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Members of the Adelante Mujer Board went on recent trip to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.

On December 11, 2017 The Leo House sponsored its Inaugural Pope Leo XIII Award Fundraising Gala. 

Thanks to the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Leo XIII Award, originally given out each year by Auxiliary Bishop Sheil until his death in 1969, was transferred to The Leo House during the fundraising event. Representing the Archdiocese of Chicago were Father James Heyd and Father George Clements.

The 2017 inaugural award was given to Timothy Cardinal Dolan, but due to sudden illness, Auxiliary Bishop John O’Hara of New York accepted the award for him.

Eight Sisters of Saint Agnes were among the 230 guests in attendance at the Yale Club and were introduced by keynote speaker, Father James Martin.

A six-minute documentary video was created for the event describing the founding of The Leo House for German immigrants, and was created by filmmaker, Jennifer Takaki, shown on the right in the 10th photo. To her left is David Ernst, a Gala Consultant, and on the far left is Leo House Board Member Mark Houlihan, and his wife Amy. For a direct link to the video, click HERE.  Another link shows the dozens of photos taken at the event.

Continuing Mindfulness!

Need a refresher or a reminder in your practice of Mindfulness?  Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 20, 9-11AM.  We will meet in Founders Hall, 320 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI. 


A Christmas celebration for Sisters and employees filled the December mid-day complete with hors d'oeuvres and a sumptuous meal followed by  cake winnings of intricately decorated cakes  crafted by Sister Gonzaga and her sister Ann. Congratulations winners!

The Associates and Sisters of St. Agnes celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Annual Lighting of the Peace Tree in the motherhouse link last December 12 at 6:30 pm. They were joined by friends in the community. A highlight of the event was Sister Ruth's reading of  efforts to further social justice and having a decorated Christmas ball put on the tree branch.


Sister Lael, dressed as Mrs. Claus, sets up the nativity scene each year.  The children dressed are from St. Helen's parish and get on the float.  It is an annual tradition at St. Helen's Parish in Amory, MS to ride on a float for their Christmas parade and re enact the Nativity scene. 

St. Mary Immaculate Conception Thrives in Historic Barton Neighborhood of West Bend (from www., December 2, 2017)    Page 13     Page 14

Ninety-five Sisters and Associates attended the December 3 Advent Prayer Service held on December 3 at St. Agnes Convent in Founders Hall.

Annual Peace Tree Lighting
The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes invite you to join them on Tuesday, December 12 for a 5:30 p.m. Eucharistic liturgy in their chapel at 330 County Road K, Fond du Lac.  Immediately following will be the indoor lighting of the Peace Tree to “Dispel the Darkness”.  Refreshments will follow.   Please contact Sister Ruth Battaglia at 920-907-2315.

From the Catholic New York . . .   The Dwelling Place: 40 Years 'Leading Women From Homeless to Home' .  (The CSA jubilarians are on page 21.)

Receiving the 600 carnations delivered on All Souls Day were Sister Anita Henning, Development Director and Tammy Giesick, Office Manager.  In the Catholic tradition of the feast of All Saints and All Souls Day loved ones are remembered in prayer, while knowing they also intercede for us.  A special Mass was celebrated at St. Agnes Convent Chapel for the deceased family members and friends of CSA donors. A carnation was placed before the altar in their memory.  After the liturgy the flowers were given to retired sisters who will continue to pray during the month of November for those named.

Congratulations to Sister Ruth Ann Baudry, CSA, who received The Archbishop’s Annual Vatican II Award “Service in Education." Presentation of the awards, including a prayer service and dessert reception, took place at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee on Tuesday, November 7. Thank you for your many years of dedication to educating the youth of our Catholic communities.

How Does Your Hospital Rank For Patient Safety?

Wisconsin is one of five states whose hospitals, as a group, showed the most improvement in patient safety in the latest study by the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. Read more.

In October 2017, at the headquarters of  the Mexican Consulate, Consul Jorge Eernsto Espejel Montes formalized the agreement with Attorney Susan L. Kolb, whereby  Mexican citizens with the status of legal permanent residents of the United States are expected to access American nationality and identify migratory remedies for other Mexicans susceptible to regularization. The agreement was signed with  We Are One Family,  the organization that Sister Susan founded and which focuses on those whose faith life and human dignity is threatened. PRESS PRELEASE

Business & Industry Awards Dinner Awards Sister Mary Mollison Posthumously

On October 25, 2017, the was held at Marian University. The Business & Industry awards dinner helps raise money for scholarships for students in the Marian University business programs. Read more.     Sister Jean's remarks

Marian University appoints Provost, promotes Nienhaus

October 25, 2017

Marian University’s Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Dr. Russel Mayer as Provost of Marian University. Additionally, the Board has approved the promotion of Dr. Cyndi Nienhaus, CSA, to Associate Professor of Religious Education/Teacher Education in the College of the Professions. Read more.

We are pleased to inform you that the Fond du Lac County National Beauty Council selected the CSA property on 320 County Road K to receive a 2017 Beautification Award. Sister Mary Rose received the award on October 31, 2017 at the Legislative Chambers in the City-Council Government Center.   2017 Beautification Awards

Dr. Manuel Salas, co-founder of the Intercultural Medical Program in Bilwi/Puerto Cabazas, Nicaragua, convened with Adelante Mujer Board of Directors last October 13, 2017.  Sister Ann McKean is Foundress and Executive Director, of Adelante Mujer (Woman Advance!) which provides financial assistance to needy women who are studying to become medical doctors in Nicaragua.

From The Leo House newsletter. . .  CSA Jubilarians


Tucson Local Media and Tucson Business honored “Influential Health and Medical Leaders” in southern Arizona at an awards banquet SeptemberSister Eileen 27, 2017. Overall, twenty categories were recognized and open for nominations. One of three nominees in her category, Sister Eileen was selected for the award “Outstanding Women’s Health”.  She was accompanied at the event by clinic colleagues.  Eileen Mahony – Nomination Article 2017       Notice of Leaders in Health Nominations – June 2017

'The Humanity Project' set to begin    Video

FOND DU LAC - “The Humanity Project: Telling the Untold Story” will begin its third full year of an initiative meant to break down racial barriers and build positive relationships in the community.  Read more. (From Fond du Lac Reporter)

Installation of the CSA Leadership was held on Saturday, September 23 at Holy Family Church. In the picture are the 2017-2021 CSA Leadership Team Sisters Rhea Emmer, Susan Seeby, with Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee, Sisters Cyndi Nienhaus and Jean Steffes, (General Superior). Video Part 1 and Part 2

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.

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.

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!

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