Living the Dream:Celebrating the Sisters of St. Joseph 140 years of Service in Boston and Beyond
Brighton, MA: In celebration of the Sisters of St. Joseph 140 years of service and presence in Boston, over 350 friends, former students, and supporters attended the first annual Living the Dream dinner held on March 27, 2014, at the Seaport Hotel. For 140 years, the Sisters of St. Joseph have educated countless students. In the year 2014, they continue with enthusiasm and dedication to respond to the needs of the “dear neighbor” within the Archdiocese of Boston and beyond.
During this event, Margaret and Paul Chisholm were the honored recipients of the Dear Neighbor Award.
Service to all God's people is part and parcel of Margie's and Paul's lives. Their service to others extends beyond their local parish of St. Raphael, West Medford. Outreach to the people of God is an integral part of their lives as they share in the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph through continued service of the dear neighbor without distinction. The award was presented by Sister Rosemary Brennan, President of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and Sister Adela Rodriguez, the artist who created the award. Earlier in the evening Mike Sheehan, CEO of the Boston Globe and MC for the evening, introduced Sister Adela along with Sisters Rita McCormack, Catherine Ginty, and Pat Andrews who were featured in a newly created video titled Sisters of St. Joseph: In Our Own Words. [Click on the title to view the video]
Pauline Fillman, the guest speaker for the evening, touched the hearts of all as she reflected on the various ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph that have reached out to her and her family saying, “Words cannot express how grateful I am to you Sisters of St. Joseph for your belief, faith, and tenacity, even during times of adversity, in carrying out your mission – caring for the dear neighbor. You have offered a helping hand to others and myself through housing and education.”
Pauline’s story is repeated over and over in thousands of lives touched by the work of the Sisters of St. Joseph. 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 volunteer as literacy and citizenship tutors, advocates for survivors of human trafficking, and companions to 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.
This event was co-chaired by John E. Drew and Francis Dillon who coordinated an enthusiastic committee of volunteers. Due to their hard work and the generosity of many friends and supporters, this event raised $625,000 to support the retired sisters and enable the ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph to grow as they continue to respond to the needs of the “dear neighbor.” Learn more about the Sisters of St. Joseph and their ministries at www.csjboston.org.
Pictured above: Sisters Lois Connors, Mary Black, and Florence Kahler reminisce at one of many posters depicting the sisters in the 1950s; Sister Adela Rodriguez presents "The Dear Neighbor" award to Margie and Paul Chisholm; Sister Rosemary Brennan [at right] next to Pauline Fillmann and her family.
###The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston is a Congregation of religious vowed women and lay associates who minister in the Greater Boston area and beyond. They trace their roots from LePuy, France (1651), Lyon, France (1807), St. Louis, MO (1836) and arrived in Boston, MA in 1873. They identify with the cries of a world, stunned by violence and seek to reopen communications in divided communities, to search for shared values, and to empower individuals to explore common ground for the healing of humankind. As they celebrate 140 years among the people of Boston, they are committed to daring to continue to dream not just for themselves but for all neighbors in God’s sacred universe. For more information visit www.csjboston.org