We welcome and affirm all members of the LGBTQIA+ family.
Statements we have signed onto:
- We Will Bless Same-Gender Couples from New Ways Ministry
Beyond Welcoming and Affirming: Wednesday, June 23
On Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT/5:30 pm MT/4:30 pm PT, the Federation will host a panel discussion with LGBTQ+ members of our CSSJ Federation. Our speakers – which includes sisters, an associate, and a St. Joseph Worker – will honestly discuss their experience as an LGBTQ+ person in the Federation, as well as how we can go beyond simply "welcoming and affirming" for LGBTQ+ folks. The event is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 for those who are financially able. All donations go to our speakers and to future programming.
Bob Carney is Sister of St. Joseph educated and a Carondelet-Los Angeles associate for 28 years. Bob is a world traveler and retired elementary public school teacher. For a third of his career (18 years), he taught in an outdoor education program which was developed by San Diego City Schools as an integration education program. Balboa Park and its 17 institutions plus the San Diego Zoo were used as the vehicle to teach. Each 5th grader in the district spent one week of their school year in the park program,12,000 students a year participated. Culture, Diversity, Discrimination and care of earth were some of the main concepts in the curriculum. A little known fact, Bob served in the U.S. Army in the late 1960s with a tour in Vietnam, earning a purple heart. Bob has a BA in Geography, and a MA in humanistic education.
Sr. Baya Clare is a Sister of St Joseph of Carondelet, St Paul Province. She was born in Columbia, Missouri and later lived in Colorado. She has a BA in English from the University of Northern Colorado and an MA in Theology from St Catherine University, as well as a graduate certificate in spiritual direction. In her first decade as a CSJ she mainly worked in web technology and graphic design. For the past decade she has taught spirituality, art and communications classes and given retreats and workshops at federal, state and county jails and prisons around Minnesota. She has recently begun a spiritual direction practice while continuing the prison work. Baya is also an artist, and her work can be seen at http://bayadraws.com.
Sr. Nancy Marsh is Sister of St Joseph of Carondelet –St. Louis Province. Nancy just celebrated her 50 year Jubilee as a sister. She graduated with her BSN from Fontbonne College, ADN from Georgia State University, and MSN from Georgia State University. Nancy has had a variety of ministries as Sister of St. Joseph including teaching Home Economics in Ste. Genevieve, MO, Peoria, IL, and Atlanta, GA; healthcare nursing in Atlanta, St. Paul, and Kansas City, MO; as well as working with LGBTQI, support group, AIDS ministry in parish, and home care infusion during the AIDS crisis in 90's. Nancy has been "out" as a lesbian since 1990's and has participated in the New Ways Ministry sister retreat and leadership weekend. She is presently retired doing volunteer work with disadvantaged mentally ill elderly women and lives in community in St. Louis.
Allison Connelly (she/her) received her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, where she concentrated on interdisciplinary approaches to disability theology. Allison is a queer Catholic called to ministerial leadership, and is in discernment for ordination with the United Church of Christ. She has been deeply formed by the Sisters of St. Joseph through the St. Joseph Worker Program and finds a spiritual home in lay-led catholic communities and in UCC churches in New York City and Minneapolis, MN. Allison's writing can be found on the New Ways Ministry blog, Bondings 2.0, in Dear Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church (Twenty Third Publications, 2019) and in Liberating Liturgies 2.0 (Women's Ordination Conference, 2020).
- Love Tenderly – Sacred Stories of Lesbian and Queer Religious: this new book from New Ways Ministry is an anthology written by twenty-three vowed women religious who embrace their sexual identity as lesbian or queer. While telling their stories of self discovery and acceptance they explore questions related to vowed life, falling in love, and advice they would give to a lesbian or queer woman considering religious life. Readers will be inspired and challenged to deeper consideration of their own psycho-sexual-spiritual journey. You can order the book here.
- Terminology: compiled and adapted by David Huant from "The Amherst College Queer Resource Center's Terms, Definitions, and Labels.” Further adapted and supplemented by New Ways Ministry.
- New Ways Ministry: educates and advocates for justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Catholics, and reconciliation within the larger church and civil communities.
- Creating a Spirit of Welcome: New Ways Ministry offers a workshop on Integrating LGBTQ Issues in Catholic Schools for Administrators, Staff & Faculty Leaders
- Next Steps: An online series about developing LGBTQ ministry
- Trans-forming Love: New Ways Ministry offers this program of education, dialogue, and prayer about welcoming transgender people.
- For Our "Out" Sisters:
- The next conference for lesbian sisters, congregational leaders, and vocation/formation ministers will be held at Siena Retreat Center, in Racine, WI, March 18-20, 2022
- Womanjourney Weavings Program: a "program of support and education for lesbian sisters, congregational leaders, and formation/vocation ministers. Through conferences, a newsletter, and a listserv, the Womanjourney project networks lesbian sisters and their congregational leaders."
- Learn More About Trans Identity and Ministry: