1. What is the US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph?

  2. What is the purpose of CSSJ Federation Event 2016?

  3. Is this event just for Sisters of St. Joseph?

  4. Who is the planning committee for this event?

  5. Is there a list of terms and definitions that CSSJs use?

  6. Why do we call it an Event?

  7. Who are the partners in mission we hope to participate?

  8. Why is Justice Action important at this event?

 

  1. What is the US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph?

The Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph is a dynamic union of all the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the United States who claim a common origin in the foundation at Le Puy, France in 1650. Read more here!

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  1. What is the purpose of this CSSJ Federation Event?

Aware of God’s Love unfolding among and within us, we Sisters,  Associates, Agrégées, Joseph Workers, and ministry partners of the Congregations of St. Joseph from around the world, will gather at Event 2016

  • ­To engage in prayer, conversation, and celebration.
  • To be immersed in our emerging story of being ONE.
  • To embrace the neighborhoods of our time asking for the wisdom and grace to create anew.
  • To reflect on how together we can make a difference: one choice at a time, one voice at a time, and prayer all the time

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  1. Is this event just for Sisters of St. Joseph?

All are welcome! We welcome sisters, our associates, our agrégées, our partners in mission and all who wish to be part of our emerging story of being one – God’s Love Unfolding! . Download the Brochure - click here.

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  1. Who is the planning committee for the event?

Mary Dacey  SSJ, Philadelphia - Event 2016 Facilitator

Patty Johnson, CSJ, St.Louis Carondelet – Executive Director – US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Debbie Timmis, CSJ Albany Carondelet – Assistant Director -  US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Joann Gallagher. CSJ, Boston

Andrea Pearson Tande – St. Paul Carondelet

Ann Patrice Carrigan, SSJ – Rochester

Barbara Mullen, CSJ – West Hartford

Baya Clare, CSJ St. Paul Carondelet

Maria Elena Perales – Orange,CA.

Mary Ann White, SSJ – Erie

Paula Terese  Pilon, CSJ – Congregation of St,Joseph

Thuy Tran, CSJ – Orange,CA.

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  1. Is there a list of terms of and definitions that CSSJs use?  

Associates

  •  Associates are women and men, 21 years or older, who desire to more fully live Gospel values. Associates are non-vowed partners who undertake no binding financial or legal commitments to the sisters and continue to live the lifestyle to which God has called them. Associates gather with community for prayer and shared faith life; participate in opportunities for ministry; attend sponsored events and growth opportunities; grow in understanding the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph; celebrate and share social occasions; and extend the charism, spirituality and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph in their relationships. Click here to learn more about the Associates.

Agrégées

  • The term agrégée — pronounced ah-gre-ZHEY — comes from the French for “attached to” or “aggregated with.” It is a form of membership in the religious congregation that dates back to the founding in 17th-century France, when Sisters of St. Joseph were either canonically vowed “principal sisters” or so-called agrégée or “country” sisters. Click here to learn more about the Agrégées.

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  1. Why do we call it an event?

             An Event is something that takes place, especially a gathering of significant importance.

             By contrast, a conference is a formal meeting in which many people gather in order to talk about ideas or problems related to a particular topic (such as medicine or business) usually for several days.

Federation Events take place approximately every five years. As such, it is a gathering of where participants interact with one another in a manner that is engaging and tranformative for all involved

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  1. Who are the partners in mission we hope to participate?      

             Partners in mission are women and men who work and pray with and among us – college students, young adults, all those who want to embrace the neighborhoods of our time thrugh the lense of our CSSJ spirituality.

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  1. Why is Justice Action important at this event?

Together we strive to embody a vision of all people united in one earth community of love and unity. Each time we gather for a Federation Event, we engage in prayer, discussion, input, and action. As you Event 2016 prayer states, “Together we embrace the neighborhoods of our time…”

Each time we gather, we identify a Justice Action that is both local and global.This year we will continue the theme of Event 2011 with it’s focus on trafficking. Our specific focus will be the  labor trafficking of the Immokalee Workers.The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), with headquarters in Florida, is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work.  Built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing starting in 1993, and reinforced with the creation of a national consumer network since 2000, CIW’s work has steadily grown over more than twenty years to encompass three broad and overlapping spheres

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