The Sisters of Saint Agnes continue to respond to changing times, including serving as part of the original coordinating efforts to develop the Wisconsin Religious Collaborative, an organization that “exists to promote good stewardship by sharing resources and professional expertise in finance, management, pastoral care, governance, and other areas, in order to meet the needs of individual religious institutes in Wisconsin and their members.”
Sisters of St. Agnes tend to creation in their little garden as the heat of summer envelopes tiny Fond du Lac. The lush greens perfume the little area with the aroma of leaves and it becomes a symphony of the different color of flowers. The vegetables they plant feeds the human body; it also feeds the soul with the picture it presents in that stretch of space. When Mother Nature wants to give her scorched land a drink, the Sisters save rain water in a barrel and use that water for watering plants and other activities not requiring potable water.
Visit Care for Creation in this site.
On Friday, July 12, approximately 60 people gathered at St. Agnes convent in Fond du Lac to pray for families and children at the US/Mexico border. The service included scripture readings, silent reflection, chimes, and song. Each attendee left the service with a small battery powered candle and guidance to light it at 9 p.m. in solidarity with all those throughout the country who were protesting the mistreatment of asylum seekers.
The Leo House, considered the heart in New York City and located in 332 West 23rd Street in New York, is a Catholic guesthouse for travelers. They are celebrating their 130 years of operation and share their Spring 2019 newsletter with us.
On July 3, 2019, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes, in keeping with their mission of standing up for those who faith life and human dignity are threatened, issued a statement regarding the treatment of immigrants at the United States border with Mexico.
To read the full statement, click here.
The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes and their Associates invite the public to join them in a prayer vigil in support of detained immigrants and children from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2019. Inspired by the Lights for Liberty events occurring throughout the country, the prayer service will take place in the Chapel of the Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA) Motherhouse, 320 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI.
On Friday, July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets, and into their own front yards to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. Official Lights for Liberty events will take place from 7-9 p.m. in ten cities throughout Wisconsin, including Wauwatosa and Appleton. Details of events can be found at lightsforliberty.org
The CSA prayer service from 6-7 p.m. will include readings, prayers for those in the detention camps and the government, and a candle lighting ceremony. Attendees are encouraged to take their LED candles home to display in their windows at 9 p.m. and on future days.
All are invited to attend the prayer service, regardless of their faith tradition, and no reservations are required. For more information, please call Chelsea Koenigs at 920-907-2300.
Read more about the Sisters’ experiences with asylum seekers.
Sister Ruth was interviewed about the event on WFDL on July 5, 2019. Listen to the recording here. (Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds to go straight to Sister Ruth's portion of the recording.)
The June 2019 Dismas Ministry Newsletter featured an interview with Sister Patricia Weidman, CSA. Dismas Ministry typically works to provide spiritual resources to individuals in jail or prison. In this case, Sister Patricia hopes that those reading her interview understand that, while asylum seekers are being detained in a manner most commonly seen in prisons, they are, in fact, not convicted of any crimes.
To read the interview, click here.
The Sisters of St. Agnes, along with LGBTQ, immigrant, disability rights, and other faith organizations have signed a letter that was delivered to the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, as well as to House Leadership staff. The signatories object to the use of solitary confinement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its contractors. There are hundreds of documented reports of people with a disability, including mental illnesses, or LGBTQ people put in solitary confinement for medical or protective custody. Solitary confinement creates additional adversity for already vulnerable people and can create irreversible psychological harm. ICE must stop this abuse.