Friday, March 30, 2012

Introducing the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia New Magazine "One With"

The premiere edition of One With the new magazine of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia is available for download on the Congregation website.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dorothy Giloley SSJ nominated for the the Catholic Extension Society Lumen Christi Award — Votes are Needed

Sister Dorothy Giloley SSJ has been nominated by the Bishop of the Diocese of Fairbanks for the the Catholic Extension Society Lumen Christi Award. The annual national award honors an individual working in one of America's mission dioceses who demonstrates how the power of faith can transform lives and communities. Lumen Christi recipients are laudable not only for the light and hope they bring to forgotten corners of the country, but for inspiring those around them to be "Lights of Christ" as well.

Past recipients of the Lumen Christi Award, which is Latin for "Light of Christ," have included priests, women religious, and lay leaders from across the nation.

The Lumen Christi Award is accompanied by a $50,000 grant - $25,000 for the honoree and $25,000 for his or her nominating diocese - to be used for enhancing a specific area of ministry.

If you have a Facebook account, please take a moment to vote for Sister Dorothy AND share with as many friends as possible!  The link

Click on Lumen Christi Voting--they are in order of the amount of votes they are getting.  The current winner has 268 votes.  Let's help get Sister Dorothy to the top!

Sister Dorothy Giloley, S.S.J., poses on the rocky shore of
Little Diomede Island with new friends Brandi and Renee,
Native Diomeders. Over her shoulder you can see Big
Diomede Island. The Diomede Islands are sometimes
referred to as Tomorrow Island (Big Diomede) and
Yesterday Isle (Little Diomede) because Big Diomede is
24 hours ahead of Little Diomede.

Sister Dorothy scaled steep boulder inlaid pathways to bring the
Eucharist to Diomede elders and bible school to Diomede youngsters.
Here, she pauses to catch her breath.
Sister Dorothy Giloley, SSJ
Diocese of Fairbanks
In any given week, Sister Dorothy Giloley, SSJ, can travel thousands of miles to meet the needs of the 23 parishes she serves as Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Fairbanks. This vast territory makes getting around difficult, but Sister Giloley takes it in stride. She teaches religious education certification classes as well as theology courses, and holds annual retreats for catechists so that they can pass the knowledge on to their Catholic communities. With her support and determination, she's igniting enthusiasm in Alaska's Native parishes and ensuring that faith thrives even with the absence of resident clergy.

JUSTICE NEWS: March 28, 2012

Reflection: “This is the fasting I wish…to change conditions which cause poverty, suffering and oppression; to see what miseries exist and address them or remedy them in collaboration with others.”  (Isaiah and SSJ Constitutions)

Last week some of America’s religious leaders unveiled for congressional consideration a “Faithful Budget” proposal which was endorsed by 37 religious groups including LCWR. Priorities for a FAITHFUL BUDGET: Acting with Mercy and Justice as One Nation Under God is a call to Congress and the President to enact a federal budget that serves the common good, provides robust funding for people struggling to overcome poverty and exercises proper care of Earth. To read more click here. Then contact your legislators and urge them to use this document as a model for the federal budget.  Take action.

Our Congregation joined LCWR and NETWORK in signing on to an Amicus Brief written by the Southern Poverty Law Center that highlights the humanitarian rights violations of Arizona’s S.B. 1070.  This brief illustrates through real-life stories the damage that S.B. 1070 would cause if its enjoined provisions were allowed to go into effect. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments of this law on April 25th.
Sustainability Tip of the Week

Take Five… and view this remarkable YouTube to see our planet in a whole new light.  Carl Sagan asked the NASA operators of the Voyager I to snap this picture as the spacecraft was leaving our solar system, to remind us of this very simple fact: "Everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was lived out their life . . . lived there."   Watch and enjoy!  (The Daily Green)
Please consider Earth before printing this hotline.

