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Volume 37.3.5, October 21, 2015

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Called to Be “Something More”

- Regis College Celebrates Boston CSJ Founders’ Day

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. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Jamaica Plain.

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Nods of recognition came from students as Betty Cawley, CS­J, spoke about angels in the Scriptures and in various world mythologies, pointing to the Angel Guardian statue that has graced the campus since 1929. In speaking of the Core Values of CSJ Sponsored Ministries, Mary L. Murphy,  CSJ,  turned to the audience  and said, “You are the legacy now.”  All were  inspired by Carmela Abbruzzese, CSJ, who shared a vision of the social justice legacy and practice of the CSJs. When  the audience rose to join the Glee Club in a beautiful rendition of Sancte Joseph, everyone knew indeed that they had been called to be “something more.”

They Dared to Dream: Excerpts from Boston CSJ Founders’ Day Welcome, Oct. 2, 2015,

by Linda Boothroyd, CSJA

As we say so often, we are standing on the shoulders of the ones who came before us. What made these women different? What gave them the courage to face the unknown – to be willing to change from the lifestyle they were living and risk coming here? Their deep love and trust in the God who loved them into being is what led them to this new beginning. I am sure there were difficult days – probably many of them. Again and again, they turned inward to the deepest place where God dwells.

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They dared to dream about what could be. Do we have the courage of these women of wisdom to continue the dream? Are we listening with our hearts to the needs of those among whom we live and minister? Let us be grateful for those who began this journey in Boston.

October...A Busy Month for CSJ Boston Associates

October has been a busy month for CSJ Associates. On October 3, four Boston Associates, three Associate Candidates, and Mary Ellen O’Connell, CSJ, traveled to New Mexico where they were hosted by our associates in Albuquerque, Santa Rosa, and Clovis. During their visit, Lilli and Charles Mitchell, our two newest associates, made their commitment.

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October 16-18, was the annual CSJ Associate weekend in Nahant. On Saturday Kathy McCluskey, CSJ, led the group in a presentation titled, New Horizons of Love— moving through a new consciousness into a new way of life. Kathy was able to present complex concepts of conscious evolution and spiral dynamics in a manner that was clear, reflective, engaging, and connected to our CSJ charism.

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