Celebrating the Year for Consecrated Life at St. Anne’s

image012By Sr. Christina M. Neumann, OSF

Did you know that Pope Francis has named this the Year for Consecrated Life?  And tomorrow, February 2, is actually the World Day For Consecrated Life (though the celebration is transferred to the following weekend for parish observation).  This is relevant for St. Anne’s Guest Home because, since 1952, Franciscan Sisters have served the vulnerable and needy at St. Anne’s, first at the home in Fargo and then in Grand Forks.  For more information about the history of St. Anne’s, please visit the “About Us” section of our website; the bottom half of the page is devoted to this intriguing topic.

If you receive our monthly newsletter, The Broadcaster, you may have noticed (in our February issue) that we’ve started printing the names of the Sisters who have served here.  I, personally, find history very interesting, and so I thought I would share information I found about these women.  At the bottom of this post, you will find a list of Sisters from St. Anne’s.  (On an aside: this year, February 2nd is doubly special for me, personally, since it is the ten-year anniversary of my reception as a postulant in Hankinson.)

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In celebration of this year, we sisters at St. Anne’s convent will be hosting an evening gathering, during which we invite people to pray with us, see our convent, and join in an informal discussion about this beautiful vocation.  Anyone interested in attending may e-mail me at: sr.christinaosf@gmail.com.

The United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) also has more information about celebrating this special year.

Sisters from St. Anne’s History
Sr. Ankonita Wank ~ 1952-80 ~ Nurse’s aide
Sr. M. Bruno Meir ~ 1952-54 ~ Housework
Sr. M. Bega ~ 1952-55 Night watch – nurse’s aide
Sr. Imelda Wald – 1952-55, 1986-94 ~ Returned as school librarian – Holy Family
Sr. Redempta Graf ~ 1952-59 ~ Laundress
Sr. M. Kuniberta Saumweber 1952-69 ~ Seamstress
Sr. Frieda Ammann ~ 1952-86 ~ Nurse’s aide
Sr. M. Martha Pung ~ 1952-88 Nurse’s aide, receptionist
Sr. Arnoldine Nieberler ~ 1952-96 Administrator, bookkeeper, receptionist
Sr. M. Ebermunda Witzinger 1953-56 ~ Bakery & cook
Sr. Paschalina Schaflitzel ~ 1953-61 ~ Retired
Sr. Amalfrieda Geers ~ 1953-66 ~ Nurse’s aide
Sr. M. Gradulfa Radlinger ~ 1953-67 ~ Cook & vegetables
Sr. Solisia Bachfischer ~ 1954-57 ~ Cook
Sr. M. Pizara Wachter ~ 1954-68 ~ Laundress
Sr. Richarda Huber ~ 1955-95 ~ Personal care aide, housekeeping
Sr. Susanna Kuhner ~ 1956-? ~ Domestic
Sr. Angeline Althoff ~ 1956-58 ~ Nurse’s aide
Sr. M. Baldina Asam ~ 1956-59, 1961-74 ~ Domestic
Sr. M. Albana Almis ~ 1956-61 ~ Domestic
Sr. Quinteria Endred ~ 1956-64 ~ Bakery
Sr. M. Bernwarda Engelschalk ~ 1956-81 ~ Night duty – nurse’s aide
Sr. M. Maxentia ~ 1957-62 ~ Bakery
Sr. M. Philiberta Glass ~ 1958-65? ~ Retired – worked in sewing room
Sr. Itisberga Sutor ~ 1958-67 ~ Retired
Sr. Joffrieda Kolnsberger ~ 1958-69 ~ Domestic
Sr. Jordana Meyer ~ 1958-69 ~ Cook
Sr. Vicina Deissler ~ 1961-67 ~ Retired
Sr. Riveria Haidner ~ 1961-70 ~ Cook
Sr. M. Fortuna Gunther ~ 1962-65 ~ Administrator
Sr. Hilda Hammerl ~ 1962-96 ~ Personal care aide, housekeeping
Sr. Antoinette Mathern ~ 1963-73, 1975-85 ~ Activities and recreation
Sr. Alverna Goldade ~ 1964-67 ~ Domestic
Sr. M. Perpina Haimerl ~ 1965-68 ~ Administration
Sr. Rebecca Metzger ~ 1966-87; 1992-present ~ Activity and occupational therapy; administrator
Sr. Stella Zeller ~ 1966-97 ~ Bakery & dietary
Sr. M. Linda Nonowizki ~ 1967-81 ~ Seamstress
Sr. Konradine Maier ~ 1968-2004 ~ Dietary, sacristy
Sr. M. Doretta Meier ~ 1968-72 ~ Housekeeping; student
Sr. Mary Jane Reiber ~ 1968-74 ~ Administrator
Sr. Mechtrudis Ritter ~ 1969-77 ~ Food supervisor
Sr. Ursula Altenburger ~ 1969-80 ~ Nurse’s aide & domestic
Sr. Norbertine Propster ~ 1969-81 ~ Housework
Sr. Marilyn Hiedeman ~ 1970-73 ~ Cafeteria – student
Sr. Seraphica Uelpenich ~ 1970-81 ~ Teaching & housework
Sr. Alexandra Frey ~ 1970-93 ~ Housekeeping & dietary
Sr. Annella Miller ~ 1971-73; 1983-2011 ~ Personal care; social ministry
Sr. M. Beata Seil ~ 1972-2008 ~ St. James, retired
Sr. Elaine M. Roggenbuck ~ 1972-present ~ Bookkeeper, administrator
Sr. M. Lisa Bayer ~ 1973-76 ~ Personal care aide
Sr. Jeanette Karst ~ 1976-80 ~ Personal care aide
Sr. M. Rose Schatz ~ 1977-? ~ Cook
Sr. Agatha Wald ~ 1978-97 ~ Housekeeping & dining room
Sr. Lucy Schoenberg ~ 1986-2002 ~ Teacher at Holy Family
Sr. Catherine Zitzelberger ~ 1988-2002 ~ Receptionist & nursing
Sr. Carolyn Althoff ~ 1992-2008 ~ Receptionist
Sr. M. Joyce Gagne ~ 2000-2009 ~ Receptionist
Sr. Christina M. Neumann ~ 2009-present ~ Receptionist

2 thoughts on “Celebrating the Year for Consecrated Life at St. Anne’s

  1. Thank you for the information re: the Sisters who have served at St. Anne’s. I knew quite a few of them. We plan on being in Shoreview, MN over the weekend you have the celebration so will not be able to attend. Our son and his children will be in the musical “Two from Galilee” that weekend. We hope you have many people come to celebrate Consecrated life!! Joan Scheett

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  2. Thank you for the information on the Sisters. I worked with several of them during the time I worked at St. Annes. I really enjoyed knowing all of them as well as my years at St. Annes. Karen Osowski

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