From the Catholic Spirit:
COVID-19 poses a serious threat to Sister Liz Kerwin, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet and retired spiritual director. At 87 and with an underlying condition — chronic lymphocytic leukemia — she’s well aware of her risk.
“I know this could end my life,” said Sister Liz, who lives at the Carondelet Village retirement home in St. Paul. “But I’m trying to focus more on the people around me. Since we only have today, I try to live as fully, lovingly, meaningfully and gratefully as I can. Love drives out fear, and I think gratitude does, too. In the morning, I say, ‘Lord, thank you for another day.’ And whatever it brings, I try to live with that.”
Read the full article.
July 14th, 2020
Celeste’s Dream and our Community Leader student interns continue to work on food insecurity and sustainability initiatives in collaboration with St. Kate’s. One key partnership is the St. Kate’s Food Shelf. See information about May 2020 results below.
June 29th, 2020
On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in DACA Recipients’ favor. We joyfully celebrate with all DACA youth who have worked so hard to contribute to this country. Now we turn our attention to Congress for a permanent solution.
Let us use our collective voices to advocate with our U.S. Senators asking them to protect and provide a path to citizenship for DACA youth! The U.S. House of Representatives already passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, a solution that if the U.S. Senate passed would protect and provide a road to citizenship for immigrant youth, TPS, and DED holders.
Visit the CSSJ Federation website for ways to take action and pray with us!
June 19th, 2020
At 9:35 a.m. on a sunny Minneapolis morning, Bao Phi is on his way to drop his daughter off at daycare. Knowing that they are running late, Bao rolls through a stop sign without waiting the designated 3 seconds, and is stopped by a police officer who approaches the car with his hand already on his pistol. Bao describes the horror of seeing a police officer approach him, ready to fire for a minor offense: “I wonder what the officers thought I could have been doing [..] with my four-year old daughter in the booster seat, that would warrant them needing their guns.”
This story, like so many others, tells a tale of two Minnesota-s. There is the idyllic Minnesota of our collective imagination, a state ripe with natural resources, economic opportunity and neighborly kindness that extends to every one of us. However, there is a darker version of Minnesota that many of us do not see. A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, a collection of essays edited by Sun Yung Shin, tells the story of a darker Minnesota – a Minnesota that fails to adequately protect and care for its residents of color, and looks the other way as systemic racism continues to destabilize and destroy their lives. Through their passionate, gritty and impactful story-telling, local artists of color are able to bring light to this side so that it may be seen by all.
This collection of 16 essays conveys the lived experiences of Minnesotans of color in bite-sized pieces, allowing readers an insight into the heaviness of each author’s experience in a poignant and uncompromising way. Alexis Pate, author and businessman, writes: “[Readers] will not be able to read this book without changing. Minnesota will never be the same.” Featured authors include poets, independent film makers, activists, writers and elected officials, providing a creative platform to elevate their voices to a wider, white audience. Like Bao Phi, they have a truth to tell: Minnesota is our home, but we are never safe here.
Some of these authors are immigrants and refugees, and some are citizens. They are African-American, Latino, Native American or Asian. Many have advanced degrees and published works, while others did not finish a formal education. No matter their differences, their essays converge into one powerful anthology that will leave readers laughing, tearful, angry and, at times, ashamed at ever having participated in the oppression of their fellow Minnesotans. This is a crucial read for anyone who wishes to gain a deeper and more profound understanding of the experiences of people of color in Minnesota, especially during a time when there is fertile ground for change.
The CSJ Confronting Whiteness and Racism Working Group supports greater awareness and understanding of the ways in which Whiteness and its ongoing systems of oppression and division function in our culture and society, so that we can begin to heal from it and truly move toward love of God and neighbor without distinction. In the past year, the group has hosted a number of book groups to discuss A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, My Grandmother’s Hands, and White Fragility. Learn more about the CSJ Confronting Whiteness and Racism Working Group or other community actions to understand and confront whiteness and racism.
June 1st, 2020
Sadness, frustration, fear, and anger are but a few of the disquieting emotions resulting from the egregious fatal arrest of George Floyd of Minneapolis.
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly,” wrote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We once again are feeling the pain that the use of violent force is wreaking. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, pray for the family of George Floyd, for all those struggling with his senseless death, the officers who must live with the results of their actions, and for the entire community. We are “caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,” again revealing systemic injustice causing indescribable suffering to all and disproportionately to our Black brothers and sisters. Read the full statement and see our CSJ Prayer for the Dear Neighbor.
May 27th, 2020
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April 13th, 2020
We offer you the below song and prayers for a blessed St. Patrick’s Day and upcoming year.
March 17th, 2020
Moving always toward profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction brought the first Sisters of St. Joseph to St. Paul in November 1851. In 1853, because of the cholera epidemic (an infectious and often fatal disease), the Sisters closed the school they had just started, sent the children home, and took in those who were sick (until St. Joseph’s Hospital was built).
In response to the public health concerns related to the COVID-19 coronavirus and with continued love and compassion for all our dear neighbors, we are closing all CSJ buildings at 4:00 p.m., March 16, 2020, until further notice. People are asked not to enter the buildings at this time. Most public events have been cancelled. Please contact individual ministries regarding the status of each event/program.
The above changes will be reassessed weekly.
Thank you for all you are doing to take good care of yourselves, your loved ones and each other as we face this health emergency together.
Suzanne, Cathy and Susan
CSJ St. Paul Province Leadership Team
March 16th, 2020
Our beloved evening celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19 is cancelled. It is increasingly clear as we grapple with the COVID-19 virus that we need to limit our in-person large gatherings and take steps to mitigate the spread of infections. We don’t want anyone in our community to have to choose between their health and the importance of communal celebrations. We will plan to reschedule the celebration when possible.
March 13th, 2020