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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)

First grade students from St. Mary's Springs Academy brought May baskets for the sisters at the motherhouse. Not only did they bring baskets but they also brought smiles and a lot of happiness with them. 

The Sisters of St. Agnes hosted the Third Annual Earth Fair Day at the motherhouse last April 22, 2018 . The presenters include LWQIA, Fair Trade Tpws USA, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light, Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Wisconsin Green Muslims, St. Mary's Springs Academy, Fond du Lac Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Facility, SSM-Agnesian Healthcare,  and Farm2Table Co-op and Cafe. John and Jean McDowell brought their electric bike. The event was graced with a raffle, a schedule of trips to the CSA woods and presentations on water and solar energy.

Marian University Staff Recogntion
Sister Cyndi Nienhaus was honored on April 5 at the Marian University Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner for 10 years of service.  Donate to the Working Families Program in honor of Associate Kerry Strupp for 30 years of service at Marian University.


Shareholders Committed to the Rights of Immigrants
The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes has a strong connection to immigrant communities and their needs. The congregation was founded in 1858 in response to the faith needs of German immigrants in Wisconsin. When Hmong, who were allies of the United States in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and later stages of the Laotian Civil War, started seeking asylum as political refugees after the communist takeover in both nations in 1975, the Sisters of St. Agnes were instrumental in welcoming them and helping them resettle in Fond du Lac, WI. Today, sisters in Arizona provide legal aid and other forms of assistance to the immigrant population along the Naco border with Mexico. Recently the congregation has been advocating on behalf of Dreamers and for a just US immigration policy. They are pleased to join ICCR’s effort to invite companies to look at their policies and practices around immigration. Read more.

Commentary: Sisters of St. Agnes call for open dialogue on gun legislation
Sister Jean Steffes CSA, Special to USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

In the wake of yet another mass shooting at an American School, the Sisters of St. Agnes join their voices to those of the surviving students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and people of good will from all faiths across this country, who are demanding an end to the legislative paralysis that prevents common sense gun control from being enacted in this country.  Read more.

CSA Sisters Participate in March for Our Lives

“We have a longstanding commitment of non-violence going back to the Iraq war,” said Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA. “Many of our people, sisters have talked in schools and care about kids. We wouldn’t like to be gun-carrying teachers.” Read more.  Video at the start of article.

The Sisters of St. Agnes received an award at the 2018 Treasures of the Church lenten luncheon in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  Archbishop Jerome Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee, recognized those who exemplify the true treasures of the church in their commitment and response to the poor in our midst. The Lenten Luncheon is a wonderful time to come together for prayer,  and a simple lunch of soup and bread while acknowledging the award recipients for bringing hope and help to individuals struggling with poverty.

The Sisters of St. Agnes and the CSA Associates participated in Celebrate CommUNITY last February 17 at the Fond du Lac Fairgrounds. Video (by Doug Rafflik USA TODAY/NETWORK-Wisconsin)    Video (Sister Diane)

Sister Brown joins SSM Health Ministries and SSM Health Board of Directors

ST. LOUIS – Sr. Mary Noel Brown of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes is one of two additions to SSM Health Ministries and SSM Health Board of Directors. Fr. Michael Rozier, S.J., of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has also been added.  Read more.

Agnesian HealthCare, Monroe Clinic in Wisconsin join SSM Health   (from Catholic Health World,

Fond du Lac, Wis.-based Agnesian HealthCare and Monroe, Wis.-based Monroe Clinic, which have been ministries of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, have joined St. Louis-based SSM Health. Read more.

The SSM Health Ministries Missioning Ceremony and Transfer of Sponsorship was held at the CSA Motherhouse Chapel on 320 County Road K in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin entrusting the treasured healthcare ministries to SSM Health ministries. Photos

SSM Health completes acquisition of Wisconsin hospitals  (from Modern Healthcare, January 22, 2018)

SSM Heath completed the acquisition of two Wisconsin-based health systems from the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, the St. Louis-based provider announced Thursday. Agnesian HealthCare, based in Fond du Lac, Wis., and Monroe Clinic, based in Monroe, Wis., are now part of Catholic-sponsored SSM Health Read more

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

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