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Come to the Water: The Womens Table’s Mother’s Retreat

Come to the Water: The Womens Table’s Mother’s Retreat

On May 5th, 2024, wonderful, loving years of friendship were celebrated and renewed as mothers of children with special needs gathered for a meaningful retreat at Mt. Carmel Villa in Nahant, MA. This group of Miracle Mothers has been together for the past fifteen years, loving, supporting and encouraging each other. Their children face various challenges as these women have given them roots and encouraged them to spread their wings and believe in themselves and all of their possibilities.

CSJs with NAGV Coalition in Observance of “Wear Orange” Week

CSJs with NAGV Coalition in Observance of “Wear Orange” Week

On June 6, 2024, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston hosted one of many prayer vigils taking place around our country during June. The purpose: to commemorate the tenth annual national “Wear Orange” month, to raise awareness of gun violence, and inspire action aimed at toward preventing this devastation from continuing.

From Casserly House: Across Generations…in relationship!

From Casserly House: Across Generations…in relationship!

ESOL Recognition Day in Roslindale on May 9th was an amazing and inspirational evening in a packed community room at Roslindale’s BPL! Roslindale’s Adult Literacy Community recognized volunteers and especially adult learners of English (for Speakers of other Language-ESOL).

Associates 2024 Cookout

Associates 2024 Cookout

This year’s annual CSJ Associate cookout took place on June 8, 2024. Gifts for leadership are precious in any community. In addition to lovingly prepared hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, and deserts, a feature of the afternoon was a sincere thank you to Kathie Shute, CSJA, and Carole Anne Scott, CSJA for their years of service and leadership among the associates.

Artifact of the Month: The Handmade & the Rare

Artifact of the Month: The Handmade & the Rare

For the month of April, Boston CSJ Archives highlighted works authored by Sisters of St. Joseph and rare books. Dates of publication vary and some books are self-published, but these books highlight the diversity and creativity of CSJs. To highlight the creativity and knowledge of CSJ authors, a few books are on display for April.

Julianne Shanklin Welcomed as CSJ Boston Candidate

Julianne Shanklin Welcomed as CSJ Boston Candidate

Recently, Julianne Shanklin requested to be received as a candidate with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. After a period of mutual discernment between Julianne and the congregation, the Leadership Team, and several who have journeyed with her, participated in a simple yet profound service to welcome Julianne as a candidate.

Artifact of the Month: The Best Parts About Teaching

Artifact of the Month: The Best Parts About Teaching

What are the best parts about teaching? When asked this question, Sisters Kay Decker and Elizabeth Joseph Toomey responded, ‘the students, watching their progression, laughing with them, working on improving their academic skills and creating a community within the classroom.

14th Annual Anti-Trafficking Prayer Vigil

14th Annual Anti-Trafficking Prayer Vigil

Since prayer to end human trafficking is one of the core elements of the coalition’s mission, The Boston Anti-Trafficking Coalition gathered in January 21, 2024, for the 14th Annual Prayer Vigil to end human trafficking.

Artifact of the Month: The Evolution of a Habit

Artifact of the Month: The Evolution of a Habit

When Vatican II opened the windows, women’s religious orders experienced many changes. One of the biggest changes of all was the modified habit, and then eventually shedding the habit altogether…

Artifact of the Month: Hebrew Book of Psalms, 1914

Artifact of the Month: Hebrew Book of Psalms, 1914

Often, knowledge of the past helps us to look forward with a clear vision. Fr. Marius Nepper, SJ, one of our most influential historians, guided our exploration of the CSJ charism in the decades following the Second Vatican Council.

Casserly House: New Year… New Staff!

Casserly House: New Year… New Staff!

Lindsay says she was particularly drawn to Casserly House because of its unique location within a neighborhood. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston intentionally embedded Casserly House in an immigrant neighborhood, reflecting their charism and their mission of loving the dear neighbor.

12/5/2023: New Faces!

12/5/2023: New Faces!

Casserly House, The Women’s Table, and the MIS Team at the Motherhouse all have new hires!

