Brighton, MA: On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, Sister Rosemary Brennan, President of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, welcomed business leaders of the Brighton and Allston Communities to the sixth annual Fall Luncheon which benefits two Brighton-Allston ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph. This luncheon was hosted in conjunction with Allston Board of Trade, Brighton Board of Trade, Allston Village Main Streets, and Brighton Main Streets. The event was attended by over seventy business professionals, sisters, associates, co-workers, Brighton/Allston neighbors, as well as city and state officials.
In her opening remarks, Sister Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, explained that, “At the beginning of this month we, the Sisters of St. Joseph, opened a year of celebration in honor our 140 years of presence and service to the people of Boston. Serving the people of Boston has been and continues to be a grand adventure. However we are very aware we are not in it by ourselves. It is this relationship we celebrate today and thank each of you for partnering with us as we continue this adventure together.”
Dorcas Vegara, the first speaker, is a graduate of The Literacy Connection, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Sister Pat Andrews, Director of The Literacy Connection, introduced Dorcas and explained how much the Allston-Brighton Community has benefited by the contributions of hundreds like Dorcas whose participation in The Literacy Connection and The Women’s Table, both programs of the Sisters of St. Joseph, enables women and men to be contributing members of their neighborhoods. Dorcas went on to tell the group that, “The Literacy Connection means support for me and many in the neighborhood. It is here I learned of my rights and responsibilities as a citizen, have gained confidence, and have come to feel I belong to the community.”
State Representative Kevin Honan, Master of Ceremonies, introduced guest speaker, James T. Brett, President of the New England Council. Brett spoke not only of his long history and deep connections with the Sisters of St. Joseph but also of the work of the New England Council. He spoke of how the New England Council is the Chamber of Commerce of New England. It is about assessing the needs of New England, building relationships, and making connections to get the job done. After he spoke, Sister Rosemary noted the similarity with the work of the Sisters of St. Joseph who see relationship at the heart of their mission.
At the conclusion of the luncheon the “CSJ Community Service Award” was given to Mayor Thomas Menino, “in absentia,” for his tireless and dedicated service to the people of Boston and in particular to those who live in Boston’s neighborhoods. Sister Rosemary said, “As Sisters of St. Joseph our mission is to be of service to ‘the dear neighbor without distinction’ and Mayor Menino, throughout his tenure, has admirably witnessed to this mission.”