28 April 2017

Friends at the Sister Assembly

We will be attending part of the Sister Assembly in May. We have prepared a letter and a video to introduce ourselves to the sisters, we thought we’d share those here as well.

Friends of St. Joseph Introductory Cover Letter

1 April 2017

April Opportunities

Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women

Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women, A Ministry of the Sisters  of St Joseph since 1996, has a need for travel mugs or thermoses. Residents use travel mugs for hot or cold beverages when riding the bus to school, work, or other places.  They also have a need for alarm clocks. The most basic alarm clocks will do. As you spring clean your kitchen cabinets and house, please contact Faith at 651-696-8642 if you find an extra travel mug or alarm clock to donate!

Rachel Lloyd, 4/5

Rachel Lloyd, an internationally recognized speaker on Sex Trafficking, a survivor herself, and the originator of the Safe Harbor Law is the featured speaker at the Kelly Lecture on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
The lecture will be in the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at 7:00 PM.
Admission is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
Ticket Office: 651-690-6700 – The O’Shaughnessy – 2004 Randolph Ave.

Justice Education on Restorative Justice, 4/6

Thursday, April 6th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Carondelet Center Room G11. Justice Education on Restorative Justice
Sargent James Church and women in The Challenge Incarceration Program (CIP) will discuss their personal stories of restorative justice. CIP is for non-violent offenders and consists of three phases:
Phase 1 is a highly-structured and intensive boot camp. Components include chemical dependency treatment; education; cognitive skills; restorative justice; physical training; military bearing, drill, and ceremony; work crew; and transition preparation.
Phases 2 and 3 are intensive, close supervision in the community. Come and meet these remarkable guest speakers and learn more about the work of restorative justice.

St. Joeseph Worker Fundraiser, 4/6

The St. Joseph Worker Program is a ministry of the Sisters for young women who volunteer for a year to live in community and be part of the CSJ mission.
The program celebrates its 15th birthday with a spring fundraiser called
Brewing Change!
Thursday, April 6th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
at Bad Weather Brewery,
4147th Street West in St Paul.
$15 Admission includes one drink ticket. Tickets are available at the event.
Bring your friends! All are welcome!

Eliminating Anti-Judaism from the Christian Story, 4/6

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Luther Seminary, Olson Campus Center, Dining Room B/C
1490 Fulham St, St Paul, MN 55108 (View Map)
Parking on street or behind Center (Campus map and parking information here)
At this time of year, many Christians celebrate Lent and Easter—and many churches have historically used texts, liturgies and narratives in this season that view Jews and Judaism in a disparaging light.
Christian hostility and violence toward Jews has a long history going back to the early church. Theologies of “replacement” or “supersessionism” are still a common part of some mainstream Christian practice and worship.
How does anti-Jewish thinking continue to manifest in Christian theology and practice today?
In our current context of a terrifying rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes, how can those committed to strengthening interfaith relationships work actively to dismantle anti-Jewish theologies?
A panel, consisting of Dr. Darrell Jodock, Prof. Emeritus, Gustavus Adolphus College and author of Covenantal Conversations: Christians in Dialogue with Jews and Judaism; Dr. Marilyn Salmon Prof. of New Testament (ret.) United Theological Seminary and author of Preaching without Contempt: Overcoming Unintended Anti-Judaism; Rabbi Adam Spilker, Mount Zion Temple; and Ms. Ann Lewis, elder and religious educator, House of Hope Presbyterian; moderated by SPIN volunteers, Ms. Katherine Parent, Luther Seminary Ph.D. candidate, and Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert, Episcopal priest, will explore how understanding, respect and cooperation in Jewish – Christian relations can be enhanced and anti-Judaism eliminated.
Free, open to all. (Free will offering) Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Lunch is available in the cafeteria; bag lunches welcome.

11th Day Prayer for Peace, 4/11

Our Lady of the Presentation

Chapel, 1890 Randolph, St Paul

Saturday, April 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The theme of the prayer is: “Caring for our Common Home.”

Join us on Tuesday, April 11th for a Prayer for the Earth.

Lawyer and farmer’s daughter, Sonja Trom Eayrs, will offer a reflection on how factory farms surrounding her family farm have denigrated the quality of life in her town.

Complexity of Sustainability Panel: Looking at Sustainability from Various Academic Disciplines, 4/20

Rauenhorst Ballroom, St. Catherine University

Thursday, April 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

St. Catherine University faculty will address their varied approaches to sustainability from their respective disciplines of: Philosophy, English, Biology, Fashion Design and Economics. Free and open to all.

Earth Day, 4/29

Earth Day: Work the Land and Celebrate Earth and Community
on SATURDAY, April 29, 9:00 a.m.-noon.