12/1/23: Treasured Holiday Memories

12/1/23: Treasured Holiday Memories

The beautiful melody gently flows like a graceful dance of peace, while the image of the radiant Christ child birthing like the rose of love and life…

11/26/2023: Dedication of Nativity

11/26/2023: Dedication of Nativity

During the Mass at Divine Mercy Parish on November 26th to honor the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston for 150 years of service, Reverend Mark O’Connell briefly went off-script…

11/18/23: Serving the Dear Neighbor in Emergency Shelters

11/18/23: Serving the Dear Neighbor in Emergency Shelters

Sisters gathered at Fontbonne on November 3rd to celebrate their work in creating both a school and a culture that shapes young women into citizens who give back to their community and truly “love the dear neighbor without distinction.”

11/18/23: Serving the Dear Neighbor in Emergency Shelters

11/7/23: Fontbonne Gala

Sisters gathered at Fontbonne on November 3rd to celebrate their work in creating both a school and a culture that shapes young women into citizens who give back to their community and truly “love the dear neighbor without distinction.”

11/04/23: It Took a Village

11/04/23: It Took a Village

The combined efforts of Boston Sisters, Associates, and Agrégées gifted twelve Associates from New Mexico with experiencing the Boston Community from September 27-October 4.

11/28/23: Nuns Against Gun Violence – Every Life is Invaluable

11/28/23: Nuns Against Gun Violence – Every Life is Invaluable

Nuns Against Gun Violence believes that every life is of incalculable value. Each life lost to gun violence in any form affects not just the individuals lost but their entire circle of relationships. Indeed, every act of gun violence tears at the fabric of the Beloved Community of life itself. While we do not issue a statement on every incident of gun violence as they are tragically too frequent, some incidents become catalysts for the national conversation on this crisis. The October 25th mass shooting with an assault weapon in Lewiston, Maine, is one such event.

10/1/23: Closing Celebration of Our 150th Anniversary

10/1/23: Closing Celebration of Our 150th Anniversary

What a perfect way to conclude the celebration of our 150 years of service and presence in Boston and beyond! On October 1, 2023, St. Agatha’s Church in Milton was alive with the Spirit as sisters, associates, agrégées, partners in mission, family, and friends gathered in prayer, song, and celebration.

9/28/23: Presence in the lives of Sister Pat & Sister Carmela

9/28/23: Presence in the lives of Sister Pat & Sister Carmela

For Pat Keefe, CSJ and Carmela Abruzzese, CSJ, their fidelity to presence, their openness of heart are themes that run throughout their lives of mission and service. Both listened to what God was saying to them in the depth of their hearts and both experienced God speaking through the Sisters of St. Joseph.

9/27/23: Love of God and Neighbor without Distinction?

9/27/23: Love of God and Neighbor without Distinction?

On a beautiful September Saturday, together with Jeanmarie Gribaudo, CSJ, we accompanied 30+ students from Boston College, (our neighbors), to serve locally at a Catholic Charities of Boston shelter for migrants. Living justice…love of God and the dear neighbor without distinction…men and women for others…WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY!

9/25/23: Read our Pilot Supplement!

9/25/23: Read our Pilot Supplement!

As part of our 150th anniversary in Boston, The Pilot, our Boston Archdiocesan newspaper, has featured the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston in a special 44-page Supplement.

9/11/23: The Legacy of the Children

9/11/23: The Legacy of the Children

This date of September 11 is one, as you well know, that is seared in our souls and the soul of our nation. On that heartbreaking day 22 years ago, your lives were forever changed…

8/16/23: Lacemaking:  Stitching Past & Present

8/16/23: Lacemaking: Stitching Past & Present

Two weeks of lacemaking classes have come and gone. Sisters and other community members partook, creating ornate designs in a meditative fashion working in a sunlit room at SJSM’s Spiritual Center in Newton. Ann Kaufmann, CSJ, shared details on the creation of lace…

8/9/23: Summer at a Homeless Clinic

8/9/23: Summer at a Homeless Clinic

As a pre-med student at Boston College, I had Sr. Jeanne as my theology professor. After a walk and talk with her, Sr Jeanne said, “I’m going to put you in contact with a friend of mine…”

6/25/23: Sisters of St. Joseph Celebrate Transition of Leadership

6/25/23: Sisters of St. Joseph Celebrate Transition of Leadership

On June 25, 2023, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston participated in the Transition of Leadership Prayer Service for their congregation. Sisters, associates, agrégées partners in mission, friends, and family gathered at Regis College for a Celebration of Leadership.

