A lot has happened at the International Center in the last year. We want to provide you with a few of the highlights. Mount St. Mary University has bought the childhood home of Mother St. John Fontbonne, a very significant sister in the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph. It is in Bas-en-Basset, France, not too far from the International Center in Le Puy. In the past, visitors would just stand outside the house. Now the International Center has a key and is able to add this to tours for those who are staying at the International Center.
- The International Center: An Exciting Place to Be
- Words For Life: a new book series from Sr. Rosemary O'Toole
The journey from Writings of Jean-Pierre Médaille, S.J., 1610-1669 to Words for Life has been a wonderful exploration. The inspiration to write this four-volume series on the spirituality of this Jesuit missionary priest of 17th Century France ‘just arrived' last year as the culmination of years of reflection, research, and living each day the essence of his teachings. I believe another kairos moment has arrived!
- Federation Associate Leadership Meet in Facilitated Online Series
What does it mean to be an Associate? How do individual congregations welcome new Associates? How do we find support when things don’t go well? These are some of the questions that Federation Associate leaders reflected on together over the course of a four month online series.
- The Leadership Council in Transition
This is a time of major transition at the Leadership Council. Sr. Maryellen Kane (Brentwood), the U.S. Federation’s new executive director, attended her first meeting. Although plagued with a cold, she quickly warmed to the Council and they to her. Two new members — Sr. Mary McFadden (Philadelphia) and Barbara Roberts (Carondelet-St. Louis staff) — joined the Leadership Council. Both bring fundraising expertise which will be very helpful to the evolution of the U.S. Federation.
- Fr. Médaille's Cause for Canonization Given 'Green Light'
We have received some wonderful news concerning Father Jean-Pierre Médaille. This morning, I received word from Father François Boëdec, S.J., Provincial of the Society of Jesus of Western Europe. He has written to Father Pascual Cebollada, S.J., the Postulator for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization in Rome giving him the 'green light' to advance Father Médaille's cause. Thanks to Sister Marta Pesce, C.S.J. (Italian Federation) and others, the preliminary preparations have already been completed.
- Farewell from Sr. Patty Johnson
It is time for me to bid farewell to my position as the Executive Director of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. It has been a wonderful 8.5 years. Having been elected to the Carondelet congregational leadership team, my last day at the Federation was December 31. I cannot begin to tell you how deeply this work has impacted me. I am enriched by the many meaningful relationships I have formed. We have accomplished so much together.
- A Q&A with Our New Executive Director
On January 1, 2020, Sr. Maryellen Kane assumed the role of executive director of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Get to know more about Sr. Maryellen who has worked with the United Farm Workers (the union originally started by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta) and co-founded houses of hospitality that have spread throughout New York City and the surrounding area.
- Taking a Stand for the Humane Treatment of Immigrant Children
On Sept. 4 more than 30 members from the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joined together in Newark to protest the detention of immigrant children.
- Meet Us in St. Louis
Twelve of us gathered in St. Louis to learn about our early history in the United States and engage in an in-depth reflection on community living. This included second year novices, temporary professed, and seasoned members of three Federation congregations.
- U.S. Federation Names New Executive Director
The Leadership Assembly of the U.S. Federation has affirmed Sister Maryellen Kane, CSJ as our new Executive Director. Sr. Maryellen, from the Brentwood congregation, has had many experiences with the Federation that she believes has enriched her religious life.