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Associate First Commitment
CSA welcomes three new Associates. Wanda, Mary Beth, and Katie will join other CSA Associates (women and men) who offer the congregation a faith perspective from life experience and responsibilities in single or married life. Associates are called by the Spirit to embody the charism, mission and spirituality of the Sisters of St. Agnes in family, work, and society.

While at the LCWR Assembly, we had a great conversation with Sister Vicki Wuolle, CSA! In this #Nunday video, she talks about how her ministry reflects the spirit of her congregation.

Many of you have seen national news stories about dead fish washing ashore on Florida beaches. Sister Jacque Roller, who lives in Sarasota, sent these links for our information and action. On the first link, a Fort Wayne, Indiana news station interviews Jacque and the second is a petition that she invites us to sign. The other links provide more detailed information about the situation and the cause of the problem, run-off from sugarcane farms. ∎ News story interviewSign this petition: By eminent domain, establish reservoirs.Local news storyYoutube video: The Red Tide ForumA detailed account of the root cause and complexity of Red tide

Strong families are the foundation for a strong society.  Listen to Pope Francis speak about families.

Oshkosh, June 30  -   Sisters Julie Ann Krahl, Clare Lawlor, Kathleen Ries, and Mary Elise Leiker (L to R and front in picture) were among sisters and associates who braved the heat to join people across the nation to protest the administration’s immigration policy that separates children from their parents.

Over 40 Associates attended the Associate Assembly June 18-19, participating in building community, celebrating our new identity statement, praying, singing, sharing meals and laughter.

The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes celebrated CSA Days 2018 with a Mass followed by a banquet. The Regional Coordinators were feted with a reception at Nazareth Court and Center.   Video of Mass

Religious sisters protest immigrant family separation policy in Marian University march
FOND DU LAC - About thirty religious sisters gathered Wednesday afternoon at Marian University to march in protest of immigration policies that separate children from parents. The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, an order based in Fond du Lac, marched in silence around the campus with handmade signs bearing slogans like “Act morally; reunite families,” “Stop the cruelty” and “God’s earth has no borders.” Read more.    Video

A Hunger for Wholeness: Exploring the Inner-Outer Universe is the title of a seminar that featured Ilia Delio, OSF with John F. Haught and Heidi Russel, held at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, June 10-13. The presenters see themselves as carrying forward the thought and work of the French philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as paleontologist and geologist, Teilhard de Chardin. Among the topics covered were love as the cosmological force, the relation between religion and science, the Trinity, spiritual life and the new cosmic story, artificial intelligence, cyborgs (You are a cyborg if your reality includes the technology of joint replacements, prescription glasses, pace makers, artificial limbs, or any other form of technology). Seven Sisters, Jomarie Zielke, Ann Koerner, Mary Lou Schroeder, Bea Lindsay, Josephine Goebel, Kathleen Ries and Ruth Battaglia participated.

The YouTube video is Ilia Delio’s presentation last year at St. Mary's College.

This YouTube video, JkwxxN The Beat Illegal,  is done by  one of Sister Susan Kolb's clients. Sister Susan Kolb, CSA, is an immigration attorney who works on the border.

On Saturday May 12, CSA Associates and Sisters volunteered to prepare a meal, joining members of our civic community for Stone Soup. Some sisters and associates helped to prepare the food and some gathered with the other volunteers and guests in the lower level of the Public Library sharing food, fellowship and hospitality. We shared a meal with great conversation, hugs and smiles, sharing in the joy of giving and receiving, living our CSA mission, aware that we, too, are among the needy and enriched by those we serve.

Sister Joann and Dwelling Place board member Marion Miner were interviewed on Talking Live with Dr. Robi Ludwig on Wednesday, May 9. Dr. Ludwig is a nationally known psychotherapist and award winning reporter and TV personality. Her show is a live Facebook program shining the light on the people who make the world a better and more interesting place. (Log in to your Facebook account.)

8th Day Center for Justice, a coalition founded by Catholic religious congregations, to promote justice, held its final assembly on May 7, 2018.  After 44 years 8th Day will close its doors in August.  This last assembly was a prayerful experience patterned after a Eucharistic liturgy. It acknowledges the vital ministry of 8th Day and ritualized its immanent closure.  CSA has been a member for nearly 30 years and Sister Dolores Lytle was a staff member for 12 of those years.

The CSA community began serving there in 1877. With the departure of Sister Mark Plescher from Altoona, there will be no Sisters of St. Agnes serving in the Altoona -Johnstown Diocese.  "Another Perpective" (article)

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