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October:  THE SCRAPPERS: Serving the Dear Neighbor Yesterday and Today

October: THE SCRAPPERS: Serving the Dear Neighbor Yesterday and Today

The context of a global pandemic now presents teachers with constraints on community service curriculums. But looking back to 1942 reveals that teacher creativity, combined with student heart and willpower, can focus service efforts to address the pressing needs of our current time.

Oct 1 – Celebrating our CSJ Boston Founders’ Day – part 2

Oct 1 – Celebrating our CSJ Boston Founders’ Day – part 2

The first weekend in October marks the 147th anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Jamaica Plain. The founding Sisters left their home in New York to serve a need in Boston: to provide faith-based education to the growing Catholic parishes in the Boston area. Click through for an interactive way to learn about this anniversary.

Sept. 8 Celebrating our CSJ Boston Founders’ Day

Sept. 8 Celebrating our CSJ Boston Founders’ Day

At the turn of next month, the Sisters of Saint Joseph celebrate their foundation in Boston 147 years ago. The Sisters were sought after by Rev. Thomas Magennis, founder of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Jamaica Plain, after he witnessed their teaching ministry in New York. In early October of 1873, Sr. Mary Regis Casserly and three other sisters answered the official call from Archbishop John Williams to serve the children of working-class immigrants.

Aug. 18 From “Ladylike Deportment” to the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Aug. 18 From “Ladylike Deportment” to the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Raising the voices of the marginalized is essential to achieving equality. The struggle for a voice in government for all Americans was not completed in 1920; our yearning for social justice continues today. We still need voices of inclusivity, like those of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, to be heard – and the the age-old adage still rings true:  A woman’s work is never done.

July 31 Statement on DACA Changes from CSSJ Federation

July 31 Statement on DACA Changes from CSSJ Federation

We, the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph, compelled by the Gospel and by our heritage to be responsive to the “dear neighbor” without distinction, are disheartened to learn of these sweeping changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which the Department of Homeland Security recently announced. Click to read the full statement and recommended action.

Staying Connected in this Uncertain Time With St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries

Staying Connected in this Uncertain Time With St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries

Since we last gathered, we have all been faced with two pandemics: Covid-19 and Racism. Our plan for all our prayer gatherings this year is to look together at each of these pandemics in light of these questions: How do we pray/or how have we been praying in these challenging times? How do we stand in a “posture of hope?”

June 18, 2020 LCWR Welcomes SCOTUS Decision on DACA

June 18, 2020 LCWR Welcomes SCOTUS Decision on DACA

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is grateful that the Supreme Court struck down President Trump’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA recipients have long contributed to our communities and our economy. Catholic sisters will continue to advocate for bipartisan legislation that addresses the injustices in our current immigration system

World Refugee Day – June 20, 2020 – Help Spread the Word

World Refugee Day – June 20, 2020 – Help Spread the Word

Between now and June 20, U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, will be spreading the word via Social Media. We will post their graphics on our social media channels to show the interconnected between refugees and human trafficking.

Sisters of St. Joseph Anti-Racism Prayer Vigil: We Are Called to Be Christ’s Body

Sisters of St. Joseph Anti-Racism Prayer Vigil: We Are Called to Be Christ’s Body

We are here because God CREATED us in colors, knowing it would add to our strength, BEAUTY, and richness. As women religious and their partners in mission, we acknowledge our own privilege and complicity in institutional racism. It is time to address the institutional racism that lives within our institutions and within ourselves. As we continue to work to dismantle institutional racism, we are all asked to do the deep, ongoing inner work that anti-racism requires of us. This includes listening to, learning from, supporting, and elevating the black voices within and around us. We ask God’s blessing on the struggle that lies ahead. We, as Sisters of St. Joseph and as individuals, must do better.

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious [LCWR] Condemns Killing of George Floyd 

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious [LCWR] Condemns Killing of George Floyd 

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious strongly condemns the police-killing of another black man on the streets of our nation. Racism is America’s original sin. It is a virus every bit as deadly as COVID-19 that has infected our nation since its inception and unless and until we address it, people of color will continue to die and our nation will never heal. Racism, whether the institutional racism which privileges some at the expense others or the daily acts of hate and discrimination diminishes us all. It denies that most profound truth, that all of us are created in God’s image and each of us is entitled to dignity and respect.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Join Others in Calling for an End to Racism

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Join Others in Calling for an End to Racism

As members of LCWR, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston partner with other faith leaders calling for all people to spend time during the weekend of May 29-31 to lament and mourn the 100,000 persons who will have died in the United States from COVID-19, and to pause at noon on June 1 to honor the deceased.

