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Province News Notes News Notes SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF CARONDELET AND ASSOCIATES • ST. LOUIS PROVINCE • APRIL 2012 be nice to your mother Earth Day 4.22.12
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    be nice toyour mother

    Earth Day 4.22.12

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    Province News Notes is a publication of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province. Its purpose is to promote dialogue and unity within the St. Louis Province and to keep members informed on those subjects that promote community and ministry. We welcome your submissions. Please submit articles and photos to Sarah Baker (e-mail preferred to [email protected]). Materials are subject to editing and will be published at the discretion of the editor.



    SARAH BAKERGraphic Design


    Production, printing and mailing


    S. CHARLINE SULLIVANProofreading

    Province News NotesApril 2012

    Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletSt. Louis Province

    6400 Minnesota AvenueSt. Louis, Missouri 63111


    Insi d e thi s I s su e

    On the Cover : Ear th Day Apri l 22, 2012For the past few years the Communicators for St. Louis Catholic Sisters have collaborated on Earth Day promotions to spread the message that women religious are advocates for Earth with the Be nice to your mother. Love, your sisters, campaign. On April 22, the group is hosting a booth, bringing this message to the St. Louis Earth Day Festival on the Muny Grounds of Forest Park. For information visit www.stlouisearthday.org.

    ContentsProvince Leadership Message ....................................................................3CLG ............................................................................................................. 4-7Our Preferred Future Together .................................................................8Association .....................................................................................................9Vocation/Formation ..............................................................................10-11Liturgy ...........................................................................................................12Senior Ministry ............................................................................................13Jubilee ......................................................................................................14-15Justice ......................................................................................................16-17Sharing of the Heart ..................................................................................18Meeting Our Ancestors .............................................................................19Necrology, S. Blanche Marie Corcoran ..................................................20Necrology, S. Martha Heimer ...................................................................21Corporation and Council .........................................................................22Face of the Motherhouse..........................................................................23Calendars ......................................................................................................24

    2012 JubileePages 14-15Th is years jubilee celebrations began with a special Mass in honor of the 60th jubilarians.

    The Call to AssociationPage 18Associate Kristen Franke shares her journey of becoming an associate and what the program has brought to her life.

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    Editors Notesby Jenny Beatrice

    Easter: A Process, Not a Datefrom Province Leadershipby Sister Liz Brown

    Jenny Beatrice, Director of Communications

    Whether it was buried in my consciousness from a book I read or was the rst new insight of the day, it occurs to me that Easter/Resurrection is not a date, but a process.

    In the wisdom of the church each year we follow the nal events of Jesus life in the rhythm of Lent, Triduum and Easter. But we know the trouble that brought Jesus to his last days did not start there. Th ey were brought on by the way he lived his ordinary grace- lled life enmeshed in his unity with God.

    But those are only reminders of the Pascal seasons in our own lives when we...

    are bumped out of our comfort zones and struggle to cope.

    come up against unexpected crises beyond our control.

    are faced with seeming irreconcilable di erences and fractured relationships that break our hearts.

    Its then that we know giving up candy is not really enough. Its then that we struggle to remember and rely on the God who has been there all along and will continue to be. Its when lifes events seem out of control that we must rely on the grace of God that weve known and appreciated in ordinary times.

    So we pray and rejoice with those Eastering on schedule; those whose life-resurrections have fallen into the appropriate liturgical season. But let us pray also for those for whom Easter and resurrection seems a long way o ; those who are still in the process of the season. Easter blessings and hope to all.

    Province Leadership: Back - Sisters Liz Brown, Jean Meier, Patty Clune and Suzanne Wesley. Front - Srs. Helen Flemington, Nancy Corcoran and Pat Giljum.

    Every Lent seems to have a totally di erent avor for me. For example, some years I participate in a daily dietary sacri ce with the will power of Gandhi. Other years I can't seem to remember it's Friday until I'm throwing away the burger wrappers from lunch. But no matter my level of gastronomic participation

    over the 40 days, I remain ever conscious that the grace of Easter awaits and I'm over lled with hope once again.

    Th is year my Lenten meditations kept bringing me to the Parable of the Lost Son. I have emerged with the message that no matter how much I strive

    to be the Good Daughter, all God's Prodigal Children will be welcomed home. So I continue to lay my joys and triumphs aside my disappointments and failings on the table where Jesus is waiting to share the Bread of Life with me. And I'm over lled with hope once again.

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    C L GPreparing the Process for Chapter 2013from the Congregational Chapter Process Committee

    Somethings coming! Can you see it?

    Fourteen of us gathered in Los Angeles for our rst meeting of the Congregational Chapter Process Committee (CCPC). We are a diverse group from across the congregation. Some have never been to a chapter; others have attended several. Th e CCPC includes sisters from across the congregation, a liaison from the Core Group, chairs of committees (prayer and ritual, on-site, communications), our chapter artist and the Congregational Leadership Team (CLT).

    We started each session with 10 minutes of silent meditative/contemplative prayer in order to focus for the work ahead. We will use this process in all of our face-to-face meetings. We appreciated the aesthetic and intuitive contributions many brought to our prayer and processing. For example, sketches by S. Ansgar

    Holmberg, our chapter artist, illuminated what

    happened during each session. We

    also found a message about courage, energy

    and vision written by S. Clare Dunn,

    which was displayed on the wall on the way

    to our meeting room, and we

    shared her legacy and inspiration at prayer.

    Th e unity in our diversity is grounded in a willingness to be present and a desire to give our energy and time to the planning process. We also want to communicate with the entire congregation, letting everyone know what is being planned and discussed. Th e CCPC is using Dropbox to share and store written materials and is communicating in person, by videoconference, e-mail and perhaps even by mental telepathy.

    Our two facilitators, Debbie Asberry and Donna Fy e of Community Works, Inc., were with us for the four days (Feb. 22-25). Debbie has been working with the Core Group since April 2011, the CLT since August 2010 and the Congregational Leadership Group (CLG) since February 2011. Debbie and Donna are also working with the Selections Committee and will be facilitating our congregational chapter. Th is will bring cohesiveness to the various groups and meetings that will ow into our chapter as Debbie and Donna gain greater knowledge and understanding of our community and our desire to be, to listen and to act.

    Every session was not dancing in the sunshine. For example, we began to discuss liturgical and other forms of prayer for the chapter and who should be invited to participate in the planning. What we thought would be a quick discussion and decision, turned out to be one that took many twists

    and turns. What was simple for one person was complex for another with many yes- but- what-ifs. We went through the maze agreeing, disagreeing and nally emerging on common ground. Th e e ort was worthwhile because as we listened closely to each other, we realized this is the kind of discourse we need to engage in throughout all our meetings and at chapter.

    We reviewed all of the evaluation summaries of the 2007 chapter including feedback related to the following: art exhibit care of the earth and use of

    resources need to be aware of the population

    and demographics in scheduling sessions and break times

    need for engagement and interaction and not just listening

    balance between communicating about details and leaving room for exibility

    We discussed the function of the CCPC chairperson/co-chair. Sisters Francine Costello and Laura Bufano agreed to co-chair the meetings. For our rst meeting, the CLT and the facilitators constructed the agenda. Future agendas will be a collaborative e ort of all committee members.