Join us at the CSJ Community Garden at 1884 Randolph Ave, West Lawn.

Prepare garden beds new and old, turn compost, and begin planting.

3 March 2017

March Opportunites

Lenten Awakenings: Springtime for the Soul, Fridays

Meditation Ritual in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, come immerse yourself in song, readings and reflection during these times of Lenten Prayer.
When: Fridays, March 24, 31 and April 7 from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.

Where: Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, adjacent to Carondelet Center

11th Day Prayer for Peace, 3/11

Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel
Saturday, March 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Since 2001, on the 11th of every month, we come together to pray for the unmet needs of our time. Join us for an International Women’s Day Celebration to #BeBoldForChange with St. Catherine University’s Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women and St. Catherine University’s Multicultural, International Programs and Services.

From Network

I hope you take some time in this first (short) week of Lent to open yourself up to the experience we are about to embark on together. We hope this Lenten journey will help you establish a new contemplative practice, as outlined in the introduction of our Catholic Social Justice Reflection Guide, to invite the Spirit to be present with you and lead you during your time with our materials. This week, think about what you might need to learn about healthcare and Catholic Social Justice during this trying time in our nation.

There is no more appropriate time to take action on healthcare, as Republicans in Congress push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This decision could cause 32 million people to lose health insurance and double premiums by 2026. As NETWORK’s Government Relations Associate Lucas Allen writes this week:

“Beyond political rhetoric, this moment is really a decision point for the kind of country and society we want to be…Catholic Social Justice requires that we uphold the dignity of all, which requires ensuring all have access to affordable, quality, equitable healthcare. This moment presents a threat, but also an opportunity to share our faithful vision of a healthcare system and society that advances the common good and puts people, not profit, at the center.”

And, because we must live out a faith that does justice, this week, we’re calling Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Tim Murphy, and Rep. Steve Scalise to encourage them to not repeal the Affordable Care Act without a suitable replacement plan that provides the same benefits to all currently covered under the ACAConsult your calendar for a sample call in script, and join us by calling the following numbers on each day:
Wednesday dial 1-888-422-4555
Thursday dial 1-888-496-3502
Friday dial 1-888-885-1748
Don’t forget to download your Lenten Calendar to remind yourself to make your weekly calls! Also, please encourage your friends and family to sign up to receive Network’s Lenten Resource
Thank you for your participation this Lent, and please let me know if you have any questions or feedback thus far!

In solidarity,
Colleen Ross
Communications Specialist

Sister Jean Nelson

You may know Sister Jean Nelson:

Rapid Relay March 1, 2017…

Jean Nelson, The Potter, passed away at 3:30 AM on March 1 in her apartment at Carondelet Village. Funeral arrangements are pending. Jean now rests in the loving peace of God.

From Sister Kathy Ryan

March is a busy Month for the CSJs. We celebrate our Feast Day on Sunday, March 19th with Mass at 1:30.

The main group of the Friends of St Joseph meet on March 8th at Carondelet Village, 4:30-6:00.

For more detailed information about either of these events email me.

I hope some of you got to last months Stirring of the Fire Retreat. I missed it because I was out of town, but I will hear more about it on March 8th when we gather as Friends of St Joseph.

Blessings on all of you this Lent. You are always in my prayers.

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2 February 2017

February Opportunities

Eleventh Day Prayer for Peace, 2/11

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul.
Theme: Soka Gakkai International–Buddhism in action for peace— with its stress on positive human potential and compassionate action.

Prepared by: The CSJ Justice Commission.

Breaking the Impasse VIII: Moving Forward Together, 2/22

Rauenhorst Ballroom, St. Catherine University

Wednesday, February 22 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Free and open to all.

In an evening of policy, poetry, and creative solutions Sr. Simone Campbell and Courtney Martin will explore ways in which we can strengthen our communities to move beyond a politics of divisiveness. Sr. Simone focuses on legislation that will mend the gaps and benefit the 100%. Courtney Martin insists that real love for our nation calls us to look at ourselves, as citizens, and our great potential to shape it moving forward together.

CSJ Way, 2/24

Stirring the Fire: Unifying Love in Action, 2/25

Join the Sisters and Consociates in a CSJ retreat day
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 8:30 am Registration, gathering for coffee and pastries
9:00 am to 3:00 pm – ritual/prayer, presentations, quiet time, sharing, choosing action
(lunch included)
Place: Carondelet Center, G1
Cost: $20 per person

“Stirring the Fire” title comes from the idea that, like the embers of a fire, we only need to stir those embers to feel and see the warmth of the flame expanding.
People who experience themselves already “Moving toward love of God and neighbor without distinction” will feel supported and encouraged after this retreat day.
The CSJ mission is a calling to “Unifying Love.”

