Sister Stories

Sister Virginia O’Connell

“If you have a dream, give it all the prayer you have and it will happen in God’s time.” 

Sister Patricia Cushing

“The warmth, welcome and openness of people to learn and implement their roles in worship was amazing to experience.”

Sister Catherine Ginty

“In my early years, I found God’s presence in the Church and the Sacraments. Furthermore, in the years that have followed, I am still learning to find God’s presence in all that is created.”

Sister Peggy Rooney

“My life growing up was bounded by education, faith, and music.”

Sister Jean Plausky

“My vocation story is a simple love story. As far back as I can remember, my parents taught me that God was wonderful and loved everyone.”

Sister Gail Donahue

“The Sisters of St. Joseph reach out to the needs of others. This has enabled me to reach out to all kinds of people who would have been otherwise unknown to me at so many different times in my life.”

Sister Geraldine Shea

“Being a part of the Sisters of St. Joseph is the highlight of my life, and I happily observed my 75th Anniversary in September of this past year.”

Sister Rita McCarthy

This is how Sister Rita McCarthy sums up her life as a Sister of St. Joseph of Boston in her 75th Jubilee Year!

Sister Alice Kirby

. . . She continues to witness to her beloved CSJ charism as a grant writer, a member of the Shawl Ministry, a Sacristan at the Motherhouse Chapel, and as a volunteer for activities and events at Bethany Health Care Center and St. Joseph Preparatory High School.

Sister Kathleen Hagerty

“The role of the CSJ is to be present to people where they are, to meet them where they are, to be with them where they are. That contemplative way of being allows people to come to know God in ways they may not otherwise.”

Sister Helen Noonan

“Being a CSJ is very deep inside of me, and I’m very proud to say I am a Sister of Saint Joseph, it’s in my very being.”

Sister Rose Canney

“I’ve been blessed to have lived and worked with dedicated CSJs and laypeople. . .”

Sister Mary L. Murphy

“With every position I’ve ever held, I’ve experienced the “grace of the office.”

Sister Mary Ellen O’Connell

“. . . offering a supportive, caring presence; experiencing the richness of people’s lives; sharing in their journeys of deepening spirituality. . .”

Sister Frances Wool

“It is the little things we can do for each other that make a difference.”

Sister Ann Marie Grady

“All life is connected. I think in images. Where I’ve lived, the people I’ve lived with are a part of me. These connections are an important part of what enables me to be and do.” With these words, Sister Ann Marie Grady captured the essence of the relationships that have…

Sister Joan Duffy

The Duffy Family of Brighton, Massachusetts welcomed their second child into their lives and named her Joan, which in Hebrew means “gift from God”. Two more children joined the household, and many happy memories were created growing up in a multigenerational family.

Sister Jackie Damoiseau

Jacqueline was the only child born to John and Frances Damoiseau in Waltham, Massachusetts. Her youngest uncle was only five years older, and they developed a “somewhat sibling” relationship. This uncle taught her to ride a bike, and, in turn, Jackie helped with his paper route.

Sister Patricia Boyle

Religion is a scary thing to some people,” states Pat Boyle, CSJ. In her current position as Associate Director of the Office of Pastoral Planning, she works with the leadership teams and parishioners in parishes of the Archdiocese as they implement Disciples in Mission. “It is a privilege for me…

Sister Marcella Campos

The CSJ Constitution states: “Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Church lives to continue the mission of Christ . . . we participate in this transforming mission, proclaiming God’s new creation in word and sacrament, in the witness of our lives, and in service.” At 83 years old,…

Sister Ellie Wiegand

Sister Ellie Wiegand seems happiest when she is busy. That was evident during her interview for Connecting, when she noted that not only was she being interviewed, but she also had two banana breads and two coffee cakes in the oven.

Sister Jean Mulloy

Sister Jean Mulloy’s ministries have taken her down a rewarding pathway. Her first ministry was at Cathedral High School in the South End. For Sister Jean, who entered in 1953, her classroom assignments expanded into much more as Cathedral’s enrichment programs for children.

Sister Anna Edge

Sometimes, they call Sister Anna Edge the ‘computer doctor’ because responding to calls for technical help is part of her day. She loves her ministry working in the IT Department of the Congregation because it allows her to use her gifts and talents to further the mission of the sisters.

Sister Nancy Braceland

Sister Nancy Braceland is a risk taker. Throughout her ministries, she has pushed boundaries, sometimes choosing the unknown. She states, “I choose to be with the immigrant. Sometimes we forget that’s our history: that either we or our ancestors were once immigrants – we have to remember this.”