The retired clergy of the Diocese of Fond du Lac and their spouses gathered for a luncheon at St. Mark Episcopal Church, Waupaca on Wednesday, September 5. The weather prevented meeting in St. Mark's prayer garden, but the rain did not dampen the spirits of those gather. Bishop Matt and Leslie Gunter also attended to join in a time of fellowship. The clergy and spouses were served a wonderful lunch by parishioners of St. Mark's, led by Pat Pfeiffer and assisted by LaDonna Sonntag, Joana Smocke, and June Sharstroff. This gathering was organized by Fr. Jim and Pastor Mary Trainor who serve as the Chaplains to the Retired clergy.
Prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of the Rev. Wayne Allen Robert Mionske who died April 30, 2018. He was 80.
Wayne received an M.Div. from Lutheran Theological School at Chicago, and M.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin, and completed coursework at Nashotah House. He served as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan from 1963-1979. He was ordained to the priesthood August 6, 1982 and served St. Andrew's, Kenosha. He served as Vicar of Holy Trinity, Waupun from 1985 until retirement in 1998. He served as Editor of the Diocese of Fond du Lac paper from 1985-1999 and was an Associate of the Order of Julian of Norwich. As a retiree he served as a supply priest for congregations of the Diocese of Milwaukee where he lived.
His funeral was held May 11, 2018 and he is interred at Ridgewood Cemetery, Des Plaines, IL. Give rest , O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Obituary here.
For over two decades, the Rev. Canon Bill Johnston and Mrs. Bev Johnston served as Chaplains to the Retired Clergy of the Diocese of Fond du Lac. Their service included staying in contact with retirees, which was performed through personal contact and cards, to serving as advocates when needed. They have "retired" from this service to retirees as of the end of 2017.
In March 2018, the RECAST group (Retired Episcopal Clergy at St. Thomas) honored them for their service. They were presented with a card and tickets to an Attic Theatre Production and the Attic Cabaret in August. Below is the the text that accompanied the card.
Dear Fr. Bill and Bev,
Thank you so much for your dedicated service to
the Retired Clergy of the Diocese of Fond du Lac
for the past MANY years.
We appreciated your dedication, your time
and the love you shared with so many.
We are grateful for the assistance and counsel
you provided in stressful times.
And thanks for the lovely get-togethers
you hosted—always the
“Host and Hostess with the mostest!”
Enjoy these tickets to Attic Theater
“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” on June 7th
and tickets to the Attic Cabaret
“Falling in Love with Rodgers and Hart.”
Let us know the date you would like to attend and
we will get the tickets. (August 1st through 4th).
Enjoy this time—another retirement of sorts?
“We really don’t think so.”
With love and gratitude,