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Soundings Update

Soundings Archive

Volume 37.3.7, November 18, 2015

The Women’s Table hosted a day-long program entitled “Peace Begins with Me” for mothers and caregivers on Saturday, November 7 , 2015 in the Penthouse. The CSJ Unity & Non-violence Grant helped support this effort, which provided participants an opportunity for self-care, relaxation and guided stress-reduction exercises throughout the day.

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Volume 37.3.6, November 4, 2015

On October 20, 2015, the Mission Advancement Office hosted the annual Fall Luncheon with the Allston and Brighton Boards of Trade. Peggy Sullivan, CSJ, greeted those who gathered saying, “I welcome you today to this annual neighborhood gathering of business and political professionals.

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Volume 37.3.5, October 21, 2015

Five Sisters of St. Joseph from the Regis Faculty were part of the College’s Celebration of our Boston CSJ Founders’ Day. Mary Rita Grady, CSJ, archivist at Regis, spoke of the first four sisters who arrived on October 2, 1873, and four days later opened a school for girls in St.

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Volume 37.3.4, October 7, 2015

When Marian Patricia, CSJ, heard about the encyclical, Laudato Si’, she was curious – curious about what Pope Francis’ was going to say. “There’s a lot in it,” she says. “It makes you conscious of the world and what we’re doing to it.” For Marian, the challenge then became, “What...

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Volume 37.3.3, September 23, 2015

It’s no secret that religious congregations around the world are engaged in future planning. Earlier this month Peggy Sullivan, CSJ, traveled to Dublin, Ireland, to work with the Provincial Team of the Anglo-Irish Province of the Religious of Christian Education [RCE] as they envision their future.

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Volume 37.3.2, September 09, 2015

The Communications Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston has published Soundings for 37 years and the Mission Advancement office has published Connecting for approximately 22 years.

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Volume 37.3.1, June 24, 2015

As students, tutors, sisters, associates, families, and friends gathered for The Literacy Connection’s annual Celebration of Gratitude and Accomplishment, Pat Andrews, CSJ, addressed the adult students with the comment, “You are the example. You are the catalyst.

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Volume 37.3.1, June 24, 2015

As students, tutors, sisters, associates, families, and friends gathered for The Literacy Connection’s annual Celebration of Gratitude and Accomplishment, Pat Andrews, CSJ, addressed the adult students with the comment, “You are the example. You are the catalyst.

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Volume 37.2.6, June 10, 2015

“Will you come and follow me if I just call your name?”1 On Saturday, May 30, more than fifty women gathered at St. Joseph Retreat Center, Cohasset, in response to the associate retreat theme, Awakening to the Call of Creation. 

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Volume 37.2.4, May 13, 2015

Approximately 400 friends, former students, and supporters attended the second annual Living the Dream Dinner held on April 30, 2015, at the Seaport Hotel.  

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Volume 37.2.1 April 1, 2015

CSSJ Charism: the Call to the More - The 11th CSJ Heritage Convocation of the Sponsored Ministries and Congregation Ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph was held on March 10, 2015, at Regis College Fine Arts Center. 

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37.1.8 March 18, 2015

The earliest gatherings of associates were held in the Penthouse during March and April of 1986. This past Saturday, March 7, found associates together again in the Penthouse marking a new chapter on our journey.

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Volume 37.1.7 March 4, 2015

On February 25 and 26, 2015, eight Sisters of St. Joseph from across the US Federation formed a small community of learning to delve more deeply into the Vow of Obedience.  Led by Kathy McCluskey, CSJ, their time together opened up the meaning of obedience in general and what it...

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Volume 37.1.5 - 02/04/15

The Combined Choirs of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Mount St. Joseph Alumnae made a very special appearance at Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham 

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Volume 37.1.4 - 01/21/15

Mayor Marty Walsh gave his first State of the City Address on January 13, 2015, at Symphony Hall. Pat Andrews, CSJ, director of The Literacy Connection, was invited to offer the Invocation. Current and former students from our Literacy Connection Citizenship class were invited to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. 

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Volume 37.1.3 12/24/14

The Book, Power of Sisterhood: Women Religious Tell the Story of the Apostolic Visitation, serves as an historical record of the event and describes the experience 

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Volume 37.1.1 November 26, 2014

All gathered to listen to the program presenters who had recently returned from the CSSJ Heritage Pilgrimage. What transpired was more than retelling shared events, but rather a reflection and personal sharing of inner transformative moments experienced while on the journey. 

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Volume 36.3.4 October 1, 2014

Fontbonne Convent’s dining room was the site of an enjoyable evening for 44 sisters. The occasion was a celebration of the melding of the Springfield SSJs with the Boston CSJs.

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Soundings Update, Summer 2014

During the 2014 Volunteers in Mission week, sisters and associates lived incommunity with the sisters at Fontbonne Convent, visited Castle Island, andvolunteered at Casserly House, St. Francis House, and the Women’s Lunch Place.

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Volume 36.2.4 April 16, 2014

Marcia Allen's focus: “CSSJ Maxims ~ Love's Design for the Now “ began with references to the six virtues described in the Reglements of Jean Pierre Médaille, SJ, as “The Goal of the Association”.

