Sister Pat Hayes, CSA, served as community health nurse at the Listtle Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Servcie in East Harlem, New York for 12 years prior to her retirement in 2019. The LSA Family Health Center was recently featured in the Global Sisters Report series entitled, "A Place to Call Home."
Many Sisters of St. Agnes took time today to virtually "gather" in prayer with Pope Francis for a deep contemplative moment today.
From the Sagrato of St Peter's Basilica, Moment of Prayer and the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, presided over by Pope Francis.
While we stay at home and socially isolate ourselves, the Sisters of St. Agnes are promoting a practice of praying in unity at 6:00 PM each evening regardless of time zone. In this time-sensitive prayer we can feel the unity of our joined intentional prayer during the coming months.
Those who wish to join in prayer may choose to use the suggested prayer on our "Pray With Us" page and also pass it on to others. Our aim is a global effect. If you have a particular prayer that you want to share, please send it (and your source) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time just two short weeks ago, we were enjoying one another’s company at the Women’s Leadership Breakfast. There, attendees heard inspirational words about how foundresses of all varieties inspire us to make positive changes in the world and START things that need starting.
For those who were unable to attend or others who would like to revisit Katie’s remarks, you can find the video of her presentation here and on our YouTube channel.
For those looking for ways to engage with Nuns and Nones on a local level, please send an email to email@example.com to be added to the local mailing list. The national organization will be offering two upcoming virtual gatherings, which you can read about here.
Given the rapidly evolving health risks associated with COVID-19, general public access to the Motherhouse has been suspended, including the Chapel, Founders Hall, and the Hermitages.
This closure is effective beginning March 13, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice.
There are no current cases of COVID-19 within the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes. The decision to suspend access to the grounds was made out of an abundance of caution and with the intent to help slow the spread of the virus, especially among our vulnerable population.
We are sorry for the impact this may have on those of you who planned a visit with us and hope to see you when the risks have passed. We thank you for your help during this time.
Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
For information on COVID-19, please see the CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
On March 5, the 16th Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast welcomed 150 people to its new location at Hotel Retlaw in Fond du Lac. Attendees were treated to an insightful and interactive discussion about the characteristics of foundresses led by Katie Gordon, an organizer of the national Nuns and Nones movement. Ms. Gordon is currently in the middle of an oral history project that tells the stories of foundresses of women religious orders and brought their stories to the forefront as examples of long-term social justice activists. The assigned seating at the event ensured that all attendees had the opportunity to interact with at least one sister at their table.
Discussion questions included:
- What image, or what words, come to mind when you think of foundresses?
- Who are the foundresses that inspire you?
- What foundresses are needed in our own times?
After Ms. Gordon’s remarks, Gina Possin took the microphone. A 2012 graduate of Marian University and the Working Families Grant Program, Ms. Possin discussed how the Program jumpstarted her path to becoming an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Program Director of the new Industrial Organizational Psychology Master’s Program at Marian University.
Attendees came away from the event inspired by the zeal and compassion of founders like Mother Agnes.
Following the breakfast, the new Fond du Lac Chapter of Nuns and Nones had its first meeting. Six Sisters of St. Agnes joined seven ‘nones’ to discuss how they imagine the group becoming. The group is expected to grow in size as other people showed interest prior to and after the breakfast.
The Women's Leadership Breakfast and Nuns and Nones gathering were also highlighted as part of Catholic Sisters Week in an article for Global Sisters Report.
Greetings to Friends and Donors!
Sister Ann McKean is honored for founding Adelante Mujer as well as her many other accomplishments. Learn more about her lifetime achievements by clicking here.
Sister Diane, CSA
Executive Director of Adelante Mujer, Inc.
Fifty-two weeks a year women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, offer hope …
But for one week, March 8-14, we shine the spotlight on women religious and encourage a wide range of campaigns and events that invite all who follow Jesus to
- expand and support their gospel witness
- grow the service networks they have seeded
- share their spirituality, charisms, and community
- encourage young women to consider a vocation to religious life
- support their pastoral, teaching and prophetic works
- and focus on the new world they call into being.
Help spread the word about Catholic Sisters Week by implementing some of these event ideas.