NEW YORK – Venita Pinckney grew up around Catholic schools and churches, and she thought she knew about nuns. Then a small, gray-haired Sister of St. Joseph named Teresa Fitzgerald came to fish her out of a Harlem crack house. Ms. Pinckney had been a drug addict for 23 years, a dealer and a prostitute, and had lost both of her children to foster care. She was high at the time. Read more….
Bike power at Rahamim
AUSTRALIA – Rahamim Ecological Learning Community’s recent community initiative was met with great enthusiasm, an idea that stemmed from its sustainability workshops that aim to promote an understanding of the planet, respect for humanity and reverence for creation, writes Sister Mary-Ann Casanova rsj, Executive Director at Rahamim. Read more…
500 Garden Project Unites Neighbors as it Beautifies the Area
CINCINNATI – From vacant unkempt areas to eye-popping, fresh smelling, food-producing gardens, the Sisters of St. Joseph living in Madisonville, Ohio, have joined the local citizens in improving their community, one garden at a time. New signs advertising “500 Gardens Madisonville” have sprung up along our streets. Neighbors have joined the effort to teach and mentor new gardeners growing food. Their hope is to have 500 gardens help change the face of Madisonville in Cincinnati. Read more….
CHARLOTTE – At the annual Catholic Media Conference, Sr. Amy Hereford received a first place Catholic Press Association Award in her category for her recent publication Religious Life at the Crossroads. The citation stated:
One could come up with a long list of negatives about religious life in the 21st century, but Sr. Amy has taken the higher road and convincingly portrays the possibilities inherent in communities founded and empowered by the Spirit. … Her future-oriented chapter on ‘New Forms of Religious Life’ should be required reading for everyone in consecrated life or contemplating it and very every bishop—and that includes Pope Francis. See book…
Sisters Move from Motherhouse
SPRINGFIELD, MA – The decision to move 30 retired Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from the Mont Marie Motherhouse, to other locations is to being done to free the main building for revenue-generating development, possibly as additional housing for seniors, according to the order. Read more…. And on the lighter side…
SAINT LOUIS –Congratulations to Sister Clare Bass, CSJ who professed her first vows and commitment to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet! Check out the slideshow from today’s celebration. And, be sure to send your prayers, thoughts and congrats to Clare!