    We came to understand that the future is seeded within each of us, and that there is reason to believe the CSJ charism will fuel a future for the congregation that we are beginning to see is already happening as we remain

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    Congregational Center Unveils New Web Site: csjcarondelet.org

    Be sure to check out the Congregational Centers updated Web site with a fresh new design and layout.

    New Log In for Congregational Members Only Section: With a new Web site, comes a new log in. For security purposes, please contact Sister Rita Huebner at 314-966-4048 or cong[email protected] for the new username and password.

    *Please note that the log in change is only for the Congregational Centers Members Only section.

    Questions? If you have any questions about the new site, contact S. Rita.

    open to whatever surprise the Spirit has waiting for us. To this end it is important as part of the process to hear the voices of newer members, our elders, ACOF, partners in ministry and other constituents.

    Th e diverse experiences and ways of operating within the congregation that were represented at the table brought richness to our proceedings allowing us to rethink our assumptions. It opened possibilities we may never have considered. What we may have thought was cut-and-dry was merely a bridge to surprising options. Something new is happening, and we want to be open to see it more clearly. Stay tuned and come along with us on the way to chapter.

    Th e Congregational Chapter Process Committee: Sisters Carol Brong, Laura Bufano, Patrice Coolick, Francine Costello, Mary Dugar, Rosheen Glennon, Susan Hames, Karen Hilgers, Ansgar Holmberg, Suzanne Jabro, Mary McKay, Catherine McNamee, Mary Agnes Nance, Chris Partisano, and Debbie Asberry and Donna Fy e, facilitators.

    Explanation of Hands: Hands facing inward image caring for ourselves by prayer, meditation, sharing of the heart and a humane schedule. Hands turned outward image our energy and attention owing toward community and the world.

    SAVE THE DATES St. Louis Province Chapter Sessions Dates

    Dec. 6-9, 2012 - Province Chapter: Session I

    April 25-28, 2013 - Province Chapter: Session II

    Aug. 7-11, 2013 - Province Chapter: Session III

    Jan. 22-26, 2014 - Province Chapter of Elections

    St. Louis Province Chapter Leadership Discernment Sessions Dates

    July 8-10, 2013 - Province Discernment Gathering I

    Dec. 4-6, 2013 - Province Discernment Gathering II

    Congregational Chapter Dates

    July 17-31, 2013 - Congregational Chapter

    All Province Chapter Sessions and discernment sessions will be held at Carondelet.

    Ted Dunn, Ph.D. and Beth Lipsmeyer, Ph.D. will be the facilitators for all province sessions.

    Congregational chapter will be held in Los Angeles, CA

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    Sun, ocean, breezes and the warm hospitality of our sisters and associates in Los Angeles gave CLG members a wonderful, warm, energizing welcome! On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19, more than 120 sisters and associates met with CLG members. Th ey held round-table conversations rst, followed by whole group discussion to explore topics and questions of mutual concern: how church o cials are seeking to restore and renew relationships with women religious as an outcome of the Apostolic Visitation; how the Core Group process has deepened our prayer and hope, energy and shared understandings, and more.

    Members of the CLG explored and shared their experiences of sharing authority as leaders in several ways:

    1. In a re ective conversation, leaders shared with each other some of their team learnings from their experiences of trying to put the values of mutuality, collegiality, subsidiarity, and shared and equal authority into practice. It was a rich, beginning sharing.

    2. Province/vice province leaders gave the CLT feedback on their leadership and ways to build upon their working with the CLG. Th ey also heard the CLTs own assessment of their team work on behalf of the congregation and the Acts of Chapter. Th e CLT shared a summary of the feedback they had received from the congregation in response to the CLT Self-Study.

    3. Th e CLG discussed reports produced by congregational working groups (ACOF, archivists, communication directors, etc.) on new ways we can be and act as one congregation. Province/vice province leaders asked to receive agendas in advance of the meetings, as well as minutes following the meetings (which the CLT shares with them in current practice), and an annual calendar of the meetings scheduled.

    4. In order to speak/sign documents/act more nimbly, proactively and prophetically on current issues in society and church, the CLG reviewed the 2003-2004 policy for making statements in the name of

    the congregation, made plans to update it, clarify how it connects with related vice/province actions, and approved a quick turn-around approval process to enable the CLG to proceed more e ectively.

    Th e Core Group and the CLG re ected together on the groups work in progress. Th e Core Group shared with the CLG, and the CLG gave input on the work of the Core Group in preparation for conversation circles on congregational structures and infrastructures. Together they also discussed the planning for cross-congregational conversations about how deepening communion is emerging among us, moving us toward Chapter 2013 and more. Amid a day and a half of mutually enriching, stimulating and challenging conversations, hope was irresistible, lively, all the more on-the-rise in all!

    S. Helene Wilson presented the congregational and mission o ce budget and shared the work of the treasurers at their November 2011 meeting. A major area of concern for the treasurers is how best to provide for nancial management as we move into the future. S. Mary Fran Johnson presented graphs of the treasurers work, which included updated demographics and graphics showing the impact of uctuating costs of health care and changes in the nancial

    CLG February Meeting in Los AngelesHighlights & Summary

    C L G

    Congregational Leadership Group

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    markets on congregational abilities to provide nancially for the needs of all the members. S. Helene invited the CLG to begin work on a due diligence legal inventory of documents pertaining to each province and vice provinces identity and well-being.

    Th e CLG welcomed Susan Levy, president and CEO of Ascension Health Global Mission, and listened with open hearts and minds to her overview and invitation to join in the formation of the Global Health Partnership Initiative. She described a model initiative designed to measurably address preventable diseases for those most neglected persons living in the worlds poorest countries. Th e model initiative will be tested in Guatemala where the partnership will catalyze a locally led collaborative comprised of the members of the Daughters of Charity community, along with other religious, civil, private and public leaders uni ed to achieve a sustainable, country-wide health improvement goal. In Guatemala, the 2020 goal is two-fold: 1) to eliminate preventable deaths for children under ve years of age from severe diarrhea (the second leading cause of death); and 2) to eliminate morbidity for children under ve years of age from intestinal parasites.

    Ascension Health Global Mission hopes that an early success in a rst model initiative in Guatemala is scalable and replicable. Th e vision of the Global Health Partnership Initiative is to spread the successful model to other countries to improve the health of the most neglected. Key to success is engaging the Catholic community as change agents in the worlds poorest countries in order to achieve sustainable, systems change. In the light of our chapter vision and the opportunity this o ers us to work for systemic change in partnership with others, the CLG unanimously gave a resounding yes to Susan Levys invitation that we, as a congregation and founding sponsor of Ascension Health, support and be engaged in the project. Stay tuned.

    Th e CLG a rmed the presence and skill of facilitator Debbie Asberry throughout the meetings and her ongoing work with the Core Group. In addition, the CLG is grateful to the members of all working groups and departments who, in their everyday doings and ministry, put into action new ways in which we are being and acting as one congregation. And we thank all of you who were with us through your prayer and sending us your good grace and energy. In very real and felt ways, you were each and all there.

    PRAYERS PLEASECSJs Launch New Phone App

    Prayer is a powerful thing. And the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are here to help pray for your intentions with the launch of their new prayer phone app, Prayers Please.

