Category Archives: Pope Francis

September 24, 2015

Two Boston CSJs were at the Papal Mass at Catholic University

Two Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston had the opportunity to participate in the Papal Mass at Catholic University on September 23, 2015. Sister Kathleen Carr, CSJ, was there as an alum of Catholic University. Sister Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, our president, attended as a major superior of a religious congregation.

Here are a few pictures they took before and during the Mass:

Kathleen and Rosemary inside security area

Kathleen and Rosemary inside security area

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waiting at security checkpoint

waiting at security checkpoint

Rosemary's view of altar before Mass begins

Rosemary’s view of altar before Mass begins

Mass begins

Mass begins

September 20, 2015

Watch Papal Visit Live Streamed

I’m sure, there are lots of websites covering the Pope’s visit to the United States this week.

I’ll mention two:

The Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Not only will they be live streaming the whole visit. They also suggest lots of ways to participate even if you can’t see Pope Francis in person.

10 Ways to Participate in Pope Francis’s US Visit

Hundreds of Thousands are expected to see Pope Francis when he visits the US. Even if you are not among those who will see the Holy Father in person, you can still make his visit a time of spiritual renewal and evangelization by following the suggestions below.

The Archdiocese of Washington DC also has a very comprehensive site dedicated to Pope Francis’ visit.

Scroll down to the section that says “Media Center” and it will link you to all manner of great resources including their YouTube channel with some short but really engaging and informative videos.

I particularly like this one:  Pope Francis in DC | Priest On the Street 

use their hashtag #PopeInDC to stay up to date


June 25, 2015

Sisters of St. Joseph Volunteers in Mission [VIM] Week

Pat Quinn, CSJ, lights candles as VIMs prepare for Evening Prayer

Pat Quinn, CSJ, lights candles as VIMs prepare for Evening Prayer

VIMs gather for Evening Prayer after a full day of work at their volunteer sites.

VIMs gather for Evening Prayer after a full day of work at their volunteer sites.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Volunteers in Mission [VIM] is happening this week. It’s a time of sharing prayer, community, and service with sisters and associates. VIM week is an apt expression of Pope Francis’ words announcing the Year of Consecrated Life and challenging religious congregations to “Wake up the world!” During this week of service at St. Francis House, Casserly House, and The Women’s Lunch Place, participants dare to “Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, acting, living!” and broaden the circle of love poured out toward every kind of neighbor without distinction.

We are grateful for the hospitality of the sisters at Fontbonne Convent that enables the group to share community life with the sisters there and with one another.

January 13, 2015

Boston Area Catholic Sisters Host Prayer Vigil for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Boston Area Catholic Sisters Host Prayer Vigil for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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Click on picture above to view a short video of our Human Trafficking Awareness Prayer Vigil.

Boston, MA: In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness in an effort to raise consciousness about this global, national and local issue. In 2010-2015, President Barack Obama proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. For the eighth consecutive year, local  Catholic Sisters representing sixteen congregations in the Greater Boston Area gathered with over 150 sisters, associates, and many friends on January 11, 2015, to mark this national day and pray for an end to human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery.  This Boston Anti-trafficking Coalition, which is a collaboration of congregations of women religious in the Boston area, believes that in addition to words and actions, prayer and silent vigil are powerful tools to eradicate human trafficking.

During the introduction to the prayer, participants were reminded of Pope Francis’ 2015 New Year’s World Day of Peace Message in which he calls on all nations to fight “modern forms of enslavement” and human trafficking. Francis continues, “…millions of people today are deprived of freedom and are forced to live in conditions akin to slavery.”

On this national day of awareness, participants know that they do not stand alone. In cities all across the country, similar groups gathered in solidarity, in prayer, in vigil-keeping throughout the country. The group is also heartened by the words and efforts of many civic and church leaders across the commonwealth, the country, and the world who realize that the $150 billion dollar worldwide ‘industry’ of trafficking of  more than 21 million persons runs counter to basic tenets regarding the dignity and value of each person.

Roman Catholic women religious have been key leaders in the national and international movement to stop human trafficking. Each year they have been joined by associates, co-workers, relatives, friends, students, and other concerned citizens to give witness to the dignity of each person. In prayer and silent vigil they stand with and for those children, women, and men who are exploited for labor and for sex through the evil of  human trafficking, modern day slavery. They also pray for the conversion of traffickers themselves.

As Pope France’s 2015 World Day of Peace Message reminds us, all peoples are our family, and together, we need to cry out and act to end the human trafficking of our brothers and sisters.



The Boston Unit of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious includes several religious congregations representing over 800 women religious in the greater Boston area.

Background Information

An estimated 850,000 people are trafficked annually worldwide, according to the U.S. State Department, 20,000 of them into the United States. Human trafficking forces men, women, and children into pornography, prostitution and other sexual exploitation, as well as labor exploitation. In 1998, the realization that trafficking was a growing problem around the world—and that it was being largely unaddressed—led to the formation of a, broad-based coalition of women’s organizations, faith-based groups, children’s groups, labor groups, and health groups. Together this bi-partisan coalition drafted and helped pass the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. The law provides a comprehensive approach to elimination of trafficking in persons through a three-pronged strategy—prevention, prosecution, and protection. In 2003 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services began educating segments of the public about the horrors of human trafficking. Their efforts began with members of women’s religious communities who have the potential to educate and influence others on behalf of victims of trafficking.

 Contact: Joanne Gallagher, CSJ, Director of Communications, Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston,  617.746.2110

February 23, 2014

The Promise of Francis: Casserly House & Sisters of St. Joseph, featured in Globe Magazine

We are happy to share that Nancy Braceland, CSJ, and Casserly House are featured an article by Neil Swidey in this Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine.

Three people are featured: Fr. Walter Cuenin, Mark Mullaney, president of Voice of the Faithful, and Nancy. Nancy’s and Casserly House appear in the last segment of the article.

The Promise of Francis: The new pope has gotten worldwide attention with a dramatically different message.

Here’s an excerpt from the portion of article about Nancy and Casserly House:

SISTER NANCY BRACELAND leads me down her street and onto a winding path through a low-income apartment complex. A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, she runs the congregation’s Casserly House, a three-decker in Roslindale. The wood-carved sign by the front door reads “Rooted in Boston. Open to the World.” Sister Nancy lives upstairs with two other nuns who have jobs elsewhere to help pay for the house. Working with volunteers and her fellow nuns, Sister Nancy ministers to the needs of the community. In the mornings, they run ESL and citizenship classes for adult immigrants out of Casserly’s first floor; in the afternoons, homework tutoring sessions for neighborhood kids. The Sisters of St. Joseph opened Casserly House in 2000, and by now Sister Nancy has become one of the most recognizable faces in the neighborhood. 

There’s a lot more…so follow the link above and read on!

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March 14, 2013

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston: Statement on election of Pope Francis

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston:
Statement on election of Pope Francis
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston are genuinely pleased about the election of Pope Francis and we offer our prayers, support, and blessings as he assumes the leadership of our Catholic Church. We look forward to working with Pope Francis in continuing to build a Church whose active inclusive love encourages and supports the gifts and wisdom of all of its members. We pray that he will be a courageous advocate for unity and reconciliation, an advocate of the oppressed and marginalized, and an untiring voice for the protection of the dignity and rights of all persons.
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