Sisters of St Agnes Explain Ministry at Kiwanis

Monday Morning
We had another nice turnout at Monday’s meeting with 19 members along with our guest speakers Sr. Joann Sambs and Terry Letvinchuck. “Happy Bucks” were offered by Bonnie Baerwald for a successful Club Satellite meeting and fundraiser ($1,600 to St. Baldrick’s), Charlene Pettit for attendance at the Mid-Winter Conference, Glen Treml for his new granddaughter, and Jan Krug for her son running his first marathon this past weekend. Chris Serres is putting together a polo shirt order in the next several weeks. If anyone wants a new polo, let Chris know no later than April 15th. Dave Twohig was the 50/50 Raffle winner and he drew the Jack of Clubs, still not a winner. Next Monday’s drawing will have 27 cards, eight pay cards and a pot of at least $325.

Sister Joann Sambs and Terry Letvinchuck, Sisters of St. Agnes
Sr. Joann Sambs, General Superior, and Terry Letvinchuck, Development Director, for the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA) joined us Monday morning to tell us about CSA. The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes was founded in Barton, Wisconsin, on August 12, 1858. Father Caspar Rehrl, an Austrian missionary, established a sisterhood of pioneer women under the patronage of St. Agnes of Rome to whom he had a special devotion. At first the group suffered such untold hardship that, for a few months in 1861, it was re-duced to one blind sister. The arrival of Mary Hazotte in 1863 gave the fledgling community a new life and leadership when she, in 1864 at the age of 17, was elected general superior. Mother Agnes Hazotte directed the move from Barton to Fond du Lac, WI, in 1870 and served as the community’s leader until her death in 1905. In 1870, Father Francis Haas, OFM Capu-chin, became the spiritual director of the community and assisted in revising the original rule. These three founders paved the ways for growth and expansion. Today the Sisters of St. Agnes minister with simplicity, hospitality, and missionary zeal in the United States and Latin America. There are currently 249 Sisters in CSA, down from a high of about 800 in the late 1960’s early 1970s.