MORE Weekend 2022 – Vocation Retreat

The Sisters of St Joseph Vocation Team is inviting women interested in religious life to join us for a weekend event June 10-12, 2022 in St. Louis Missouri.

The weekend provides an opportunity for sisters and discerners to share some time in community, prayer and volunteer ministry for a short period of time….

We will do Ministry at one or two volunteer sites with some of the sisters.

We will explore the core value of the Sisters of St. Joseph: being One with God and Neighbor. Our congregation is oriented to the unifying love of God and to bringing about our oneness with God and oneness with neighbor.

There will be time for Reflection and prayer with the sisters. We’ll focus on discernment and the CSJ’s call to unifying love.

And, there will be time to Engage with the sisters in community, meals and celebration.

We call these days our MORE Weekend:

Ministry

One with God and Neighbor

Reflection and Prayer

Engagement

If you, or someone you know is discerning religious life, contact us for more details at vocation@csjlife.org. We would love to have you join us.

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Origins of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Photos of the sites of Le Puy. San Michel has been a sacred site from pre-Christian times. Eglise du College is the first sisters’ parish church, where Medaille preached. The kitchen is where the first sisters gathered for sharing of the heart: sharing of the fruits of their prayer and ministry. The last chair was my prayer space during my visit. Learn more about us at: https://csjlife.org/learn-more-about-the-csjs/

Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

Each year on February 2, the Church sets aside the day to pray and give thanks for those of us called to Consecrated Life. This year the celebration of this will take place at weekend Masses, February 5-6. We ask that you take some time between February 2-6 to give thanks for your call and to reflect upon the meaning of that call and your response in today’s world. We offer the prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life and some reflection questions to aid you in your reflection should you find this helpful.

Loving God, you abundantly grace us.
We thank you for the gift of our lives and your daily call to love and serve the Dear Neighbor in all ways of which we are able.
We give thanks for the many men and women who have responded to your Call to live their Baptismal commitment as consecrated religious.
Enflame the hearts of more people to respond with a generous YES!
We ask this through the name of Jesus through the power of
your Spirit. Amen.

Reflection questions

Share your thoughts in a comment below.

  • How has your call and response to consecrated life given meaning to your life?
  • What words would you use to share your reflection with a woman who might be interested in discerning religious life?
  • What ways are present to you to share the meaning of your life and invite another to discern how God might be calling her?

God is calling others. We continue to pray for their generous response to God’s call.  

Hope, Love, Peace, and Joy

Peace Hope Love Joy: Christmas Spirit Card

During Advent, many families around the world have an Advent Wreath in their homes.  The Advent Wreath represents the four weeks preceding Christmas.  Each week one of the candles is lit until the fourth. The four candles of the Advent Wreath are said to symbolize the four virtues of hope, love, joy, and peace.  An Advent practice could be a person taking time to reflect how they will demonstrate the specific week’s virtue so as to serve a world in need.  Here are a few examples:

Hope – visit a nursing home, participate in a project for the homeless

Love – send a note to a family member or friend that is struggling,

Joy – volunteer to assist at a shelter, donate to charities providing toys for the little ones

Peace – create a peace pause moment in your daily routines, decide to be a peaceful presence

Advent Journey

The vocation journey is an advent journey.

A journey through the darkness.

A journey of hope.

A journey with Christ, into Christ.

The vocation journey is a journey into the fullness.

Advent is the season of graced expectation, the season of waiting. Our experiences of waiting range from the mind-numbing wait in traffic to the excited expectation of a relative or friend, coming through the arrival doors at an airport.

Sometimes the wait is experienced as deadening, as a waste of time and energy, mere frustration. Sometimes the wait is experienced as anticipation, a kind of foretaste, almost a part of the actual joy of encounter. These are two very different experiences of waiting!

Advent is a period of graced expectation. The liturgy of Advent is full of promise.

‘Advent is your season!’ Advent liturgies, advent prophesies and haunting advent hymns are speaking about the necessary, graced wait, by means of which God prepares us for a wonderful gift! Live this time of waiting with expectation, with joy, and with trust.

Call to charism to community

Webinar | Sept. 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. Eastern

Fundamentals from call to charism to community living


Tune in on September 30, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT/ 6 p.m. MT/ 5 p.m. PT to gain insight on religious life today.

The hour-long format is simple, four outstanding speakers will share their insights and then welcome questions from participants. 

The webinar is free, but you must register to participate or to receive an on-demand link following the session. 

Click here to Register

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Featured Panelists

Sr. Julie Vieira, I.H.M.
Basic steps in discerning God’s call

Sr. Katia Chavez, S.J.S. 
Different forms of consecrated life (e.g., apostolic, monastic, cloistered/contemplative; missionary)

Fr. Luis Romero, C.M.
Community living as an essential part of religious life

Br. Kyle Mena, F.S.C.
Charisms and ministries of men and women in religious life