Meet Our New Green Bay Associates

In December, six associates from the Green Bay area made initial commitment into the Community of St. Joseph during an Advent celebration at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Michele Becker is a minister of music, social justice and liturgy at Resurrection Parish in Green Bay. Married to Lyle Becker for 34 years, she and Lyle have four sons and a grandson.  

She met Sisters of St. Joseph Shawn Madigan and Judy Miller at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality workshops, CTA walks for inclusion of women and the weekend liturgy at St. Norbert Abbey, and was drawn to begin the journey of CSJ association. She looks forward to being in community/communion with like-minded people, and moving forward, with all the cosmos, transforming the world together.

Michele says, “I commit myself to continued growth in unifying love and care for the dear neighbor through prayer and action as I live out my vocation each prayer, in liturgy, music and social justice ministries that extend beyond myself to the dear neighbor...which has always permeated my life.” 

Kate Bowman is a retired nurse and is married 53 years to her husband, William. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Green Bay where she got to know the Sisters of St. Joseph. She then studied at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Hancock, Michigan, where she grew in her faith and dedication to helping others. She hopes as an associate to deepen her spiritual life through prayer and study and “to open myself more completely to love of God and neighbor.”

Kate says, “I commit myself to deepen my spiritual life through prayer, study and to open new ideas of what my faith is and sharing it with an open mind and heart with others.” 

Kathleen Madigan is a lifelong Catholic who attended Catholic grade and high schools. She considers her four grown children, three grandchildren and great grandchild to be her greatest gifts. She actively cares for people in need in many ways.

Related to and a dear friend of Sister Shawn Madigan, Kathleen has been impressed by the sisters’ faith, work and love of the neighbor. She writes of her respect for the Sisters of St. Joseph and their call for change in the Church.

Kathleen says, “Using the gifts God has given me, I will strive to have a deeper appreciation for the Holy in each other, in creation, in the Church and in the dear neighbor.” 

Susan Perrault is director of faith formation for the parish community on the campus of St. Norbert College in De Pere. She is an active member of the board of trustees for St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter and has served the Green Bay Diocese in a number of positions.

Susan says she has found challenge and being “called out” for a greater good in local CSJ gatherings, and appreciates being with people committed to building one another up in love, and together, creating a more compassionate world grounded in Gospel values.

“In my ongoing efforts to deepen my baptismal call, I commit myself as an Associate member of the Community of St Joseph, grounded in relationship and loving unity in service of the kingdom.”  

Tony Pichler serves the Diocese of Green Bay as director of lay ministry formation. He is co-founder of StreetLights Outreach, a street ministry in Green Bay, and helped found St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter, where he continues to serve on its board of trustees and coordinates its ministry team. He also helps at the Micah Center, a daytime resource center for persons who struggle with poverty in Green Bay. He is active in his parish, St. Norbert Abbey, and is a Norbertine Associate. He is married to Janine Pichler and they have two children.

Tony says he is struck by the deep spirituality of the sisters and lay associates and is particularly impressed with the openness to the Spirit exhibited by the CSJs. As a CSJ associate, Tony seeks a grounding in spirituality and community, and an openness to the promptings of the Spirit. “I commit myself to unifying love, openness to all, spiritual growth and renewal and active engagement in service to all of God’s people,” he says.

Mary Kay Wagner is a retired chemist, a mother and a grandmother. Since her retirement, she has been involved at her parish, St. Willebrord, and now serves as the sacristan.

She writes she enjoys sharing in meaningful discussions with the CSJ associate group and is looking to improve her spiritual life.

“I am making my commitment....because I want to join in the efforts (of the CSJ/CSJA) to bring Jesus’ message of love, peace and mercy to all God’s people,” she says. 

She is one of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Generosity of Joseph honoree this year. She is being recognized for her many years of efforts in bringing together LGBT teenagers and parents to foster better understanding and love for all.



CSJ Associates are women and men, married and single, who are called by God to commit to extending the mission and sharing the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet without becoming vowed members. There are more than 300 CSJ Associates who bring the CSJ spirit to their jobs, parishes and families as they share their gifts in works of justice and peace, care for the poor and for the earth.

Learn more about becoming a CSJ Associate.

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