Agnes. Read more.

Agnesian HealthCare and Monroe Clinic reach tentative agreement with SSM Health

Agnesian HealthCare, which operates St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac and hospitals in Ripon and Waupun, would become part of SSM Health, which operates St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison and hospitals in Janesville and Baraboo, under a tentative agreement announced Tuesday. Read more.

Management Shift in Works
Sponsorship of Agnesian HealthCare to transfer to SSM Health

FOND DU LAC - The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes announced Wednesday that it has signed a letter of intent to transfer sponsorship of Agnesian HealthCare to SSM Health, a much larger Catholic, not-for-profit health system. Read more.

Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes Explores Healthcare Ministry Transfer to SSM Health. These Catholic health systems are committed to sustainability of Agnesian HealthCare and Monroe Clinic.

Catholic Press Associations Book Awards
2017 Winning Entries

SCRIPTURE: Popular Studies
First Place
A New Heaven, A New Earth: The Bible and Catholicity
by Dianne Bergant, Orbis Books

Bergant makes a significant contribution to her research in attempting to reconcile the findings of contemporary science, which is cosmocentric with the religious meaning of the bible. Each chapter examines selected Biblical passages in attempting to uncover the integrity of creation. The author demonstrates the interconnectedness of the Earth, and all creatures of the Earth. Thus, Bergant shows a catholicity that is universal and encompassing all. A New Heaven and A New Earth encourages the ongoing study of Scripture, Theology and Science.

Congratulations, Sister Dianne!

The Fond du Lac Morning Rotary President Cathy Christensen awarded CSA Commmunications Director Valerie Gracyk the Paul Harris Award.

CHAPTER 2017 - On June 12, the Sisters of St. Agnes gathered for the opening of Chapter 2017 with Liturgy, a presentation by Sister Dianne Bergant, and a social. A thank-you reception was held the evening of June 13 for the General Council: Sisters Jean Steffes, Jomarie Zielke, Anita Henning, and Susan Seeby.  Sister Mary Rose led prayer on Day 2 of Chapter 2017. The leadership team gave their reports as well. Word and Bread Service and table centerpiece were on display. Videos: CSA LiturgyOpening RemarksCSA Thanks the General Council, A Personal Thank you to the General Council.   Jubilee Celebration was done at Marian Univeristy.  Jubilee Mass Video and Jubilee Mass Photos.  

CSA archivist, Jenny Lukomski has announced that CSA has been selected to receive a National Film Preservation Foundation grant valued at $8,000. “In 1958, the congregation had a film created to celebrate CSA’s Centennial,” shared Jenny. “The film was titled “Decision for Happiness”, it shows young novices preparing to take their final vows. The film will be repaired, a new master print created and a digitalized copy made. The process will take a year and once it is returned it will be shared with the community”.

Fond du Lac Sisters of St. Agnes Serving on the Border,  Catholic Herald, May 18, 2017. Please see Ministry Visits for Photos


Sister Mary Ann, Regional Coordinator, represented the General Council in Colegio Santa Rosa de Lima in celebrating 50 years of ministry of the Sisters of St. Agnes in Nicaragua last May 5-7. Photos

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