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Volume 36.2.2 March 19, 2014

This prayer on the first Sunday of Lent was an appropriate time to be in touch with our God-hunger and to reflect on the many kinds of hunger experienced by our immigrant families. Participants viewed the brief but powerful video, “Chicken Ala Carte” by Ferdinand Dimadura which speaks about world...

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Volume 36.2.1 March 5, 2014

It started with a simple request: The Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph wanted a hotel for its 2011 conference that agreed to sign the tourism code of conduct developed by ECPAT-USA. 

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Volume 36.1.3 December 11, 1213

33 years later, we gathered to remember and celebrate the lives and legacy of the Churchwomen who died in El Salvador in 1980 and to support the ongoing work of SHARE El Salvador. 

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Volume 35.4.6 - October 30, 2013

In her opening remarks, Rosemary explained that, “At the beginning of this month we, the Sisters of St. Joseph, opened a year of celebration in honor of our 140 years of presence and service to the people of Boston.

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Soundings Update 10/16/13

You have carefully tended the seeds that were planted 140 years ago in Boston. Thank you for your commitment to the mission, charism and spirituality of our common heritage.

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Volume 35.4.4 - October 2, 2013

Our commitment to just and comprehensive immigration reform grows out of our recent Chapter Direction statement to “…respond in new ways to people who are poor and marginalized, especially immigrants…”

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Volume 35.4.2 September 3, 2013

Exactly 50 years after the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, over 150 sisters, associates, co-workers, neighbors, local business professionals, and elected officials, gathered in Motherhouse chapel in solidarity with the 250,000 people who, 50 years ago marched as diverse individuals united by a passion and commitment to...

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Volume 35.3.5 - June 19, 2013

One of the greatest strengths of America is its diversity. As “a nation of immigrants”, people come to this country from all over the world bringing new perspectives, skills, social relationships and solutions to life issues.

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Volume 35.3.4 - June 5, 2013

On June 17, 2013, Helen Sullivan, CSJ, will begin her tenure as Director of the Boston CSJ Office of Justice and Peace. Helen is so aware that she stands on the shoulders of Sisters Pat Lambert and Carole Lombard, two amazing women who built the office and its ministry into what it is today.

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Volume 35.3.3 - May 22, 2013

The Women’s Table is pleased to welcome Tayika Joseph as a summer intern. Tayika is a junior at Regis College, majoring in social work. Pictured above: Mary Rita Weschler, CSJA, Tayika, and Wendy Luk (a volunteer from the Multicultural Circle) filled gift bags to be distributed to mothers at the Bridge-Elliot House.

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Volume 35.3.2 - May 8, 2013

This Spring Marina Ortiz and Patricia Garcia of the Pro-Historical Memory Commission, and Bethany Loberg of SHARE El Salvador have traveled across the U.S. to raise awareness of human rights abuses and share the Pro-Historical Memory Commission’s work for truth, justice, and reparations in El Salvador.

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Volume 35.3.2 - April 24, 2013

Prayer vigils, healing services, email, Facebook posts and Twitter tweets abounded throughout the past week. This tragedy touched Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates in many personal ways. Family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, students – the list of connections is endless.

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Volume 35.3.1 - April 10, 2013

Courageous, concrete, creative questions shaped the conversation of Sisters of St. Joseph Vocation and Formation ministers who gathered in Albany, NY, from March 21-24, 2013. Participants were from CSSJ congregations in the United States and Canada.

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Volume 35.2.5 - March 27, 2013

Our 2012 Volunteers in Mission program was a wonderful experience for the sisters and associates who participated. This time was an opportunity to be a CSJ presence both in ministry and in the local community where we lived and prayed together.

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Volume 35.2.4 - March 13, 2013

The focus of our March 2013 Congregation Gathering was our chapter direction statement in which we called one another “to respond in new ways to the needs of people who are poor and marginalized, especially immigrants.” Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, introduced the day and welcomed all – both those present in...

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Volume 35.2.3 - February 27, 2013

Barbara McHugh, CSJ and four juniors from Arlington Catholic High School recently participated in the Pilgrimage for Life in Washington, D.C. Barbara and the students were part of a delegation of more than 400 students and young adults from the Archdiocese of Boston who ventured to pray in Washington, DC,...

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Volume 35.2.2 - February 6, 2013

Quite a few sisters as well as associates from various congregations in the Boston area were on hand when this year’s Isaac Hecker Award honored Sr. Florence Deacon and all women religious of the LCWR congregations. The award is named after Isaac Hecker, the founder of the Paulist Fathers.

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Volume 35.2.1 - January 23, 2013

I feel rejuvenated every time I come to the Women’s Circle. The readings and the reflections from the group are heartwarming. It is such a precious moment for us to reconnect to our own self!” This comment from a member of The Women’s Table Multicultural Women’s Circle, characterizes the spirit...

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Volume 35.1.6 - January 9, 2013

On the 32nd anniversary of the martyrdom of Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel, and Jean Donovan, SHARE and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) led a delegation to El Salvador. The theme was “Honoring Religious Women” who have dedicated their lives to peace and justice in El Salvador...

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