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.
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
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
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 September 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
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.
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 https://www.renewintl.org/RENEW/estore.nsf?OpenDatabase
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.
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, 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.
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.
SCRIPTURE: Popular Studies
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!
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 Liturgy, Opening Remarks, CSA 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