On Thursday, July 11, the CSJ community, Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee members, and citizens of St. Paul gathered for a special July Peace Prayer in collaboration and celebration of 60+ years of Sister City relationships of building bridges and building Peace through Cultural Understanding. Video highlights of this prayer service are below. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have deep connections to the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Relationship along with long standing community connections with our CSJ community in Japan.
Then on Monday, July 15, many in the CSJ community collaborated with Sister City Committee members to plant a Japanese Cherry Blossom Tree on the Sister of St. Joseph grounds in St. Paul, MN. This special tree planting included blessings and prayers for peace (view photos). We gathered to reflect on building bridges and peace through cultural understanding. We said prayers for many, including our friends and community members in Nagasaki and our own CSJ Sisters in Japan. We have a long-standing historic relationship with Nagasaki, including recently welcoming into the CSJ novitiate their newest community member, Chizuru Yamada. We pray and hope that this tree will grow to share the beauty of its blossoms as a reminder of our commitment to peace, relationship building, and our renewal each year.
In addition, the tree was also planted at this time as a desire by the CSJ community to offset our carbon footprint caused by traveling to the Congregational Chapter. Additional trees will be planted in the future. Read more information on how the Congregation is offsetting our carbon footprint.
July 16th, 2019