Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sisters of St. Joseph: Soundings Update-May 30, 2012

Our latest issue of Soundings Update is available at:

In this issue read about The Earth Committee's annual retreat. There is some info here about two DVDs that may be of interest:
You may also want to view this video that just someone just sent me. It's done by a group called Busted Halo. The video is called: Street Seekers: Standing With the Sisters

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kim Ritter - Woman of Achievement for Anti-Trafficking efforts

Kim receives award
It's almost a year since we gathered at the Millennium Hotel where 900 Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates, along with hundreds of workers at the hotel witnessed the Milennium's signing of the ECPAT code to end child sex trafficking. Since then Kim Ritter, our event manager, has been working "zealously" to continue this work. Today she was honored as a Woman of Achievement for her work. She is so deserving of this honor. Please read more about it on the US Federation Blog

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Soundings Update: May 16, 2012

The May 16, 2012 issue of Soundings Update is now available on our website. This issue is packed with happenings of the last couple of weeks.
  • Students, Faculty, and friends at Regis College walk to support Bakhita House
  • Gratitude Celebration for 2006-2012 Boston CSJ Leadership Team
  • Boston CSJ Associates renew committment on Feast of St. Joseph the Worker
  • Symposium on Consumerism and the Many Faces of Human Trafficking -- the link to this event was already made available in a recent post.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious has a new Facebook page

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Consumerism & Human Trafficking / and a prayer for LCWR

Much of what's been going on the past couple of weeks will be reported in the upcoming issue of Soundings Update.

But there was not enough room for the full version of the article on the Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium held on May 5. The topic was "Consumerism and the Many Faces of Human Trafficking." The press release is available on our website at: .The Boston Pilot and The Allston Brighton Tab have also carried this article.

The other item that keeps coming up in the news is the Doctrinal Assessment of LCWR [Leadership Conference of Women Religious]. A friend and former communicator of another religious congregation composed a prayer that many are using to pray for LCWR and their upcoming meeting.

God’s Spirit

In this time of pain and promise,
we call on God’s Spirit to bless
the leadership of LCWR, of our Congregation,
and all women religious
who strive to live the gospel in these
uncertain times.

We call on the Spirit of God to reveal
the way forward that is faithful to God’s
dream for us and our lives together.

May all who are called to engage
in prayer and conversation come to
the table with hearts that are open,
transparent, and faith-filled. May their o>span>p>
reflection be marked by a deep listening
to the voice of the Spirit at work in our world.

May the holy ones who have gone
before us inspire us by their courage
and wisdom and affirm that we are not alone.

May we continue to faithfully live the
questions of our time and witness to
the people of God that we are women
at home with mystery and filled with
fierce hope for our shared future.
     -- Sister Chris Koellhoffer, IHM

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

CSSJ Gathering the Daughters

Our latest issue of Soundings Update is available at: Featured in this issue of Soundings Update is an event that happens every other year called Gathering the Daughters. The title of this year's gathering was: Rename, Reclaim, Rediscover Our Vision in the 21st Century.

There was a wonderful spirit among close to eighty who participated in this gathering. I'm tempted to say more but please read the article.

The article on page two is about a visit to our Motherhouse by about 50 participants in the annual conference of Spiritual Directors International. The group met in the Boston area this year but the visitors were from all over the world.

Also...Yesterday was the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. To celebrate this day the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph launched a new public Facebook page. If you're already on Facebook, you can "like" the page by searching for US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. In a few weeks there will be a new CSSJ Federation webpage. I'll be sure to let you know when that goes live.