6/3/23: Father Robert Connors’ Homily in Canton

6/3/23: Father Robert Connors’ Homily in Canton

Simply put, Christians believe that God is LOVE and that the purpose of creation is sharing that love. Coincidently, the theme for the Sisters’ anniversary year is A Unifying Love flares. This is a perfect description of the Trinity…

6/2/23: Nuns against Gun Violence Vigil

6/2/23: Nuns against Gun Violence Vigil

Together, we connect women from all walks of life & respond to the underserved needs of women in a compassionate, responsive way. Join us on May 24 for our annual fundraiser!

5/15: Transporting Joy!

5/15: Transporting Joy!

In early May, Jean Mulloy, Director of our Transportation Program, invited the drivers to gather for lunch to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the program. Perhaps it could be called a “Community of Transportation” in recognizing all the give and take this experience of community invites us to share – skill, time, presence.

3/19: A Grateful & Generous “Yes”

3/19: A Grateful & Generous “Yes”

We never know if God might call us to a new vocation in life until we stop and listen. Several years ago, Jean McKinney, CSJ, stopped, listened, and noticed that God was calling her to something new.

2/24: New Visuals: 150th Logo Reveal

2/13 Our Living the Dream Honoree: Joe Nolan’s CSJ Boston Ties

Joe Nolan has been a member of the Living the Dream Dinner Committee from the start, and it is no surprise that he has been chosen as the 2023 Living the Dream honoree – but not everyone knows the intricacies of the connection he shares with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.

2/2 We Plant Seeds and Unifying Love Flares!

2/2 We Plant Seeds and Unifying Love Flares!

“I love my job! Being able to bring God’s love to children every day gives meaning to my life.” As Beth reflected on how her work at JPIICA reflects unifying love, it flared in her words, her facial expression, and her enthusiasm.

2/2 We Plant Seeds and Unifying Love Flares!

1/20 All The Works Of Which Women Are Capable

“They will undertake all the spiritual and corporal works of mercy of which women are capable.” These words of Jesuit Father Jean-Pierre Medaille summarize the spirituality and mission of the first Sisters of St. Joseph […]. As we continue this series in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Boston, this initial impulse expands.

12/12 A Harvest of Gratitude and Hope

12/12 A Harvest of Gratitude and Hope

Amidst the falling leaves of late November, Sisters, Associates, and Agrégées gathered at Saint Joseph Hall for our annual visit. As always, we were warmly welcomed by the residents.

11/23 U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Decries Colorado Shooting

11/23 U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Decries Colorado Shooting

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph decries the homophobic and transphobic mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs on November 19. We grieve for the five individuals who were killed and the 18 people injured in a space known for sanctuary and celebration, and on the cusp of the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20.

As vowed women religious, associates, agrégées, St. Joseph Workers, and partners in mission who share this charism of unifying love, we name that violent hate crimes do not happen in isolation. Language, beliefs, and practices that condemn, reject, target, or blame LGBTQ+ people must be explicitly rejected, particularly by religious leaders and churches.

2/2 We Plant Seeds and Unifying Love Flares!

11/11 Join in Our Celebration of 150 Years in Boston

Did you know that this year marks the 150th anniversary of presence and service of the Sisters of St. Joseph among the people of Boston? Our 150 years in Boston is a celebration of and for all who have been a part of this journey. We celebrate founders whose original impulse of unifying love brings us to this day as well as those who continue this impulse as it flares among and beyond us.

6/15/22 Rooted in Boston;  Open to the World! Casserly House Looks to the Future

6/15/22 Rooted in Boston; Open to the World! Casserly House Looks to the Future

This winter, Casserly House, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, engaged in strategic visioning to meet the emerging needs of the neighborhood. To begin the process, we took an appreciative look back at the evolving history. Recently, I had a pleasant conversation with Ann Marie Grady, CSJ, to discuss her creation of the Casserly House logo and motto.

