Saturday, December 31, 2011

Congratulations NIX on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

As New Year's Eve approaches, so does the 5th Annual National Human Trafficking Awareness Day [January 11, 2012]. Many readers of this blog will recall the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, NIX Converence and Meeting Management Company, The Millennium Hotel, ECPAT, and Covering House in St. Louis. Over two years ago none of us could have dreamed of the impact of our actions.
S. Joyce, Kim from NIX, S. Kathy, and Dominic
at the Millennium Hotel in July 2011
Many hotels have signed the EPCAT Code of Conduct but few have done it so publically. The Federation Event 2011 website has all the news coverage that surrounded this event.
The ripple effect of this action has been a true expression of connecting neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God. On January 11, 2012, NIX will be the first meeting planning company in the U.S. to sign a Meeting Planner’s Code of Conduct. The impact of this is huge. Read the press release on the NIX website:
Recently I received an email from Kim, the Senior Account Manager and coorinator of Nix, inviting us to this event. In the note she describes the impact of the Sisters of St. Joseph on her life and work.

The Federation has made such an immense impact on our company and our city! We thank you and as promised, once the event was over your mission has carried on. Personally, you have created a fire in me that cannot be extinguished, and I love and thank you all for that. One of the most memorable parts of the my year after the Federation event is that everywhere there was a CSJ, they would take my hand and tell me that I too was a CSJ at heart…and I believe that to be true. Because I knew you, I have been changed for good…

You may also want to check out the Healing Action Network that was founded in 2011 in response to the growing need of person-centered awareness, advocacy, and action on behalf of sexually exploited individuals. NIX, ECPAT, and Covering House are part of this network.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Path to Citizenship, The Literacy Connection, The Women's Table

Greetings...Our Christmas edition of Soundings Update is available at

Pat Andrews, CSJ, left, and Ann Moynihan, CSJ, right, assist Christela as she prepares her application for U.S. citizenship at The Literacy Connection office.

This week's edition has a great story about a young woman who is working with The Literacy Connection to complete her citizenship application -- hardly an easy process as you will learn from the article.

Mary Rita Weschler, CSJA, Director of The Women's Table, works with volunteers to prepare Christmas bags for families at Hastings House in Brighton.
You can also view a glimpse of our annual Congregation Advent/Christmas gathering and read about the work of The Women's Table, another of our CSJ Boston ministries.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dec 7, 2011 Soundings and Advent Reflections

Boston CSJ Motherhouse Chapel & Advent Wreath
Our December 7 edition of Soundings Update is now available.

As you probably know, there are hundreds of online Advent Reflection Resources. Here are just a few from four of the sixteen congregations of Sisters of St. Joseph in the United States.  You may want to pick and choose for your own personal or communal prayer.


...from the Congregation of St. Joseph -- This site has weekly reflections and an accompanying reflective video for each week.

...from the St. Louis CSJs -- This site has a single 2 minute reflective video and a question to accompany the Scripture of each day. If you scroll to the bottom you can read the reflective questions from previous days of Advent.

...from the Albany CSJs -- This site has reflections for every day of Advent already posted...great for those who like to plan ahead.

...from the Baden CSJs -- these are weekly reflections