Marian welcomes six to its Hall of Fame

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Having taught thousands of students over the decades, Marian Catholic High School’s Sister Agnes Ann Pisel is one well-known nun.

Now, she has been awarded the Chicago Heights-based school’s top honor — the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pisel taught at Marian from 1973 to 1979 and returned in 1986.

The award was presented during the school’s Hall of Fame ceremony Feb. 7 at Olympia Fields Country Club.

“It’s a great honor,” Pisel said. “I’ve been here a long time, I know a lot of people, and it’s nice to know that you’ve made a difference somewhere along the way.”

During her first six-year stint at Marian, Pisel taught theology, was a freshman class moderator and was a moderator of Sodality, an early version of the school’s service club.

She left in 1979 to teach at Sacred Heart Academy, an all-girls school in Springfield. She returned to Marian as the theology department chairwoman.

She also worked as a Kairos retreat leader, among other duties.

A native of Granite City, Pisel, the oldest of six sisters, taught theology classes at different levels until two years ago when she became a tutor and a study hall monitor. She lives on campus at the Marian convent.

Outside the classroom, Pisel said she likes to watch movies, read books and travel.

“I also like to knit, but that sounds like such an old lady thing,” she quipped.

In 2011, Pisel traveled to Israel with two of her blood-sisters to see firsthand the sites she had been studying about her entire life.

“Seeing those things made Scripture come alive,” Pisel said.

She said she doesn’t know what her future holds at Marian, other than that she plans to remain a fixture in the community.

“As far as the future is concerned, I don’t have any plans,” Pisel said. “I’ll always be there to meet the needs of the congregation and the Dominican sisters.”

In addition to Pisel, Vince Krydynski III, John Finnin, Bobby Lambert, Edward Szymanski and Sister Marion Sitkiewitz also joined the Marian Hall of Fame.