2018 Associate Commitments

September 2018 Commitments

On September 17, we welcomed our newest associate, Janine Idziak, during her commitment ceremony. She has spent the last several months learning and reflecting on Presentation heritage and mission with Sister Sheila Ann Dougherty.

In her initial request to become a Presentation associate, Janine shared the following: “Through the orientation process, I have found a fit between the Presentation mission and direction statement and my own life commitments. I try to confront injustice and work for peace by being attentive to legislative action alerts, by serving on the Human Life and Dignity Committee of the Iowa Catholic Conference, and by teaching classes on Catholic social teaching for the Diaconate formation program. Recently, I have had a desire to become more involved in hands-on service and I am taking steps in that direction. This fits with the Presentation commitment to radical hospitality and with the life of Nano Nagle and incarnating the hospitality of God.”

Janine is originally from Michigan, and came to Dubuque in 1984 to join the philosophy faculty at Loras College. Presently, she is a Professor Emerita but remain director of the college’s Bioethics Center. She also works as Health Care Ethics Consultant for the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and teaches classes in moral theology and Catholic social teaching for the Archdiocesan Diaconate Formation Program. Through her work for the archdiocese, she came to know several Sisters of the Presentation. She started attending Mass at the motherhouse, and was impressed with the quality of the liturgy and the warmth shown to visitors. As a single person, she looks forward to the “community” dimension of being an associate and to opportunities for faith sharing and to engage with others in the social service and social justice projects that were so important to Nano Nagle.

July 2018 Commitments

On July 1, the Presentation community welcomed another wonderful group of associates! Rachel Evans, LaVeta Jarrett and Cady Windish became the newest Presentation associates during their commitment ceremony. They have spent the past months with sister and associate mentors studying and reflecting on Presentation Foundress Nano Nagle and the Presentation mission.

Rachel Evans lives in Forest City, Iowa, and works at Winnebago Industries. Rachel wants to use her gifts to encourage and inspire the fire in others. In her request for initial associate commitment, Rachel states: “As I look out my guest room window at Mount Loretto, I see the outdoor labyrinth, and it reminds me that I want to use my gifts to understand the twisting and winding paths of others, which is what attracts me to this community. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the lantern of Nano, and along-side the Iowa community of sisters, I hope to encourage and inspire the fire in others.”

LaVeta Jarrett is a nurse practitioner in Hutchinson, Kansas, where she cares and advocates for the physically and mentally ill. She continues to reflect on the journey of her life and where God is calling her to serve. Reflecting on her desire to become a Presentation associate, LaVeta shares: “Through this journey with the Presentation associates, I have been blessed with the opportunity to reflect on the journey of my life so far and where God is calling me. I struggle with radical hospitality at times and non-violence, but I find myself looking deeper into my strengths and how to use them to further serve the most vulnerable.”

Cady Windish is a high school English teacher in Morton, Illinois. She first met Presentation Sisters at St. Ambrose and was drawn to their hospitality and their focus on light and love. Cady expresses these thoughts: “Nano is such an inspirational figure, and it has been a marvelous journey getting to know her throughout this discernment process. I want to follow God’s call and share Nano’s experience with others. The idea of Nano carrying the lantern around the streets of Cork is a beautiful image that I want to incorporate more distinctly into my daily life. I believe becoming an associate committed to Nano’s values will help me build my relationship with Christ and the Church.”

We welcome Rachel, LaVeta and Cady! May their lives be enriched through their participation in the Presentation Associate Partnership.

May 2018 Commitments

On May 6, 2018, four new associates were welcomed into the Presentation Associate Partnership. Thalia Cutsforth, Jen Hayes, Judy Kalb and Carol Wyatt gathered with Sister Rosalyn Ulfers and Associate Cindy Pfiffner for the past six months to pray, study and reflect on Nano Nagle, Presentation heritage, charism and mission. They are certainly women of service who have a willingness to offer their gifts for the benefit of others.

Thalia has been married to her husband, Tony, for 22 years and has three children. She works part-time at Sadlier Publishing and is a member of St. Columbkille Parish where she cantors and helps with various parish activities. She is active in the Holy Spirit Pastorate CEW, and she and her husband are leaders of The Choice Wine group which supports married couples’ efforts to strengthen their marriage. Thalia shares, “As an associate, I hope to continue to serve the community and help others. If we all walk together, one step at a time, we can make our world a beautiful place.”

Jen and her husband, Brian, have two sons. She works as a benefits specialist for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. After completing the RCIA process, Jen joined the church in 2007 and quickly grew in her faith by becoming very active in her parish. She serves on the Parish Life committee, the CEW team and has been on the Pastoral Council for the past six years at Holy Spirit Parish. Jen states, “I find the greatest joy in helping others. By becoming a Presentation associate, I am excited to see other ways I can help others and continue this journey.”

Judy also lives in Dubuque and has been married to her husband, Mike for 32 years. She works at Great River Oral Surgery as a dental assistant. Judy has volunteered at the Mercy Gift Shop for 23 years, has been active with the Holy Spirit CEW and is a Eucharistic minister at St. Columbkille Parish. Judy enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, traveling and yoga. Judy says, “I feel God has called me to become a Presentation associate. I have the desire to serve and to share my gifts with others, while at the same time growing and deepening my own faith. I enjoy being with the sisters and sharing in living out the dream of Nano Nagle.”

Carol and her husband, Clifford, have been married for 29 years and have two daughters. Carol works as a receptionist at Prairie Farms Dairy and is a member of St. Columbkille Parish where she is also a Eucharistic minister. She is active in CEW and has been part of the Resources Unite Christmas gift give away. She serves meals at St. Patrick Parish and has assisted with two benefits for coworkers with cancer. Carol reflects, “In the time that I went through the associate orientation process, I have been so impressed and inspired and have experienced such love and hospitality that it makes me want to be a better Christian. I want to give back, and I look forward to getting to know the Presentation Sisters and associates and to giving myself in whatever capacity that is asked of me.”

January 2018 Commitments

On January 24, Sue Brimmer (right) and Sarah Gieseke (left) became the newest Presentation associates during their Commitment Ceremony. They have spent the past months with sister and associate mentors studying and reflecting on Presentation Foundress Nano Nagle and the Presentation mission.

Sue and Sarah expressed their desire to share in the Presentation mission in this way. Sue reflects, “I am requesting to assist with the sisters’ mission as an advocate for those with little or no options. I’ve always had a desire to serve others, especially those most vulnerable. I also have a passion to assist with health screening, education on wellness and assisting with meeting peoples’ physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.”

Sarah shares, “I experienced such welcoming openness and above all, presence from the sisters when I first visited here over two years ago. Because, as sisters, you offer this presence to others, listening to their needs and the uncertainties they face in life and in turn, respond with God’s light and love in real terms, I wish to be affiliated with you, sisters, and you with me.”

We welcome Sue and Sarah! May their lives be enriched through their participation in the Presentation Associate Partnership.