the MORE… Online Updates Volume 3.1.9 – February 28, 2018

Circle of Mercy, Circle of Love

By Chandra Manning, The Women’s Table Mothers’ Circle participant

In The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd writes, “The world will give you that once in awhile, a brief timeout; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life.”

When I first read those lines, I was on Day 3 of bedrest at the 25th week of pregnancy with my first child, which was about when any restfulness in “bedrest” gave way to worry and stir-craziness. Mercifully, the bedrest order was lifted after a couple of weeks. Now that the “baby” I was awaiting at the time is eleven years old and has a seven-year-old brother who, like him, lives life on the autism spectrum, the passage captures something important about the Mother’s Circle hosted by the Women’s Table every month. — read the complete reflection.

PICTURED ABOVE: Participants at a Mothers’ Circle; Chandra Manning

Where Do We Stand? Reflections on February Associate Gathering

by Nan Bouché, CSJA
Associates and sisters gathered for a meeting on February 10, 2018. Cathy Clifford, CSJ, a member of the Chapter Steering Committee, offered input, prayer, and discussion focused on the meaning, topics, and fruit of the Chapter of Affairs and the recent powerful discernment retreat day with Marie McCarthy, SP.

Entitled Where Do We Stand? Cathy’s presentation beautifully captured the essence and spirit of each Chapter gathering thus far. For those associates who had been able to participate in these gatherings, Cathy’s input served to reinforce and to deepen what they had heard and experienced. For those who had not had the experience of being present, this morning was a means of helping them to feel informed, up to date, and included in the Chapter.

True to her reputation as a story teller, Cathy shared a story which pointed to the fact that the community, like any other group of people, is comprised of many different personalities, styles, and gifts but individually and collectively, we all share the same purpose of seeking to live the charism of inclusive love of the dear neighbor without distinction. Cathy recognized and genuinely affirmed the associates as an
important and integral part of the community. The morning concluded in a spirit of hope and trust in the faithful God who is co-creating with us, drawing us into a future we cannot yet imagine or envision.

PICTURED ABOVE: Associates Nan Bouché, Donna Sordello, Juanita Campos, Judy Swett; Associate Candidate, Janice Young, Associates Fran Armstrong and Laurie Abruzzi; Cathy Clifford, CSJ, during her presentation.

Mardi Gras 2018 – Sisters of Jesus Crucified Host Sisters of St. Joseph

The Sisters of Jesus Crucified and the Vietnamese sisters who live among them warmly welcomed us to another festive Mardi Gras celebration. Here are a few pictures from the evening. A slide presentation is available via FirstClass.


Partying for the Patriots at St. Joseph Hall

By Ginny Kelleher, CSJ
On Sunday, February 4, 2018, most New Englanders were cheering on the “Pats” during the Super Bowl. The sisters at St. Joseph Hall were no different. The party started at 5:00 p.m. with delicious hors oeuvres and drinks. It continued on right through outstanding desserts, many homemade by the sisters. We prayed for the Patriots and we sang the “Anchors Away” cheer song. We continued cheering them throughout the
entire game. Although we suffered a loss, we enjoyed the partying to support them.

PICTURED ABOVE: Sisters Marie Ancilla McCarthy, Kay O’Brien, Mary O’Rourke, Theresa Pond, and Ellen Pumphret enjoying Super Bowl LII.



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