Summer has been busy, relaxing, fun, and challenging all at the same time. I decided to let this blog take a little break for most of August. I realized how long it had been when a couple of friends emailed me to ask when I was going to post again. In July I had spent a few days at Weston Priory for the feast of St. Benedict followed by a few days by the ocean. I started the month of August with a week of retreat in Duxbury. I’ve never made my annual retreat at Miramar before so although it took a bit of adjusting the retreat was wonderful. After retreat, I headed twenty minutes up the road to Marshfield where I spent a few vacation days with friends – an extended retreat of sorts. The week in July and these two weeks of retreat and vacation were pure gift.
After one very busy day back in the office, I headed to Albany, NY for another meeting with the committee that is planning the 2011 Sisters of St. Joseph U.S. Federation Event. It’s wonderful to watch this event take shape. One of the committee members compared the planning to the creation of a sculpture – and it’s true. Each member of the committee is an artist of sorts – be it graphic design, music, environment, prayer/liturgy, finances, communications, facilitation, or all the details of overall coordination. Each planning meeting is framed with prayer and although the days are long, the prayerful atmosphere of our work seems to energize us and keep is going.
The last couple of days have been typical late-August New England days. They are stark reminders that summer is winding down – good weather for transitioning back to the office. So in one way it seems that there’s nothing spectacular to write about. But in reality the gift of summer is it’s own spectacular story.
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I am a Sister of St. Joseph [CSJ]. We are a Roman Catholic religious community of women. We are ordinary women from all walks of life. Our special focus, our mission, is to work for unity and reconciliation where there is brokenness, to help people become whole and holy, individually and together. I work as Director of Communication for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. There are over 12,000 Sisters of St. Joseph and about 5,000 Associates all over the world. My Boston congregation is one of 16 congregations of Sisters of St. Joseph in the United States.
The picture at the top is a view of Le Puy, France, where our community was founded over 360 years ago. It was taken on Easter Sunday, 2005, during a visit to the CSSJ International Centre in Le Puy. You can learn more about the Sisters of St. Joseph at the related websites listed above.