US sister act hits 90

In 1917, as US soldiers prepared to depart for the World War I Western Front in France, Claude Feldner, now 108, was making her first profession as a Wisconsin Sister of St Agnes at Fond du Lac - 90 years later she is still going strong.

"They didn't think I would live this long," Sr Felder told the Fond du Lac Reporter.

"I was threatened with tuberculosis as a young woman and was sent to Kansas to heal. At that time, they thought a dryer climate would help a person. It must have worked because here I am at 108 years old ready to enjoy a party."

Sr Feldner plans to join 45 other sisters on Sunday as they celebrate their jubilee anniversaries at Holy Family Sacred Heart Church in Fond du Lac, according to a press release from the Convent.

"I also am looking forward to eating cake," she said.

Sr Feldner made her first profession in 1917. Over the years she taught music at the grade school level, as well as at Marian College. She continues to play the piano almost daily.

Sr Feldner also served for many years in formation ministry for the congregation, preparing young women for religious life.

"This is truly a unique and historical milestone for Sr Claude, and for us as a community," said Sr Joann Sambs, general superior of the Sisters of St Agnes.

The jubilarians represent more than 2,500 years of faithful service as religious women. They serve in the fields of education, health care, social work and pastoral ministry across the US and Latin America.

108-year old nun to celebrate Jubilee (Fond du Lac Reporter, 10/7/07)

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11 Jul 2007