    Developed by the Congregational Communication

    Directors, this app allows anyone who has a prayer

    request to have it remembered in

    prayer by Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and associates throughout the country.

    Th e app is free and available on the iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry. Search the app market for "prayers please," look for the fuchsia-colored hand with an orange heart in it and click download.

    For those who are not Smartphone users, you may send your prayer request(s) through the Web site www.prayerplease.com.

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    O ur P re fe rre d Future To g e the rWho are We? Who are We Becoming?from the Steering CommitteeOur province has been engaged in two separate but inter-related conversations over the past few months: the Core Group conversation on membership and the province-wide dialogue Sisters and AssociatesOur Preferred Future Together. Sisters Marie Damien Adams and Linda Markway of the Core Group and S. Marilyn Peot and Associate Michelle Piranio of the Steering Committee shared their hopes for the outcome of these two conversations. Th e interviewees expressed their hopes for:

    deeper understanding of each other.

    experience of trust in each others goodness.

    renewal of our spiritual energy and communal vitality.

    deeper communion with one another.

    safe and open space where all are welcome to share their inner convictions for our life together.

    a deeper dialogue that will bring forth the Spirit in all of us and from which will emerge our next steps and future.

    Feedback we are receiving from individuals and sectionals for Sisters and AssociatesOur Preferred Future Together indicates that the interviewees hopes are being realized. As a Steering Committee we recognize the success of

    our conversations together depends on our personal commitment to the process. Th e responses we are receiving are indicative of the prayerful re ection and discussion both sisters and associates have given to the questions of Who are we? and Who are we becoming?

    Who are we? We are sisters and associates striving to be open to whatever transformation is needed to continue Gods unifying love both now and into the future.

    Who are we becoming? Who we will become is totally Gods work. Our challenge is to step back and let Gods Spirit lead us.

    We thank you for the time and energy each of you has invested and for the work of the Task Force in raising and seeking answers to questions about association. At our Province Assembly in July we will share what is emerging from these conversations and present next steps.

    Steering Committee Members: Associates Santa Cuddihee, Cathy Hart, Peggy Maguire and Michelle Piranio, and Sisters Suzanne Giblin, Paulette Gladis, Judy Miller, Audrey Olson and Marilyn Peot.


    Ascension Health, St. Louis, MOProvider and advocate for quality Catholic health

    care for all persons, especially the poor and vulnerable.

    Jane Corbett, St. Louis, MOSupporter and advocate for the children of Haiti and those in need in the Saint Louis community.

    Dr. Thomas and Virginia Coppinger, Kansas City, MO

    Advocates for affordable Catholic education and servants to the poor of the Kansas City community.

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    A s s o ci ati o n

    Associate Terri Higel of Boise, Idaho, is quite the volunteer career woman, serving at six centers/organizations and averaging about 90 hours per month. She shares with us a bit about each position and the Web sites of each place to learn more.

    Where do you volunteer?

    Corpus Christi House: At CCH, a day shelter for the homeless, I help in the kitchen, visit with guests and assist with anything else needed. corpuschristihouse.org

    CASA: I am a guardian ad litem for the CASA (court appointed special advocate) program that is committed to the protection and healing of abused, neglected children who have been placed in foster care and referred to us by the courts. I work with one foster child at a time to ensure her/his wishes are known in court. familyadvocate.org

    Ada County Jail: Along with a partner, I reach out to the incarcerated and take communion to the women inmates. adasheri .org

    Idaho State Womens Prison: I provide childrens books for the women to read and record for their

    children. I then send the tapes to their families. idoc.idaho.gov

    Simply Cats Adoption Center: Simply Cats, a no-kill cageless cat shelter, is my happy place. I clean rooms, play with the cats, take care of the plants and help with special events. simplycats.org

    St. Johns Cathedral: I sing in the choir and help with the music library. stjohnsparishboise.org

    Do these programs/centers need more volunteers?I am unaware of any non-pro t that does not need more help. Anyone want to move to Boise?!

    How do your volunteer activities re ect our CSJ charism of loving unity?Volunteering is my way of taking care of the dear neighbor. I am amazed by how much care I receive from this.

    Th e Associate Committee on Volunteer Ministry Opportunities exists to identify, publicize and continually update volunteer opportunities. In each issue of the PNN, the committee will answer the question of what associates do by telling about an associate community or individual associate volunteer project.

    Associate Volunteer Spotlight: Terrie Higelfrom the Associate Volunteer Ministry Committee

    On March 25, Associate Ruby Douthet (standing, middle) received the Father Edward Feuerbacher Lifetime Achievement Award from the St. Charles Lwanga Center in St. Louis for her contributions to promoting Christian formation and leadership in the African-American community. Celebrating with Ruby are (seated) Associates Catie Shinn, Mary Kay Backer, Sharon Sassenrath, Jean Kertz, Lee Gooch, and (standing) S. Lillian Baumann, Ruby and Associate Kay Barnes.

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    Vo c at i o n / Fo r m at i o n

    Need an idea for community night? Try creating a community prayer!

    As the fellowship leader of Daughters of Light (DOL) at Trumans Catholic Newman Center, I found that one of the fastest ways to make a group bond and come alive was to create our own prayer. Th e DOL Prayer we created more than three years ago is still being prayed by the group every time they meet (including some new hand motions weve added over the years).

    I wanted to bring this same prayerful identity to our newly formed Fiat Community as a way of sharing our faith with each other and giving the community a life of its own.

    A community cannot function without prayer. Th is is not a new idea, but its always important to remember, especially through the inevitable struggles in the community formation process. Prayer is like breathing. We need itevery day, all the time. But, unlike breathing, prayer can help us discover ourselves and express who we are.

    Creating a community prayer is, too, a process. Our Fiat Community wrote the prayer over the course of two community nights and some time in between. I introduced the idea to the group by opening a community meeting with my own spiritual autobiography, sharing my prayers, symbols and in uences that have shaped my prayer life. Not surprisingly, each of these examples that I brought was tied to a community to which I belong, from the Catholic Church to a relationship with a close friend. Th en I led the group in re ecting on and writing in response to the following questions:

    What is a prayer that embodies or has marked/in uenced your spirituality?

    How do you talk to God (i.e. formally, like a friend, for fun, etc.)?

    What is your sincere desire for your communitys relationship with God (keeping in mind that we make up the community, but that it also exists outside of us)?

    What in the world and in your life makes you want to praise God just for being who God is?

    What are you thankful for?

    How do you ask others to pray for you? What do you ask? Who do you ask? Why?

    Using our individual responses to the questions, we generated a rough draft of our prayer, which was really more a list of images, phrases, favorite names for God and our desires for our community. Following the meeting, I sent the group members the draft and we each then prayed and re ected on what we created and the re ection questions that brought us to it.

    At our next community night, we shared what we had prayed about individually and began forming the draft into a uni ed prayer. We prayed it for the rst time together to close the second meeting. Th e prayer is still undergoing subtle tweaking, but we all say that we like it more and more every time we pray it together. It speaks to us in new ways, while reminding us of who we are in relationship with God and each other.

    The Prayer We Shareby Theresa Giuffrida, St. Joseph Worker

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    Walking the CSJ Journey

    Snippets about our three women presently in the various

    stages of formation.