5/26/22 Call to End Gun Violence from over 23000 Catholic Sisters and Partners

5/26/22 Call to End Gun Violence from over 23000 Catholic Sisters and Partners

As part of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, we join in this collaborative statement.
The undersigned communities represent over 23,000 Catholic women religious, associates, agregees, and partners in mission in over 30 states. Today, we are all residents of Uvalde, Texas, a relatively small community more than 80 miles from San Antonio. On Tuesday, May 24, the world witnessed another horrific, senseless tragedy as a lone gunman shot and killed 21 people, including 19 students, at Robb Elementary School just two days before the end of the school year. We challenge ourselves, our Church, and all people of goodwill to rededicate themselves to end the scourge of gun violence in this country. READ FULL STATEMENT BY CLICKING TITLE

Reflections: CSJ Associates Commitment Renewal

Reflections: CSJ Associates Commitment Renewal

Thresholds, thresholds, and more thresholds! Life is full of thresholds, and in the Community of St. Joseph this year, we’ve focused on crossing thresholds a lot. Where do our threshold crossings take us? Because they often take us “to ventures of which we cannot see the ending,” it can be difficult to cross thresholds.

Joseph’s “Yes” Continues to Inspire Us

Joseph’s “Yes” Continues to Inspire Us

“Woods is interesting because it’s a non-traditional population unlike BC,” Gribaudo said. “These students go to school at night, and they work during the day, and some of them are coming in after having a hiatus with school. So it’s a fabulous program, and it’s really, in many ways, the original mission of BC to work with students that need a different way of being.”

Jeanmarie Gribaudo, CSJ, Coordinates Woods for Others at BC

Jeanmarie Gribaudo, CSJ, Coordinates Woods for Others at BC

“Woods is interesting because it’s a non-traditional population unlike BC,” Gribaudo said. “These students go to school at night, and they work during the day, and some of them are coming in after having a hiatus with school. So it’s a fabulous program, and it’s really, in many ways, the original mission of BC to work with students that need a different way of being.”

We Join in a World-wide Celebration of Catholic Sisters Week

We Join in a World-wide Celebration of Catholic Sisters Week

Imagine a place where six women of varied ages and backgrounds travel quietly around their neighborhood noticing the needs of the underserved. And imagine the desire burning in their hearts that compelled them to commit their lives to respond to those needs in a manner that united neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God. This is how the Sisters of St. Joseph began in 1650 in the city of Le Puy-en-Velay, France. This tradition and the commitment of the Sisters of St. Joseph and their partners in mission and many other congregations of Catholic sisters who continue to respond to changing needs is what Catholic Sisters Week celebrates.

Artifact of the Month: Vital Records from Unlikely Places

Artifact of the Month: Vital Records from Unlikely Places

At the turn of the 20th century, a significant number of young women seeking entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston were born in other countries – mainly Ireland, Italy, and Canada. For those born abroad, obtaining official documents was not as simple. A request for their baptismal record needed to travel overseas and sometimes relied on family back home to prompt the search.

February 2022: an Interactive Calendar to Celebrate Black History Month

February 2022: an Interactive Calendar to Celebrate Black History Month

Click above to view a calendar for Black History Month prepared by the CSJ Brentwood Racial Justice Working Group. The artwork at the beginning of the calendar was commissioned by the working group and created by Lubay Lancelot of Brooklyn, N.Y.As you will see, the calendar is rich in information, quotes, and suggested actions. Hope you find the calendar inspiring as we move through the month. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston are grateful for this shared resource

From our Archives: A Vision for a More Equal and Just America – 50+Years Later

From our Archives: A Vision for a More Equal and Just America – 50+Years Later

In 1968, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston participated in a historical movement: The Poor People’s Campaign. This movement was “the next chapter” in Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision for a more equal and just America, as it expanded the focus of the Civil Rights Movement from desegregation and voting rights to economic justice.

Dec. 3: Sisters Witness at the White House

Dec. 3: Sisters Witness at the White House

Nearly 30 Sisters of St. Joseph, associates, and partners in mission from around the country joined NETWORK and other faith-based and secular immigrant rights groups Friday morning to call on the Biden Administration to end the misuse of Title 42. The day’s event featured stories from the U.S.–Mexico border and a prayerful demand to Catholic President Joseph Biden to end the immoral use of Title 42. Those gathered outside the White House included a sister representing the Congregation of St. Joseph; 5 sisters from St. Louis; 16 sisters and associates from Philadelphia; and 7 sisters and high school students from New York.

