History Lecture: Milwaukee's Catholic Character Imported from Germany with Love
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Presentation Dovetails with Doors Open Milwaukee on St. Joseph Center Campus

MILWAUKEE - WisconsinEagle -- On Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., the School Sisters of St. Francis will be sponsoring a history lecture titled "From Germany with Love:  The Historical and Enduring Impact of German Catholics in Milwaukee and Beyond." This event will be offered on the same day that Doors Open Milwaukee will be featuring the sisters' magnificent, historic St. Joseph Chapel with self-guided tours beginning at 10 a.m. All are welcome to both events at St. Joseph Center, the sisters' southside Milwaukee campus (1501 S. Layton Blvd. or 27th St. at Greenfield Ave.).

The guest speaker will be Stephani Richards-Wilson, PhD, EdD, a German language professor and historian, as well as the director of graduate business programs at Alverno College. She earned her Doctorate in Education in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego; PhD in German from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and MA in German as well as BA in German and French at Marquette University. She is a member of the German American National Congress (DANK), the Society for German-American Studies, and the Board of Trustees of the German Academic Exchange service Alumni Association (DAAD AA).

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Dr. Richards-Wilson has presented on German history on numerous occasions throughout the city. She does extensive research and keeps her audience well entertained and informed with her vast treasury of facts and anecdotes. She recognizes that historically Milwaukee is the cultural center of "all things German," hosting the largest Germanfest in the country and boasting dozens of thriving German culture clubs.

"For the September 28 gathering, I will discuss the overall impact of German Catholics on customs and traditions, food, institutions, and churches," Dr. Richards-Wilson said.

"I will highlight people, places, and products that contributed to the Catholic influence and legacy of the city," she continued. "These influencers include the School Sisters of St. Francis; Mother Caroline Friess, SSND; Blessed Mother Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, SSND; Bishop John Henni; and Archbishop Sebastian Messmer, among others. I'll also discuss the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement, Old St. Mary's Church, Holy Hill, 'The Holyland,' and German Catholics in Dane County."

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The fee is just $5. Write checks to:  School Sisters of St. Francis Outreach Events, c/o Donna O'Loughlin; 1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215. Contact:  doloughlin@sssf.org or 414-385-5272. Ample free parking is available at 29th St. and Orchard St., behind St. Joseph Center. Contact us at www.sssf.org

Donna OLoughlin

Source: School Sisters of St Francis
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