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Jackson School Celebrates Sisters of St. Joseph

by Mary Pat Joy, Director of Communication at JWP

Jackson School honored the Sisters of St. Joseph at a celebration on February 13, 2019. Sixth grade student leaders welcomed their guests to the new JWP Student Center for a presentation and luncheon. Among the many CSJs attending was Sister Francis Marilyn DeCoste, CSJ, the first principal of Jackson School and a Sister of St. Joseph for 65 years. The student leaders thanked the sisters for sharing their charism and mission that emphasizes love and service of the “Dear Neighbor” without distinction, a mission, the students said, they “carry out daily, connecting neighbor to neighbor, and neighbor to God.”

As part of the prayer, a slideshow and student narration recounted the history of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph dating back to their founding in 1650, including stories of the Newton property. At the conclusion of the prayer, students presented Sister Francis Marilyn with a bouquet of flowers before enjoying
lunch with their guests. As each sister left the JWP Student Center, she was presented with a rose and a “Thank you.”

“We owe the rich history of Jackson Walnut Park to the Sisters of St. Joseph and their partners in mission,” said the sixth graders. “Their vision, dream, and courage throughout the many decades have been a gift to all the students and families who have been a part of the educational life on this campus.”

Pictured: Sisters Pauline Curley, Mary Rita Grady, Associate Sarah Barrett, and Sister Dorothea Masuret participated during the presentation.

Preparing for Living the Dream Dinner 2019

Pictured: Sisters Kathy McCluskey, Dorothea Masuret, and Peggy Comfrey during video session in preparation for Living the Dream Dinner 2019

Preparations are ramping up for our annual Living the Dream Dinner 2019! It is being held April 11 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. It’s a fabulous evening with great food and even better friends!

This year we are so proud and excited to honor Rick Lord and the JD Murphy family. Wonderful people who embody the Sisters of St. Joseph in their daily lives. During the evening, special recognition will be given to our own Sister Mary Black for all her work building relationships for our Sisters. And lastly, Irene Desharnais, our featured speaker, is sure to capture hearts with her compelling presentation.

Preparations for our Living the Dream Dinner are in full swing. On February 20 the foyer and fireside room at the Motherhouse were transformed into a movie studio as Sisters Kathy McCluskey, Dorothea Masuret, and Peggy Comfrey were interviewed for this year’s event video.

Ever-Widening Circles of Compassion

by Patricia Cushing, CSJ

Tending to the Dear Neighbor without distinction, is what happens at Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Devens, MA. Founded 35 years ago by the Federated Church and the Episcopal Church in Ayer, MA, the food pantry provides nutritious food to people of the area in a non-judgmental atmosphere of kindness and respect to individuals in need.

With the generosity of local businesses, churches, and individuals, more than 200 families are provided with everything imaginable on a weekly basis. This includes personal care items, a variety of food products, and even pet food! Each day an average of 25 volunteers are on hand to help with receiving donations, stocking shelves, and working directly with clients.

Two distinguishing characteristics of Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry are freedom of food choice and “stewarding” clients. In contrast to many food pantries who hand out pre-packaged items, Loaves and Fishes invites clients to shop for food and make personal choices about what fills their needs.

My volunteer participation includes direct service with clients through stewarding. This involves listening empathically to a client’s needs and matching each person with a caring food guide who assists them with shopping. Every effort is made to serve our clients with respect, kindness, patience, and a smile. It is a privilege to be a volunteer at Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry which is clearly a manifestation of ever widening circles of kindness and compassion through the manner in which it seeks to improve the quality of life for each person who comes.

Pictured: Patricia Cushing, CSJ, with volunteer, Violetta O’Donnell, Patricia [in center] with other volunteers as they unload a shipment of donations.

1 PRAYER ON MASTHEAD: Created for Office of Mission Advancement by Joanne Gallagher, CSJ — Winter, 1999

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