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the MORE… Online Updates Volume 5.1.2 December 11, 2019
CSSJ ATLANTIC REGION GATHERING OF CSSJ SISTERS UNDER 65 |
Weaving the Past and Present into the Future By Barbara McHugh, CSJ
In late November, Sisters Betsy Conway, Jeanmarie Gribaudo, Barbara McHugh and Pat Quinn had the privilege of attending the seventh annual Atlantic Region gathering of CSSJ sisters under 65 in Hampton Bays, New York. Sisters Joanie Cassidy and Charlene Diorka from the Philadelphia congregation led us in a contemplative dialogue. The theme of the weekend was “Weaving the Past and Present into the Future”.
Some highlights of the weekend included creative prayers led by various congregations, reflective listening and sharing, celebrating liturgy, hearing a moving homily by Judy Donovan of Maine, and planning for future gatherings. We listened attentively to sisters who had visited El Paso, Texas and heard some of the heart- wrenching, yet beautiful messages of love shared at the border. Two artists among the group created artwork – depicting what they were hearing from the group conversations – truly amazing!
The beautiful setting along the water of Hampton Bay was only outdone by the gracious hospitality of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. We continue to be grateful to our congregation for allowing us to be in conversation with sisters in our age cohort as we navigate these critical times in religious life. We hope to continue these important gatherings as we prepare for the National Gathering in July
Pictured: Artwork created during the weekend; Sisters Barbara McHugh, Pat Quinn, Betsy Conway and Jeanmarie Gribaudo during the gathering in the Hamptons.
Cradles to Crayons by Diane Neumyer, CSJ
Pictured: Sisters Carlotta and Diane at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory in Brighton.
Carlotta Gilarde, CSJ, and Diane Neumyer, CSJ, pause for a moment to celebrate their sixth anniversary at the Giving Factory in Brighton. Cradles to Crayons will soon be moving to their new facility in Newton. If you would like to think about giving a donation, socks would be greatly appreciated.
Don’t Miss Maxims of the Little Institute in 21st Century Language
Several months ago we started posting a version of the Maxims of the Little Institute on our social media channels. We call it “MAXIM MONDAY“. Many of you who follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook are familiar with these posts.
In an effort to make these available to a wider audience, we are posting this version of the Maxims in sets of five on our webpage every two weeks. The first of these is now on the home page of our website, https://www.csjboston.org/ Click the link above and spend a few minutes reflecting on the first set. Note: As the introductory slide explains, these maxims are created by college students for a younger audience but they have been enjoyed by all ages.