Sisters of St. Joseph Join in a National Day of Mourning and Lament

Sisters of St. Joseph Join in a National Day of Mourning and Lament

As members of LCWR, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston partner with other faith leaders calling for all people to spend time during the weekend of May 29-31 to lament and mourn the 100,000 persons who will have died in the United States from COVID-19, and to pause at noon on June 1 to honor the deceased.

Celebrate EARTH Our Common Home: Laudato Si’ 5th Anniversary

Celebrate EARTH Our Common Home: Laudato Si’ 5th Anniversary

During Laudato Si’ week, five members of our Boston CSJ Earth Book Club have each prepared personal reflections on favorite parts of Laudato Si’ and its relevance today. A link to one of these reflections will be posted each day this week in the space below. Each reflection ends with a question for your personal reflection. Click title above for the schedule of these reflections

Prayers During the Pandemic – From St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries and More – VIEW RECENT UPDATES

Prayers During the Pandemic – From St. Joseph Spiritual Ministries and More – VIEW RECENT UPDATES

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston are committed to being a presence to you, our Dear Neighbors, during these days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Desiring to provide a space of hope and the opportunity for reflection, we are providing this virtual space of prayer resources that have been shared with us by religious congregations throughout the country. We will update this as new content becomes available.

Census Awareness Weekend  2020 Census – Please BE COUNTED!

Census Awareness Weekend 2020 Census – Please BE COUNTED!

We know that COVID-19 has upended everything – including the 2020 Census. So this weekend, May 1-3, 2020, is designated Census Awareness Weekend. During these past few weeks, The Literacy Connection, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph, has been working with the Allston-Brighton 2020 Census committee to continue efforts for a “complete count” of the 2020 Census.

Celebrate Earth Week as Earth Day Turns 50

Celebrate Earth Week as Earth Day Turns 50

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd, the week of April 19-25, 2020 is being celebrated as Earth Week. Each day this week you will find a quote from our CSJ Corporate Stance on Care for the Earth, which we publicly declared on Earth Day 1992. We continue to try to live by the aspirations of this declaration.

Don’t Miss our Catholic Sisters Week CSJ Boston Video Series

Don’t Miss our Catholic Sisters Week CSJ Boston Video Series

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.

Feb. 28: It’s Lent…A time for learning from within

Feb. 28: It’s Lent…A time for learning from within

As this Lent begins, we offer a particular understanding of the one we CSJs call the Holy One, the God we have come to know through the grace of the charism, the God who informs our common mission… the God the charism has taught us about for 370 years.

Feb. 11, 2020 – Sisters of St. Joseph Act to Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty

Feb. 11, 2020 – Sisters of St. Joseph Act to Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty

Our advocacy is one of the ways we carry out the statement in our Constitution: ”We stand with the poor in the struggle for justice, incarnating hope, by seeking to improve the quality of human life.” We do this “through direct service,” but also “through indirect service and efforts at systemic change which improve the quality of life for those who are poor.”

November, 2019: The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Is Troubled by the U. S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

November, 2019: The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Is Troubled by the U. S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

We, the U. S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious ( LCWR) in expressing our deep disappointment regarding President Trump’ s promise in 2017 to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. We are profoundly troubled by the decision to formally request U. S. withdrawal from this critically important international agreement.

September 2019: Sisters of St. Joseph Participate in Catholic Day of Action Event for Immigrant Children

September 2019: Sisters of St. Joseph Participate in Catholic Day of Action Event for Immigrant Children

Over 30 sisters, associates, St. Joseph Workers, and partners in mission from the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joined with over 400 individuals in the Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children, part of a “Stop the Inhumanity” campaign designed to increase the visibility of the Catholics who are willing to take risks on the issue to increase pressure on the U.S. government to end child detention.

Aug 12-16, 2019: Anti-Gun Violence – Join Our CSSJ Federation Week-long Social Media Campaign

Aug 12-16, 2019: Anti-Gun Violence – Join Our CSSJ Federation Week-long Social Media Campaign

In response to our recent corporate voice statement calling for an end to gun violence, The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph is participating in a Anti-Gun Violence Social Media campaign  from Monday, August 12 through Friday, August 16. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston is running this campaign alongside the Federation to amplify the reach. You can be a part of widening the reach by visiting our csjboston Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram channels [see icon links at bottom and top of our website]. Come back and visit for the remaining days of this Social Media Campaign!

August, 2019: Sisters of St. Joseph Call for End to Gun Violence

August, 2019: Sisters of St. Joseph Call for End to Gun Violence

As Sisters of St. Joseph, we share in the communal heartbreak of our nation in the face of unthinkable violence. The recent mass shootings in our country impel us to once again demand that all citizens and elected leaders end the rage and division that all too often results in mass, indiscriminate violence. Click title to read full statement…

Reflection and Prayer to End Human Trafficking  as Boston Area Religious Women Host Prayer Vigil

Reflection and Prayer to End Human Trafficking as Boston Area Religious Women Host Prayer Vigil

In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness in an effort to raise consciousness about this global, national and local issue. Included in this message is a “Reflection and Prayer” to End Human Trafficking. This prayer extends from January 11, 2019, which is Human Trafficking Awareness day, through February 8, 2019, the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. We are grateful to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, CA, who designed this calendar and offer it for the use of all.