Walking Gently on the Earth A Conversation about Ecology and Spirituality

Walking Gently on the Earth

A Conversation about Ecology and Spirituality

Thursday, April 12, 2012

  7-9 PM

                                          Chestnut Hill College — East Parlor

Description: Panel, followed by open discussion period with Audience

Mary Elizabeth Clark, SSJ, Director, SSJ Earth Center
Special Assistant to the President for Sustainability

Marie Conn, Professor of Religious Studies;
Chair of the Holistic Spirituality Program

Tracy Davidson, Holistic Spirituality Student; NBC 10 Reporter

Robert Meyer, Professor of Biology

Julie Morrison, Holistic Spirituality Student

For further information, contact Marie Conn, 215-248-7044 or


Monday, March 26, 2012

Anne Myers SSJ President Joins Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Pastoral Council

Anne Myers SSJ
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M Cap., recently met with the newly founded Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Pastoral Council is an advisory group to the Archbishop that examines the pastoral activities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and offers practical counsel to promote the mission of the Church.  This Council is the first time a Pastoral Council has been established for the entire Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese Pastoral Council membership includes Archbishop Chaput and four administrators from the Archdiocese. Thirty members  have been selected  throughout the Archdiocese and includes 12 lay women, 11 lay men, one priest, one deacon, and one consecrated woman religious.  The consecrated woman religious is Sister Anne Myers SSJ President.

Of the newly established Archdiocese Pastoral Council, Archbishop Chaput said, “The council we now have in place is a local snapshot of the whole People of God, with intelligent, dedicated Catholics from every walk of life. In both of my previous places of ministry as bishop – Rapid City and Denver – the diocesan pastoral council was a vital source of collaboration and help in my work. I look forward to the same good working friendship with council members here in Philadelphia.” 

In addition to the Archbishop, those serving in an ex-officio capacity include: 
Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior, Moderator of the Curia; Monsignor Daniel Sullivan, Vicar for Clergy; Mr. Timothy O’Shaughnessy, Chief Financial Officer*; and Mr. Francis X. Maier, Special Assistant and Senior Adviser to the Archbishop. 

Members nominated and selected from around the Archdiocese include: 
Mr. Edward “Jody” Arena, Ms. Tonya Banks, Saint Cyprian Parish, Philadelphia; Mrs. Bernadette Brooks, Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media; Dr. James Callahan, Saint Matthias Parish, Bala Cynwyd; Ms. Sarah Cardie, Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Springfield; Mr. Dennis Carey, Ms. Dawn Chism, Saint Francis de Sales Parish, Philadelphia; Mr. Bernard Cory, Saint Anselm Parish, Philadelphia; Ms. Laura Endara-Manteilla, Maternity B.V.M. Parish, Philadelphia; Ms. Cynthia Fedele, Mater Dolorosa Parish, Philadelphia; Mr. Jorge Ignacio-Fernández, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Buckingham; Deacon Dennis Friel, Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, Philadelphia; Mrs. Ann Giunta, Saint Agnes Parish, West Chester; Ms. Barbara Inforzato, Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, Philadelphia; Ms. Marie Joseph, Saint Ignatius of Antioch Parish, Yardley; Ms. Connie McCalla, Saint Raymond Parish, Jenkintown; Sr. Anne Patricia Myers SSJ, Congregational President, Sisters of Saint Joseph; Mr. Rocco Palmo, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Philadelphia; Mr. Michael Shank, Saints Philip and James Parish, Exton; Ms. Maria Stumpf, Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Parish, North Wales; Monsignor Joseph Trinh, Pastor, Saint Helena Parish, Philadelphia; Mr. Andrew Vu, Saint Helena Parish, Philadelphia; Ms. Mary Beth Walsh, Saint Bernadette Parish, Drexel Hill; Mr. Damian Wargo, Saint Madeleine Sophie Parish, Philadelphia; Mr. Ronald Watson, Saint John the Baptist Parish, Ottsville; and Mr. Michael Yasick, Saint Elizabeth Parish, Upper Uwchlan. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

World Water Day — March 22, 2012

On this World Water Day as we remember the 1.2 billion people in our world without access to water, we offer this timely invitation to spread the word about Change for Global Change.

The 2012 Campaign begins with the Easter Season and we would love to gather an increasing number of people to partner with us in this project in this, our 6th year!    The materials for the 2012 campaign can be found on our website:    

We hope you can share these materials with your family, friends, parishioners, colleagues and everyone you know!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Saint Joseph's Day Celebrated

by Pat Marnien SSJ
Sister Eileen Maguire SSJ

At Mount Saint Joseph Convent, Sisters of Saint Joseph, SSJ Associates and SSJ Partners in Mission gathered for Saint Joseph’s Day prayer, reflection and breakfast on March 19, 2012. For the reflection piece of the prayer, Director of Senior Services Sister Eileen Maguire SSJ prepared a video depicting Sisters and Associates engaged in ministry.

