Sunday, May 4, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
|Sisters of St. Joseph arrive in St. Louis, MO|
Log Cabin where first sisters lived, prayed,
These women, who made it possible for Sisters of Saint Joseph to grow and flourish in America, were zealous women.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
And so this seems as good a time as any to let you know about another journey planned for October 2014. Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston are sponsoring another CSSJ Heritage Pilgrimage open to Sisters of St. Joseph, associates, agrégées, and ministry partners in the United States and Canada.
Here are two links where you can learn more about how to participate in this pilgrimage. Please contact me if you are interested.
- In the Read About section of our CSJ Boston Website: a downloadable brochure will be available shortly.
- On website of our travel agent, Celestial Voyagers -- On this site you can download a brochure with all details.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Join us for our Triduum Liturgies this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
the Paschal Triduum
Monday, March 18, 2013
Celebrate Saint Joseph's Day [March 19] by watching this two minute video from the Sisters of St. Joseph in Orange, CA and praying this prayer to St. Joseph:
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The latest issue of Soundings Update is available at http://www.csjboston.org/su-Oct-3-2012.pdf
There's a wonderful story about the Prayer Shawl Ministry of our residents at Bethany Health Care Center. A few days ago, they celebrated their 1,000th prayer shawl.
This post is short because I'm at the National Communicators Conference for Women Religious and the days activities are beginning soon. More later...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
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.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Roslindale's Casserly House receives $5K grant - Roslindale, MA - West Roxbury Transcript
Casserly House was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston as a part of the congregation's 125th anniversary celebrations. Modeled after the work of the first Sisters of St. Joseph, Casserly House was created to be a ministry of presence in a culturally and ethnically mixed neighborhood populated by a large number of new immigrants.
Casserly House is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. It is named after Mother Regis Casserly, one of the first sisters to travel from New York to Boston when the pastor of St. Thomas Church, Jamaica Plain, invited the sisters to come to serve the growing Irish immigrant population.
The mission of Casserly House is to be a living presence in our Roslindale, MA, neighborhood one that fosters unity of people with one another and with God. The motto of Casserly House is: "Rooted in Boston, Open to the World."
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Saturday, November 26, 2011
The picture in this post was taken in Chartres Cathedral in France a few years ago. Each time I look at it, I'm reminded of the moment when I rounded a corner in the cathedrals vast ambulatory to encounter this lone but majestic light in the relative darkness of the space. It never ceases to remind me of the darkness of Advent that gives way to the emerging light of Christmas.
Friday, October 14, 2011
In response to the questions above there is a great opportunity coming up at our Motherhouse on October 18. It is hosted by the Archdiocesan Delegate for Religious who is a Sister of St. Joseph.
Here are the details:
Program will begin with Registration at 6:00 p.m. and include:
- Opening Prayer and Introductions
- Witness Talks – “How I Heard God Calling My Name”
- Concluding Prayer
- Departure at 9:30 p.m.
Also, our October 12, 2011, issue of Soundings Update is available at http://www.csjboston.org/SOUNDINGS.htm . In this issue read about
- Our October 2 celebration of our CSJ Boston Founders' Day
- a wonderful collaborative effort on the part of our Advancement Office with several of our ministries, the Allston and Brighton Boards of Trade
Monday, August 23, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Based on Maxims of the Little Institute, #84
This is not the exact translation of Maxim 84 but it is what has become quite popular among the Boston Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates. As many readers know, these words are the refrain for the song, Quietly Await, that I wrote quite a few years ago. Writing this song was, in itself, a true moment of God's grace which continues to humble and amaze me.
"Maxim Monday" is taking a "summer break." When I thought about a Maxim for moving into summer, this version of Maxim 84 seemed appropriate. So I offer it for summer reflection. The last of the four verses is also part of my summer prayer for all of us:
Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to spend several hours sitting quietly on one of the porches of St Joseph Retreat Center in Cohasset. The sailboat above was one of many that passed grace-fully by on what was an idyllic day. Happy Summer. May you have a few graced moments during the weeks ahead.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I keep trying to pick out one part that sort of says it all. However, the whole thing is really worth reading and praying with as we approach the second decade of this millenium.
You can follow the link in the title above but I'll just quote this one part: from paragraph 7:
Sad to say, it is all too evident that large numbers of people in different countries and areas of our planet are experiencing increased hardship because of the negligence or refusal of many others to exercise responsible stewardship over the environment. The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council reminded us that “God has destined the earth and everything it contains for all peoples and nations”. The goods of creation belong to humanity as a whole. Yet the current pace of environmental exploitation is seriously endangering the supply of certain natural resources not only for the present generation, but above all for generations yet to come. It is not hard to see that environmental degradation is often due to the lack of far-sighted official policies or to the pursuit of myopic economic interests, which then, tragically, become a serious threat to creation. To combat this phenomenon, economic activity needs to consider the fact that “every economic decision has a moral consequence” and thus show increased respect for the environment.
Two things jump out at me as I read the whole document. First: It's amazing that this comes right in the middle of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. Second: It reminds me of much of what Sisters of St. Joseph speak of when we refer to "the Dear Neighbor without distinction." As our CSSJ Federation website states: "Sisters of St. Joseph and associates today view all of creation as the Dear Neighbor. This has led many congregations to include a deeper appreciation of the universe story and the care of Planet Earth in their vision statements and actions for justice."
About a year ago the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph issued a statement about climate change. Here are a couple of excerpts:
As U. S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates, “We live and work that all may be One.” We are concerned for all of God’s Creation and our Sisters and Brothers everywhere. Pope John Paul II wrote, “Faced with the widespread destruction of the environment, people everywhere are coming to understand that we cannot continue to use the goods of the Earth as we have in the past. …a new ecological awareness is beginning to emerge.” (The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility, December 1989)
We recognize that what we do to Earth, we do to ourselves! Therefore, as the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates, we commit ourselves to support all LIFE on Earth.
There is much more to this statement. Check out the full text on the "Earth Watch" page of our website for more.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The theme of this year's Soundings is all about the Core Values of the Sisters of St. Joseph. This first issue focuses on Gracious Hospitality. It's 20 pages long so may take a bit of time to download. But it's worth the wait.
Soundings Update reports on two recent events. Our October 17 Congregation Gathering which I already wrote about and a talk given our Vocation Coordinator and another sister at a local college. The title of the article: Are Brothers Nuns? Unraveling Stereotypes of Religious Life offers a glimpse into the experience.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Please visit our newly revised Vocation Webpage at http://www.csjboston.org/VOCATIONS.htm
Thursday, May 14, 2009
In this Issue:
- More Than a Box by Rita McCormack, CS
- Outreach to Women Update by Mary Rita Weschler, CSJA
- Reflections on the May 1, 2009, Associate Commitment by Linda Boothroyd, CSJA
The tulips were photographed at Cunningham Park when I went for a walk there the other day. It's a special place for me because it's where I grew up, learned to swim, ice skate, and even became a Girl Scout. I love walking around the park and being in the space of so many wonderful childhood memories. The other day a young mother approached me with a clipboard and asked me to sign a petition to save the East Milton branch of the local library. I wanted to cry! That's the library that I'd walk or bike to every week. They had a great series of children's historical fiction. I must have read them all. I think that's where I developed my love for historical fiction. The woman had a young daughter with her. I looked at the little girl playing on the swings and of course signed the petition -- not for myself -- but for that little girl.