Who We Are
Catholic Sisters Week 2020
We Sisters of St. Joseph began our growth in 17th century France amid an era of paradox, disharmony, and extreme poverty. In the midst of this misery, our first sisters came together with one desire: to respond to the needs of their city by uniting neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God. We arrived in Boston in 1873 in a time much like the France of our roots. Today we continue to offer dedicated accompaniment and service in a changing Church and changing world.
During Catholic Sisters Week 2020 [March 8-14], we Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston invite you to share in a video series that features several of our sisters. Each reflects on why she is a sister and what continues to inspire her to live our mission of unifying love. These stories offer inspiration for others who are seeking hope and meaning rooted in the profound love of God and desirous of reaching out to the dear neighbor without distinction.
Sister Maryann Enright, CSJ
Maryann Enright, CSJ, speaks about why she became a sister, and what suggestions she has for those who feel drawn to religious life.
Maryann (Sister Shawn Marie) has been a Sister of St. Joseph of Boston since 1958. She is presently the co-director of the CSJ Agrégée Relationship. She also ministers to women and immigrants providing them comfort and support.
Sister Mary Ellen O’Connell, CSJ
Mary Ellen O’Connell, CSJ, speaks what she has been called to and how she promotes reaching out to others.
Mary Ellen entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1963. Mary Ellen is currently the Director of the CSJ Associate Relationship.
Sister Barbara McHugh, CSJ
Barbara McHugh, CSJ, discusses the gift of vocation.
Barbara entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1980. She is a theology teacher and campus minister at Arlington Catholic High School.
Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ
Pat Boyle, CSJ, talks about her role as a Sister of St. Joseph.
Pat has been a Sister of St. Joseph since 1963. She is currently the Associate Director of the Office of Pastoral Planning for the Archdiocese of Boston.
Sister Denise Kelly, CSJ
Denise Kelly, CSJ, discusses her call to religious life, and how she wanted to make a difference.
Denise (Sister Kieran Ann) has been a Sister of St. Joseph since 1959. She is currently serving a five-year term on the CSJ Leadership Team as a Community Councilor.
Sister Mary L. Murphy, CSJ
Mary L. Murphy, CSJ, speaks about how the young people she meets act on their desire to make an impact in the world today.
Mary entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1964 and is currently the Director of the Honors Program at Regis College, Weston.
Sister Anne Conway, CSJ
Anne Conway, CSJ, reflects on how prayer impacts herself and others.
Anne (Sister Eileen Clare) entered the congregation in 1952. After 68 years of ministering in various areas, she now resides at Fontbonne Convent, Milton, where she ministers through prayer and support of her community.