This day will include presentations on being unifiers, living in a way that
connects us with each other, our neighbor and God. We will also focus
on the practice of Sharing of the Heart, which can be a very timely
group prayer and action practice.

Please join the Sisters of St. Josephof Carondelet and Consociates for this day-long retreat

*RSVP by February 13: Please call the CSJ RSVP line,
651-690-7060, speak slowly, and leave your name AND email
address or phone number. Thank you!

Hear the Cry of the Poor

The Gospel of Life Task Group of the Province Justice Commission
in support of HealthEast’s Annual Drive
Caring Hearts For Homeless People
will collect personal care items
February 5-26

Collections at

  • St. Catherine’s Chapel during the Sunday 10:30 Liturgy
  • Carondelet Village
  • Carondelet Center
  • The CSJ Administration Center

All of the above are on the CSJ properties.
Enter on Randolph Ave or on Fairview Ave for Carondelet Village.

New Items Only Please
Hygiene Supplies:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Lotions
  • Disposable Razors
  • Shampoos
  • Soaps
  • Kleenex


  • Cough Drops
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • Vicks
  • Pedialyte
  • Antacids
  • Foot Care Items


  • Diapers
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Sunscreen

4 January 2017

January Opportunities

Eleventh Day Prayer for Peace, 1/11

6:30 – 7:15 p.m

Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul
The January prayer is planned by the Immigration Task Group
during United States Conference of Catholic Bishops National Migration Week 2017.

Prepared by: The Immigration Task Group of the CSJ Justice Commission.

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Wednesday evening 3-week series

6:15-7:10 p.m

Pilgrim Lutheran, Upstairs Community Room
1935 St. Clair Ave. (at Prior)
Saint Paul, MN 55105

In this time of increasing Islamophobia it is important for Christians to be allies, to live more fully into our mandate, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” to welcome the stranger and refugee – as Pilgrim Lutheran plans to do in January.  Using portions of the video series from Living the Questions, The Jesus Fatwah (opinion): Love your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself and the Lutheran Social Service curriculum, My Neighbor is Muslim, we will explore and discuss:

  • January 11 – Islam 101
    Basic Muslim beliefs and values, Five Pillars of Islam, demographics, Qur’an & Hadith, Mosque & the Madrassa
  • January 18 – Misconceptions about Islam
    Myths about violence, women and other fears
  • January 25 – Making Connections: In Which Muslims Have Their Say
    Inviting neighboring Muslims to speak, dialogue and answer questions

This series is open to the public and co-sponsored by Pilgrims for Just Peace and the Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN). We recommend review of the on-line curriculum, My Neighbor is Muslim, for greater depth and for additional information not covered during sessions.
Questions? Please contact Joan Haan.

1 December 2016

December Opportunities

Advent Evening Prayer singing Holden Evening Prayer

Join us for prayer, reflection and music on the Sundays of Advent.

Sunday, December 4
Sunday, December 11
Sunday, December 18

at 4:30 p.m. in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1880 Randolph Ave, St. Paul

Partners in CSJ mission will give reflections on the coming of neighbors and God’s coming in their comings and how that has changed us, our community, and our world.

Note: Advent Evening Prayer takes the place of 11th Day Peace Prayer.

A Benefit for Sarah’s, 12/9

Friday, December 9th, 7:00PM – 10:00PM Rauenhorst Ballroom
Couer de Catherine
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul MN
Tickets are $8.00 at the door. Live Music!
Silent Auction! Great Food & More!
Sponsored by the
SEEK Student Activity Group.
Dress is Festive.
Bring your whole family!
A Benefit for Sarah’s ….On Oasis for Women
Sarah’s is a ministry of the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet of the St Paul Province.

Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women is a home dedicated to safety and dignity for a diverse community of women where they are empowered to begin new and productive lives.

Praying the Advent Names of God

Join artist Ansgar Holmberg and prayer poet Joan Mitchell to reflect and meditate on the Advent names of God. A blend of words and images will invite us to transform the traditional O Antiphons from the Advent Liturgy of the Hours into the context of evolutionary cosmology, opening new space for us to anticipate Jesus’ birth in our busy lives and our planet in peril.
The practice of praising God throughout the day reaches back to Israel’s temple with dawn and dusk the most important times for prayer. Vespers, the evening prayer, concludes with the Magnificat, the prayer Mary proclaims after she says yes to becoming the Mother of God. Each dusk from December 17 to 23, an O Antiphon precedes the Magnificat, drawing on the scriptures of Israel to invite the long promised and awaited messiah to come. Use what we pray together to shape your own or your family’s meditations, as we celebrate the incarnation of God as one of us in Jesus.
WHEN: Tuesdays, December 6 and 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
COST: $40.00 Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, 55105

651.696.2788 | info@wisdomwayscenter.org
Walk in and visit The O Antiphon Art Exhibit on display at
the Carondelet Center December 5 to 31, during the business hours.

