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Volume 1.2.5 - October 5, 2016

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We Would Never Have Been Able To Do It Without You

In anticipation of our Boston CSJ Founders’ Day, students at Regis College hosted a dinner on September 27 to celebrate the Sisters of St. Joseph who founded Regis College in 1927. The evening was hosted by the Center for Ministry and Service, Student Government Association, and Student Programming and Leadership.

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As sisters arrived, they were warmly greeted by students. Many sisters boarded golf carts for a special tour of the campus which included a visit to the relocated site of the Center for Ministry and Service in St. Joseph Hall, the former convent. The tour also highlighted the refurbished Maria Hall, the grotto, and the chapel in St. Joseph Hall.

As dinner began, President Toni Hays greeted all present. Students were present who had participated in service activities which aim to support community programs that work to alleviate the conditions of poverty locally and around our world.

One group reflected on their time on a Sioux Reservation in South Dakota saying, “We learned so much. We didn't know what to expect. We never imagined such difficult things were happening... It was compelling and life changing. During our reflection time each night there were tears – happy tears.” Another group shared a video of their 2016 Peru Solidarity Trip. One student commented, “We would never be able to do this without the Sisters of St. Joseph creating Regis.”

At each table, students and sisters shared dinner and informal conversation. In listening to these students, is was clear that Regis College provides a wealth of opportunities for students to grow spiritually as they develop an orientation toward service to the dear neighbor without distinction.

Associate Commitment in New Mexico

by Mary Ellen O’Connell, CSJ

It is always a pleasure to join with our associates in New Mexico - Albuquerque, Santa Rosa, and Clovis. We gathered at St. Rose Church in Santa Rosa to celebrate the first commitment of Adelaide Huff and Augustine Martinez from Clovis and to renew the commitments of our other associates.

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Maureen Doherty, CSJ, and Mary Ellen O’Connell, CSJ, together with Marcella Campos, CSJ, Rose Agnes Urban, CSJ, and Ann Kaufmann, CSJ, rejoiced with the women and men who keep our charism of unity and reconciliation alive and active in the “Land of Enchantment.” Whether to the homebound, those in nursing homes, parishioners, St. Vincent DePaul members, coworkers, or family members, CSJ Associates bring the active inclusive love of God into many lives.

After a festive meal of taco salad and delicious homemade desserts, prepared by the associates in Santa Rosa, Maureen presented flowers to Marcella in gratitude for over 50 years of service in a variety of ministries to our dear neighbors in New Mexico. We are especially grateful for the key role Marcella has taken in initiating and coordinating our associates in Albuquerque over the past twelve years. Following a special “thank you” luncheon in October with the associates, Marcella will move to St. Joseph Hall to continue her journey of faithful commitment to God and our dear neighbors.

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