SYDNEY – One of the founders of the Sisters of St Joseph founded in Australia in 1866 was Mary MacKillop who became Australia’s first canonised Saint in October 2010. The inspiration for the congregation was influenced by the other founder Father Julian Tenison Woods experiencing the spirit of the Sisters of St Joseph in Le Puy. The first anniversary of Mary MacKillop’s canonisation was marked in many places including where she is buried in Sydney, with a new statue of her being blessed. Read more and see photos….
“Little did either of us dream what was to spring from so small a beginning”
Mary MacKillop to the Sisters 4th March 1891
Milestone for Women’s Education in Canada
TORONTO – The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters) worked with the University of St. Michael’s College to make higher education available to Toronto’s women, beginning in 1911. They are now celebrating“100 Years of Women’s Education at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, 1911 – 2011.” See their on-line exhibit celebrating the anniversary here…
BADEN – Congratulations to Sister Janet Mock, a Sister of St. Joseph of Baden, PA, who will receive the prestigious Mary Emil Penet, IHM, Award for outstanding contributions to initial and life-long formation of women and men religious. The honor was announced by the Board of Directors of the Religious Formation Conference. Sister Janet will receive the award Nov. 19 at the RFC Congress Banquet.
US Federation Novitiate
Chicago – New members of the Sisters of Saint Joseph come together for a Federation Novitiate Program. For them, this is a time to study and integrate the mission, history, spirit and spirituality of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in preparation for vowed life. Meet the new novices of 2011 Federation Novitiate: For more….
BADEN – Sister Zita Iwuoha, a registered nurse, was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph community as a novice during a “ritual of reception” in the Motherhouse chapel on September 10, 2011. More… (scroll down)
Religious in their 20s and 30s
USA – Are you a woman religious in your 20s or 30s? Join us for the 2012 Giving Voice gathering of Sisters from various communities who are in their 20s and 30s January 13-15, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ. Do you know a woman religious in her 20s or 30s? Let her know about this great opportunity to reinvigorate the LIFE in religious life! Visit the Giving Voice website for more information and a registration form. Or contact Julie Christensen, CSJ.
Story of this Newsletter/Blog
This newsletter and blog arose out of a need to communicate with Sisters of St. Joseph around the world. There are now nearly 700 sisters who receive the CSSJ e-newsletter/blog worldwide. We are still working to build the multi-linugal readership, and welcome the input of our sisters who speak various languages on how to make the newsletter more accessible. Currently over 40 communication directors and other leaders receive an invitation to submit their news each month. From the responses to that query, the news is gathered and assembled. If you would like to receive the monthly reminder, email me at amyhereford @ gmail . com …. or you can go to the bottom of an email newsletter and click update subscription preferences – check the box for communiation directors – and you’ll receive those reminders.