Agnesian sisters with local ties celebrate jubilees

FOND DU LAC — On Sunday, June 19, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA) in Fond du Lac celebrated a jubilee Mass for their 2020 and 2021 jubilarians. Last year’s Mass had been canceled due to COVID-19.

Those Agnesian sisters with connections to the Diocese of Green Bay who are marking jubilees in 2021 are:

Sr. Mercedes Geib is an 80-year jubilarian originally from Barton, Wis. She served as a teacher, religious education coordinator, liturgist, pastoral minister and organist. In the Diocese of Green Bay, she served at St. John’s, Hilbert; Most Precious Blood, New London; and St. Mary, Oshkosh. Since 2013, she has resided at Nazareth Court and Center in Fond du Lac.

In reflecting on her ministry, Sr. Mercedes said, “Being a Sister of St. Agnes for these 80 years is not something that I pat myself on the back for; it is all a blessing from God. I have had twists and turns along the journey and God was with me through it all.”

Sr. Collean Walsh is a 75-year jubilarian born in Yonkers, N.Y. She has served as a teacher, principal, vice principal and tutor. In the Diocese of Green Bay, she served at St. Luke School, Two Rivers, and St. Elizabeth Seton School, Oshkosh.

For advice to others, Sr. Collean said, “During my 75 years in ministry, I have found the words of Blessed Solanus Casey to be a guide to living the best I can: ‘Life is to live and life is to give, talents are to be used for good, if you choose. Every day you will wonder at yourself for the richness of your life that has come to you through the grace of God.’ God has and is walking with me each day.”

Sr. Donna Myjak is a 60-year jubilarian originally from Manistique, Mich. She has served as a teacher, religious educator and certified nursing assistant. In the Diocese of Green Bay, she served at SS. Peter and Paul, Kiel, and Maryhill Manor, Niagara.

“Anyone can see that religious life brings many charisms and blessings to the church and society,” Sr. Donna said. “Convents are places of prayer, penance, silence and quiet spiritual reflection. … Religious life is important to mankind. We are witnesses of hope. Every day we offer prayers and sacrifices to beg God to have mercy on the world, to forgive our offenses, and give us peace and harmony for all. Prayer and hope are needed in our world.”

Sr. Lael Niblick is a 50-year jubilarian this year. She was born in Fort Wayne, Ind. She has served in various ministries, including teaching, youth ministry, religious education, ministry in Nicaragua and Honduras, as a clown minister and in pastoral ministry. She is currently serving as a parish leader in Amory, Miss. In the Diocese of Green Bay, she served at St. Luke Parish and St. Mark Parish in Two Rivers.

When asked about a blessing she would like to share, Sr. Lael said, “Be blessed with each person who comes into your life — for a moment or forever. Be blessed with the wonder of creation — protect her as you are born of the earth and are one with the stars.”