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Calls for the Welcome and Humane Treatment of Arriving Migrants

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Calls for the Welcome and Humane Treatment of Arriving Migrants

October 31, 2018: As women religious, we reject the rhetoric of fear and policy of division that poisons our politics today. We choose instead to embrace an America that is filled with hope for a nation united for the common good. We stand with Pope Francis who calls us to, “promote the dignity of all our brothers and sisters, particularly the poor and the excluded of society, those who are abandoned, immigrants and those who suffer violence and human trafficking.”

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Pray in Solidarity with our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Pray in Solidarity with our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

Oct. 30, 2018: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, together with our associates, join with our Jewish brothers and sisters in in praying for the victims and their loved ones, the residents of Squirrel Hill, local first responders, our many dear neighbors in the Jewish community of the Boston area, and all those affected by this senseless act of violence.

U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Resolution to Action During This Election Season

U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Resolution to Action During This Election Season

October 25, 2018: We, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph join with NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), and other faith-based advocates in seeking federal policies that reflect gospel principles. Our mission of unity calls us to the realization that an economy and a society of inclusion depends on good policy…read more

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph  Calls for the Protection of Immigrants

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Calls for the Protection of Immigrants

September 27, 2018: We, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in strongly opposing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed changes to the public charge regulation. As Sisters of St. Joseph, committed by our heritage to embrace the Gospel message of unity and reconciliation, we urge people of faith to call for the protection of immigrants, especially those who are most vulnerable and to register their objections to this unreasonable and mean-spirited proposal during the 60-day comment period. Click title to read the full statement…

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Opposes the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Opposes the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule

August 24, 2018: We, the U. S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, compelled by the Gospel and by our heritage to be responsive to the “dear neighbor” without distinction, are concerned for all of God’s creation and our sisters and brothers everywhere.
We stand with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in our deep concern about the release of the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule. The proposed rule would significantly weaken the Clean Power Plan (CPP) which sought to speed the closure of coal-burning plants and the conversion to clean energy in order to reduce carbon pollution, mitigate climate change, and protect the health and welfare of all people, especially the most vulnerable. Read more…

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Recommits to Addressing Racism

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joins the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in their deep concern about the growing repression and state-sanctioned violence in Nicaragua. As a country that Sisters of St. Joseph have served in, we are horrified to hear of the injustices occurring against our “dear neighbors” in Nicaragua.

The Women’s Table Welcomes You!

The Women’s Table Welcomes You!

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joins the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in their deep concern about the growing repression and state-sanctioned violence in Nicaragua. As a country that Sisters of St. Joseph have served in, we are horrified to hear of the injustices occurring against our “dear neighbors” in Nicaragua.

The U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph Objects to Supreme Court Decision Upholding Administration’s Travel Ban

The U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph Objects to Supreme Court Decision Upholding Administration’s Travel Ban

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph is extremely disappointed with the June 26, 2018, United States Supreme Court Decision in Trump vs. Hawaii, commonly referred to as the travel ban. en. We believe that this travel ban intentionally targets Muslims and that the Court’s decision adds to the climate of fear of Muslims and fuels the flames to anti-Muslim sentiment in the country. As Catholic sisters, our mission is one of unity. We are grounded in a loving relationship with God and neighbor. We live the Gospel values and view each person, regardless of their race, religion, or nation of origin as our dear neighbor, whom we love without distinction. [click above to read full statement]

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Council Decries Human Rights Violations at U.S. Border

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Council Decries Human Rights Violations at U.S. Border

JUNE 20, 2018: We join with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Sr. Theresa Maya, the President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), and members of many faith traditions in calling for an end to the separation of children from their parents at the border where they are seeking asylum. In May 2018, the U.S. Government began prosecuting migrants who illegally crossed the United States border from  Mexico.  Their children are then detained separately from their parents.

Sisters of St. Joseph name Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, the new Executive Director of the Corporation for the Sponsored Ministries

Sisters of St. Joseph name Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, the new Executive Director of the Corporation for the Sponsored Ministries

JUNE 6, 2018, Brighton, MA: On Monday, June 4, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Corporation for the Sponsored Ministries [CSM] of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston unanimously approved the decision to offer Sister Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, the position of Executive Director of the Corporation for the Sponsored Ministries. This appointment was affirmed by the CSJ Leadership Team and will be effective in August 2018.

