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2019 Casserly House Education Summer Camp
The Casserly House Educational Summer Camp was held from July 8th through the 19th. The first week the students learned all about space and astronomy. They studied the planets, the sun and moon, constellations, and space exploration, and took a trip to the Hayden Planetarium. The second week of camp the students learned all about the continent of Africa – its languages, cultures, wildlife, art, and much more. They took a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to see African and Ancient Egyptian art, and got to make our own clay statues. At the end of the week, the students presented what they learned, and did a fabulous job! Visit www.csjboston.org to learn more about the Sisters of St. Joseph and their ministries
On Saturday November 3, 2018, The Women’s Table of the Sisters of St. Joseph hosted a day of relaxation, renewal and rest! “Peace Begins with Me,” is a day-long program of self-care including neck and shoulder massage, breathing and relaxation exercises, yoga for all experience levels, introduction to coloring for adults and Zentangle, and the opportunity to “just be” for a day!
2018 Casserly House Education Camp
Casserly House Summer Camp is an educational camp for neighborhood children in 2nd – 5th grade. This past July, with a focus on reading, computers, and art, the students learned about early Colonial life in the United States. Casserly House is a Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston ministry established in 2000. Casserly House provides English language and literacy classes for adults living in the neighborhood. The program includes a broad array of support services, citizenship support, immigration issues, and transitional assistance, along with an after school program for children.
2018 The Women’s Table Celebration
For the past ten years, The Women’s Table, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, has celebrated individuals for their commitment to the values and charism of the sisters. This year, State Representative Kevin Honan received the “Connecting Neighbor with Neighbor Award.” Kevin listens wholeheartedly to those who seek his help, and he utilizes his connections to help others. Mary Caruso, a facilitator and volunteer for The Women’s Table Writer’s Workshop received the “Compassionate Strength Award,” for creating an atmosphere where women feel comfortable sharing. Sharon Gouvia, was honored with the “Building Inclusive Community Award.” Sharon was a “founding member” of The Women’s Table Advisory Committee, and she brought a wide range of experience to the ministry.
2018 Living the Dream Dinner
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston celebrated the 5th annual Living the Dream Dinner this past April. The event, held yearly, honors those whose lives reflect the charism and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph. This year, Geeta Aiyer and the Leonard siblings, Beverly, Dennis, Kristin, Mark, and Patricia received the “Dear Neighbor Award.” Guest speaker Leticia Silva, a certified nurse’s assistant at Bethany Health Care Center, shared her moving story of life as a DACA child.
2018 CSJ Associate Commitment
Each year, CSJ Associates come together to embrace the mission and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. Associates are women and men who desire to share our faith journey with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston through the mission of unity and reconciliation. This year, two women, Julia Passanisi and Janice Young, committed to journeying to spiritual deepening and service to God and the “dear neighbor.”
On June 24, 2018, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston participated in the Transition of Leadership for their Congregation. Over 500 sisters, associates, colleagues, friends, and family members were present at the CSJ Center at Fontbonne Academy, Milton, Massachusetts, for the celebration. The sisters who have been elected by the Congregation to serve in the ministry of leadership for the next five years are: Lee Hogan, CSJ, Catherine Clifford, CSJ, Marian Batho, CSJ, Judith Costello, CSJ, Betsy Conway, CSJ, and Denise Kelly, CSJ.
The Anti-Trafficking Coalition (ATC) of the Boston Unit of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious marked its 10th Anniversary on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Over 80 people attended to hear speakers from the Boston Police Department, Attorney General’s Office, and the F.B.I. A productive question and answer session took place and the attendees heard ways in which they can participate in eradicating human trafficking. This brief video covers actions taken by ATC and sisters over the past 10 years to help combat human trafficking.
Each year, Casserly House invites children from the neighborhood to participate in a two-week learning camp. The program includes computer instruction, thematic projects, field trips, and one-on-one tutorial reading. Volunteers from the Sisters of St. Joseph, CSJ Associates, and lay tutors assist during the two weeks. The program is geared towards making learning a fun-filled experience. To learn more about Casserly House, visit www.casserlyhouse.org.
Sunday, June 11, Donor Appreciation Day, was a special day for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and Associates to say thank you to our donors for being with us all the way, for sharing generously in whatever we endeavor to undertake for the “dear neighbor”, and in caring for our sisters who are now in need of care themselves.
On June 4, 2017, The Literacy Connection’s annual celebration of Gratitude and Achievement was held at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston’s Motherhouse Chapel.
Nearly 500 friends, former students, and supporters packed the Ballroom at Boston’s Seaport Hotel on April 19, 2017, for the fourth annual “Living the Dream” Dinner which supports the sisters and honored Jim and Mary Judge with the “Dear Neighbor” Award presented by Sister Rosemary Brennan, President of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
A special moment at the 2017 Living the Dream Dinner was the premier of “One Foot Forward,” a short video featuring the experience and ministries of three “retired” Sisters of St. Joseph. This video demonstrates how, here in Boston, the Sisters of St. Joseph continue to be inspired by the Mother St. John Fontbonne to put one foot forward, with one hand extended, ready to help their Dear Neighbor.