Blessed Advent

ONLINE – Advent CandlesThe Online Advent Calendar for 2011 begins on November 27; you can go to now to subscribe to the daily email reflections. And tell your friends as well!

This site is created and maintained by Baya Clare, CSJ to facilitate participative prayer and reflection in the Ignatian tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Baya Clare is a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. living in St. Paul Minnesota. Contributors are welcome. Please contact Baya at

ONLINE – From Albany, NY, Sister Joyce Gadoua, CSJ, provides online meditations for each of the days of Advent. Each meditation focuses on the Scriptures and leads us in truly “praying Advent.” Reflections are followed by questions to ponder as we enter into the mystery of the coming of the Word Incarnate. See meditations….

Sister Lorry Villemaire Helps Labyrinth Take Shape at Jail

SPRINGFIELD – Thanks in part to the efforts of Sister Lorry Villemaire, the inmates at the Hampshire Jail and House of Correction in Northampton have a beautiful outdoor labyrinth to use for meditation and reflection. The large circular stone pathway was built during the summer and early fall by a group of 20 inmates using manual labor.

Following the dedication of the newly laid path October 20th, Sr. Lorry said “The project was ‘a dream come true’ in the sense that the inmates will have a labyrinth to walk even if the program is not in session.” That, she says, will provide continuity and moments of quiet and peace. Read more….

Prayer for the End and Healing of Domestic Violence

ONLINE – The Sisters of St. Joseph in Sydney, Australia have prepared a prayer and reflection for the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, Nov 25, 2011. The powerpoint can be downloaded and used for personal or group prayer and reflection. Read more….

Invitation to Conversation

Do you sense the urgency to commit yourself to the future of religious life as it is emerging today?
Do you find yourself longing for community living that energizes you for mission?
At the Giving Voice gathering this summer, a group of American sisters in our 40s and 50s from various religious families felt a new energy stirring among us, and expressed a desire to continue the contemplative process and conversation, moving into action. Responding to this desire we invite you to participate in a process beginning this Advent and running through Pentecost. Read more….


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