2 August 2017

September Opportunities

Septemberfest, 9/7

Music – Craft Beer – Food Trucks

It’s a great way for Sisters, Consociates, Friends of St Joseph and all of the CSJ Community to socialize with neighbors, donors, and old and new friends while enjoying delicious food, beer and tons of fun.

Racism It Ends with me, 9/20

Dismantling Systemic Racism with Fr. Bryan Massingale

Rauenhorst Ballroom
St. Catherine University
Wednesday, September 20 from 6:30-9:00 p.m


Join us for an engaging community conversation on racial justice with racial justice scholar and Fordham University theologian and social ethicist, Fr. Bryan Massingale.


4 May 2017

June and July Opportunities

Welcome Coffee Gathering, 6/3

A Community event to welcome the new Consociates, all Consociate candidates, and Consociate Inquirers will be held on June 3 from 8:30 to 10:00 am in G1 of Carondelet Center. This is an opportunity for the community and those in the Consociate Formation Process to get to know each other. There will be discussion at tables around a set of questions. Each table will have a mix of people in the Consociate Process and people who are Sisters, Consociates, St Joseph Workers and Friends of St Joseph. The people in the Consociate Process will move from table to table at designated intervals to meet more people. Coffee and sweet breads will be served.

Please contact Linda Crosby at 651-600-3595 or lindakcrosby@msn.com by May 26 if you will attend.

Sponsored by the Consociate Education Circle and Consociate Services

Second Sunday, 6/11 and 7/9

Second Sunday is a year-round community circle that gathers on the second Sunday of each month.

We reflect on the Sunday gospel and nourish one another’s lives with this sharing. We share bread and wine and lift up the prayers of all gathered and concerns for the world.
Following, we drink coffee and enjoy treats. All are welcome and invited to come when you can. The group is a new blessing each month.

When: Second Sunday of each month, 10 a.m..
Even through the summer we gather on June 11, July 9, and August 13.
Where: Carondelet Center , 1890 Randolph, St. Paul
Contact: Therese Sherlock, CSJ, 651-690-7011

11th Day Prayer for Peace, 6/11 and 7/11

All Are Welcome: Take time to pray for Peace in our world.

11th Day Prayer for Peace Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel

June 11 and July 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. Note: there is no 11th Day Prayer in August.

Sarah’s Breakfast Buffet and Benefit, 6/21

8:00AM – 9:30AM
Place: Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine
St Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55015
Get directions
This event is free but an RSVP is required. If you can’t attend, please donate online.
All financial gifts will go to benefit Sarah’s and are tax-deductible. Please contact Martha at 651-696-8672 if you have questions or need assistance. We look forward to seeing you and thank you!
Hosted by Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women www.sarahsoasis.org

Twin Cities Pride Parade, 6/25

North 3rd Street and Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55401
10:30 a.m. meet; 11 a.m. Parade
Register to walk with the LGBTQ Connection Task Group of the CSJ Justice Commission
Pride Parade 2017: Sunday, June 25th. More information to come.
Further questions contact Megan Bender 651-690-7057

Save the Date: Septemberfest, 9/7

The 3rd Annual Septemberfest on

September 7, 2017!

Music Craft Beer Food Trucks

It’s a great way for Sisters, Consociates, Friends of St Joseph and

all of the CSJ Community to socialize with neighbors, donors, and old

and new friends while enjoying delicious food, beer and tons of fun.

4 May 2017

May Opportunities

11th Day Prayer for Peace, 5/11

“Children Will Lead Us” will be the theme of peace prayer on Thursday, May 11th from 12-12:45 p.m. in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel.  This prayer is planned and presented by the Ritual Task Group of the CSJ Justice Commission and will have short readings, lively music, thoughts, and images from children on what peace today means for us.  Please note the noon time change for this month. The June 11th Peace Prayer will resume at the regularly scheduled evening time.

New Reflection Program

The CSJ St. Louis Province has recently released a wonderful new reflection program, “Walk with Wisdom”, inviting anyone connected to the family of Joseph to find renewal and reflect on what it means to live the charism and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
This program is a six-part series with resources for prayer, video, discussion and reflective activities. Participants are encouraged to gather in small groups to explore and discuss the CSJ charism and mission today.
Check out Resources available in the Justice Resource Room (St. Paul Province Administration Building at 1884 Randolph Ave. Weekdays 9-4) or online.

CSJ Sisters & Consociates Blood Drive, 5/17

We are now scheduling donor appointments for the CSJ Sisters & Consociates Blood Drive with Memorial Blood Centers. The blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17th, from 2pm-6pm at Carondelet Center, G-1.

If you are able, please consider donating blood for people who are in need of blood to help sustain their health and well-being and sometimes their very life.

To make an appointment, go to mbc.org/searchdrives and enter sponsor code 4550 or contact Vicki Musech at (952) 451-3313 or musech322@yahoo.com.

Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you at the blood drive!

Second Sunday

Second Sunday is a year-round community circle that gathers on the second Sunday of each month.
We reflect on the Sunday gospel and nourish one another’s lives with this sharing. We share bread and wine and lift up the prayers of all gathered and concerns for the world.
Following, we drink coffee and enjoy treats. All are welcome and invited to come when you can. The group is a new blessing each month.

When: Second Sunday of each month, 10 a.m..
Even through the summer we gather on May14, June 11, July 9, and August 13.
Where: Carondelet Center , 1890 Randolph, St. Paul
Contact: Therese Sherlock, CSJ, 651-690-7011

Showcase Night, 5/20

St. Joseph’s School of Music welcomes you to join us for Showcase Night featuring: students performances, silent auction, activities for all ages, reception and awards.

In support of scholarships and outreach, please join us:
Saturday, May 20th
Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., concert begins at 6 p.m.
Tickets $30 (call 651-690-4364 or at the door) Under 18 are free.

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