Volume 37.3.6, November 4, 2015

Soundings Update


Welcoming Our Dear Neighbors
On October 20, 2015, the Mission Advancement Office hosted the annual Fall Luncheon with the Allston and Brighton Boards of Trade. Peggy Sullivan, CSJ, greeted those who gathered saying, “I welcome you today to this annual neighborhood gathering of business and political professionals. Webster defines ‘neighbor’ as a person who lives next to or near to another. With that definition in mind, we are neighbors all! And to that concept, I would add that, from our spirituality, we Sisters of St. Joseph identify our neighbors as ‘dear.’ So, dear neighbors, I greet you and welcome you warmly into our home in this Allston-Brighton or Brighton-Allston neighborhood of our city.”

Guest speaker, Dr. Robert Lue, Faculty Director of the Harvard- Allston Education Portal began his remarks to those who gathered asking, “How do we engage students emotionally and intellectually? Education is not about getting ahead. It’s about who you can become. Learning is part of our entire lifetime. Learning is …always dependent on connectedness and support.” Dr. Lue then addressed the contribution of religious congregations when he remarked, “You have begun with community and spread out in ripples. The more you engage with us the stronger the community becomes. We have the opportunity to make the connection. That’s essential.” He explained that, “The Harvard Ed Portal is a major site for this. It’s strengthening community engagement. It’s something that allows us to do the right thing of how a university and community and neighborhood can come together.” During the luncheon, Sharon Reilly, Executive Director of Cradles to Crayons— Boston, was honored with the CSJ Community Service Award for her work as a strong, collaborative leader and an effective champion for children and families.

Proceeds from The Fall Luncheon contribute to the support of The Literacy Connection and The Women’s Table, which provide our Allston/Brighton community with much needed services. When asked to speak about The Literacy Connection, Pat Andrews, CSJ, was quick to connect Dr. Lue’s emphasis on making connections and spreading out in ripples to our CSJ charism of reaching out in ever-widening circles and emphasized that, “We are all one.”



Lawyer Alejandro Diaz and Executive Director of SHARE El Salvador Jose Artiga at CSJ Boston Motherhouse on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Tutela Legal Doctora Maria Julia Hernandez works for truth, justice, and reparations around human rights violations in El Salvador.

Their current projects include:

  • Advocating for release of the victims of human rights violations files locked by the Archbishop of San Salvador.
  • Accompanying victims and relatives of the victims since the 1980s with research and case presentation at the national and international level.
  • Obtaining justice for the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Tutela Legal Doctora Maria Julia Hernandez is working on the reactivation, at the national and international level, of the case of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, who was murdered by a death squad on March 24, 1980.


  • Raise awareness around the ongoing impact of human rights violations during the war, especially forced disappearance,
  • murder and massacres of civilians, and the locking of the files of the victims of the war by the Archbishop of San Salvador.
  • Support the new Tutela Legal Doctora Maria Julia Hernandez’s work for truth, justice and reparations, and raise funds to support this work.

Volunteer to be part of a human rights network of support.

This presentation is part of a five city tour to Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and San Francisco.



Look Beneath the Surface
On October 29, Marilyn McGoldrick, CSJ, [pictured at left] spoke about Human Trafficking Awareness to students during Fontbonne Academy’s Ducks in Service Day The objective of the day was to extend Fontbonne’s reach in service, helping others, which ties directly into Fontbonne’s mission. In addition to input on social issues, students engage in direct service in the local area. The closest site included spending time with sisters at Fontbonne Convent.





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