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Sisters Of St. Joseph Celebrate Transition of Leadership: Relationship is Always at the Heart of Who We Are

BRIGHTON, MA : On June 24, 2012 the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston participated in the Transition of Leadership for their congregation. Over 500 sisters, associates, colleagues, friends, and family members were present at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newton, MA for the Mass of celebration. The women who have been elected by the Congregation to serve in the ministry of leadership for the next six years are: Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, Marylou Cassidy, CSJ, Maureen Doherty, CSJ, Margaret L. Sullivan, CSJ, Roseann Amico, CSJ, Gail Donahue, CSJ, and Patricia E. McCarthy, CSJ.

Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, moves into her position as President of the Sisters of St. Joseph from her current position as a General Councilor. Other members of the Leadership Team completing their six-year term are: Mary L. Murphy, CSJ, President; Lee Hogan, CSJ, Assistant President; and Marilyn McGoldrick, CSJ, General Councilor; Brenda Forry, CSJ, Helen Sullivan, CSJ, and Ellen Powers, CSJ, Area Councilors.
During the past year, Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates entered into a year of discernment called “Chapter 2011-2012.” A chapter year, which takes place every six years, is a time when all members of the Congregation evaluate the past and envision the future. It is a time of prayer, reflection, and action. It is a time that sets the direction for the Congregation to “move forward with confidence and hope.” 1. CSJ Boston Constitution

In her reflections at the end of the liturgy, Sister Rosemary Brennan spoke with conviction and enthusiasm saying, “Each transition of leadership dares us to dream we can co-create a future which ‘moves always towards profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction.’ The passion and enthusiasm we have for being Sisters of St Joseph and Associates is what impels us to live – knowing that relationship is always at the heart of who we are; and when we find ourselves in situations which test our relationships we will always seek to live in and through our charism – a charism that is our unique gift to our church and our world.
As the new leadership team of the Sisters of St Joseph of Boston, we assume our ministerial responsibilities with prayerful enthusiasm, heartfelt energy, and hope-filled excitement. We look forward to collaborating with you, our sisters, our associates, our partners in ministry, our brother priests, our family, and friends to forward the life and mission of the Congregation.”
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston is a Congregation of vowed religious women of the Church, rooted in gospel values. They are committed to living as women of unity, reconciliation, and inclusive love of neighbor without distinction. Fidelity to this vision is at the heart of their mission.

1. Consensus Statement of the Sisters of St. Joseph from the central ideas of Jean Pierre Médaille, SJ, as drawn from the Primitive Constitutions

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston is a Congregation of more than 370 religious women and over 80 associates who minister in the Greater Boston area and beyond. They trace their roots from LePuy, France (1650), Lyon, France (1807), St. Louis, MO (1836) and arrived in Boston, MA in 1873. As part of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, they are united with over 4,000 sisters and associates in the U.S over 12,000 Sisters of St. Joseph and associates in 50 countries world-wide. As women of the Church, rooted in the Gospel, they are impelled by the active inclusive love of God to deepen relationships of neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God. For more information visit

Contact: Joanne Gallagher, CSJ, Director of Communications for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston 617.746.2110 or