Nov. 1 At Thanksgiving: How Can We Bring Goodness to Our Circles of Relationships?

Nov. 1 At Thanksgiving: How Can We Bring Goodness to Our Circles of Relationships?

Thanksgiving, approaching soon, centers us on the importance of family. Family means something different for everyone—and a year of holidays restricted by the pandemic has taught us that “family” can be a flexible term. When we are away from our families, especially during the holidays, we may find ourselves gathered around a table with strangers or friends — and they become family to us. Community is a powerful bond.

Oct 2: Boston CSJ Founders’ Day – What Makes a Sister of St. Joseph?

Oct 2: Boston CSJ Founders’ Day – What Makes a Sister of St. Joseph?

The sisters have quite a history! A small community of six women in Le Puy grew to become a Congregation, and, unified in their mission, after much suffering and trials in France, took the risk of sailing to the Americas and eventually expanded across the globe. “Responsive to the stirrings of the Spirit in our midst, we move into the future through rhythms of prayerful reflection, discernment and action.”

Aug. 7: Sister Blanche’s Palmer “Pocket” Metronome

Aug. 7: Sister Blanche’s Palmer “Pocket” Metronome

It’s summer time, which means that the Brighton Farmers Market is back up and running, and live music has returned to the park. Seeing people gathered on the green enjoying the sounds of the band got me thinking about a particular item in our collection: a pocket metronome belonging to Sister Blanche Dolan, CSJ. Click title to read more…

June 20: Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Statement on Juneteenth as a National Holiday

June 20: Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Statement on Juneteenth as a National Holiday

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston join with other faith leaders and people of goodwill to congratulate the women and men who have worked for decades toward designating Juneteenth as a national holiday. We look forward to using this annual celebration as an opportunity to build awareness and we recommit ourselves to the work of equity, equality, and justice.

May 11: Papers of Sr. Gretchen Bogan, CSJ Featured by American Catholic Historical Association

May 11: Papers of Sr. Gretchen Bogan, CSJ Featured by American Catholic Historical Association

The Boston CSJ Archives recently processed the papers of Sr. Gretchen Bogan, CSJ (1915-1999), a talented playwright, poet, artist and teacher. As a longtime professor at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, she directed numerous plays – many of which were her own! The collection contains manuscripts, drafts and compilations of her many works (a number of which were published and performed), as well as notes and edits, personal writings and photographs which serve as a fascinating insight into the creative mind of an artist.

April 19: Earth Day 2021  is almost here!

April 19: Earth Day 2021  is almost here!

Earth Day is almost here! On Saturday, here at our Motherhouse, we had an early celebration! May we learn to love and care for our common home by caring for this garden. May we grow closer to God and to one another as we work in the garden together. Here are some excerpts and pictures from the blessing prayer of the garden.

Spring/Summer Directed Retreats via Zoom with St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries

Spring/Summer Directed Retreats via Zoom with St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries

Make a Directed Retreat In the safety and quiet of your home or special place for prayer, your director will accompany you for one-on-one sessions each day in listening to the movement of God’s activity in your life. Directed retreats can easily be adapted to meet your needs and schedule.
If you would like to make a retreat of any length and do not see dates that work with your schedule, please feel free to suggest alternate dates and we will do our best to find a director to meet with you. CLICK TITLE OR ICON FOR DETAILS

March 2021: Sisters of St. Joseph Stand against Racism and Misogyny Directed towards Asian-American & Pacific Island Communities

March 2021: Sisters of St. Joseph Stand against Racism and Misogyny Directed towards Asian-American & Pacific Island Communities

Sisters of St. Joseph join with others in condemning racism and sexism in all their harmful forms — whether the violent acts of white supremacists and misogynists or the daily acts of hate and discrimination that diminish us all. We vow to use our Gospel Charism and mission of unifying love for the healing and transformation of the world to commit ourselves to cleanse our hearts and rid our land of these twin evils. — CLICK TITLE or GRAPHIC TO READ MORE

March 22: Pursuing Truth – A New Book by Mary J. Oates, CSJ

March 22: Pursuing Truth – A New Book by Mary J. Oates, CSJ

In Pursuing Truth, How Gender Shaped Catholic Higher Education at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Mary J. Oates offers fascinating critical analyses of “how women became agents in their own right as citizens of society and the nation’s largest church.” This book is a significant contribution to the history of higher education for women in America. It is highly recommended.

