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the MORE… Online Updates Volume 3.2.3 – June 28, 2018
Transition of Leadership: A Ministry of Collaboration
On June 24, 2018, we gathered in the CSJ Center at Fontbonne Academy, Milton, with the outgoing CSJ Boston Leadership Team to aﬃrm and pray with those recently elected to leadership within our Congregation for the next five years. Sisters, associates, partners in ministry, friends, and family members were present at the celebration. Lee Hogan, CSJ, moves into her position as President of the Sisters of St. Joseph from her current position as Treasurer of the Congregation. The team of sisters elected by the Congregation to serve with her are: Catherine Cliﬀord, CSJ, Marian Batho, CSJ, Judith Costello, CSJ, Betsy Conway, CSJ, and Denise Kelly, CSJ.
Members of the Leadership Team completing their terms are: Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, Maureen Doherty, CSJ, Margaret L. Sullivan, CSJ, Roseann Amico, CSJ, Gail Donahue, CSJ, and Patricia E. McCarthy, CSJ.
In her reflections during the prayer service, Lee Hogan, CSJ, spoke with conviction and enthusiasm saying, “We do this by extending our reach to the dear neighbor, to whom and with whom we engage in ministry.
This ministry of leadership is one of collaboration. It is about working together to set our faces forward, to continue the journey, extending our charism to the wider world through prayer and ministry, and walking in the confidence that it is our God who calls us to that future.”
Reflecting these sentiments, the Missioning Ritual during the prayer was one of mutual blessing and thanks by both teams. As a symbol of their leadership, the newly elected team members were presented with candles by the outgoing team as they oﬀered a prayer of blessing. Toward the conclusion of the prayer, the new team invited all to pray a blessing for one another. As Lee commented elsewhere in her reflections , “Each time our collective past brings us to a new moment, another group of sisters is called forward to build upon and continue the mission — the mission of Jesus, of ONENESS, of unity. We do this by extending our reach to the dear neighbor to whom and with whom we engage in ministry.”
PICTURED: Members of the new leadership team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Sisters Judith Costello, Betsy Conway, Marian Batho, Lee Hogan, Denise Kelly, and Cathy Clifford; Sisters Rosemary Brennan and Lee Hogan during the Missioning Ritual; Sisters Peggy Sullivan and Maureen Doherty offer words of blessing to Sisters Marian Batho and Cathy Clifford; Sisters Pat McCarthy, Roseann Amico, and Gail Donahue offer words of blessing to Sisters Betsy Conway, Denise Kelly, and Judith Costello.
Donor Appreciation Day Liturgy & Brunch
based on welcome reflections by Rosemary Brennan, CSJ
Today in a very special way we remember and give thanks for you our faithful donors and generous benefactors. Today is a day that we honestly say our gratitude abounds for each and every one of you who so generously support us as we continue to be about the mission of Jesus and service to the dear neighbor.
A number of years ago a Canadian writer named Mary Jo Leddy published a book entitled Radical Gratitude. In this book she extends the invitation to imagine gratitude as the most radical way of living life. “Gratitude,” she says, “arises in that space where our deepest longings find the glass of life to be half full rather than high empty. Gratitude can liberate us in this culture, but we must also consciously choose the practices that will liberate gratitude.”
As donors and benefactors, you model for us how you live in that space of liberated gratitude and by doing so you support us as we too seek to live in that space. And together we are about sharing with others God’s invitation to find blessing and grace in everyday that we live.
PICTURED: Centerpiece created by Carol Mack, Advancement Director; Jo Perico, CSJ; Bishop Mark O’Connell and Eucharistic Ministers; Peggy Sullivan, CSJ
Volunteers in Mission: Sharing Prayer, Community, and Service
PICTURED: Volunteers in Mission [VIMs] gather for prayer on their first evening, Saturday,
June 23, 2018. LEFT TO RIGHT: Eva Arnott, CSJA, Claire Morrissey, CSJ, Mary Theresa O’Reilly, CSJ,
Janice Young, CSJA, Pat Quinn, CSJ, Kathy Tighe, CSJA, and Judy Swett, CSJA.
VIMs St. Francis House: Claire Morrissey, CSJ, Pat Quinn, CSJ, Kathy Teahan, CSJA,
Kathy Tighe, CSJA, and Mary Theresa O’Reilly, CSJ and VIMs at Casserly House: Juanita Campos,
CSJA, Eva Arnott, CSJA, Janice Young, CSJA, and Judy Swett, CSJA.