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Sister Carmen (Marcelino) Agbuis

Sister Carmen brings hope to survivors of sexual assault

S. Agbuis's 2013, 50-year Jubilarian Celebration article published in the Racine Journal Times

Sister Carmen (Marcelino) Agbuis grew up in Milwaukee, WI. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College, master’s degrees from UW-Milwaukee and Loyola University, New Orleans, and a doctorate from Loyola University, Chicago.

S. Carmen served as a teacher, elementary through college levels, including at St. Rose, St. Patrick and St. Rita's in Racine. She's been a campus minister and social worker with specific ethnic groups. She lives in Milwaukee where she has worked as a psychotherapist, dealing with mental health and addiction issues for the past 16 years.

S. Carmen (Marcelino) Agbuis Celebrated her 50th Jubilee in 2013

What first drew you to the Racine Dominican community?
Magnetic joy, prayerfulness, excellent teaching and service of some Racine Dominican Sisters at Holy Angels Grade School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, evoked a CALL to serve God’s people and live the Gospel of love in our global world.

What has kept you in the community all these years?
Faithfulness to God’s continuing CALL within the community and a deeper understanding and living out of this Gospel Call compels me to stay and help create and evolve our fullest human potential into the future. My favorite author, Diarmuid O’Murchu, grounds and challenges me in living out “companionship of empowerment” (the new Kingdom of God) developing our fullest potential in becoming Christ-like while embracing the evolution of the whole of God’s cosmic creation for greatest praise of our abundant God!

What was one particularly cherished memory of your years in ministry?
One particularly cherished memory of ministry over the years was unexpectedly and humbly receiving the honor of an Eagle feather from the Great Lakes Native American Tribes at the Milwaukee Indian Health Center in Milwaukee. Journeying with the Native peoples and serving them in the area of social services, mental health, alcohol and drug issues, domestic violence issues, elder care, and spirituality have been treasured years since 1976.

What is one thing people today should know about the Racine Dominicans?
The Racine Dominicans have a strong history of being responsible, just and generous stewards of their land and resources; as noted in the Mission Fund, sponsored ministries and collaboration with Lincoln Lutheran on the Siena on the Lake Project.

What do you enjoy doing at this time of your life?
At this time of my life, I enjoy “living in the moment” and savoring and sharing God’s abundance in the daily simple pleasures of life such as nature, family, community, friends, prayer, transformative reading, the arts, technology, global news, and issues.
My ministries with the people “on the margins” continue to challenge my learnings, professional practice, and contributions to society and the next generation and the future.