the MORE… Online Updates Volume 3.2.1 – May 30, 2018


All the Good You Have Done Will Live on in Our Hearts

Based on welcome by Mary L. Murphy, CSJ


Sunday, May 20, 2018, was a day to gather and give thanks, to show our appreciation, and to celebrate the women who have led our Congregation during the past six years. Gratitude abounds for Rosemary, Maureen, Peggy, Gail, Pat, and Roseann. We are grateful for their gift of service, we celebrate their leadership, and we believe the Spirit will grace them now and into the future.

It is fitting that this celebration took place on the Feast of Pentecost, the feast that celebrated
the gifts of the Spirit, the gift each of these women have been, and will continue to be as we
move into the future choosing life.

Included in the celebration were a PowerPoint presentation which afforded us the wonderful opportunity to take a brief trip down memory lane, presentation of gifts to each Leadership Team member, and a blessing of the team by all who gathered. This was followed by an elegant brunch and time to socialize. A slide presentation of this event will soon be available.

PICTURED: Our 2012-2018 Leadership Team: Sisters Rosemary Brenna, Maureen Doherty, Peggy Sullivan, Gail Donahue, Pat McCarthy, and Roseann Amico; QUOTE BELOW: Opening verse of Gratitude Blessing.


Ely Castro Rosales, Speaks at the Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse on Honduran Crisis

Ely Castro Rosales, commentator on human rights with an independent Honduran radio station, spoke at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse on Saturday, May 12, 2018. His topic was the ongoing human rights crisis, lawlessness, corruption and violence that continue to roil the region and drive thousands to flee for asylum in Mexico and the U.S. Castro is part of a delegation who fanned out across the United States visiting more than ten cities and calling for an end to U.S. military support for their government. They hope to raise U.S. awareness of the growing repression, violence, and human rights crisis in the country, exacerbated by the affirmation given by the U.S. government to the November re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernández, despite widespread allegations of fraud. On Monday, May 14, sisters and
associates joined with others to visit Senator Markey’s office where representatives of Senator Markey and Senator Warren participated in a discussion of the crisis in Honduras.

PICTURED: Ely Castro Rosales speaks about Honduras in Motherhouse Chapel; Associates Kathy Tighe and Judy Swett along with Sisters Carlotta Gilarde, Pat Andrews, and Joanne Gallagher and other members of the group during their visit to Senator Markey’s office.



by Jen Reis

One of the most used spaces inside Casserly House is our computer room. Our adult learners, children, and neighbors use this room to learn English, search for job opportunities, study for citizenship tests, research school projects, and so much more. That makes it important to try and find ways to keep our technology as up-to-date as we can. As providence would have it, this winter we received anonymous grants that allowed us to dream about upgrading our computer room and creating a multi-use space!

As anyone who has come and spent time at Casserly House knows, we use every inch of space we can! This means that the computer room often functions as a classroom as well. In designing this new computer room, we wanted to make technology portable and the furniture flexible so we could set the room up differently depending upon whatever need arose. We have replaced our desktop computers with touch-screen laptops and computer desks that fold down and stack, affording us the ability to rearrange the room when needed.

When asked what she thought about the new computer room, our adult learner, Djenabou, said, “It is very good. It is important to know the technology we need to know to get jobs. I am from a country that did not allow women to learn, even about computers. So I am thankful. Thank you.” As Djenabou mentioned, the upgrade in technology is another tool of empowerment to assist our “dear neighbors” in achieving their own life goals. Casserly House would like to say a special thank you to Anna Edge, CSJ, who assisted us with installing our
new computers. Lastly, a special thank you to the Charles River Church of Roslindale, who donated paint, supplies, and their time to repaint our computer room!



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