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Valentine's Day Serenade for the Sisters

February 14, 2019
By CSA Sisters of St. Agnes
FDL Children's Chorale

A small group of singers from the Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale, a program available through Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, stopped by with a Valentine’s Day serenade for the sisters. Love certainly does “make the world go round” and we loved having such wonderful music fill the hallways of the motherhouse. Photos

Life Journey Companion

February 11, 2019
By CSA Sisters of St. Agnes
Sister Jomarie Zielke

Milwaukee, WI - Sister Jomarie Zielke, has recently begun providing services two days a week at CORE El Centro as a “Life Journey Companion.” Fluent in Spanish and with a background in nursing and leadership in CSA, Jomarie receives referrals from CORE practitioners with names of people who wish to meet with her. Her full story and other news from CORE’s Executive Director, Pat Bogenschuetz, CSA, are available in their newsletter at the link below.

CORE El-Centro February 2019 Newsletter

Film Screening and Discussion at Marian University Stayer Center

February 06, 2019
By CSA Sisters of St. Agnes

Digitally remastered from 1300 feet of 16mm color reel film, "Decision for Happiness" is ready to be enjoyed and discussed by new audiences. Originally filmed in 1958, the movie explores the inner thoughts of a young woman making the decision to join the Sisters of St. Agnes. Since the initial filming, there have been major changes in what it means to call yourself a "Sister." The original "star" of the film, other Sisters, and Dr. Bren Murphy of Loyola University will be part of a panel discussion after the event to explore how the Sisters continue to be vibrant change-agents who seek to “stand with those whose faith life and human dignity are threatened.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes.

Celebrate CommUNITY

January 29, 2019
By CSA Sisters of St. Agnes

Have you or your family wanted to take a trip around the world? If so, this event is your ticket to travel to far away places!

United for Diversity hosts this enriching event to CELEBRATE our differences, EDUCATE the community, and ADVOCATE for inclusion and diversity issues/awareness important to all our lives.

2019 marks UFD's 12th anniversary of bringing this family friendly event to the Fond du Lac community. We kick off the event with our traditional flag ceremony at 11:00. We are welcomed by city and county officials, the Brothertown dummers, dancers and singers.

Starting at noon, come enjoy live entertainment, free ethnic food sampling, children's activities, face painting, a scavenger hunt, and much more family fun.

There will be a silent auction until 2:00 p.m.
Food and beverage concessions available 11:00 am -3:00 pm.

Admission is $5.00. Children 12 and under FREE

Those interested in volunteering for our event, please go to this link to complete a volunteer form:

Any individuals or groups who are interested in showcasing their diversity, but have not registered for a booth, should email their request to

CSA Sisters Celebrate CSA Days in Nicaragua

January 25, 2019
By CSA Sisters of St. Agnes
Sisters Anabel Torres, Marise Meis, Jean Steffes

CSA Sisters Celebrate Jubilee and CSA Days 2019 in Nicaragua.

St. Agnes Feast Day 2019

January 22, 2019
By CSA Sisters of St. Agnes
St. Agnes statue

On Monday, January 21, the congregation celebrated St. Agnes’ Feast Day.

During the Feast Day, the colors of red and white are prevalent throughout the motherhouse. Red symbolizes St. Agnes’ martyrdom and her great love of God and white symbolizes her purity.

Enjoy photos from the Feast Day Mass here. 

To read more about St. Agnes, visit “Who is St. Agnes.”

CSA Sisters Lend a Hand at the Catholic Charities Respite Center (Southern Border) Day 3

January 17, 2019
By CSA Sisters of St. Agnes
The bus arrives

Day 3

Updates from the U.S. Southern Border...

Today I helped Clare to organize and distribute men's clothing, all of which had been donated. I studied the vocabulary and expressions as if I were a department store clerk. 250 refugees arrived from Honduras. The adults wear a large ankle bracelet with a heavy battery so they can be located. I held a baby while the mother got a clean set of clothing. I held a second baby while the mother was in the shower. Hondurans are small; we are out of small pants but more donated clothing will arrive. One woman asked for prayer, so I prayed aloud with her, although brief, and she was grateful. The refugees are grateful and cooperative. I was delighted to meet Sister Norma, the administrator of Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley. She seemed calm considering the holy chaos of the center.the volunteers and staff have an amazing energy and commitment.

The four of us are getting comfortable with the chaos that is appropriate here. We see an ebb and flow of tasks/ business that match the morning, the pre-bus afternoon, and the arrival of the buses. [At 3:30 each day] we wait for buses -- expecting 250+. All sections seem ready, resting and happy. We sit with other volunteers in the chairs to hold waiting-to-process line of refugees. We will rise and begin cheering when they enter the door. We will resume our tasks and prepare to feed the children. Eventually we will decide to go 'home' to the hotel. Our hearts say "Stay, this is ministry." Our minds say "We can go, they will be okay." Not sure when we will go home. We will come back tomorrow. Ah!!! A bus is here!

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CSA Sisters Lend a Hand at the Catholic Charities Respite Center (Southern Border) Day 2

January 15, 2019
By CSA Sisters of St. Agnes

At Catholic charities Rio grande valley. Yesterday the staff and volunteers processed 278 refugees. Today 280 from Honduras. the workers have an amazing commitment to helping the families get food, shower, clothing, bus ticket quickly. They try to get refugees to the bus by the next day. We give them toiletries and a bag lunch. I sorted donated clothing while refugees were given one set of clothing for their journey. I practiced the vocabulary for clothing. We explain to the refugees that they need warm clothing. They don’t realize how cold the winter weather is up north. The refugees are young parents with young children. I asked a young pregnant woman how she traveled. She guardedly admitted the she rode on the roof of the train, la bestia, the beast. I rode with Jim to deliver a father and daughter to the bus terminal. The ticket agent and driver are bilingual and helpful. The father and daughter will arrive in Tennessee by morning. I can’t imagine their trauma.

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