(January 2017) -- The Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay elected a new Leadership Team to serve the religious community from June 2017 to June 2021.
The new leaders will be Sister Ann Rehrauer, President; Sister Nancy Langlois, First Vice President; and Sister Rose Jochmann, Second Vice President. They were elected on Jan. 15 during the Community’s 38th General Chapter of Election, overseen by the Most Rev. David Ricken, Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay. The elected team will be installed during a special ceremony on June 15.
President-Elect Sister Ann Rehrauer, De Pere
Degrees: Bachelor's in philosophy and education, St. Norbert College; master's in liturgical studies, St. John's Collegeville; licentiate in canon law, Catholic University of America
Past ministries: Teacher; Principal; Diocesan Assistant Liturgy Director; Diocesan Chancellor; Diocesan Marriage Tribunal; Associate Director of the Liturgy Secretariat for the U.S. Bishops; Diocese Director of Evangelization, Living Justice and Worship; Instructor in the Diocesan Emmaus Program
Past leadership experience: Community General Council, Community President, Community Vice President
Why is revisioning important? Every Religious Community has a charism and ministries that are part of its heritage and history. The revisioning process takes the understanding of the charism and how it was expressed in past ministries and looks at who the Community is in the present. If those ministries have changed over time, we need to look at how that founding vision or charism is expressed at this point in time and as we move into the future. The basic vision and charism don’t change – but the way we describe it and how we express it (live it out) in actions and attitudes are always adapting to meet the needs of the Church and world at this time.
First Vice President-Elect Sister Nancy Langlois, Marinette
Degrees: Bachelor's in elementary education, St. Norbert; master's in Pastoral Ministry, Trinity, Washington, D.C.
Past ministries: Teacher, Principal, Chapel House of Prayer Staff, Parish Pastoral Ministry, Assisted Living Facility Administrator, Domestic Violence Shelter Staff, Women's Advocate, Hospice Chaplain
Past Leadership experience: Community General Council, Community Secretary, Community Vice President
Why is revisioning important? Nearly everything in our world is changing and evolving at breathtaking speed. What worked in the past often no longer works today. Even our basic Catholic/Christian values, while remaining constant, need to be applied to ever-changing situations never before thought of or considered. All of this calls us to revision, to think of new ways to meet the challenges, not only of today, but into the future.
Second Vice-President Elect Sister Rose Jochmann, Darboy
Degrees: Bachelor's in elementary education, St. Norbert College; master's in Administration, University of Notre Dame
Past ministries: Teacher, Principal, Oneida Indian Summer Session Coordinator
Past Leadership experience: Community Treasurer, Community Vice President
Why is revisioning important? The world continues to change. We as a Religious Community are much more aware of a global society and the connectedness of our social, political and environmental lives. Our particular Community continues to change. we continue to decrease in number, our median age rises and there are fewer members in active ministry. However, with age comes wisdom, enriching experiences, deepening in prayer and the spiritual life.
All of this means that we have much to share with our civic community and with our Diocese. Revisioning calls us to look at our gifts and blessings and discern how we can share those in new and vibrant ways. we may be smaller, but together we seek to revision our role in the Church and the world today.