Dubuque Associate Partnership Continues to Grow

So far this year, the Dubuque Presentation Sisters have welcomed nine new associates into the Presentation Associate Partnership. Over the course of several months, these associates gathered with sister and associate mentors to pray, study, share and reflect upon Presentation heritage, charism and mission. Through this orientation process, they immersed themselves in the spirit and life of Presentation foundress, Nano Nagle, and discerned how they might live out the Presentation mission in their lives.

During a commitment ceremony, they proclaimed their desire and commitment to the Presentation mission of being “called to evangelize, offering hope and love to a broken world by incarnating the hospitality of God, confronting injustice and working for peace.”

The Dubuque Presentation Sisters welcome the following women of service who have a willingness to offer their gifts for the benefit of others. May their lives be enriched through their participation in the Presentation Associate Partnership.

Sue Brimmer has lived in Dubuque her entire life and has been a nurse for the past 34 years. She has a passion for wellness education and serving those who are most vulnerable. Sue works part-time at the Sisters of the Presentation in the Nagle Center and is continually inspired by the sisters.


Sarah Gieseke grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Dubuque in May 2016. She has worked with immigrants and refugees for most of her professional career and feels all can learn and gain much by engaging with people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.


Thalia Cutsforth works part-time at Sadlier Publishing and is a member of St. Columbkille Parish where she cantors and helps with various parish activities. She hopes to continue to serve the community and help others in an effort to we can make our world a beautiful place, one step at a time.


Jen Hayesworks as a benefits specialist for the Archdiocese of Dubuque. After completing the RCIA process, Jen joined the church in 2007 and quickly grew in her faith by becoming very active in her parish. Jen finds the greatest joy in helping others and is excited to find other ways to help others.


Judy Kalbworks at Great River Oral Surgery as a dental assistant. Judy has volunteered at the Mercy Gift Shop for 23 years, has been active with the Holy Spirit CEW and is a Eucharistic minister at St. Columbkille Parish. Judy desires to serve and to share her gifts with others, while at the same time growing and deepening her faith.


Carol Wyatt works as a receptionist at Prairie Farms Dairy and is a member of St. Columbkille Parish where she is also a Eucharistic minister. She is active in CEW and has been part of various volunteer activities. She wants to give back, and looks forward to giving of herself in whatever capacity that is asked of her.


Rachel Evans lives in Forest City, Iowa, and works at Winnebago Industries. Rachel wants to use her gifts to encourage and inspire the fire in others.


LaVeta Jarrett is a nurse practitioner in Hutchinson, Kansas, where she cares and advocates for the physically and mentally ill. She continues to reflect on the journey of her life and where God is calling her to serve.


Cady Windish is a high school English teacher in Morton, Illinois. She first met Presentation Sisters at St. Ambrose and was drawn to their hospitality and their focus on light and love.