CSJ Associate Stories

Associate Helen Hickey

When I thought about this article, I wondered, “Why me? I’m just an ordinary person!” But Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates often say, “We are ordinary people from all walks of life.” I grew up in South Boston in a family of four children. We attended St.

Associate Eva Arnott

How did I reach my mid-seventies and be at the point where my highest priority is to be a good Catholic Christian? I was influenced by the daily liturgical readings – particularly from St. Paul – the advice he gave his parishioners is so necessary in our parishes, even 2000…

Associate Joanne Fantini

When Mary Rita invited me to be part of The Women’s Table Advisory Board, the “yes” seemed to spring organically from all the places I’ve ministered along my journey with women and children. My vocation as mother to four children has called forth a desire for all women and children,…

Associate Cecile Darcy

Cecile Darcy, fondly called Ceil, is a woman of deep faith. She was educated through her first eight grades by the Sisters of St. Joseph. She and her sister first realized that they were both poor and loved when a sister beckoned and took them aside to give them some…

Associate Kathy Tighe

Meet Kathy Tighe, newly elected to our CSJ Associate Leadership Team. For those who may be unfamiliar with the Associate Program, CSJ Associates are lay people who share the faith journey of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston while affirming their own vocations.

Associate Mary Rita Weschler

Throughout her life, Mary Rita Weschler, CSJA, has relocated. She moved as a child, a college student, a graduate student, and to various jobs as an adult. When she came to Boston, she found the home she was looking for.

Associate Sandra Selvarajah

I am an immigrant. I came to the United States with my family, leaving Sri Lanka – a country torn apart by civil life. I grew up in a small, predominantly middle class community in Sri Lanka, called the Burghers, descendents of Dutch and British citizens who married among the…

Associate Joanne Mauldin

On May 1, 2013, Joanne Mauldin became an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. Since then, she has attended monthly congregation, associate, and trinity meetings. Her connection to the Congregation began during her junior high school years while attending St. Francis de Sales School in Roxbury.

Associate Michele Audet

I’m an immigrant myself, although life for immigrants in Boston today is quite different from when I grew up as a Canadian immigrant in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Associate Joyce Barney

A few years ago, Joyce Barney attended a CSJ Associate meeting at Casserly House. Nancy Braceland, CSJ, told about what happens at Casserly House and about volunteer opportunities.