religious art

Statues, icons and other religious art have long been a traditional part of Catholic churches. These images are not treated as objects of worship. In viewing the images depicted, we see those who have gone before us in faith as examples in living the Christian life. We ask for their intercession as we seek to grow in faith.

The beautiful icons unique to our sanctuary were painted by a local religious artist-iconographer, Nancy Gezella. These icons were sponsored by St. Agnes parishioners. if you would like to sponsor a future icon, please call the Parish Office, 920-494-2534. If you are interested in Nancy Gezella's religious art, you may contact her at

New icons explained


st. agnes

our patron saint

St. Agnes was born in 291 into a Roman family of nobility and raised in a Christian family. As a young teen she suffered martyrdom for her faith and commitment to her virginity on January 21, 304. In art she is often portrayed holding a lamb, a symbol of innocence. St. Agnes is the patron saint of young girls.

sacred heart of jesus

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus dates back to the late 1600s when Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in a series of visions. In honoring the Sacred Heart, we praise and thank our Lord for His suffering and death on the cross, the ultimate expression of God's infinite and intimate love for each of us. Through prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we humbly acknowledge this saving love and ask for the grace to love more completely.

immaculate heart of Mary

Though devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary has roots much earlier in the Church, St. John Eudes popularized the devotion in the 1680s. We look to Mary's singleness of heart, which compelled her to say "yes" to God in the birth and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. We hold Mary as an example of the Christian life and ask for Mary's intercession that we may imitate her wholehearted dedication to God in the triumphs and trials of life.

St. Joseph

St. Joseph is the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus.  Joseph is the patron saint of the dying, as he is believed to have died with Jesus and Mary close to him.  Joseph is also the patron saint of the Universal Church, families, fathers, expectant mothers, travelers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers, and working people in general.  

st. john the baptist

St. John the Baptist was a contemporary of Christ who was known for evangelization and his baptizing of Jesus Christ. John was the son of Elizabeth, Mary's cousin.  His feast day is June 24. John the Baptist is the patron saint of Jordan, Puerto Rico, French Canada, and other places. 

st. josephine bakhita

Saint Josephine Margaret Bakhita was born around 1869 in the Darfur region of Sudan.  She spent many years as a slave.  After she became free she chose to live with the Canossian Sisters, later taking her final vows and joining the convent in Schio, Vicenza, Italy.  St. Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of Sudan and her feast day is celebrated on February 8. 

st. mother teresa of calcutta

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in Shopje, Macedonia.  She joined the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland.   She left for India in 1929 and later took her final profession of vows, becoming the "spouse of Jesus."  From that time she was called Mother Teresa.  During a train ride from Calcutta to Darjeeling she received her inspiration to help the poorest of the poor in India.  St. Mother Teresa was canonized on September 4, 2016. 

Saints jacinta and francisco marto

Saint Jacinta and Francisco de Jesus Marto were two siblings who, along with their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, all from Fatima, Portugal, witnessed three apparitions of the Angel of Peace in 1916, and several apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Cova da Iria in 1917.  Jacinta and Franciso were solemnly canonized by Pope Francis on May 13, 2017. 

Saint philip neri

Saint Philip Neri was an Italian priest noted for founding a society of secular clergy called the Congregation of the Oratory.  Philip possessed a playful sense of humor and considered cheerful temper to be more Christian than a melancholy one. 

saint teresa of avila

Saint Teresa of Avila was a Carmelite nun and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer.  1622 she was canonized and in 1970 she was named a Doctor of the Church.  She wrote several books, including "The Interior Castle." 

saint michael the archangel

Saint Michael the Archangel is a leader of the Army of God and a leader of Heaven's forces in their triumph over the powers of Hell. 

st. peregrine

St. Peregrine is the patron saint of patients with cancer or other serious illnesses, and their family, friends, and caregivers. His statue is located in the little alcove in the church narthex.

The night before his cancerous leg was to be amputated, Peregrine, a priest of the Servite order, dragged himself before the crucifix to pray. The next morning, a physician arrived to perform surgery only to proclaim Peregrine miraculously healed. Already beloved for his great charity, Peregrine was venerated all the more after people reported healings due to his intercession. He was canonized in 1726. 

the rosebud program

In the alcove in the narthex is a table with a rose display.  It honors the sacredness of life and each of the various colors of the rosebuds represents different concerns:

  • Pink--honors pregnancy and the unborn child
  • Red--celebrates birth and adoption
  • Yellow--for prayers for those desiring to conceive, suffering infertility, or seeking to adopt
  • White--for babies that were lost due to miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, or infant or child death


Each rosebud has a tag attached. The tag has a place to write information regarding pregnancy, birth, adoption, loss, or waiting to conceive or adopt. You are invited to take a rosebud from the basket, fill in the attached tag, and put the rose in the vase. There are also prayer cards on the table which those filling out the tags are invited to take. Prayer intentions written on the tags will go to our Prayer Vine members to pray for your intentions.

What will happen to the roses? After a period of time, perhaps a few months, persons who placed a rose in the vase may take and keep the rose. Otherwise we will put it back in the basket to be used again.