    Sarah Heger - Temporary ProfessionI spent a week in Philadelphia celebrating St. Josephs Day with our sisters out east and at a conference for school. Upon my return the fth graders worked hard on a very thoughtful rendition of the Stations of the Cross. We worked also to rid our school garden of the caterpillars that ate anything with a leaf. Holy Week was beautiful in so many ways. Glad to be Eastering.

    Mary Flick - Novitiate I spent a week in Kansas City getting to know the sisters. Th ey warmly welcomed me into their homes and shared their ministries with me, notably in health care and education, at all levels. My local community, Holy Family, helped me o cially begin my canonical year on March 15 with a Black and White party. Appropriate gifts for this nal year of formation included black knee-highs and a box of white handkerchiefs. I am always grateful for time to visit with sisters over dinner or co ee.

    Clare Bass - CandidacyI am looking forward to the Federations Gathering of the Daughters this month at the Sienna Center in Racine, Wisc. It is a gathering for women in all stages of initial formation and transfer. Lent has been a time for me to re-group and really delve into my inner-self, I was ready for Easter. I am also pumped that it is baseball seasonGo Cardinals!

    Fiat PrayerLoving Friend and Creator,

    we praise You for the beauty of nature,Your presence in our midst,

    Your face in unexpected places,And for the joy that You give to us

    from the inside out.

    From the depths of our hearts,we ask forgiveness

    for the times that we havefailed to recognize all

    that You have created us to beas well as that same sanctity in others.

    Please guide and accompany us on our search to know You, ourselves, and each other.

    Help us to deepen our faith and compassion.Like Mama Mary,

    may we always seek Your willin a loving Fiat.

    Jesus, we trust in You.

    Oh Gracious One,We thank You for laughter,

    the people who touch our lives,the longing for community,

    Your sparkling grace, and how

    You call out twice as strong to us as we do to You.

    Our desire to thank You is in itself a gift.

    Let this be our reality, our Fiat. Amen.

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    Liturg ySource and Summitby Associate Mary Kay Christian

    Seeking Wisdom1999 mission statement of our Holy Family Chapel:

    Holy Family Chapel, the sacred gathering space of the Community of St. Joseph, embodies our history and re ects our spirituality. Th is holy space enhances our celebration of the Eucharist and communal prayer, invites quiet prayer and re ection, welcomes all without distinction. Th e worship space nds completion in the assembly of believers who gather here.

    With this mission statement in mind, the Wisdom Circle for Creative Uses for the Chapel began meeting last October. We are so blessed with a beautiful and inspiring worship space. Every group coming to our chapel for the rst time cannot say enough about how wonderful it is for prayer and worship. Musicians who come here to perform, such as the St. Louis Symphony instrumentalists, comment about not only the beauty of the space but its perfect acoustics as well.

    In an e ort to provide ongoing opportunities for our CSJ community to gather in prayer and to reach out in hospitality to the dear neighbor, the Wisdom Circle has been brainstorming and coming up with many great ideas for use of the chapel. Th e rst e ort has been to revive the First Sunday of the month as a quiet day of contemplation and recollection for the sisters (and associates who wish) ending with Mass or some form of communal prayer at 4:00 p.m. Th is is just the rst of many great ideas we will be making available to sisters, associates and the wider St. Louis community. We are also exploring more ways to pray together in new and old ways. And, we are investigating opportunities to use the chapel to encourage the sacredness of beauty, art and the work of justice for our CSJ community to share. Stay tuned and mark your calendars when dates for us to come together in prayer and partnership in our own chapel are o ered.

    Start by marking your calendars for Sunday, May 6 to come for quiet re ection anytime from 1:00-4:00 p.m., for Mass at 4:00 p.m., or for a concert of Iraqi music at 7:00 (see ad), or all three.

    I can be reached best by phone from 9 a.m-noon, Monday through Friday. If I do not answer, please leave a voice mail message or send an e-mail. Calls and e-mails will be returned within 24 hours. If you need immediate attention, you can contact me on my cell phone at 314-497-0640.

    Visit csjsl.org for more details about the concert, Intonations.

    Liturgy Calendar April18 Easter Midday Prayer, 11: 45 a.m. 25 Midday Prayer on the Feast of St. Mark, 11:45 a.m.

    May1 Midday Prayer on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, 11:45 a.m.6 First Sunday Day of Recollection, 1-4 p.m.6 Mass, 4 p.m.6 Concert: Intonation: Piano in the Many Voices of Arabic, 7 p.m.9 Midday Prayer for the 5th Week of Easter, 11:45 a.m.17 The Ascension of the Lord Midday Prayer, 11:45 a.m.24 Midday Prayer for the Church in China, 11:45 a.m.31 Midday Prayer for the Feast of the Visitation, 11:45 a.m.

    Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM Suggested Donation: $20 Th e Iraqi Student Project

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    S e ni o r Mini str yGleaningsby Sister Bonnie Murray and Trish CallahanCatch the Fever of Spring Cleaning!by Sister BonnieSpring cleaning includes downsizing and getting rid of clutter. It can be very simple: go through your stu one section, closet, drawer or shelf at a timeand get rid of everything that isnt absolutely essential, that you dont love and use often. However, this may not appear simple if you struggle with clutter, so here are some tips:

    Schedule daily sorting sessions that are no more than two hours a dayconcentration lags after that.

    Donate usable decluttered stu .

    Declutter one room before starting on the next one.

    Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room.

    Have someone else help you go through things. Th ey dont have the emotional (sometimes irrational) attachment that you might have, but can still recognize if something should be kept.

    Make three piles as you work: donate, trash, keep.

    Use the one in, two out rule: whenever you bring in an item, you have to throw away two other items.

    Clothing rule: if you havent worn an item in six months, sell or donate it.

    Pictures and scrapbooks: put in keep pile for later sorting. If you insist on downsizing your photo/scrapbook collection, make it your very last downsizing project.

    Get rid of donations and trash at the end of each downsizing session.

    Please take this plea seriously. It shouldnt take our o ce a full week to clear out your living space, nor should

    it be necessary for us to work with 1-800-GOT JUNK to nish the job. Amen!

    Trish Says...Seems like only yesterday that I was writing about New Years Resolutionschanging old habits is challenging! On March 9, S. Bonnie and I attended a workshop sponsored by the Institute for Brain Potential, titled How the Brain Forms New Habits: Why Willpower is Not Enough, presented by Brian E. King, Ph.D.

    We learned a lot about the brain, how habits are formed, obstacles that sabotage our e orts to change old habits, suggestions on how to train new habits and take home points aimed to encourage us in our quest to form new, healthier habits. Dr. King often used anecdotes about his own e orts to replace bad habits with good ones. My favorite was his penchant for Krispy Kreme donuts. He would nd himself going out of his way to indulge in his bad habit even though he admits to having a problem with his weight.

    According to Dr. King, a habit is an automatic response to improve well being and becomes part of the autopilot system with repetition. Habits can take the form of a behavior, thought, emotion or physiological response. One point that stood out was that habits are learned and maintained by reinforcement and repetition.

    Th ey focus on immediate well-being, and improve our state of being by either taking us from OK to good (reward) or bad to OK (relief ). A good habit leads to a positive long-term bene t while the bad habit results in harm over time.

    Dr. King talked at length about the mechanics within the brain. He also discussed various clinical disorders and stress-based habits and how to reduce them. Finally, he focused on the role of willpower in training new habits.

