CSJ Associate Brief Biographies

CSJ Associates were asked to write a brief summary of their life story, what brought them to the Associate Program with the sisters and how they carry forth the mission and ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.

Sarah Barrett, CSJA

As a CSJ Associate, Trustee of the Jackson-Walnut Park Board, and retired Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs of Regis College, an abundance of reflections emerge as I consider how I am “impelled by God’s inclusive love.” Read more . . .

Mary Gaudet, CSJA

Early on, as my dear parents taught us about God’s love for us, we also learned that caring for and sharing with others was how we grew as loving children of God. . . .

Anna Nagro, CSJA

My name is Anna Nagro. I was raised in a small town in central New Mexico. Both of my parents were good role models – inspiring hard work, honesty, charity, generosity, and strong faith. My father worked as a laborer for the Santa Fe and Topeka Railroad. My mother worked…

Diane Griffin, CSJA

I was born in Hanover, MA, and I have been a life-long parishioner at St. Mary’s Church in Hanover, MA. After graduation from Hanover High School, I earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration at Massasoit Community College, Brockton, MA, and then I took some courses at Aquinas Junior College,…

Geri Costigan, CSJA

I grew up in a middle class family in East Boston, MA. I am the youngest of 13 children.I have been married for 55 years to my husband Ray. We have 3 wonderful children and 5 wonderful grandchildren.We have resided in Saugus for the past 50 years.

Josie Shelly, CSJA

I am Josie Shelly from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Clovis, New Mexico. I am thankful to God for my loving parents for passing on their faith to us children and for making sacrifices to send us to Catholic School.

Lydia Viescas, CSJA

My name is Lydia Viescas. I was born in Mexico but moved to Clovis, New Mexico when I was seven years old. I am a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. My ministries include cleaning the church and helping with the funeral ministry.

Mabel Flores, CSJA

I am Mabel Flores, Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. I was born and raised in Puerto de Luna, a small farming and ranching community ten miles south of Santa Rosa.

Martha Telles, CSJA

My name is Martha Telles. I was born, raised, and married in El Paso, Texas. Robert and I have been married for 56 years. We have nine grown children, 25 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two more on the way.

Nan Bouche, CSJA

I grew up in Waterbury, CT. I am a wife, mother of four adult children, and the proud grandmother of three young granddaughters (so far!). I have the joy of being a year round Cape Cod resident.

Theresa Sandoval, CSJA

I am Theresa Sandoval. I am75 years old. I was born in Vaughn, NM. My husband is Robert Sandford. He is a city commissioner here in Clovis. I have eight children – four boys and four girls, 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Tina Z. Marquez, CSJA

I was born in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and was blessed with parents who loved God and their Catholic faith. My parents and my pastor, Monsignor Cassidy, gave me the opportunity to develop leadership skills which I have used all my life. After graduating from high school, I attended St.

Ann Fletcher, CSJA

I grew up in Brighton and went to St. Columbkille’s for 12 years. I became a spiritual director in 2010 and spent much time at the Motherhouse and Cohasset and had the distinct feeling that God was asking more of me.

Theresa Weeks, CSJA

I was born in North Dakota. When I was 13 years old, my mother and I moved to Colorado. When I graduated from high school, I went into the Air Force. The first time that I flew a plane was to Lackland, AFB, Texas.