As she welcomed all present, Congregational President Sister Anne Myers, spoke of the courage displayed by so many Sisters of Saint Joseph around the globe who have embraced ministries that stretch them “beyond their comfort zone” in good works that serve the Dear Neighbor.

Sister Rosemari Lorenz and Natalie Treviño greet everyone with smiles.

“Joseph, daring dreamer, help us to dream a world where we are all dear neighbors, one in unity with God and with all of creation” was the theme of the prayer. Many more Sisters of Saint Joseph, SSJ Associates, Partners in Mission and Friends of the Congregation will gather for Liturgy of the Eucharist in the afternoon.
Rosetta, Denise and Carlos enjoy feast day goodies.
Sister Elizabeth Ferguson, Mrs. Amy Kusen, and Sister Barbara Farrell are ready to celebrate.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saint Joseph Villa Residents Renew Wedding Vows

Carol Anne Dauerbach describes the day her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dauerbach, renewed their Wedding Vows at Saint Joseph Villa, where both are residents.

Bride Frances Dauerbach
When I arrived at Saint Joseph Villa, to attend the renewal of my parents’ vows, I first said a quick hello to Dad. He was already dressed for his part as groom, so I went to see if the bride needed any help. Mom was ready, too — dress, makeup, earrings, veil, even flowers. The staff had gathered everything Mom needed. I saw my mother radiant and happy.

The Renewal Ceremony was beautiful. Music sounded, bridesmaids and a ring bearer stood ready, some women helped to keep the bride hidden. It was so dear. Everywhere I looked, I saw the staff’s loving touches.

Because Dad can’t hear at all, Villa Chaplain Father Frank Farsaci, OSA, helped him along when it came time for the renewal of the vows. But, let me tell you, even though she is at the Villa because she sometimes struggles with memory, my mother repeated clearly and sincerely every word Father Frank said, and she looked at Dad each time she spoke. A number of women near me shed as many tears as I did!

I was struck by the simplicity of the celebration and I felt everyone’s appreciation for all 64 of those treasured years of marriage. I felt that all were one — all were part of this celebration.

Sixty-four years of love and affection shared in a tender moment.
Daughters Rosemary and Carol were able to join their 
parents Michael andFrances Dauerbach at the 
Villa’s Anniversary celebration.
I am so very grateful to Maureen Gould, who came up with the idea, and to all the Villa staff who helped — folks from Activities and Nursing, CNAs, Father Frank, Sister Pat Doyle and more. So many pooled their talents to let us all share in the celebration of my parents’ marriage. Every little detail of that activity had meaning that was filled with love.

We had prayer and ritual, bridal wear and decorations, music and refreshments. As everyone congratulated Mom and Dad and wished them well, I saw smiles everywhere. I had such a feeling of joy. What a wonderful blessing for me to have been a part of my parents’ Wedding Anniversary. What a wonderful blessing for my parents to be at the Villa.

Founded in 1968, Saint Joseph Villa (a Sponsored Work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph) in Flourtown, Pennsylvania offers health care to the retired and infirm Sisters of Saint Joseph and when possible to lay women and men, and to members of other religious communities. Learn more about Saint Joseph Villa at

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

JUSTICE NEWS: March 14, 2012

Reflection: “This is the fasting I wish…to change conditions which cause poverty, suffering and oppression; to see what miseries exist and address them or remedy them in collaboration with others.”  (Isaiah and SSJ Constitutions)
The House of Representatives is considering the Affordable Housing and Self-Sufficiency Act of 2012, which will increase the minimum rent of a household in public housing, receiving a housing voucher or in project-based Section 8 assisted households. NETWORK opposes this act, as it is most damaging to those who have the least economic power, and struggle most deeply to live in dignity. Urge your Representative to pressure members of the Financial Services committee to abandon this legislation. Take action.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Watch and Pray: a Lenten Reflection

Sister Mary Catherine Walton SSJ
Sister Mary Catherine Walton SSJ presented Watch and Pray: a Lenten Reflection at Saint Joseph Villa on March 6, 2012. Pointing to Jesus’ call to “Stay here and keep watch with me,” Mary invited attendees to consider how much Jesus longed to be with His friends for the Passover Meal, how deeply He longed for their company during the time of His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, and how much Jesus longs to meet each of us in our moments of Lenten Prayer.

