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Sister celebrates 50th jubilee

By JOANNE FOX, Globe editor
(Email Joanne)

Sister Judi Angst had a proclamation at her 50th anniversary Mass.

“I never wanted to become a sister,” she confessed with a smile. “I just discerned it was my duty.”

Some five decades later, that discernment has turned into overflowing gratitude and joy in the heart of this Sister of St. Francis of Rochester, Minn.

Sister Judi’s jubilee Mass was celebrated by Bishop Walker Nickless April 26 in the Chapel of Our Lady of Grace on the Briar Cliff University campus in Sioux City.

In his homily, Bishop Nickless cited Sister Judi’s comment in the April 17 edition of The Catholic Globe.

“She said she wasn’t really into jubilees, because what’s one more year?” Bishop recounted, as the congregation chuckled.

“But I think when she stopped and looked at those 50 years, it was a time to celebrate,” he continued. “And for that, we want to thank you for your gift of service to the Lord.”

Bishop Nickless also cited the importance for him of celebrating jubilee Masses for the priests and religious women.

“Each year, it gives me a chance to thank publicly the generosity and devotion to the work performed in our diocese,” he said. “It is an opportunity to give thanks to God for all he has accomplished through us.”
Bishop Nickless drew a parallel on the Scripture readings which talked about the appearance of the risen Christ to the current culture.

“You see in the world today the unbelief and hardness of heart that was evident thousands of years ago,” he said. “That’s why Christ’s final command to his disciples was so important: Go forth into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to all people.”

That proclamation is even more important today, Bishop Nickless emphasized.

“It is even more important for our priests and religious today to be called to be people who are bold, so others can recognize us as companions of Jesus,” he said.

Sister Judi has been a companion of Jesus since she professed first vows as a Sister of St. Francis in August of 1964. A native of Winona, Minn., Sister Judi was awarded a bachelor of arts degree from College of St. Teresa in Winona, a master of arts in religious education from Creighton University in Omaha and a master of arts in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago.

She took final vows in August 1969 and began her ministry as a school teacher. Sister Judi has also served in religious education, as a pastoral administrator and pastoral minister. Through the years she has ministered in the Diocese of Winona, Minn.; Diocese of Tucson, Ariz.; Diocese of New Ulm, Minn. and now the Diocese of

Sioux City as the pastoral minister for Holy Mary Cluster – Holy Name in Rock Rapids and St. Mary in Larchwood.

Sister Judi will retire this year and return to the Sisters of St. Francis motherhouse as an administrative assistant.
“At this point I feel so much joy in my heart, that for all the blessings in my life, I say, ‘Thank you, God! Amen!’” she said.

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