Special to The Hays Daily News

Sister Mary Ann Schippers will celebrate her 60th anniversary as a member of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes at 10 a.m. June 3 with a Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 215 W. 13th. A reception will follow in the Kennedy Middle School cafeteria. The public is invited.

Schippers was born to John M. and Anna C. (Kippes) Schippers on June 6, 1933, on a farm southeast of Victoria. She attended St. Fidelis grade school in Victoria and St. Agnes High School in Fond du Lac, Wis. She earned a bachelor of science degree from Marian College, Fond du Lac, and a master's degree in education from Marquette University, Milwaukee.

During her 60 years of ministry, Schippers has served as an educator in the states of Indiana, New York, Wisconsin and Kansas. She has ministered as a missionary in Pershno, Chelyabinsk, Siberia, Russia, from 1994 to 2001. She has done pastoral care work at St. Joseph Parish. Upon returning to the U.S., she ministered at St. John's Hays Health Care Center and the Senior Companion Program in Hays.

"It has been a great privilege to celebrate jubilee in CSA and in the global church," Schippers said. "I feel God has gifted me as a Sister of St. Agnes and in my life to work among God's people. I have tried to allow God to mold me into his image and likeness. Hopefully, my journey will continue through my prayer life, sharing in community and being of service in whatever way God leads me."