March 19: Fontbonne Stands in Solidarity with  Asian and Asian-American Students

March 19: Fontbonne Stands in Solidarity with Asian and Asian-American Students

From Fontbonne, The Early College of Boston: We affirm our commitment to the incredible diversity that defines the excellence in our school as we work together to build a safer and more inclusive environment. We will never experience equality and peace, for any of us, as long as violence born of hatred and xenophobia is present in our lives. Fontbonne comes together as the Sisters of St. Joseph have called us to do; to love one another without distinction. We are women of courage made strong.

Lent 2021 Week 3: Deepening Faith, Strengthening Hope

Lent 2021 Week 3: Deepening Faith, Strengthening Hope

The Lenten season is a time of renewal. This forty-day journey being observed by Christians throughout the world invites us to claim and deepen our identity as the beloved people of God. This year of the pandemic has been a crossing in the desert. And like the Israelites who had seen all the wondrous deeds of the Lord, we have seen divine intervention in the many generous acts of love and care, freely providing food, water and emotional support to the dear neighbor. This experience has heightened and enlivened our own hearts moving us out of complacency to compassion and hope. CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE

March 8-14: Catholic Sisters Week: Celebrating Traditions; Changing the World

March 8-14: Catholic Sisters Week: Celebrating Traditions; Changing the World

During Catholic Sisters Week, we celebrate our roots. We also celebrate the many ways the mission of Catholic sisters continues to emerge in the presence of associates, oblates, agrégées and partners in mission who not only celebrate traditions that shaped who they are but continue to respond in ways that the mission of their founding congregation meets the call of our 21st century moment – a moment that calls for creativity and innovation in areas such as education, health care, spiritual programs, and more.

March 3: Faith Leaders Support the For The People Act

March 3: Faith Leaders Support the For The People Act

“Catholic sisters are deeply concerned about the state of our nation and the future of our democracy. We are committed to healing our democracy, standing with the disenfranchised, and supporting the common good. This legislation will help to repair our democracy and contribute to the work of building a more perfect union where the dignity of each and the welfare of all are protected. We pledge to continue to work with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and all people of good will to build God’s beloved community.”
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Lent 2021 Week 2: God’s Compassion

Lent 2021 Week 2: God’s Compassion

Compassion can be demanding but it is found in many hidden spaces in our heart…. Maybe during this season as we await the arrival of spring may we return to our compassionate God to ease our sorrowing hearts and bring us healing and peace. CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE

Lent 2021 Week 1: Journey into this Year’s Lenten Desert

Lent 2021 Week 1: Journey into this Year’s Lenten Desert

Needless to say, we each have lived from Lent 2020 to this Lent with a variety of personal experiences, a multitude of emotions and many prayerful reflections. In so many ways life has been overwhelming and filled with daily unknowns for so many. Yet amazingly there have also been numerous moments of grace and times of abundant blessings. Pandemic life has been a real mix! — CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE

Lent 2021 Ash Wednesday Calls on Each of Us to “Rend your heart”

Lent 2021 Ash Wednesday Calls on Each of Us to “Rend your heart”

In fact, the Scripture on Ash Wednesday calls on each of us to “Rend your heart” i.e. to tear it open, to rip it. Isn’t that what has happened to us throughout this year? Our hearts have been torn open by so many tragedies: aspects of Covid-19 –illness, death, loss of income, food insecurity, divisions, racism exposed. The news each day tears at our hearts and hopefully evokes from us deep compassion.

Dec. 3: Sisters Witness at the White House

November, 2020: The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Congratulates the President-Elect and Recommits to Building God’s Beloved Community

Our Gospel mandate as Sisters of St. Joseph is to unite neighbor to neighbor and neighbor to God. Now is the time to make space in our hearts and our communities for the needs and concerns of all God’s people, the undocumented mother, the Midwest farmer, the unemployed steelworker, the suburban businesswoman, and the children and elders consigned to live in poverty. It is time to tear down the walls — real or imagined — which divide us by gender, race, class, geography, lifestyle, ideology, political party, and religious belief and to make room in our body politic for all who have been disaffected, disenfranchised, and discarded — CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE