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Volume 1.2.6 - October 19, 2016

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A Daring Adventure...A Continuous Journey

These reflections are excerpted from reflections by Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, on the occasion of our October 2, 2016 Golden Jubilee/Boston Founders’ Day celebration.

As the quotation from Ilia Deleo, OSF, on the cover of the Jubilee program reads, “Life in God should be a daring adventure of love – a continuous journey of putting aside our securities to enter more profoundly into the uncharted depths of God.”

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In 1873, four sisters put aside their securities and ventured from Brooklyn, New York, to St. Thomas’ Jamaica Plain in response to an invitation to begin our first mission. On September 15, 1966, another group of women put aside their securities and traveled to Framingham with a similar desire to respond to God’s call to serve. And yet another woman on February 29, 1989, also put aside her security and chose to enter the journey.

If there is one thing I have learned over the past fifty years of being a Sisters of St. Joseph, it is that sustaining a vocation to religious life is not a solo act. Community and the wholehearted dedication of generous and prayerful women intentionally committed to live this life is what allows one to grow and thrive. Knowing we are in this together makes all the difference in the world.

Needless to say, much has transpired since these early days. We have lived and ministered in numerous settings and developed many meaningful relationships which have enhanced our lives and allowed us to come and know God in new and profound ways. And for this we are forever grateful. May our daring adventure of love continue, and may we also continue putting aside our securities in order to enter more profoundly into the uncharted depths of God.”


On Saturday, October 1, 2016, many sisters, associates, and others who have offered spiritual programs at St. Joseph Retreat Center gathered to celebrate with gratitude the many graces and blessings we have experienced during our vacation and retreat times since its purchase in 1947.

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The weather cooperated by echoing the emotions that welled up in our hearts. While the celebration was bittersweet, Joan McCarthy, CSJ, offered powerful reflections about the history and spirit of the house before and during its time as a retreat center. These will be available for us at a later date.

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