    To learn more about Dr. Kings presentation, including the mechanics of the brain and his suggestions for changing bad habits to good ones, check out the Senior Ministry Health and Reading Resources pages in Members Only at csjsl.org.

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    Th e 60th jubilarians gathered with family, friends and the CSJ community to celebrate their jubilee at the motherhouse on March 19. Front Row (l-r): Sisters Joyce Landreman, Mary Socorro Richey, Mary Reinhart, Joan Lampton and Mary Rita Essert. Back: Sisters Jane Hassett, Constance Heun, Laura Ann Grady, Pat Kelly and Clairerita Atha. Inset: Sister Th erese Beaudin. Visit csjsl.org to view more photos from the celebration.

    Nazareth JubilariansA special Mass was held in honor of the jubilarians who live at Nazareth Living Center on March 20.

    75th Jubilarians (far left): Sisters Marie Tucker and Teresa Shea.

    70th Jubilarians: Sisters Mary Laurent Duggan and Alice Hein.

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    Honorary Contributions (as of 4/9/2011)To the Development O ce:Sisters Mary Ann Donovan and Ann AlbrechtAssociate Santa M. CuddiheeSister Francis Regis FeiseSister Rita FlahertyAssociate A. Carolyn HenryAssociates Patrick and Loretta JendraszakAssociate Frances R. JohnstonAssociate Jean F. KertzAssociate Marilyn F. KoncenAssociate Ellen M. McCoyAssociate Barbara A. Meyer and Bernard A. Meyer

    Sister Sarah Ann MitraRichard M. Kacenski and Associate Geraldine A. RauchAssociate Eileen StanleyAssociates Charles and Clara Uhlrich

    To the Retirement Fund:Sisters Kathleen Naughton and Phyllis Bardenheier

    To the Missions FundSister Kathleen EilerOur Ladys Community

    75 YearsSister Marie T. Tucker

    Sister Teresa Shea

    70 YearsSister Winifred AdelsbergerSister Mary Laurent Duggan

    Sister Alice HeinSister Charlotte Smith

    60 YearsSister Clairerita Atha

    Sister Th erese BeaudinSister Mary Rita EssertSister Laura Ann Grady

    Sister Jane HassettSister Constance HeunSister Patricia J. Kelly

    Sister Joan E. LamptonSister Joyce M. Landreman

    Sister Mary ReinhartSister Mary Socorro Richey

    50 YearsSister Jean Marie Abbott

    Sister Mary Ann BoesSister Elizabeth Brown

    Sister Kathleen CrowleySister Marianne DwyerSister Catherine Filla

    Sister Nancy FolklSister Maureen Freeman

    Sister Jo Ann GearySister Jean Marie Iadevito

    Sister Rita McGovernSister Helen Francine OatesSister Adele Marie Rothan

    Sister Jane SchaperSister Rita Marie Schmitz

    Sister Grabrielle SmitsSister Francis Rita Voivedich

    Sister Marion WeinzapfelSister Jean Magdalene Wyatt

    25 YearsSister Sandra Schmid

    Sister Mary Clare Spaeth

    From Sister Teresa John ZilchCongratulations and thanks to each of the 2012 jubilarians. Th ank you and God bless you for your many years of loving service as a Sister of St. Joseph. I am sending a donation to Sister Jane Kelly in Selma, Ala., to help in her work with the poor. Know you are in my prayer.

    From Sister Pat KellyA very deep-felt thank you to all who remembered my 60th Jubilee, celebrated on March 17. Your presence, gifts, cards, prayers and well wishes are sincerely appreciated. What a wonderful group of women to journey with over these 60 years.

    From Sister Winifred AdelsbergerA sincere thank you to all who remembered me on my 70th Jubilee. I am very appreciative of the many cards, Masses, donations and enrollments.

    As I move into the next decade, the spirit being alive and well, I count on your promise of prayers. Again, my sincere thanks!

    From Sister Clairerita AthaTh ank you all for your cards, Masses and devotions to charities and to the development o ce on the occasion of my 60th jubilee. God bless you all.

    Thank You

    Save the Dateth Jubilee Celebration

    Saturday, August 4

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    Ju st i c eWalk Willingly, Listen Deeply, Love Openlyby Anna Sandidge, justice coordinatorWhen we speak to one another, are we Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Progressive, Christian or Non-Christian, activist or contemplative? Or do we try to speak to one another as our dear neighbor, one of the community, part of the blessed communion? Do we allow this to extend beyond our sisters and associates into our churches, our neighborhoods, our workplaces?

    In early March, 36 women gathered at a retreat center outside of Tampa, Fla., for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) annual think tank. We spent our time together in prayer and deep re ection as we explored the intersection of consciousness, living an awakened life and the current political environment. Many of us came to this think tank expecting strategies, tactics and action plans for political engagement. But, what we took away, was for many, a poignant reminder of who we are and how to use our commitment to a spiritual life as a way of engaging in the political process. We asked ourselves, how do we bring spirituality into this process and live our charisms in an environment that feeds on fear, division and using power to control another?

    With the help of facilitators Jan Novotka and Simone Campbell, SSS, we wove together four days of listening deeply to Spirit among us, knowing our sacred core better and learning to work from a place of inner strength. From that place of strength, we know we can begin to enter and engage in a political system that has evolved to push people

    apart instead of bringing us together, one that celebrates con ict and seeks a winner no matter the cost it takes to win.

    Often when I don my hats of political activist, community organizer, champion of social justice, I get pulled into that world of winner and loser, ipping power, seeking immediate change. But engaging in this process from a deeply grounded and spiritual practice calls on me to slow down, wait for Divine guidance, listen deeply and engage with compassion. It calls me to seek systemic transformation, not just systemic change.

    I have to ask some hard questions of myself. When do I promote political polarization and division in an e ort to be right and prove anothers view wrong? What can I do to move beyond wanting to win on an issue to seeking, with sincere curiosity, the underlying values of anothers position? What can I do to foster a willingness to be open to them and truly listen to where they are on their journey and how their story is unfolding? How do I call upon a deeper wisdom to listen compassionately, suspending judgment, simply holding an awareness of the underlying beliefs and values being shared? It requires a commitment to prayer, re ection, study and community. I cannot be a spiritual presence in the political process without the support of a community that nurtures a prophetic imagination.

    In the previous presidential election, hope and change became tag lines,

    bumper stickers and rally cries. But they were quickly adopted by those who were afraid of such beliefs and turned into sarcastic rhetoric used to demean and paint those who truly believed that hope and change were possible as unrealistic Pollyannas.

    Walter Bruggeman states that the temptation of the modern age is to see hope as fantasy. But what is a spiritual life but one that lives in hope? One that strives to be faithful to the call and leadings of the Holy Spirit, and, as a member of the community of Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, to work toward right relationship with all beings and creation. What if, instead of countering that fear with outrage, we sought to understand what in that world view makes hope and change so frightening? Such knowing is powerful. Ive often been told knowledge is strength. And for us to move beyond dualism, this is the strength to heal not overpower.

