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Polish American Congress of the Wisconsin Division recognizes SSJ-TOSF congregation

Pictured above, left to right, are the Sisters who represented the congregation at the luncheon: Sr. Angelora Grossman, Sr. Lucentia Klonecki, Sr. Sandy Lasecke, Sr. Mary Ann Stoltz, Sr. Bernadine Lepak, Sr. Rose Grabowski, Sr. Catherine Kieliszewski.

During a recent Veterans Day luncheon in Franklin, WI, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis were presented with the Congressman Clement Zablocki Civic Award from the Polish American Congress of the Wisconsin Division. The congregation was one of seven award recipients.

Congressman Zablocki served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Milwaukee's Fifth Congressional District for 35 years. All during his long tenure in office, he diligently and effectively responded to his constituents' needs and concerns. In Washington, Cong. Zablocki was devoted to working on behalf of this country's national security and defense. At the same time he was deeply committed to the freedom of Poland and the well being of its people. He worked closely with the Polish American Congress in all these areas.

Left: Sr. Lucentia Klonecki, age 98, with two former students from St. Josephat School in Oshkosh, WI; Gary Goyke (left) and Stan Graiewski (right), a donor who nominated the congregation to receive one of the 2016 Congressman Clement Zablocki Civic Achievement Awards.

These words below accompanied the presentation of the award.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis is an order of religious women which was founded in 1901 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and this year celebrates its 115th anniversary of community service.

Originally known as the Polish Sisters of St. Joseph, the congregation's name was changed to the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis in 1945. It was formed as a teaching order for the school age children of Polish immigrants in Wisconsin and elsewhere. The order and its members today are engaged in the fields of health care, education, social justice, missionary work, work with the developmentally disabled, parish work, religious education, counseling services, spiritual direction and doing respite care work. Its members work in many states and in Peru. Over many years, they have operated hospitals and care facilities in Colorado, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Their mission was enhanced by serving in Puerto Rico in 1962, Brazil in 1971, Peru in 1971 and South Africa in 1981. The community continues to grow and administer to those in need.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis are celebrating a special Jubilee this year: 115 years of caring and sharing. It is fitting and proper for the Polish American Congress of the Wisconsin Division to celebrate with the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis by presenting them with the 2016 Congressman Clement J. Zablocki Civic Achievement Award.

     
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