Sister Helene of the Cross, OCD, found a balance of humor and spiritual earnestness in Mary’s reflection. Helene said, “Sister Mary Catherine challenged me to a more balanced diet of prayer and good works when she spoke of our holding a cookie in each hand. I needed her encouragement to balance the longing the Lord has for us in our times of watching with Him with the everyday opportunities we have to offer a “cookie of love” rather than a chocolate chip. I realized that I can offer cookies of kindness to my tablemates and to my next door and hallway neighbors at the Villa. I am grateful. I needed Mary’s encouragement.” 

As prayers of petition were offered for “those who are homeless, those brittle of bone” – all of those marginalized persons passers-by so often try to look beyond, participants responded: “Stay here and keep watch with me.” 

(front rows 1,2) Sisters Assunta Bonner, MarieJude Behling,
(row 3 from left) Kathleen O’Toole, Kathleen McMenamin, and Agnes Anthony Mullen
(back red shirt) Loretta McCarry

From left front row: Sisters Peg Maguire, Eleanor Mary Bringenbert, and Mary Fineran
back row: Sisters Marcellla Malone and Catherine Immacula

"I realized that our Lord does not call those who are worthy, but those whom He will." 
— St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Monday, March 12, 2012

Blessed are the Poor

Poverty and humility allow us to contemplate the goodness of God in creation because they make us free to see things for what they are, unique, unrepeatable loved-into-being gifts of God.

— from Compassion

Friday, March 9, 2012

“The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity.”
— St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8th — International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day Join Amnesty International in advocating for women’s rights in Yemen. Women in Yemen face systemic discrimination and endemic violence, with devastating consequences for their lives. Their rights are routinely violated because Yemeni laws as well as tribal and customary practices treat them as second-class citizens.  Take action.
"Therefore once and for all this short command is given to you. 'Love and do what you will.' If you keep silent, keep silent by love; if you speak, speak by love; if you correct, correct by love; if you pardon, pardon by love: let love be rooted in you, and from the root nothing but good can grow." 
— St. Augustine

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

JUSTICE NEWS: March 7, 2012

Reflection: “This is the fasting I wish…to change conditions which cause poverty, suffering and oppression; to see what miseries exist and address them or remedy them in collaboration with others.”  (Isaiah and SSJ Constitutions)

The Pennsylvania Senate may vote on HB934, PA's voter ID bill, today. This legislation would stop thousands of Pennsylvanians from participating in the democratic process. Some supporters of the bill have alleged that its true purpose is to prevent non-citizen immigrants from fraudulently voting. We cannot let this false, anti-immigrant rhetoric waste our taxpayer dollars and erode our democracy. Take actionClick here  for more information about the bill.

READ the entire report here.
"Let us love the one who offends us since this great God has not ceased to love us even though we have offended Him very much. Thus the Lord is right in wanting all to pardon the wrongs done to them."
— St. Theresa of Avila

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

"Without hesitancy, therefore, let us love our enemies, let us do good to those who hate us, and let us pray for those who persecute us."
— St. Augustine

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Congregational Presidents' Portraits Unveiled

On March 1, 2012, Sisters of Saint Joseph and their Partners in Mission gathered in the Motherhouse Lobby, a sacred space rooted in the earliest days of the history of the Congregation in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. In prayer and song, they honored Our Sisters in Leadership as they journeyed past a portrait of Mother Saint John Fontbonne and continued past a gallery of the portraits of General Superiors beginning with Mother Saint John Fournier. Two new portraits were unveiled. One honors the leadership of Congregational President Sister Patricia Kelly (1999-2009) (pictured below on right). The second portrait honors current President Sister Anne Myers (pictured below on left).

Sister Mary Dacey invited all gathered to see the portrait gallery as a grateful celebration of the leadership of each Sister depicted. Mary also suggested seeing the historic collection as a way of appreciating every Sister of Saint Joseph who is part of our past and of all who are now part of our ongoing history.

Justice News for Week of February 29th

Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR): The Officers of LCWR have issued a statement on the February 10th White House Health Care Resolution and Conscience Protection.  Log onto then scroll down to the “What’s New” section on the right hand side and click to read the statement.available at
Read the entire update here.
"Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing."
— St. Therese of Lisieux