    In this understanding of our dear neighbor and our willingness to be in right relationship we get our political strategy. It is our way of being; it is our spiritual life. It opens all of us to the opportunity for engagement. It allows us to become vehicles for Spirit to transform ourselves, others and the world around us. It asks us to be faithful, to surrender and be willing to let Gods timing unfold, not our own. It is so simple, yet so di cult! All that is asked of me is to walk willingly, listen deeply and love openly.

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    Invitation to Wisdom Circle on Communion with EarthTh e Sisters of Earth Conference is being held at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana from July 12-15. Hopefully many throughout the congregation will be attending this national event.

    We would like to invite all sisters, associates, consociates, Ohana or Familia de San Jose who will be attending the conference to come early and share your wisdom around the issues of Communion with Earth.

    We will gather Wednesday, July 11 at noon at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. Room and board for the extra day is $60. Contact Sister Maureen Freeman at [email protected] or 812-535-2930 for more information and to make your reservation for the Wisdom Circle. Organizers of the Wisdom Circle are Sisters Maureen Freeman, Paul Bernadette Bounk and Mary Lou Dolan.

    Christians and Muslims Come Together in FaithTh e Associate Multicultural Committee has begun the JustFaith Ministries JustMatters module, In the Spirit of St. Francis and the Sultan: Muslims & Christians Working Together for the Common Good. Th e eight-session program is to help participants learn the basics of each others faith in such a way that their faiths commonalities and di erences are clari ed and respected.

    Five Christian associates, Diana Oleskevich, Catherine Shinn, Pat Sheridan, Dorothy Dempsey and Mary Lou Schneider, will meet with ve Muslims twice a month from April through July to build friendships and to learn about one another's prayer.

    Th e group will also visit each others place of worship and work towards engaging in a speci c social justice project at the modules end.

    Your prayers are appreciated, in hope of realizing that we truly are one with the dear neighbor from whom we do not separate ourselves!

    To learn more about JustFaith Ministries, this module and others, visit www.justfaith.org/programs and click on JustMatters Modules in the left-hand column.

    More examples of racial microaggressions: subtle, well-intentioned, under-the-radar statements and questions that may tend to o end and separate us from one another.

    Th eme: Color blindnessstatements that indicate that a white person does not want to acknowledge race

    Microaggression: When I look at you, I dont see color. America is a melting pot. Th ere is only one race, the human race.

    Message Deep Inside: Denying a person of colors racial/ethnic experiences. Assimilate/acculturate to the dominant culture. Denying the individual as a racial/ cultural being.

    Th eme: Denial of individual racisma statement made when whites deny their racial biases

    Microaggression: Im not a racist. I have several black friends. As a woman, I know what you go through as a racial minority.

    Message I Tell Myself (maybe unconsciously): I am immune to racism because I have friends of color. Your racial oppression is no di erent than my gender oppression. I cant be a racist. Im like you.

    Sue, D. W. et al., Racial microaggressions in everyday life: Implications for clinical practice. American Psychologist, 62, 271-286.

    Multicultural AwarenessIn order to witness what we ask of the world, we will look for ways to grow in our multicultural identity, acknowledging and confronting the racism that exists among us. From our Acts of Chapter, Deepening Communion With Each Other

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    Sharing of the Hear t

    I would like to take a moment to express my gratitude and passion for the CSJ associate program. During discussion at Spring Sectionals 2012, I was struck by the thought that sisters and associates both share many things in common. Th rough our baptism, we are called to serve God and live out our individual vocation. I would like to share a part of my

    discernment journey that led me to association and gave me the direction for my life. I believe that association is part of my vocation and that without it, I cannot become the full person God called me to be.

    When I was 16 years old, I experienced a change of heart. I had just gotten over a year long illness and my world seemed to be so much brighter than before. I cared so deeply about the dear neighbor and began to take small steps to reach out to those in need at my own high school. When I turned 18, I started college and began to think about what I wanted out of life. What eld of work did I want to go into? What types of activities did I want to be involved in? Where did the church t into all of this?

    After two years, I started to feel increasingly restless with my life. Yes, I loved my major and knew that I wanted to teach, but what else? What was missing? I felt the call to discern religious life. I started my search on the Internet. After a few months, I visited a couple of communities but nothing really seemed like the right t. Th en one day while sur ng the web, I came across the Sisters of St. Joseph. Who were these CSJs? I explored further and realized that I had been living out the charism of loving unity ever since high school! I felt the increased awareness that I needed to love every person no matter what they looked like, the choices they made, or how they treated me. Th e way I viewed the dear neighbor created many positive relationships that may not have ourished without my recognition of the loving spirit. Surely God wanted me to be a Sister of St. Joseph!

    I met with Sister Marianne Keena, the vocations director at the time. She encouraged me to go on the Nun Run, a discernment weekend for young women that travel to three di erent communities. I signed up and was so excited to go! Th at weekend came and I was a bundle of energy. I prayed the whole weekend that God would give me guidance for my future. Praying in Holy Family Chapel on the last night, God spoke to me. But what He told me, made me extremely confused. He seemed to say, My intentions for you are not to become a sister. But, you are supposed to be here and ourish in this place. My reaction to that was complete confusion! Why in the world was I led on this journey only for God to tell me I was supposed to be with the Sisters of St. Joseph but not a vowed member? After a few minutes I remembered hearing about association.

    Association is my calling. I cannot explain why or how but it is. Association has allowed me to be more of the person God intended me to be. I have been privileged to teach art in Mississippi at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School because of my association with S. Donna Gunn. I am starting to teach art classes at Nazareth to the Oak Gate Community when I am available. I hope to use my artistic skills in the future to help the community and the dear neighbor. Th e Sisters of St. Joseph have helped me ful ll my baptismal call and given me the community to shape my future. I cannot imagine my life without the relationship between sisters and associates.

    The Call to AssociationBy Associate Kristen Franke

    Artwork by Kristen, Life in Desolation.

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    Meeting O ur Anc e storsProfi le of an Early Sister Who

    Died in the Month of AprilSister Mary Odelia Dunn (Ellen) died in our community at Warrington, Florida, diocese of Mobile, Ala., at 1:00 a.m. April 11, 1876, in the thirty- rst year of her age and the eleventh of her religious profession.

    Sister Odelia was born in Saline, N.Y. At the age of seventeen she entered the novitiate at the Mother House where she distinguished herself among the most fervent for her exact observance of rule and displayed admirable piety.Shortly after having taken her vows she was sent to assist in the schools in the province of Troy, New York. Her zealous exertions in this work undermined her constitution and while occupied in catechetical instruction in St. Peters School, South Troy, she was seized with a hemorrhage of the lungs.

    In the hope of improving her health she was sent in 1872 to Warrington, Florida, where she rendered her talents for the greater glory of God and the religious instruction of youth. While thus employed she had the a iction of witnessing the ravages made by the Yellow Fever among the good people of Warrington in 1874, and the still sadder sight to see her three companions fall victims to the epidemic in one night. Having paid the last sad duties to the remains of her Superioress and two companions, she retired for a short time to our sisters at Mobile, but as soon as the fever ceased she returned to her duties in the schoolroom and ful lled also the o ce of superioress to the community which was sent to replace the sisters who died. Prostrated from a debilitated constitution and mental anxiety our beloved sister nally succumbed to the disease of her lungs. She received the last sacraments in the most edifying disposition

    and resigned her soul. [From the Necrology Book]

    Sister Mary Odelia Dunn was born in 1845 in Onondago County, N.Y. to Catherine Feagan and Martin Dunn. She entered at Carondelet in January of 1863 and received the habit on Dec. 8, 1863. Her profession of vows was on Dec. 8, 1865. Sister Mary Ida Dunn, Sister Odelias sister, entered in 1865 and transferred to the Albany Province.

