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.
Fond du Lac, WI –The Sisters and Associates of St. Agnes invite the public to join them in prayer for peace in our hearts and respect for all people, races, religions, and countries. The monthly prayer nights began in October and will continue to be held the last Sunday of each month until the end of April from 6-7 PM at the Chapel of the Sisters of St. Agnes Motherhouse, 320 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI.
“Our intention is to provide a place and time for anyone of any faith tradition to sit in silence and raise our hopes and dreams for peace in our own lives, in our country, and in our world,” explained Sister Patrice Rog, one of the planning committee. “We will have a short opening and closing prayer, but otherwise, we sit in silence with each other. It is a powerful experience, to pray wordlessly with others.”
Each monthly gathering has welcomed more than 30 attendees who have reflected that their time spent in prayer is a powerful experience that leaves them feeling at peace. In the midst of confusion, discord and uncertainty, it can be difficult to find quiet and stillness; CSA and Associates offer this prayer time as a potential solution to that problem.
Everyone is invited to attend the contemplative prayer evenings, regardless of their faith tradition, and no reservations are required. For more information, please call Chelsea Koenigs at 920.907-2300. Press Release
The sky was cloudy with the promise of coming rain but that did not hamper the spirit of those attending the Earth Day observance at St. Agnes Convent, Fond du Lac, WI. Sisters, associates and guests were offered the opportunity for contemplative prayer in the chapel, as they strolled the beautiful grounds, as they walked the labyrinth, or toured the solar panel array.
Fond du Lac, WI –The Sisters and Associates of St. Agnes invite the public to join them in prayer for the healing and protection of Earth on April 22 from 6:30-8 PM at the chapel of the Sisters of St. Agnes Motherhouse, 320 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI.
“The gift that religious women have to offer the world is contemplative mindfulness. Its goal is not so much to change the world as it is to change our inner worlds and then, from that center, to make a difference in the outer world. Contemplation slows us down, puts us in touch with ourselves, and allows us to experience our oneness with the divine and with creation. It gentles us and softens our footsteps on Earth,” said Sister Ruth Battaglia, Coordinator for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation for the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes.
The sacred time will begin with common prayer in the chapel followed by silent prayer and will conclude in chapel with Pope Francis’ Prayer for Our Earth. Guests are invited to walk the labyrinth, pray with nature, and visit the solar panels, or remain in chapel. Guides for navigating the grounds and for prayer will be available. Attendees may stay the entire time or come and go they are able. A reverent silence will be observed during the event.
The Earth Day Contemplative Prayer event is in addition to the monthly contemplative prayer event already scheduled for April 28 from 6-7 PM. The public is welcome to attend both prayer days.
For more information contact Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA, 920 907 2315. Press Release
CSA associates presenting the 4th annual Advent Prayer Service and potluck meal as our thank you to CSA sisters. It was a wonderful gathering with close to 100 sisters and associates in attendance, despite adverse winter weather conditions.
CSA sisters, associates, and members of our civic community gathered in contemplative prayer for peace and unity in our world followed by the 27th annual lighting of the peace tree.