New Beginnings

WEST VIRGINIA – We are pleased to welcome Sister Pat Murray, a Franciscan Sister of the Sacred Heart who has decided to enter into the transfer process to become a Sister of St. Joseph. Pat Murray currently ministers as Executive Director of ABLE Families, a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph in West Virginia. Read more….


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Refresh & Renew

ROCHESTER – The Sisters of St. Joseph in Rochester invite their friends and neighbors to renew and refresh this holiday season with one of their enriching spirituality programs. Read more….
Coming up in December at the Motherhouse:

  • Prayer for Our Times Tues Dec 3, 7-8p
  • Looking to the Christmas Season, How are We Called to Something New? Sun Dec 8, 9:15a-10:45a
  • Will I have Catholic Grandchildren…and Does it Matter?  Wed., Dec 11, 7-8p

2013 Online Advent Calendar

INTERNET – Sr. Baya Clare offers us again the 2013 Online Advent Calendar. It begins December 1 at http://csjprayer.net with daily scripture, reflections & images.

Darkness is my mother. She comforts me.
Darkness is the mother of all things.
She hovered over the void at the dawn of creation. Read more…


Ministries reach “the least of my brethren” in today’s prisons

CHICAGO – Some 4,500 prison inmates around the country now have some beauty displayed in their cells with suggestions for daily spiritual contemplation, courtesy of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry of the Arts (MOTA). For years, MOTA has been donating overstock of one of its flagship products, its thoroughly colorful annual wall calendars, for prison chaplains to distribute. Now the ministry offers customers of its catalog business a chance to participate in the ministry by donating to a fund to print many more calendars for prisoners. For more information, go to www.csjoseph.org/imagineonemagazine and click on the magazine cover image. See the article on page 10.

On the next page, there’s a stunning story of how one strong supporter of the death penalty came to understand the need to abolish it. There’s also a review of the new book “Where Justice and Mercy Meet,” a collection of highly readable factual essays and personal testimony that educate readers about the history and grim reality of state executions and the devastating roles racism and poverty play in determining who lives and dies.


Toronto Sisters Recognized by Catholic Charities

TORONTO – On Oct. 6, 2013, a Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of Catholic Charities took place at St. Paul’s Basilica. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto received a plaque with the following text: 100 years of helping – Catholic Charities…. Read more…


Fontbonne Ministries

TORONTO – Fontbonne Ministries responds to the needs of the day. The vision is to be a sustainable expression of the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, to be welcoming, inclusive and responsive to current needs. Read more….


Refresh & Renew

ROCHESTER – The Sisters of St. Joseph in Rochester invite their friends and neighbors to renew and refresh this holiday season with one of their enriching spirituality programs. Read more….
Coming up in December at the Motherhouse:

  • Prayer for Our Times Tues Dec 3, 7-8p
  • Looking to the Christmas Season, How are We Called to Something New? Sun Dec 8, 9:15a-10:45a
  • Will I have Catholic Grandchildren…and Does it Matter?  Wed., Dec 11, 7-8p

Education Network Forming

ST LOUIS – Pat Dunphy, a Sister of a St. Joseph of Carondelet of the Saint Louis Province, is forming a secondary education association. The Association which is named CSSJEA stands for Congregations and Sisters of Saint Joseph Education Association. Pat sent out a survey to 30 schools associated with the Sisters of St.Joseph throughout the United States. Nineteen schools responded with an interest in forming this Association. The Mission and Goals of the Association are:

As an Association, our Mission would be to initiate programs and provide services enabling its member schools to sustain and support the spirit and spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph as well as our Catholic Identity, as we continue to MOVE TOWARD the MORE in SERVING the DEAR NEIGHBOR without DISTINCTION.
Our goals are:

  1. Promote the Spirit and Spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph and our Catholic Identity within our member schools.
  2. Encourage and support a collaborative partnership within our member schools.
    • Initiate programs and services that allow the sharing of Best Practices and Common Core Curriculums.
    • Implement technology programs that offer online courses to its members. A CSSJEA Virtual Academy.
  3. Create and offer programs and services that enable member schools to fulfill the CSSJEA Mission.
  4. As an Association, become known, respected and sought after for what we do.

If you did not receive this survey and would be interested in participating please contact Pat Dunphy: dunphycsj@att.net


Religion with its Sleeves Rolled Up

LOCHINVAR, AU – In a chance encounter whilst shopping, I ran into Sister Cabrini Boyle. Sr Cabrini was a teacher at my Catholic Primary School at Belmont and I met her in 1988, when I was in Year 3. Sr Cabrini is a force of nature. She zooms around the room at a million miles an hour, always working, always moving, ever-faithful and devoted to service. Read more…


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