A big welcome to our four new employees
During the past few months as our Congregation Ministries bid farewell to some long-time and deeply loved employees, we have been blest by the presence of four new employees in our two Congregation Ministries and two ministries which have very specific meaning for us. Here is a brief introduction to these women who now minister with and among us to further our charism each and every day.
Jill Uchiyama — Co-Director of The Literacy Connection
It is my honor to begin working as the new Co-Director of The Literacy Connection. I have been in the Adult Education field since 2002, working as an Education Director, ESOL teacher and managing education and workforce education programs throughout Boston and Framingham. Adult Education is my passion and teaching ESOL has been one of the greatest gifts of my career. Prior to teaching in the U.S., I taught English for five years in Japan.
It is a thrill to land here at the Sisters of St. Joseph after serving hundreds of students throughout my career, from counseling, career advising, and helping with next steps to college, job training, and ultimately, economic self-sufficiency. My field rewards me by seeing the progress of immigrants, low-income residents, and displaced professionals who need that helping hand to get to the next station in life.
Maureen Daley — Health Care Coordinator
I began working for the sisters in June, 2017. My responsibilities include coordinating the healthcare needs of the sisters at the Motherhouse, Fontbonne Convent, and other sisters living in the greater Boston area, by accompanying sisters for doctors’ visits or helping them by deciphering a treatment plan. In addition, I perform minor nursing tasks give advice and continuously assess the welfare of the members in this congregation.
My interaction with the sisters is a positive influence on my outlook and skills. It has been a pleasure to work here. I look forward to the opportunity to meet everyone and advocate for their needs in the future.
Veronica Weygand, MFIC — Fontbonne Convent as Administrator/Pastoral Care and Community Coordinator
My first day at Fontbonne Convent as Administrator/Pastoral Care and Community Coordinator was July 5, 2017. I see my primary areas of responsibility as being present and working with the day-to-day aspects of life at Fontbonne. Each day is different as life continues to unfold for all of us here. While I work with the practical details of daily life, it is the interaction with the sisters that I especially enjoy.
Originally from Minnesota, I came to Newton in 1968 to enter the Novitiate with the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, an international congregation. I have ministered in many different places. Since I have been at Fontbonne, I have been struck by the fact that although our charisms and experiences are different, as women religious, we have so much in common! Ministering together enriches all of us and I am grateful for this opportunity.
Jenn Reis — Casserly House, Director
I am humbled and excited to be given stewardship of Casserly House as the new Director. I have been fortunate to have worked in several ministries sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, including interning at Casserly House in early 2000. Prior to returning to Casserly House, I was a Director in the Office of Campus Ministry at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
A deep desire to respond to the needs of the time and seek a ministry which worked directly with the immigrant population was one of the driving forces that led me to return to my hometown of Boston. Now life’s journey has brought me full circle and I am overjoyed to be at Casserly House, where together, with a wonderful team, we can serve the “dear neighbor” without distinction.
Bill Shaevel: A Gentleman in the Spirit of Joseph
Members of current and past CSJ Leadership Teams who worked with our attorney, Bill Shaevel, gathered in mid-September to honor him and wish him well as he retires. In speaking of his work among us, Bill commented, “I felt God had sent me and it's been my finest moment as a leader. We may be different, but our values are not different. I've grown to see Christ through your eyes. It felt as if you were part of my community.”
Sisters Kathy McCluskey, Joan Duffy, Mary Murphy, and Rosemary Brennan, the CSJ Presidents who have worked with Bill, spoke of the way in which he taught us how to listen to our neighbors and to seek the truth and what is best for everyone. Bill’s signature greeting, “Top of the morning, afternoon, or evening,” makes everyone who comes into his presence feel welcome. Through good times and difficult times, Bill helped us never to lose hope. Bill Shaevel is truly our St. Joseph – a gentleman in the spirit of Joseph. Our journey with Bill has been one of grace and blessing.
PICTURED AT RIGHT: Lois and Bill Shaevel, center, with Sisters Joan Duffy, Rosemary Brennan, Kathy McCluskey, and Mary L. Murphy; pictured center left, Laura A. Elkayam, an attorney with Bill Shaevel’s firm, speaks with Sisters Marilyn McGoldrick, Brenda Forry, and Joan Duffy.
Our Charism Alive Among CSJ New Mexico Associates by Mary Ellen O’Connell, CSJ
How wonderful to visit with our New Mexico Associates! Their southwestern hospitality is always gift. On Saturday, September 23, twenty-three women and men gathered in Santa Rosa to reaffirm their commitment as associates of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. Another twenty associates could not come due to distance, age, or health. Accompanied by Sisters Ann Kaufmann and Rose Agnes Urban, these men and women carry our charism into the lives of our “dear neighbors” in their ministries, homes, and parishes. They reinforce the message brought to New Mexico by our sisters over 65 years ago. Their presence spans over 300 miles from Grants to Clovis, New Mexico, more than 3⁄4 of the distance across the state.
During the liturgy, Father Christopher Bernabe, Pastor of St Rose of Lima Church, stressed the role of Joseph in the life of Jesus and in our own lives. We were blessed to have Jean Plausky, CSJ, and Linda Boothroyd, CSJA, join in the celebration. Following our Associate Renewal, all gathered for lunch prepared by our Santa Rosa Associates. It was truly a fiesta! The rain of the day did not dampen spirits, in fact the New Mexico residents rejoiced!
PICTURED ABOVE: Marcy Kos, CSJA, Anna Nagro, CSJA, Ann Kaufmann, CSJ, Rose Agnes Urban, CSJ, Lucille Padilla, CSJA, and Maria Martinez, CSJA.