By: Kristen Whitney Daniels

Our NCSW event at St. Kate's University on March 11, 2019.In celebration of the 2019 National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW), the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph launched the first two films in their TIM (Together in Mission) Talks series. Using a similar format to the 20-minute powerful and engaging videos of the conventional TED talks, TIM Talks turn our unique charism into messages that our world desperately seeks and needs today.

As the Federation continues to move through the bold changes of our expanded membership, we want to simultaneously honor our roots while creating space for our charism to be embraced and lived by our non-vowed members. These talks feature relevant topics that we hope will spur important discussions long past their debut during NCSW.

Thanks to a grant from NCSW, the Federation was able to hire Allyson Escobar, a professional videographer, to film and produce the first two films in this series. The grant also helped the Federation host a launch party at St. Catherine's University in St. Paul, Minnesota during NCSW, that was attended by sisters, associates, and others committed to the charism.

Sr. Annelle FitzpatrickOur first two talks feature two dynamic women who both show how the charism informs their multicultural and interreligious experiences.

Sr. Annelle Fitzpatrick (Brentwood) in her talk titled "Reconciling Neighbor with Neighbor and Neighbor with God" detailed how the charism fueled her life passion in interfaith dialogue and bridge-building between diverse religious traditions. Sr. Annelle, who holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology, has taught sociology and cultural competency at St. John's University for the last 25 years, which is where her TIM Talk was filmed.

Our other talk features Sr. Maryellen Kane (Brentwood), the Parish Life Coordinator at the parish of St. Mary Magdalene in Queens, New York City, which is also where her talk was filmed. Her love for her parish and her greater community shined through in her "Dangerous Memories and Unioning Love" talk. Sr. Maryellen has an MA in Pastoral Ministry with a concentration in social justice/social ministry from Boston College. This is also not the first time she's been on film — she was featured in the documentary film "A Different Path," produced by the Catholic Media Campaign in 1996.

Sr. Maryellen KaneThese first two videos are available via our Youtube Channel. Click here to view Sr. Annelle's talk and click here to be view Sr. Maryellen's.

We are encouraging congregations and communities to view these talks in groups and let these talks lead participants into further guided discussions. These videos make for a perfect community evening, an associate gathering, or at an event to introduce the charism to a variety of groups.

The Federation will continue to put out TIM Talks, with new videos being released exclusively to members of the U.S. Federation. Forthcoming videos will be available on our members-only website, which is now available to agrégées, associates, the St. Joseph Worker community, and partners in mission interested in joining the Federation. For $50 a year, our expanded membership will have access to our TIM Talks and many other resources. Those interested can contact the Federation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign up here.

The Federation is also looking for a wide variety of speakers for upcoming TIM Talks. If you know a dynamic and engaging speaker who would be interested in giving a TIM Talk, please contact the Federation. Future talks will feature all of those who share our charism, including members from our expanded membership groups.

[Kristen Whitney Daniels is assistant director of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph]