Living the Dream: Sisters of St. Joseph Connecting Neighbor with Neighbor and Neighbor with God
Brighton, MA: Approximately 400 friends, former students, and supporters attended the second annual Living the Dream dinner held on April 30, 2015, at the Seaport Hotel. For 141 years the Sisters of St. Joseph have educated countless students. In the year 2015, they continue with enthusiasm and dedication to “connect neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God” within the Archdiocese of Boston and beyond.
During this event, The Hynes Family of Boston was the honored with the Dear Neighbor Award. This award was
The Hynes family of Boston receives Dear Neighbor Award
given in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made to the growth and prosperity of Boston and, especially, for their contributions to the poor and disenfranchised through their compassionate philanthropy. Bostonians fondly remember Mayor John B. Hynes and popular TV anchor, Jack Hynes. Co-chairs of the evening, Barry, John, and Tom Hynes, were present to receive the award, speak on behalf of the family, and congratulate the Sisters of St. Joseph for their decades of service and presence among the people of Boston.
During the evening Mike Sheehan, CEO of the Boston Globe and MC for the event, introduced Sisters Cathy Clifford, Mary O’Rourke, and Pat Andrews who were featured in a brief video about the way in which the Sisters of St. Joseph “connect neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God.”
The guest speaker was Kristen Donoghue McCosh, an active and vocal member of the disability community for over 30 years beginning in 1983 when, as a freshman at Mount St. Joseph Academy, she sustained a spinal cord injury in a diving accident. Kristen explained that, “Nearly a decade before the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, the Sisters of St. Joseph made my return to school possible.” She continued, “They did not need a federal law to tell them what to do, because they followed a divine law.”
Kristen is pictured here with Sister Ellen Pumphret, CSJ, the principal of MSJA who made Kristen’s access to school possible.
Today, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, provide support for countless individuals in need throughout the Boston area and well beyond. Many sisters, associates, and lay partners minister in schools and parishes, volunteer as literacy and citizenship tutors, advocate for survivors of human trafficking, and companion the aged and infirm. Others provide counseling and spiritual companionship for those who desire to deepen their relationship with God. A few of these ministries include St. Joseph Retreat Center, The Literacy Connection, Casserly House, and The Women’s Table.
Thanks to Co-Chairs, John, Barry, and Tom Hynes and their enthusiastic and dedicated committee, this event raised over $630,000. This is testimony to the support needed for these ministries to grow as the Sisters of St. Joseph continue to connect neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God. To view the dinner video and learn more about the Sisters of St. Joseph and their ministries visit www.csjboston.org.