Thursday, June 28, 2012

Boston CSJ Leadership Transition Video & Soundings Update

Our latest edition of Soundings Update available at:
This issue is mostly devoted to our Celebraiton of Leaderhsip. You can also view a short YouTube slide show of the event at.

Even though 14 minutes may seem long, bear in mind we started gathering around 1:00 p.m. for the liturgy. A reception followed until 4:30. So this is 3 1/2 hours in 14 minutes!

This issue of Soundings also has the announcements of the Sisters of St. Joseph Unity and Reconciliation grant awards.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sisters of St. Joseph Celebrate Transition of Leadership

Sisters of St. Joseph Celebrate Transition of Leadership

Relationship is Always at the Heart of Who We Are

Brighton, MA – On June 24, 2012 the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston participated in the Transition of Leadership for their congregation. Over 500 sisters, associates, colleagues, friends, and family members were present at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newton, MA for the Mass of celebration. The women who have been elected by the Congregation to serve in the ministry of leadership for the next six years are: Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, Marylou Cassidy, CSJ, Maureen Doherty, CSJ, Margaret L. Sullivan, CSJ, Roseann Amico, CSJ, Gail Donahue, CSJ, and Patricia E. McCarthy, CSJ.

Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, moves into her position as President of the Sisters of St. Joseph from her current position as a General Councilor. Other members of the Leadership Team completing their six-year term are: Mary L. Murphy, CSJ, President; Lee Hogan, CSJ, Assistant President; and Marilyn McGoldrick, CSJ, General Councilor; Brenda Forry, CSJ, Helen Sullivan, CSJ, and Ellen Powers, CSJ, Area Councilors.

During the past year, Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates entered into a year of discernment called “Chapter 2011-2012.”  A chapter year, which takes place every six years, is a time when all members of the Congregation evaluate the past and envision the future. It is a time of prayer, reflection, and action. It is a time that sets the direction for the Congregation to "move forward with confidence and hope.” CSJ Boston Constitution

In her reflections at the end of the liturgy, Sister Rosemary Brennan spoke with conviction and enthusiasm saying, “Each transition of leadership dares us to dream we can co-create a future which ‘moves always towards profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction.’[i]  The passion and enthusiasm we have for being Sisters of St Joseph and Associates is what impels us to live - knowing that relationship is always at the heart of who we are; and when we find ourselves in situations which test our relationships we will always seek to live in and through our charism – a charism that is our unique gift to our church and our world.

As the new leadership team of the Sisters of St Joseph of Boston, we assume our ministerial responsibilities with prayerful enthusiasm, heartfelt energy, and hope-filled excitement. We look forward to collaborating with you, our sisters, our associates, our partners in ministry, our brother priests, our family, and friends to forward the life and mission of the Congregation.”

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston is a Congregation of vowed religious women of the Church, rooted in gospel values. They are committed to living as women of unity, reconciliation, and inclusive love of neighbor without distinction. Fidelity to this vision is at the heart of their mission.

[i] Consensus Statement of the Sisters of St. Joseph from the central ideas of Jean Pierre M├ędaille, SJ, as drawn from the Primitive Constitutions

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Please take a minute to "like" our facebook fanpage - and more

We had two big community events this last weekend so I've published a Special Edition of Soundings Update. Follow the link for pictures of our Donor Day liturgy and our annual congregation picnic.

Also: Yesterday LCWR issued a press release about their visit to Rome earlier this month. The title of the press release is: LCWR Continues Discernment of CDF Mandate . There's been a lot of news coverage about this. Follow the link above for the LCWR's original statement.

Finally, Almost two years ago one of my gmail accounts was compromised. It affected our Boston CSJ Facebook Fanpage. Yesterday, thanks to the help of Dom at the Boston Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, I was able to completely delete the old page and am trying to build up the new Boston CSJ Facebook Fanpage. Could you please take a minute to visit this page and "like" a Facebook sorty of way.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

CSJ Soundings Update, LCWR & CSSJs at Rio+20

The June 13, 2012, Soundings Update is now available on our website. Read about The Literacy Connection, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and our New Mexico associates commitment celebration in Santa Rosa, NM.

It's been a busy news week. Our CSSJ U.S. Federation sent information and a prayer service for the Rio+20 Conference happening next week. Twenty-one Sisters of Saint Joseph from around the world will be at the conference.

Here is a link to the prayer service:

And some information about the conference and our sisters' participation.

Today two of the leaders of LCWR met in Rome. Here's the press release that was posted on the LCWR website earlier today.
LCWR Statement on Meeting with CDF

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Statements & Articles about LCWR

As we know, there has been a lot of news coverage about the LCWR and the Vatican's Doctrinal Assessment. We read dozens of these stories each day. The three pieces below found their way into my email over the past couple of days. They seem to offer a balanced voice to a very public conversation

Franciscan Leadership Declares 'Solidarity' with LCWR

Nuns' leader seeks dialogue with Vatican to plead case --Pittsburgh Post Gazette

CMSM Comments on the LCWR Situation

Let us continue to pray for the LCWR leadership who will be traveling to Rome this week and all involved in this ongoing conversation.