Boston People’s Climate Mobilization
By Betty Cawley, CSJ
Many participants began the April 29 Boston People’s Climate Mobilization event with a lively prayer service at the Arlington St. Church, followed by a procession to the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common for a rally. Workshops followed on a variety of topics related to climate change. The unifying theme was the interconnectedness of issues related to climate change with numerous other social issues. While participation numbers were well below the January Women’s March, the enthusiasm and commitment of participants was definitely comparable.
THE WOMEN’S TABLE — MOTHER’S RETREAT | The Beauty of the Broken Shell
By Mary Rita Weschler, CSJA
Mothers, grandmothers, and caregivers gathered for the third annual Women’s Table retreat for mothers of children with special needs on Saturday, April 29, in Nahant, MA. The theme, “The Beauty of the Broken Shell,” resonated with each person present as we shared stories, hopes and concerns, and strengthened meaningful connections.
Judy O’Brien, IHM, facilitated the day, lovingly integrating women’s comments and feelings into the theme of reverence for the “cracks” in our lives. One mother wrote at the end of the day, “Thank you for making us feel whole and loved!” Each mother left with a copy of the book, Beauty of the Broken Shell, shells broken and whole, a candle, and a gift bag filled with items for self-care. An excerpt from a poem written by Peter Mayer expresses a profound image from the day:
I’m like one of those Japanese bowls
That were made long ago
I have some cracks in me
they have been filled with gold.
Sisters of St. Joseph Accept the Pinnacle Legacy Award
On April 27, 2017, Pope John XXIII High School honored the Sisters of St. Joseph with the Pinnacle Legacy Award for their commitment to the past, present, and future of the school. Through the Pinnacle Award, Pope John XXIII High School salutes extraordinary leaders who are pioneers, champions, and visionaries.
This award pays tribute to individuals who have turned challenges into possibilities and imagination into accomplishments. They strengthen our communities, support our educational institutions, and open doors for future generations. They march unwaveringly through the storms, knowing that they can make a difference. And they do. They stand against tremendous odds for all of us, protecting the hopes and ambitions of all who will be tomorrow’s leaders.
Sisters Peggy Reavy, Lorraine DiMare, and Nancy Brennan accepted the award in the name of the congregation. On May 9, 2017, Lorraine and Peggy visited with Sisters Maureen Doherty and Rosemary Brennan to deliver the award.
BOSTON CSJ ASSOCIATE INITIAL AND RENEWAL OF COMMITMENT | Partners in Sharing the Charism of Unifying Love
The following is the welcome by Maureen Doherty, CSJ, at our May 1, 2017, liturgy.
It is indeed good for us to be here. Tonight we celebrate the initial commitment of Juanita Campos, Kathryn Davis, Arleen Frechette, Mariette Murphy, Donna Sordello, and Kathy Teahan as Associates of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. We welcome them as our partners in sharing the charism of unifying love, as we work together to bring about God’s dream for our world.
The bonds that unite us as the family of Joseph are special blessings. In a recent presentation, Carol Zinn, CSJ, reminded us that associates are not junior varsity sisters! They are called to live out their own vocation and mission in whatever their present life circumstances may be. This fact was made very clear to me as I read the letters from our candidates requesting to join us as CSJ Associates.
We also welcome those associates who will renew their commitment tonight. We are humbled and most grateful that all of these women have chosen to share their gifts with us. And we welcome your family members and friends who have gathered with us this evening, and witness your commitment to share more deeply in the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.
So, thank you most sincerely for enriching us with your love and dedication. Together, may we continue to proclaim that we are gospel people sent forth to unite neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God, desiring always to share God’s inclusive love with all people, working to bring about a just society. Together, may we move into the future, trusting in God’s companioning presence, living out our lives with one desire only: to be always what God wants us to be.