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Sister Agnette Bengal celebrates 90 years as Sister of Christian Charity

Sally Turbov, director of nursing, speaks in Sister Agnette’s ear and makes her laugh, while Sister Monica Cormier joins in. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)


Sister Agnette Bengal celebrates 90 years as Sister of Christian Charity

Sister Agnette Bengal, a native of Westphalia, celebrated her 107th birthday on Feb. 4, and will celebrate 90 years as a vowed religious on June 29. Taught by the Sisters of Christian Charity as a child, Sister Agnette entered their community when she was 16 to begin teaching at age 19. She earned her bachelor‘s degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a master’s degree from St. Louis University.

Members of her community describe Sister Agnette as very dedicated, energetic and someone who could never do enough for others. Until restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sister Agnette delivered clerical material between the convent and the pastoral center from her wheelchair with help from an assistant.

Sister Agnette Bengal celebrates 90 years as Sister of Christian Charity

While holding a bowl of ice cream, Sister of Christian Charity Agnette Bengal points out members of her family in photos to her fellow sisters, Sister Anastasia Sanford (left) and Sister Monica Cormier (right), at Sacred Heart Convent in Wilmette, Ill. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)