Sally Ann Brickner, O.S.F., ’67
New role for director of the Peace and Justice Center
Sally Ann Brickner, O.S.F., ’67 will be stepping down from the directorship of St. Norbert’s Peace and Justice Center in May. She has been elected first vice president of her religious community, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, and will serve in that capacity for the next four years.
Rev. Jay Fostner, O.Praem., ’84 (Mission and Heritage) is leading the search for a new director. He says, “Sister has been the cornerstone of the center, growing the program for the past nine years. She has not only taught in the peace and justice minor, and educated the St. Norbert community and beyond about Catholic social teaching, she has modeled for us how to live the values of the Gospel through charity and non-violence.
“Words cannot begin to express how much the St. Norbert College community is going to miss Sr. Sally Ann as director of the Peace and Justice Center. We are very happy that she will continue to teach on a part-time basis in the peace and justice minor.”
The Peace and Justice Center’s vision is to assist the college in improving the conditions that promote human dignity and establish a more just society. Its primary endeavor is to help prepare and engage students to serve as ethical and dynamic agents of change in their local, regional, national and global communities.
Brickner joined the faculty in 1970. During her tenure, she has taught classes in education, served as the director of teacher education and chaired the division of social sciences. She became the college’s first associate academic dean.
After serving from 1997 to 2001 on the leadership team of her community, she returned to St. Norbert as the director of the Peace and Justice Center.
Sr. Sally Ann’s travels have taken her to Canada, Nicaragua, Great Britain, Germany, France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Peoples’ Republic of China, Japan, Haiti and most recently to Colombia, where she worked with Christian Peacemaker Teams.
Her trip to Nicaragua inspired her to raise funds for an educational program for rural teachers. The program began in the 1970s and continues to the present.