The Literacy Connection, A Ministry of The Sisters of St. Joseph, awarded $100,000

The Literacy Connection, A Ministry of The Sisters of St. Joseph, awarded $100,000

BRIGHTON,  June 4, 2018 – The Literacy Connection, a ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, is one of the 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s 100k for 100 program. The Boston-based organization was chosen from a total of 597 applicants, during a competitive review process.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Elect New Leadership Team

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Elect New Leadership Team

BRIGHTON — Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and associates gathered in at their Motherhouse in Brighton March 8-11, 2018, for the election of the six-member leadership team who will serve the congregation for the next five years. The members of the new team who will begin their term of leadership at the end of June are Sisters Lee Hogan, CSJ, President; Catherine Clifford, CSJ, Assistant President; Marian Batho, CSJ, First Councilor; Judith Costello, CSJ, Second Councilor; Betsy Conway, CSJ, Third Councilor; and Denise Kelly, Fourth Councilor.
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Mourning is Not Enough: LCWR Calls for Action to Prevent Gun Violence

Mourning is Not Enough: LCWR Calls for Action to Prevent Gun Violence

On February 14 a very troubled 19-year-old took an AR-15 assault rifle to Marjory Stoneman High School and opened fire killing 14 students and three staff members. The shooting was a horrible tragedy that has become all too familiar to students, teachers, and parents across the country.

Sisters of St. Joseph 100 Days of Prayer is back for 2018

Sisters of St. Joseph 100 Days of Prayer is back for 2018

Last year, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, California, ran a campaign called 100 Days of Prayer. It was a simple daily prayer that followed the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. 100 Days of Prayer traveled really far and they are doing it again, only a little differently.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to TPS Termination For Salvadorans

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to TPS Termination For Salvadorans

Brighton, MA: As persons of faith who embrace the Gospel value of respect for the dignity of each individual, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and our Associates are disappointed and saddened by the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status of more than 200,000 Salvadorans.

LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans

LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious strongly denounces the cruel decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration.

Impelled by God’s Inclusive Love– What is a General Chapter?

Impelled by God’s Inclusive Love– What is a General Chapter?

For those who are not part of a religious congregation, an aura of mystery often surfaces when they hear that the sisters who minister among them are meeting for “chapter.” Sisters have done this for centuries but, as the needs of our world evolve, so does the process of General Chapters.

Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Teams Circle the City with Love

Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Teams Circle the City with Love

As the Sisters of St. Joseph come together for this year’s Leadership Assembly, it is important for us to be united with others and join in prayer and action for our planet, for good jobs, in a clean energy economy and for the protection of vulnerable communities.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to DACA Decision

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to DACA Decision

As persons of faith who embrace the Gospel value of respect for the dignity of each individual, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and our Associates are disappointed and saddened by President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

CSJ Boston Statement on the US-DPRK Crisis

CSJ Boston Statement on the US-DPRK Crisis

Last week, while tensions between the governments of the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] quickly escalated, 700 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious meeting in Orlando, FL issued a public statement imploring President Donald J. Trump to engage in dialogue and negotiation.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to Charlottesville Tragedy

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to Charlottesville Tragedy

As persons of faith who embrace the Gospel values of respect for the dignity of all persons and non-violent, peaceful resolution of differences, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and our Associates abhor the recent tragic events in Charlottesville, perpetrated by white supremacists.

Statement of Solidarity with the Native Peoples of Standing Rock

Statement of Solidarity with the Native Peoples of Standing Rock

As people committed to justice, nonviolence, unifying love and communion with the Earth Community, we, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, together with our Associates, stand in solidarity with our Native American sisters and brothers, especially of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

LCWR and CMSM Issue Joint Letter to President-Elect Trump

LCWR and CMSM Issue Joint Letter to President-Elect Trump

The Presidents of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) representing the elected leaders of more than 55,000 Catholic religious sisters, brothers, and priests sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump reminding him of the gift and responsibility of leadership.

Become a Volunteer Tutor with The Literacy Connection

Become a Volunteer Tutor with The Literacy Connection

The Literacy Connection, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, is in need of volunteer tutors for September. Volunteers meet one on one with adult residents who need ESOL, literacy, or GED/Hi-SET practice for a minimum of two hours a week.

NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus Is Coming to Boston!

NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus Is Coming to Boston!

NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus are hitting the road again – daring to call on elected officials and candidates to “Mend the Gaps” in income and wealth inequality in our nation. We will listen to the stories of the gaps that people are experiencing in our society and provide NETWORK’s proactive policy strategy that can bridge those divides.

LCWR Statememt: Let Us Welcome the Syrian Refugees

LCWR Statememt: Let Us Welcome the Syrian Refugees

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is horrified at the violence we witness in our world and appalled by the recent acts of bloodshed in Paris, Beirut, and throughout the Middle East. We continue to pray for all who suffer as a result of these senseless acts of terror.

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