Being and Acting as One...in Ever-Widening Circles
by Maureen Doherty
On the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, associates, sisters, friends, colleagues, and family gathered to celebrate the initial commitment of Catherine Sabatini, Carolyn Mahoney, Christine Lachkey, Colleen King, and Rita Cormier as associates of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, and celebrated our many associates who renewed their commitment.
In reading our candidates’ letters requesting to enter into an associate relationship with our sisters, I was truly humbled by their desire to live our charism of unifying love. Such expressions as:
“I would be honored to participate as a partner in the mission the Sisters of St. Joseph have to their neighbors.”
“This commitment gives me the opportunity to practice Maxim 73…. “Live out your life with one desire only; to be always what God wants you to be.”
“I hope to strengthen my realization that I am who I am and I do what I do, because I love God’.”
“Being an Associate is the best birthday gift I can give myself.”
“I want to be part of a community of people who love the Lord, who strive to grow in that love and extend that love to others.”
All these sentiments helped me realize once again that the bonds that unite us as the Family of Joseph are indeed special blessings for all of us. They call us to strive with greater integrity to be and act as one in ever-widening circles of love poured out toward every kind of neighbor without distinction.
CSJs Honor Eileen Connors & Family with Dear Neighbor Award
April 27, 2016, was a special evening as we honored Eileen Connors and her family with the Dear Neighbor Award at our third annual Living the Dream Dinner. Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, presented the award saying, “We present this award in recognition that Eileen, throughout her life, has truly lived the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph by her continued outreach and care for the dear neighbor and for the manner in which she does ordinary things in extraordinary ways. Eileen has done this through her social work and counseling in the more needy areas of Boston, by being a foster care and adoption advisor, by generously serving on numerous non‐profit boards and by raising four wonderful children with her husband Jack.”
Guest speaker, Mark Waters of ReMARKable Cleanouts®, was enthusiastic and entertaining. Mark spoke from the heart as he told his story of his connection to many Sisters of St. Joseph saying, “This is a story of a young man who was lost but found himself because the Sisters of St. Joseph never gave up on him. The Sisters of St. Joseph have been giving so much to so many for all these years. Let none of us ever forget them. Thank you, Sisters, for never giving up on me. I am living the dream and also touching people’s lives as the sisters touched mine.”
Another special moment was the premier of Serving the Dear Neighbor, a short video featuring the experience and current ministries of five “retired” Sisters of St. Joseph. This video demonstrates just a few of the ways in which sisters continue to be of service where there is a need or where they can build relationships and forward the mission of Jesus in today’s world.
The next day, many words of appreciation were expressed by those who attended. A message from Zita Fleming, CSJ, summed up the spirit of these comments, “After an event like this, I always feel it is so much MORE than raising money. It is an opportunity to minister to our guests by embracing them and enriching them with the gift of our Charism and Mission.”