From Germany With Love:
Celebrating Catholic Heritage
Alverno College professor Stephani Richards-Wilson has great enthusiasm for marketing and management, and her heart beats even stronger for a more sacred calling. On Saturday, September 28, Stephani will present “From Germany with Love: The Historical and Enduring Impact of German Catholics in Milwaukee and Beyond.”
The one-hour presentation begins at 9 a.m. and will be part of the School Sisters of St. Francis’ participation in Doors Open Milwaukee. It serves as a fitting introduction to the German-born sisters who founded the order and built the landmark, century-old St. Joseph Chapel on Milwaukee’s south side.
Stephani has had a lifelong passion for discovering the contributions of German citizens and their descendants. She loves to raise awareness of their sacrifices to grow the Church and perpetuate Christ’s compassion and love. For the September 28 gathering, Stephani will discuss the overall impact of German Catholics on Southeast Wisconsin’s customs and traditions, food, institutions, and churches.
“I will highlight people, places, and products that contributed to the Catholic influence and legacy of the city,” Stephani said. Among these ‘influencers’ are women religious like the School Sisters of St. Francis and School Sisters of Notre Dame, particularly Mother Caroline Friess and Blessed Mother Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger.”
Milwaukee’s first archbishop, the German-speaking John Henni, and the influential Archbishop Sebastian Messmer will be discussed, as will the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement, Milwaukee’s Old St. Mary's Church, Holy Hill, “The Holyland,” and the impact of German Catholics in Dane County.
Tickets for “From Germany with Love” are $5 and may be ordered in advance by calling 414-385-5272 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Joseph Chapel and Alfons Gallery will be open for free, self-guided tours from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for Doors Open Milwaukee.
The School Sisters of St. Francis meet the needs of the times in the United States through their varied ministries.
Today our sisters of the Latin American Region serve in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru.
Today our sisters of the European Province serve in Germany and Switzerland.
In India, the School Sisters of St. Francis have served those in need since the 1930s. In October 2015, the School Sisters of St. Francis’ Assisi Province in southern India launched a new mission to Tanzania.