God has never been less than I imagined, and always more than I bargained for. Every day I am invited, “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart,” and I might add close not your mind to what science reveals and faith teaches. All is connected; all is already one. My role is to wake up, to become conscious, to ask for an awareness that will impel me to actions beyond my comfort zone. Today, I am grateful to this inviting God who longs for me to be love to the Amazon as well as Notre Dame…. Read whole post
My name is Ceara Curry, and I am a St. Joseph Worker 2018-2019 in St. Paul, volunteering at Cretin-Derham Hall High School. I am also a recent graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, NY and grew up in North Syracuse, NY.
In choosing the St. Joseph Worker Program and spending my year volunteering in Campus Ministry at Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH) High School, I am reminded every single day why I have made the right decision. Working with the staff and students at CDH, I feel so welcomed. Living and learning with my fellow St. Joseph Workers, I feel so loved. Being part of the wider CSJ Community, I feel so inspired. I am where I am meant to be.
Although I may have dealt with homesickness more than I ever thought I would and that I am deeply longing to be with my communities at home, I know that I have found yet another community that I can call home here in the Twin Cities. As I have learned throughout the years, God has a beautiful, mysterious way of making sure that I am taken care of wherever I am and that I have great potential to thrive and be my best self, always. I am eager now more than ever to move forward and take the next steps in my life. I am so happy and excited and blessed to be where I am. I find joy and delight living within this “both/and” paradox. I am where I am meant to be.
I encourage all of us as we make our way through this Advent season – this time of waiting and watching, this time of hope and new beginnings, this time of anticipation and surrender – to enter into the flow, to continue to open ourselves up to see: What are the signs that I am on the right path, the path that God has so graciously paved for me? I have found that once you open up your eyes and start noticing, once you open up your heart to gratitude for being right where you are…I am going to bet that you’re likely to see that God has been winking at you all along. I really do have faith that you and I are right where we are meant to be.
We are over-the-top with joy to welcome Sister Kristina DeNeve into the CSJ community. She officially entered the novitiate on July 3, 2019. We congratulate Kristina and pray for her as she grows in her vocation of loving God and neighbor.
Here’s a great article from Sr. Tracy Kemme, reflecting on the future for religious life. Realistic and hopeful!
Global sisterhood. Vibrant collaboration. Unity in diversity for Jesus’ mission.
These were the phrases that stayed with me as I listened to a panel of sister-peers in March. The event was Profundo Encuentro, a national discernment retreat for Hispanic young adult women, at which I was a guest. The question was, “How do you envision the future of religious life?”
Our local group of vocation directors met for a few days of input, networking, engagement and planning. Our speaker via video, Dr. Hofsman Ospino, shared rich insights into the place of culture in vocational discernment, and more broadly, its place in community, in church and in society.
Historically, people of color have not received the same opportunities and access that has been afforded to white people. This is true in the wider society and this is something that we are working to dismantle. We do this first of all by becoming aware of our privilege and by taking on new habits of mind and heart. We also do that by seeing and deconstructing societal norms and barriers to people of color. We have a lot of work to do.
In our days together, we focused inward on our church and on our religious communities. How can we be more ‘sister’ to our sister of color? One of our sisters of color shared her hopes: more than strategies or quick-fixes, she hopes that we can come into more and more authentic encounter. She hopes that we can truly dialogue with each other and share our community, our spirituality and our struggles for justice.
CSSJ – Into the Future is a collaborative of Sisters of St Joseph who were born in or after 1952, vowed members of the CSSJ congregations in the United States and Canada. We will gather from across the US this August in Kansas City.
We have been gathering in various configurations for a number of years. Back in the 1990s, many newer sisters felt the need to gather, to build relationships, to support one another and to support one another in religious life and mission. These circles of collaboration are a distinct facet of religious life today that has emerged in recent decades. These circles of collaboration provide spaces for the newer generations of sisters to build support networks, engage in joint projects and nurture emerging energies. Alongside the leadership conferences, vocation, and formation conferences, there are networks that the newer generations of religious have established.
In August, we will gather with other Sisters of St. Joseph. We also gather with sisters from other communities to celebrate and to nurture the great hope that we share amid all the challenges we face as communities, as a church community, and in the wider society.
Sister Clare Bass, who entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 2010, made her perpetual vows on March 30 at a Mass at the St. Louis province motherhouse.
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi, Sister Clare is a graduate of Mississippi State University with both a bachelor’s degree in political science a master’s in public policy and administration. She is currently working on a master’s in social work at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and hopes to be a child and family therapist.
Clare is passionate about social justice and is a member of our community’s Racial and Cultural Justice Committee.
“I am humbled by the great love and support of God, my family and the Sisters of St. Joseph, and friends along the way who have all helped me reach this momentous life occasion of professing final vows,” Clare says. “My heart is filled with gratitude for all of life as I take this next step.”
#CSJlife is our vocation outreach website. It’s intended to engage those who may be interested in learning more about the Sisters of St. Joseph and in exploring a vocation to the Sisters of St. Joseph. While this site is focused on this journey, it’s also important to take a look at our larger community. So with this post, I would like to invite you to our main community website which we recently renovated.
To learn a little more about who we are, https://www.csjsl.org/about-us/who-we-are – will give you information about who we are, our fundamental values, our vision, our hopes and dreams. Then I would suggest you head on over to News and Events
Enjoy your visit! And feel free to reach out to us to visit, to chat, and to get to know us better.