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the MORE… Online Updates Volume 3.2.2 – June 13, 2018
The Women’s Table Celebrates Ten Years!
It’s hard to believe that The Women’s Table is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! On May 30, this ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston marked this milestone during its fifth annual event called “A Place at the Table.”
During these years, many wonderful memories have formed through the experience of women coming together. The precious moments of women sharing their stories, offering mutual support, and encouraging one another have all been gift. Mary Rita Weschler, CSJA, Director of The Women’s Table, commented, “I am indebted to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston for their unfailing support and encouragement, as well as to the women who stepped into ‘something new’ and trusted, and to the sponsors and volunteers who share their gifts of time, talent, and treasure so abundantly with all of us.”
Prior to the now-traditional Rose Auction , three honorees were commended: Representative Kevin Honan received the “Connecting Neighbor with Neighbor Award”; Mary Caurso received the “Compassionate Strength Award”, and Sharon Gouveia, received the “Building Inclusive Community Award”. In addition, Rosemary Hanlon received the most votes for her creative place setting.
The evening was a moment to celebrate a dream that was born of love made manifest ten years ago! It was a time to pray that all may be one; and witness to the promise of the next ten years!
PICTURED: Chapel is ready for the award presentation; sample centerpiece; winning place setting by Rosemary Hanlon. CLOCKWISE: Debbie Stande, Karen Yee, Rosemary Hanlon, and Franny Wool, CSJ at “A Place at the Table” celebration; Pictured with Mary Rita Weschler, CSJA, are award winners Kevin Honan, Sharon Gouveia, and Mary Caruso; Carol Mack and students from St. Joseph Prep during the Rose Auction.
Discernment: A Compass in Our Journey with God
By Denise Edinger, CSJA
On Saturday, June 2, associates gathered in Nahant for a day of reflection given by Barbara Quinn, RSCJ. Following coffee and conversation, Linda Boothroyd, CSJA, set the tone for the day in her welcome remarks saying that associates are like a family; we may not always be together, but when we gather, we are one.
Barbara’s theme was, “Discernment…God’s spirit that guides us in transformation through listening, sharing and reflection to face daily decisions.” Simply stated, “Discernment is the result of a conversation with God.” She spoke of the mind-body connection and the language of the spirit…the head and the heart which results in action. She challenged all to ask the questions: “Who is God for me?” and “Who am I when no one is looking?” – questions which speak to each of us; questions to take away for deeper reflection.
Opportunities for quiet time were provided, in addition to small and large group sharing which helped to further connect and strengthen the invisible threads that hold us together.
PICTURED: Barbara Quinn, RSCJ, speaks about discernment at our June Associate Gathering
A CELEBRATION OF GRATITUDE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT: Honoring Students and Tutors of The Literacy Connection
by Jill Uchiyama
Sunday, June 3, was a day of celebration for The Literacy Connection’s service to immigrants in need of English, literacy, and citizenship guidance. Students, tutors, staff, and friends of The Literacy Connection, now in its 31st year, gathered in the chapel to come together in the spirit and celebration of this giving community. As Pat Andrews, CSJ, said in her opening welcome, “The motivation, commitment, sacrifice, and deep abiding spirit of our students and their families captures our hearts and gives back to us.” It is a circle of our giving to them and their gift to us that makes this caring community vibrant and strong.
This year the new Director of The Literacy Connection, Jill Uchiyama, joined the staff as she, Rose Canney, CSJ, and Pat Andrews, CSJ, distributed certificates to tutors and students who gave speeches of gratitude while family members joined them up front. Afterwards, everyone continued the celebration in the dining room with lunch and cake. Of notable interest was the announcement of a few new students who expect to receive their U.S. citizenship this coming year as the program recently marked its 150th citizen.
PICTURED: Mary Ellen O’Connell, CSJ, presents a certificate of accomplishment to her student, Arely. Jill Uchiyama, Rose Canney, CSJ, and Pat Andrews, CSJ, express their gratitude to the sisters who support The Literacy Connection throughout the year.
CONGREGATION PICNIC: More Than a Hotdog!
On Saturday, June 2, 2018, sisters and associates traveled to Framingham for our annual Congregation Cookout. What has become evident over the years is that this is about so much more than a hotdog or the delicious sausages, hamburgers, Fenway ice-cream, and a chance to win a few prizes that are all part of the afternoon. What this cookout is really about is relationships — building, renewing, and strengthening relationships among sisters and the staff at Bethany who serve us so willingly. It’s an afternoon with no agenda except to enjoy the the experience.
PICTURED: Sisters Mary Mills and Anne Kiley wait to be served; Sisters Helen Callahan, Catherine Nevin, Eunice Condrick, Winnie DeKarski, and Rita McCormack in line for the cookout. Sister Pat McCarthy helps Sister Cecelia Agnes Mulrennan, draw chances; Sisters Lois Lyons and Marie Patrice Carr enjoy the cookout; Sister Rosemary Brennan leads the drawing as Sisters Mary Anne Doyle and Barbara Loud look on.