Mary J. Novak, an associate with the Congregation of Saint Joseph, is the new Executive Director of Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice. Mary began her term in April 2021 and is putting her years of experience working with women religious to good use in her new role. Continuing in Networks legacy of a grounded approach to policy building, Mary aspires to “do what the women religious did in the early days and we continue to do today – ground our work in the lives of real people.”
- Mary Novak Brings the CSSJ Charism to NETWORK Lobby
- Juneteenth Reflection
Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom and emancipation; a time to reflect on the contributions of African Americans to this country and beyond. This Juneteenth 2021 calendar highlights the accomplishments, gifts and spirituality of a people who made significant contributions to the Catholic Church. The African diaspora who came here as explorers, indentured servants, or slaves and brought with them the gift of dance, song and a unique Spirituality to the church. Each date included in this Juneteenth Calendar highlights a person(s), event, or symbol in the history of the Catholic church in Africa and the United States.
- "With Courage, Strength and Faith:" Remembering Sr. Helen Thomas Colbert
Sister Helen Thomas Colbert, CSJ, embraced life with excitement, passion and joy – a life poured out for others in a spirit of strength, generosity and love. As she would often recall with a laugh: “Growing up with eight brothers and two sisters, I lived community life long before I became a Sister of St. Joseph! My mom taught me what it means to be strong!”
- The U.S. Federation Responds to the Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Case
The trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd has concluded with a guilty verdict on all counts of murder and manslaughter. In the wake of the jury’s decision, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and their partners call for peace and nonviolence for all who wish to be heard.
- We Stand With Rise St. James
The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joins with other faith based organizations to support Rise St. James, in opposition to the construction of a $9.4 billion industrial plastics complex by Formosa Industries. The complex will consist of 16facilities and is expected to double emissions in St. James Parish – a town where 14% of the land is already owned by chemical companies. Our partnership with Rise St. James is motivated by our commitment to fighting environmental racism, and focusing on the ways in which racism, migration, and the climate crisis intersect.
- U.S. Federation Stands Against the Racism and Misogyny Directed Towards the Asian-American and Pacific Island Communities
U.S. Federation Stands Against the Racism and Misogyny Directed Towards the Asian-American and Pacific Island Communities
- Happy Feast of St. Joseph
Today we celebrate the feast of our beloved Patron. Joseph has always served as a model and inspiration for us but even more so in the past year that has been filled with pain and challenges for so many. As we watched our sisters, families, and friends succumb to the coronavirus, we prayed to St. Joseph to accompany them in death. We asked Joseph, the Patron of Refugees, to console those at our closed southern boarders. We raised up the model of Joseph the Worker to give hope to displaced workers and protect essential workers from harm. As we move ahead into this new year, we turn now to Joseph, the Dreamer. May he enable us to keep the dream of an inclusive beloved community alive. May he inspire us to live out the dream of Jesus that all may be one.
- 'It’s Timeout!' — Rise St. James Fights Formosa Plastics
In August 2019, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph released a statement recommitting to create communion at the intersection of racism, migration, and climate crisis. Our mission of unifying love and healing calls us to examine how these issues compound to affect our most vulnerable communities. As part of this commitment, the U.S. Federation is working with Sharon Lavigne, the leader of Rise St. James, a group fighting against the construction of the Formosa Plastics Complex in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Additionally, Sharon will be our featured speaker for our Earth Day 2021 programming.
- Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet- St. Louis Establish Educational Ministries
SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF CARONDELET, ST. LOUIS PROVINCE ESTABLISH ST. JOSEPH EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES: Empowering the laity to continue the mission of Catholic education
- Mission Haiti 2021 Lenten Journey: Rebuilding Haiti through the Empowerment of Girls
The Haiti Calendar this year takes a new approach. It uses the latest encyclical of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti (Brothers and Sister All). This social encyclical focuses on social and economic challenges of today, reaching out to others. The calendar offers a quote and reflection for each of the six weeks of Lent. It could be used as shared prayer group, group discussions, or as personal prayer. We welcome your ideas for its use.