    Pictured: St. Patricks Convent in Mobile, Ala., built in 1873.

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    The Hand of God Shall Hold You

    Sister Blanche Marie CorcoranMarch 10, 1929 February 21, 2012Blessed with a beautiful smileSister Blanche Marie Corcoran was born in St. Louis on March 10, 1929, one of three children. With her sister, Arleen, and her brother, Vincent, she engaged in lively activities of volleyball, tennis, bowling and swimming. A favorite spot was the St. Louis Zoo, where her inquisitive mind explored questions about the many animals, an interest she carried forward to her students when she began to teach.

    Blanche attended Rosati-Kain High School, where she met S. Mary Arthur Newbore (Lillian). And while Blanche enjoyed her relationship with both the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Sisters of St. Joseph, it was the latter that won her heart. At her reception ceremony, it was her favorite teacher, S. Mary Arthur, who dressed her in the habit on March 19, 1947. She received the name S. Joseph Vincent. Twelve years later, she completed her education at Fontbonne College, receiving a bachelors degree in education. From 1949-1973, S. Blanche put her energy into teaching grades rst through third. Not only did she appreciate preparing these young persons for First Communion, but she also gave her time and energy to new teachers as a wise mentor.

    St. Catherines in Denver, was especially dear to her heart. She attributed her happiness there to the life-giving community, the schools united sta as well as the exceptionally thoughtful and generous pastor. He saw to it, she said, that the sisters had opportunities to see and enjoy the Rockies and provided trips to the mountains for them twice a year. Besides St. Catherines, S. Blanche taught at Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Louis; St. Mary Cathedral, Peoria; St. Bede School, Chicago; St. Anthony of Padua School and St. Th omas of Aquin School in St. Louis.

    In 1973 S. Blanche moved to a di erent ministry. Still with children, she served as a child care worker and house parent for deaf children at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis. She attended to them in sickness, monitored their homework activity and enjoyed them on the playground. Later she would return to the classroom at Holy Innocents School in St. Louis as a kindergarten teacher. She retired from formal classroom teaching in 1976.

    In her pre-retirement years, S. Blanche was a volunteer driver for sisters, served as a pastoral minister at St. Josephs Church in Clayton, Mo., and attended

    to her brother in need. Known for her beautiful smile, she was a welcoming presence to all she served. She retired to Nazareth Living Center in 2005.

    Re ecting on her smile, one person commented: Might it be that S. Blanche was blessed with equanimity of spirit that met all the challenges of growing older without upsetting the balance deep within her? Was she temperamentally blessed by a composure that never lashed out at others as an expression of inner distress? Or perhaps, even better, that smile was the way she simply wasdeeply at peace with herself and her diminishment.

    May she rest in peace.

    S. Rita Louise Huebner

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    The Hand of God Shall Hold You

    Sister Martha HeimerMarch 31, 1931 March 14, 2012Inviting others to come home to themselvesSister Martha Heimer has lled us all with so many wonderful memories; has poured out so much love, and has spent herself in such generous service for so many years, that we are lled with gratitude to have known and loved her. How can we ever tell all her stories?

    S. Martha was free-spirited, totally dedicated to God and to Gods people. She loved Earth. As one person said, Martha was green before it was cool. Growing up in rural Missouri, spending her childhood and growing up years on a farm schooled her in how to live so as to be an ardent learner of natures ways and a reverent caretaker of Earths resources. Riding her tractorand she rode many in her lifeshe readied the ground for many gardens. And her planting yielded bountifully: fresh green beans, tomatoes, corn and many other fresh vegetables.

    S. Martha rarely put down roots for very long. Every four years or so, she was on the move. Where is Martha? her sisters would ask. She could have been in Mans eld, Ava, Cadet, Potosi, Waterloo, Lonedell, Lexington, Spring eld, Crystal City, Bonne Terre, or in one of several other places. Wherever she lived, she delved into her ministry with enthusiasm, with hard work and dedication.

    By profession, S. Martha was a nurse. Stories speak of long hours in the ER at the old St. Josephs Hospital in Kansas City, so much so that she barely had time to straighten up her sleeping quarters. Would she remember the

    story she told on herself that security men thought that an intruder had left her room in disarray? Or the stories about accompanying her fellow novices to hospitals after they had su ered abrasive falls or broken bones? Martha was often given to giggling on such occasions because it meant going to the hospital and away from the novitiate.

    Nursing was an apt profession for her; with all her patients she was deeply sensitive, caring and attentive. With her great sense of humor, she put many a scared patient at ease. Whether as a nursing supervisor, a surgical nurse, a mentor of newbie nurses or an ER nurse, S. Martha had the love and respect of patients, fellow nurses and doctors alike. She mentored others, too, and shared her heart long before it was normal practice, imparting her wisdom and her support for others personal growth.

    Nursing was not her only degree. In 1973, she earned a degree in social work from St. Louis University. As a medical social worker in Kirkwood, working out of St. Josephs Hospital, she researched the health care needs of the community, made appropriate patient referrals and conducted follow-ups with discharged patients. As a member of the Kirkwood-Meacham Park faculty resource panel, she said, I want to keep in touch with the beginning education of new doctors due to the opportunity to help broaden their horizons of what health care is all about.

    S. Martha was one to push the boundaries. A dream of hersto have the community invest itself in a green space nally came to fruition with the development of St. Joseph Woods in Ferguson. Th ere her deep desire to be with Earth and Gods creatures was realized. She, together with S. Carol Brouillette, created educational programs for children, held seasonal prayer services, tended to her goats and her dogs, planted gardens and, in other ways, brought to our attention the value of loving and caring for Earth.

    People noted how welcoming she was, how loving, how generous and giving. As S. Carol noted, S. Martha was about inviting others to come home to themselves and to bottomless cups of co ee and heaping bowls of ice cream. Some would know a mysterious instant connection with her. Others attributed her reaching out as down-home and as hospitality of heart. Even when memory loss began to overtake her, she loved seeing friends, welcoming them with smiles and open arms. In summary, one said, Martha was one of the most generous, kind, loving and fun people I have ever met. She loved people and the earth and gave herself wholeheartedly to any work she undertook. I will miss her greatly and yet I rejoice with her passing.

    S. Rita Louise Huebner CSJ

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    Co r p o rati o n an d Counc i lMarch Meeting

    Feuerbacher applications were received from organizations across the St. Louis metropolitan area totaling over $110,000. Most of the organizations requesting funding, received assistance. Listed below are the programs that have been granted funding for 2012.

    Almost Home, $3,000Funding will provide direct care services to homeless teenage mothers and their children.

    Alternatives With Education (AWE), $4,000Funding for a weekly empowerment program to women prisoners at St. Louis medium security institutions.

    Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, $6,000Charitable care support for impoverished and frail seniors at St. Elizabeth Hall and DuBourg House.

    Center for Women in Transition, $5,000Funding for the Prisoner Re-Entry Program for female, non-violent ex-o enders.

    English Tutoring Project, $8,000Funding supports tutoring services to children of immigrant/refugee families in English language skills in the St. Louis area.

    Mildred Brady & Rena Martin Charitable Eye Foundation, $10,000Funding will help defray optical expenses for homeless and indigent patients in the St. Louis community. Queen of Peace Center, $3,000A substance abuse recovery home for pregnant and parenting women and their children in north St. Louis city.

    Rockhaven Ecozoic Center, $6,000Scholarship funding for low-income women to attend Womens Renewal Series Retreats.

    Saints Teresa & Bridget Parish, $5,000Funding for youth programs of low-income neighborhood families.

    Feuerbacher Grant Committee: Sisters Patricia Clune, Patricia Gloriod, Sandra Schmid and Maria Jeanne Tipton, and Associate Pat Demuth

    2012 Feuerbacher Grants AwardedCORPORATION

    Accepted Minutes of Board of Directors of the Corporation

    meeting held Feb. 24, 2012. February 2012 Financial Statements

    Approved Nazareth Living Center 2012 Golf Bene t

    foursome - $1,000 Fontbonne University 2012 Golf Classic

    foursome - $800 St. Teresas Academy Golf Tournament

    foursome - $600 U.S. Federation for the International Center in

    LePuy - $10,000 Institute for Peace and Justice Black Repertory

    Th eater - $1,000


    Accepted Minutes of the Province Council Meetings held

    Feb. 24, 2012.

    Approved Patrimony Request Travel Request Study Request

    Discussed Department updates Sponsored Institutions updates Vocation/Formation update Nazareth Living Center/BHS Ascension Health Sectional update

    Ministry ChangesCatherine Ann Gleason, CSJ

    Prayer and Witness, Nazareth Living Center

    Mary Joan Dacey, CSJPrayer and Witness, Nazareth Living Center

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    Meet Jay CoffmanSenior Computer Tech

    Fa c e of the Mothe rhou s e

    How long have you worked at the motherhouse and what does your job entail?I have been here about seven months now. I support the CSJ sta and members for just about anything technical. I assist Sasha Josipovic, IT director, in

    maintaining the computer system, network and phone system. I am the voice on the other end of the tech support line, which now has its own phone number314-678-0400. Th is line goes to me rst and then Sasha if I am not available. My background and expertise is in system integration and process e ciency, most recently, but I bring 25 years of IT experience to the community Tell us about your family.I am an only child and still have my mother who lives about an hour away. I feel I dont spend enough time with her but try to stay in contact regularly. I do visit every chance I get and feel we are as close today as we were when I was young.

    My hobbies are...Computers, of course, and home remodeling. I love to tear down and rebuild. I have rehabbed several houses in my life and am now living in one of them.

    I enjoy working for/with the CSJs because Th e people make the job a wonderful experience. I feel more like an extended family member than I do an employee. Everyone is so kind and gracious that it makes my job that much easier. I do come from a corporate/government background and there is no comparison. I look forward to coming to work and sometimes lose track of the time here.

    My fondest memory at the motherhouse is...I dont know about a particularly fond memory, but I certainly enjoy my lunch time here. I get to hear stories and experiences from the sisters that I come to appreciate so much and love hearing about their life experiences.





    Rest in Peace

    Pam Kipping, sister of S. Paula Patrice Michaud

    S. Julianne Gleason (A)

    S. Rose Mary Haley (SP)

    Th eresa (Tink) Kearns, sister of S. Loretta Costa and sister-in-law of S. Anna B. Kearns

    Robert F. Phelps, brother of Associate Debbie Phelps

    Philip G. Maser, father of S. Linda Maser

    S. Mary Catherine Fearon (LA)

    Roy Gully, brother of Darren Gully, cook for Carondelet Motherhouse

    Howard Boucher, brother of S. Catherine Mary Boucher

    Virginia Stefani, sister of S. Catherine Ingolia

    Stan Tate, brother-in-law of S. Carol Patron

    Al Helmich, father of Associate Steve Helmich

    S. Rosemary Junak

    S. James Michael Ryan (A)

    Daniel Kelly, father of Associate Colleen Kelly















    Albert Dallavis, brother of S. Olive Louise Dallavis

    S. Marie Th erese Smith (SP)

    John Schaper, brother of S. Jane Schaper

    Elizabeth Betty Torchia, mother of Associate Marnee Torchia

    February/March PNN Correction:S. Nancy Corcorans brother-in-law, Sheldon Krasker, passed away on January 3, not her brother.

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    April16 Development Advisory Committee (HF)16 SJA Accreditation Dinner (PG)16 Fontbonne Finance Mtg. (SW)17 Fontbonne Scholarship Luncheon (HF)20-21 Tabitha Selection Committee Mtg. (PC)21 Fontbonne Board Mtg. (HF, SW)23 Agenda Committee Mtg. (HF)25 CSJ Ministries Mtg. (LB)25 Nazareth Spring Party (PC, PG, HF)25 Chapel Use Wisdom Circle (HF)26 SJA Board Mtg. (NC, PC, PG, HF, JM, SW)26 SJI Board Mtg. (JM)27 Generosity of Joseph Gala (PL)27-28 Leadership Mtgs. (PL)30 Planning Committee Mtg. for Provincial Chapter (NC, PC)

    May1-2 Planning Committee Mtg. for Provincial Chapter (NC, PC)2 NLC Membership Committee Mtg. (JM, SW)3 Marian Middle School Board (PC)3 IEC Mtg. (HF)4-5 Associate Assembly-Retreat (PC)7 STA Golf Tournament (PC)9 Formation Team Mtg. (JM)10 LCWR Breakfast (PG, HF)11-12 Avila Board Mtg., Dinner, Graduation (PC)14 Nazareth Golf Benefi t, Forest Park (HF, SW)14 SJA Graduation Ceremony (PC)16 ETP Mtg. (HF)16 STA Board Mtg. (PC)17 Women in Transition Board Mtg. (SW)19 Fontbonne Graduation Ceremony (HF, SW)24 CSJ Ministries Mtg. (LB)25-29 Province Leadership Retreat (PL)30 Investment Managers Mtg. (PC, PG, HF, JM, SW)31 Department Head Mtg. (PC, PG, HF)


    April21 Linger Over Breakfast27 Generosity of Joseph Honors Gala

    May4-5 Association Retreat/Assembly/Commitments6 Day of Recollection6 Pianist, Composer Karam Salem in Concert

    June10-16 Retreat: The Eucharistic Letter: Exploring the Charism Today

    July27-29 Province Assembly

    August4 50th Jubilee Celebration

    For more event listings and details, visit our Members Only Calendar of Events at www.csjsl.org.

    NEXT ISSUE: June PNNSubmission Deadline: May 15

    Publication Date: June 1For a complete PNN schedule, visit Members Only at www.csjsl.org.

    Questions? Comments? We want your feedback!

    E-mail questions, comments and/or suggestions about the PNN to Sarah Baker at [email protected].

    All events are at the Carondelet Motherhouse unless otherwise noted

    Vote with Your ForkApril 21

    Presented by Associate Nancy BroachFeed your mind by learning more about how good food choices are a vote for your health.

    Visit www.csjsl.org to learn more.

    RSVP by April 16.

    Linger Over Breakfast