Winter Solstice, 12/21

Hope is the Thing with Feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without words
And never stops-at all.
by Emily Dickenson

Come savor the longest night of the year with Sara Thomsen.
Illumine the darkness by lighting candles, singing songs, celebrating, mourning, and embracing the dark and cold. We’ll wander inside, find a spark and kindle hope for the season.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Cost $15.00. Call Widom Ways at 651-696-2788 to register.

Two gift ideas for the Holiday Season

Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ and Joan Mitchell, CSJ have collaborated to bring you
The Advent Names of God. The prayers and the art are based on the
O Antiphons from the Vespers for Advent. These seven cards come with their own standing easel. Cost is $15 if you want them shipped or $12.50 if you pick them up at Good Ground Press at the Administration Center at 1884 Randolph Avenue, St Paul, MN. To order call: 651-690-7010.

A new book on Our Lady of Victory Chapel is now available. Mary Ann Brendon, author, is on the St Kate’s faculty and a Consociate of the Sisters. The informative text on the history of the chapel and the beautiful photography make it a coffee table book with a message. $25.00 if you pick it up at the St Kate’s bookstore or at Good Ground Press.

3 November 2016

November Opportunities

Fall Craft Sale, 11/9

10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
1890 Randolph Ave., St Paul, MN, Carondelet Center Room G-1
Come browse. You will find some unique hand-crafted items: pottery, jewelry, homemade tamales, knitted blankets, scarfs, and such. Visit with the artists and shop for the holidays.

Eleventh Day Prayer for Peace, 11/11

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1890 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul.
This month we pray for peace and remember our Veterans. The prayer is done by Veterans for Peace.

Advent Evening Prayer singing Holden Evening Prayer

Join us for prayer, reflection and music on the Sundays of Advent.

Sunday, November 27
Sunday, December 4
Sunday, December 11
Sunday, December 18

at 4:30 p.m. in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1880 Randolph Ave, St. Paul

Partners in CSJ mission will give reflections on the coming of neighbors and God’s coming in their comings and how that has changed us, our community and our world.

Twin Cities Ignatian Associates Advent Retreat, 11/19

8:30 A.M. – 3 P.M.

At Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2055 Bohland Ave., St Paul 55116

The grace of Human Expectation (longing) & the Divine Extravagance incarnating the body of Christ by Father Patrick McCorkell, S.J.
Advance registration $30 At the door $35. The cost includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks. Indicate lunch choice: meat or vegetarian.
Mail check to Rose Doherty, 4968 w. 40th St., St Louis Park, MN 55416 Include Your name, address, phone number and email.
Questions: call 612-998-7574 or email rosedoherty@gmail.com

The Way of Our People: Conversation with D. Richard Wright, Ojibwe Elder, 11/10

6:30 – 8:00 pm
Co-hosted by Gichitwaa Kateri Parish, Native American Awareness Working Group of the CSJ Justice Commission, and Wisdom Ways
Join an evening of conversation with author Donald Richard Wright, who observed and studied the ancient ceremonies of the Aboriginal Ojibwe in Little Black River Reserve, Ontario, Canada. Its ceremony maker was a 94-year-old Ojibwe-Cree who lived in the mountains near Edmonton.
Wright wanted to experience and research the ceremonies in order to understand “the fundamental cultural strengths of the Indian who became copious drinkers of alcohol,” he says. “As an aspirant to the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minneapolis Deaconate Program, if I was to counsel the drinker, then my ministry became to know a little about these beliefs.”
Donald Richard Wright is an Elder of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. He has been an alcohol and drug counselor for over 18 years, working with inner city Indian youth in Minneapolis.
WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
COST: Free. RSVP to 651-696-2788 or info@wisdomwayscenter.org.
Books will be available for purchase.

When Home Won’t Let You Stay, through 11/30

The new art exhibit (open through November 30th) on the ground floor of Carondelet Center reveals a new perspective of refugees in Minnesota. Each color portrait is accompanied by first-person stories highlighting the resiliency and challenges of refugees. Walk through the exhibit and read the stories at your leisure. You are invited to a conversation on November 17 from 7:00- 8:30 p.m. with the photographer, James A. Bowey and some of the people you meet through the exhibit. The event is free.                                                             For more information visit: whenhomewontletyoustay.org or www.jamesbowey.com

Save the Date: St Catherine University Charity Ball, 12/9

For Sarah’s….an Oasis for Women

Friday, Dec 9th 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Couer de Catherine

Music, Dancing, Silent Auction and more! Tickets: $8.00 at the door.