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HISTORY OF THE AUXILIARY
Prior to the establishment of the Sisters of St. Casimir Auxiliary, the main source of financial support for the Sisters was the result of the untiring labors of Father Anthony Staniukynas. With his death in 1918, the Sisters of St. Casimir lost not only their spiritual father, devoted guardian, and zealous organizer, but also their indefatigable fundraiser and solicitor. For a brief but rewarding period, Father Fabian Kemesis, close associate and friend of Father Staniukynas, together with Fathers Francis Serafinas and D. Miksys, assumed the responsibility of soliciting funds for the continued support of the Sisters.
Thanks to the interest and initiative of Father Kemesis, the first-ever enterprise was inaugurated – enlisting the support of laywomen for the purpose of financially aiding the Sisters and helping them with their ministries. Assisting and encouraging him in this project was Reverend Francis Peter Bucys, M.I.C., the Sisters chaplain at the time of the Auxiliary founding. Backed by these two priest-supporters, Miss Theodora Andriuskevicius conceived the idea to form an organization with the objective to help the Sisters of St. Casmir.
Mrs. Antionette N. Nauseda of St. George Parish in Bridgeport was elected President at the first meeting on March 4, 1919 and continued in that office for 45 years. The Auxiliary was under the successful leadership of Mrs. Mary Rudis from 1965 until July, 2008. At the present time, Mrs. Eleanor Ebert is president of the Auxiliary and Sister Genevieve Kripas, SSC is the Auxiliary’s devoted Moderator.
THE SSC AUXILIARY TODAY
Auxiliary members remain vitally involved with the institutions and ministries of the Sisters of St. Casimir. Purposes of the organization from its inception concentrated on the promotion and advancement of the material welfare and needs of the Sisters of St. Casimir. Today, the funds raised by the Auxiliary members are used for the Sisters of St. Casimir health care and ministry needs. Annually, the Auxiliary holds a Spring Bingo fundraiser and an October Banquet.
Besides knowing that they are helping the Sisters in their ministires, SSC Auxiliary members enjoy many spiritual benefits. For more information on the Sisters of St. Casimir Auxiliary, contact Sister Genevieve Kripas at (773)776-1324.