Category Archives: volunteers in mission

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.

July 12, 2013

Sisters of St. Joseph Soundings Update and more…

Check out our website to access our last issue of Soundings Update until the end of the summer.
http://www.csjboston.org/su-July-3-2013.pdf
This issue features “Sisters Day at Fenway Park” and our “Volunteer in Mission Program.”

Also available is the latest edition of our Soundings magazine summer issue in pdf format.
http://www.csjboston.org/snd-summer-2013.pdf
This issue concludes our year-long series about the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II and our experience of its impact over these years.

Next year’s Soundings is already in process. We are celebrating 140 years of service and presence as Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and will focus on that. In addition, each issue will consider our response to the Church’s call to support comprehensive immigration reform.

A Sister of St. Joseph’s Blog
Connecting Neighbor with Neighbor and Neighbor with God
www.csjboston.org

March 8, 2012

Volunteers in Mission & Soundings Update

Our March 7 issue of Soundings Update is now available at this link:
http://www.csjboston.org/su-March-7-2012.pdf

In this issue read about the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Volunteers in Mission program.
Also, know that all are invited to our Triduum Liturgies on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Holy Week.

A Sister of St. Joseph’s Blog
Connecting Neighbor with Neighbor and Neighbor with God
www.csjboston.org

September 9, 2011

Soundings Update Summer 2011, Bethany Health Care’s 50th, and moving!

Well it’s been a busy three weeks. I live in community with two other sisters and we moved two weeks ago. We’re in a slightly smaller but very comfortable house and the process of pruning and sorting was really good. I learned that in order to get an estimate of the length of time and cost of the move we needed to inventory literally every stick of furniture in our home — tedious and time consuming!

Moving day was quite a spectacle. Our friends…mostly sisters and associates…were everywhere doing the last minute packing of the former house, helping place furniture in the new house, arranging for meals, unpacking boxes, setting up the phone and computer, and endless other little but necessary jobs. The neighbors we’ve met so far seem really nice. I wish I had taken pictures but everyone was so busy there just wasn’t time. I should also commend the moving company, Gentle Giant. The four young men who moved us were amazing. I don’t think they ever took a break other than to stop for lunch. They were patient, courteous, careful, and considerate.

In the midst of it all I was actually able to publish the summer issue of Soundings Update. It’s available at this link: http://www.csjboston.org/su-Summer-2011.pdf
This issue talks a about our Volunteers in Mission Program that happened in late June and the CSSJ Federation Event in which over 80 of sisters participated. There were several posts about that in the summer and there’s a link to the Event website in the upper right section of this blog.

On September 22, Bethany Health Care Center, a CSJ Sponsored Ministry where many of our infirm sisters live, is celebrating 50 years of the “New” Bethany. There will be a big celebration at the Newton, Marriot. It’s not too late to purchase tickets to this event or for the car raffle that is also happening as part of the 50th celebration. Just visit Bethany’s website at: http://www.bethanyhealthcare.org/

As Director of Communication for our congregation, I am no longer on a traditional academic schedule. But even though summer doesn’t officially end until September 21,  there seems to be something embedded in our culture that signals the end of summer when when the school buses start rolling around the corner and the crisp new pencils are poised for action.

And so here we are — back to business as usual — whatever that is!!! More and more life rarely seems to be “usual.” Every day holds something new.

A Sister of St. Joseph’s Blog
Connecting Neighbor with Neighbor and Neighbor with God
www.csjboston.org

May 24, 2011

Sisters of Saint Joseph: Collaboration Locally and Globally

This week’s issue of The Pilot has a special section on Vocations. If you have access to a hard copy of this edition, there is an article about the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston on pages 5-6. the title is Sisters of Saint Joseph: Collaboration Locally and Globally.

Unfortunately The Pilot does not post their special sections on their website. So our webweaver has posted the article on our website at http://www.csjboston.org/pr-vim2011.htm

The article tells a little about Taize prayer that is offered each month at our Motherhouse and about our Volunteer in Mission program which will happen at the end of June.

A Sister of St. Joseph’s Blog
Connecting Neighbor with Neighbor and Neighbor with God
www.csjboston.org

June 29, 2010

Soundings Update…

The latest issue of Soundings Update is now available on our Boston CSJ website .  In this issue:

• Remembering and Celebrating — Maria Convent Celebration
• The Women’s Table at Brighton Allston Family Fair –In Partnership with the Dear Neighbor
• Volunteers in Mission — Community, Sharing Prayer, and Service among the Dear Neighbor
• Bethany Prayer Shawl Ministry: Celebrating 500 Symbols of God’s Loving Presence
Casserly House Celebrate’s Tenth Anniversary

If you have trouble downloading the document, you may need to update your Adobe Reader. It’s free. Just go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/?promoid=BUIGO and follow the prompts.

 Soundings Update is not published in July and August. Enjoy the summer!

A Sister of St. Joseph’s Blog
Connecting Neighbor with Neighbor and Neighbor with God
www.csjboston.org

April 21, 2010

Sisters of St. Joseph – Soundings and Soundings Update

The latest issue of Soundings Update is available on our Boston CSJ website. The feature article is about our Associates Annual Retreat at our Retreat Center in Cohasset. The facilitator of the retreat was Sister Lorry Villemarie, SSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph of Springfield, MA, who wrote a book titled, The Labyrinth Experience: An Educator’s Resource 

This issue of Soundings Update also has information about our Volunteers in Mission opportunity that is happening this summer. All the details about Volunteers in Mission are also available at our website.

The program is from June 12-19, 2010 and is a wonderful opportunity for for women, college age and older, who desire an experience of ministry, community living, and prayer.

In addition, the Spring 2010 issue of Soundings is also available online. The focus of this issue is our CSJ Core Value, peaceful resolution of conflict. The graphic at the left accompanies one of the articles.
A Sister of St. Joseph’s Blog
Connecting Neighbor with Neighbor and Neighbor with God
www.csjboston.org

March 13, 2010

Volunteers in Mission: Experience a Different World View

- ARE YOU searching for an opportunity to share your life and be of service to others?
- ARE YOU interested in an experience of community living?
- DO YOU desire to share in communal prayer?
IF THE ANSWER IS YES…The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston invite you to experience A different view of the world.
…is a program for women, college age and older, who desire an experience of ministry, community living, and prayer for one week this summer.

You will work at a local Catholic agency that welcomes poor and homeless guests. You will be part of a community that assists in providing services and support to those in need.

You will live in community with other volunteers and with Sisters of St. Joseph, pray together and build relationships with those whom you serve.

There will also be opportunities for social and cultural experiences in and around the Boston area.

If this invitation interests you, download a brochure at http://www.csjboston.org/vim-brochure-2010.pdf or contact us BEFORE APRIL 5, 2010

About the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston:
We are a community of women religious whose mission is to realize the prayer of Christ that all may be one.
We are ordinary women from all walks of life. Our special focus, our mission, is to work within our Church and society for unity and reconciliation.

Will you join us for a week
to live and pray
in the spirit
of this Gospel call?
A Sister of St. Joseph’s Blog
Connecting Neighbor with Neighbor and Neighbor with God
www.csjboston.org