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From its beginnings in 1858, the Congregation of St. Agnes has regarded one living site as its central house. The location of this house, called the motherhouse, has varied over time in order to adjust to changing needs and circumstances. "We regard the motherhouse as the heart and home of the congregation, where we may always come to renew ourselves and deepen the bond that unites us." [Constitutions, 48]

The Motherhouses

Past CSA Motherhouses

Of the six buildings that served as motherhouses for the Sisters of St. Agnes, three are still standing today. They are:

Barton Motherhouse: 1858 - 1870
First Fond du Lac Motherhouse: 1870 - 1877
Current Motherhouse: 2002 - present

The first motherhouse in Fond du Lac was originally a farm house (a Fond du Lac square located at 265 Sheboygan Street) and served as the CSA convent between 1870 and 1877. After the sisters built and moved into the large motherhouse on Division Street, the caretaker of the new motherhouse, Bert Feldner and his family moved into the farm home. At that time all heating, water, and other utilities were connected with the new motherhouse. When the Feldners eventually purchased the home (around 1945) Mr. Feldner installed a completely new and independent utility system.

After the death of Mr. Feldner in 1965 his wife lived in the home until the early 1970s. During that time she offered her home for the use by guests of the sisters.

In 1972, Mrs. Feldner sold her home to Marc Werner, an electrician at St. Agnes Hospital who installed aluminum siding and new windows.

When Boyle Home was replaced by St. Francis Home in March, 1978, the sister-staff commuted between their home on Arndt Street and St. Francis Home. Mr. Werner offered to sell the house back to CSA so that the sisters would not have to commute to work. For 12 years, 1978-1990, the house again served as a convent for a small group of sisters.

In 1990, to make room for the expansion of St. Francis Home and to build St. Clare Terrace, the house had to be moved or demolished. Instead of demolition, it was donated to ADVOCAP to be used as housing for the poor.

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