Four women join agrégée orientation

November 14, 2010 by

The Sisters of St. Joseph welcomed on Saturday three candidates and one pre-candidate into the process of becoming agrégée sisters.

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The four women were received at a special Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Nazareth Motherhouse, at the end of the congregation’s annual Assembly.

Three of the women are now agrégée candidates, beginning what is expected to be a three-year process of study and spiritual discernment with mentors from the Concordia congregation. Those three are:

  • Dian Hall of Cartersville, Ga.
  • Susan Klepper of St. Louis, Mo.
  • Beth Weddle of Concordia

Dee Morris of Fort Collins, Colo., is a “pre-candidate,” who will spend another year deciding whether she is called to become an agrégée candidate.

The term agrégée — pronounced ah-gre-ZHEY — comes from the French for “attached to” or “aggregated with.” It is a form of membership in the religious congregation that dates back to our founding in 17th-century France, when Sisters of St. Joseph were either canonically vowed “principal sisters” or so-called agrégée or “country” sisters. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia re-established — and revitalized — this form of religious life in 2006.

Today there are four women who have professed the vow of fidelity to God and to the congregation as “agrégées.” Another four are in varying stages of the process of deciding if this form of religious life fits them and their spiritual needs. Two of those four are expected to profess their vows as agrégées in June 2011.

Each of the new candidates has a mentor or mentors from within the congregation to help with her spiritual discernment. Those mentors are Sisters Helen Mick and Jodi Creten from Atlanta, Sisters Sylvia Winterscheidt and Loretta Jasper of Concordia and Sister Rosabel Flax of Ness City, Kan.

To learn more about the agrégée form of membership, contact Sister Bette Moslander at 785/243-4428 or by email at

Or, click on any of the links below to read recent stories about the agrégées who are now part of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia:


One Response to “Four women join agrégée orientation”

  1. Rebecca Warren on November 22nd, 2010 10:43 am

    Congratulations Susan Klepper! The Sisters of St. Joseph are getting an awesome addition to their Sisterhood!


    Becky Warren

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