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Sr. Judi Angst to celebrate 50th jubilee

By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
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Sister Judi Angst professed first vows as a Sister of St. Francis of Rochester, Minn., in August of 1964.

This year she celebrates 50 years as a religious sister. The theme for her community’s jubilee is “How lovely is your dwelling place.”

“Our focus is how we are dwelling places of God and how we need to become better dwelling places and share God’s life with others,” said Sister Judi.

A Jubilee Mass will celebrated by Bishop Walker Nickless at 10:30 a.m. on April 26 in the Chapel of Our Lady of Grace on the Briar Cliff University campus in Sioux City.

Sister Judi, a native of Winona, Minn., received 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.

“I have felt extraordinarily gifted in the spiritual opportunities and in the people I have ministered to and with during these years,” said Sister Judi, who is currently the pastoral minister for Holy Mary Cluster – Holy Name in Rock Rapids and St. Mary in Larchwood.

She said she hasn’t really been “into jubilees, because what’s one more year?”

“I do believe Leviticus is right that we do need to stop every so many years and look at the gift of the past years and celebrate those,” explained Sister Judi. “A jubilee is a sign to other people of God’s faithfulness to us and the awesome ways he works among people.”

She compared a sister celebrating a jubilee to a married couple celebrating a wedding anniversary.
“One can rejoice in how God’s hand has been at work in any person’s life or in any couple’s life,” said Sister Judi.

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