St. Joseph’s Workshop: Building a Community of Love and Support

During this time when public health is such a concern, we understand daily life is changing for us in various challenging ways. This St. Joseph’s Workshop webpage will offer frequent messages of hope and resources for handling our new reality, CSJ related activities and much more. Check back often!

July 7, 2020
During these hot July days, see this lovely message from Good Ground Press which includes the Mary Oliver poem, “The Summer Day,” AND an opportunity to purchase a four card set featuring beautiful artwork by Sister Joanne Emmer, CSJ, depicting the four seasons.

June 29, 2020
In June, we hosted a special Peace Prayer online with the 2019-2020 St. Joseph Workers (SJWs).  Each of the SJWs offered short reflections of their year of service including their experiences in the context of the recent George Floyd killing. We will share one reflection periodically, starting with the below.

June 19, 2020
DACA Action Alert:

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 12, 2020
The CSJ Community is so pleased to congratulate our own St. Mary’s Health Clinics and all the SMHC staff on their achievement of a 2020 Gold Rating from the NAFC Quality Standards Program. The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is to ensure the medically underserved have access to affordable health care. Thank you to SMHC for your dedication to providing to quality healthcare for All.

Also, read the most recent update from St. Mary’s Health Clinics!

June 9, 2020
Extra, extra, read all about it! Make sure you didn’t miss our CSJ St. Paul June enewsletter, featuring the below two events and much more.

June 5, 2020

June 3, 2020
We would like to share the Sisters of St. Joseph U.S. Federation‘s statement on the murder of George Floyd and a list of anti-racism action items.

Also, during these sunny, summer days, we remember that our voices are always needed – now, in the future and even in times of bitter cold. We share the below video from our November 12, 2019 vigil (in partnership with many organizations) at the Whipple Federal Building. The vigil is a visible sign of our love of dear neighbor and our solidarity with our immigrant neighbors who are facing deportation. Despite the frigid temperatures, our community wanted to show up and speak for justice.

June 1, 2020
Today at noon! From Sojourners, “we invite you to join with religious and civic leaders across the country as we take a moment on Monday, June 1 at noon to pause and join together in collective mourning and lament. We also hope you will share this video with others and post your own prayers or tributes to your loved ones lost to this pandemic on social media on this day.” For more information visit this page.

Some prayer resources for COVID-19 coronavirus can be found at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Prayer Resources for the Coronavirus Crisis.

May 29, 2020

May 27, 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 >>

May 21, 2020
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality is offering numerous wonderful resources during this time of physical distance, including lots of reflective coloring pages.

Be sure to watch this video of 300 people from 15 different countries who came together to participate in a virtual rendition of the beautiful song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel.

May 16, 2020
As we begin Laudato Si’ Week (May 16 – 24), look at the ways we are creatively honoring the 5th Anniversary of Pope Francis’s Encyclical “Laudato Si’.”

Plus, don’t miss the below video!

Trek of the Seven Sisters– Sister Ambrosia Arnichaud, CSJ (pt.1)

One hundred and fifty years ago, seven brave sisters trekked from Missouri to Arizona to minister to the dear neighbor. Beginning this week, we are proud to introduce each of those remarkable women who paved the way for hundreds of other sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Posted by Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet / Los Angeles on Monday, 6 April 2020


May 11, 2020
A simple but meaningful offer for the beginning of the week. Ring the bells that still can ring

May 7, 2020
Below is a song that was written on occasion of Sister Jill Underdahl’s final vows in 2006.  This YouTube version features photos of Consociate Nancy Tang in her current ministry in NYC.

Plus, make sure you don’t miss this GSR article that includes our Congregation leadership team’s letter to Cardinal Dolan about the feedback he is receiving from women religious. And did you see our latest enews? There’s some great content, including this Justice Action.

May 1, 2020
Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker and May Day! Learn about the history of May Day, make some baskets and/or attend one of the virtual events during Chrysalis MayDay, by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.

© Julia Wytrazek / Culture Trip

April 29, 2020
Today, we offer a variety of resources to navigate the many emotions that you may be experiencing during these times. As Rumi writes, may we look for healthy ways to ” treat each guest honorably.”

We also want to share the below music from Sara Thomsen if you are looking to “let peace fill your soul.”

April 27, 2020

April 24, 2020
There’s only one week until our Online Auction starts! We need your support in continuing the vast mission and impact of our ministries.

April 22, 2020April 21, 2020
As we celebrate Earth Day and Week, we invite you to utilize these resources found on the CSJ 11th Day Prayer for Peace page as well as the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Congregation’s Facebook posts and Communion Within the Earth Community page.

April 17, 2020
Congratulations to our own Jennifer Tacheny, Co-Director of Celeste’s Dream Young Adult Spirituality! She is one of Minnesota Campus Compact’s 2020 Engaged Campus Award Recipients. Her award is in the Alumni Leadership Award category (an alum of a member institution making strong contributions to their community and demonstrating the values of the civic mission of higher education).

April 16, 2020
Today we share this good read from the Catholic News Service, Sisters’ work during 1918 Spanish flu seen as model for crisis today.

For enjoyment, we all need more kazoos in our lives and below, please “knock” and come on in!

April 13, 2020
Happy Easter Monday! We very much hope everyone had a lovely Easter and would like to showcase these ways to celebrate the seven weeks of the Easter season from Good Ground Press.

Also, it seems folks turned to sidewalk chalk and door art more than ever as an outside activity (some is featured below). From the Highland Park neighborhood, many of these were close to Carondelet Center and Carondelet Village!

April 11, 2020
This Holy Saturday, we want to ensure all are aware that Opera singer Andrea Bocelli will perform live on Easter from Italy’s empty Duomo Cathedral.

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph also has a great webpage with numerous resources, including prayers, live stream religious services and much more. There are lovely reflections and videos on Dan Schutte’s Easter Triddum webpage, as well.

Finally, below is a prayer and song from the 2019 Congregational Chapter.

April 10, 2020

Prayer and Spirituality Resources

April 8, 2020
Extra! Extra! Read all about the latest update from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and the extended stay-at-home order (through May 4). Plus, don’t miss Consociate Mary Freitag’s feature on MPR regarding mindfulness.

Finally, as we move through this holy week, we offer the below prayer.

April 6, 2020

April 3, 2020
Make sure to review the numerous free options from Natural Mental Health (NMH)! They offer trusted information and holistic supplements and products to help individuals of all ages optimize their mental health and build resilience in mind, body, and heart. Great meditation options!

If you are looking for positivity and good feels, don’t miss Some Good News with John Krasinski.

March 31, 2020 
As we say goodbye to March and enter into April, we want to share the below videos and these thoughts and resources from individuals in our CSJ Community.

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well.  Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace. Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us. Amen

  • From Sister Connie G.: Richard Rohr‘s Daily Meditation (March 19, 2020)

It is shocking to think how much the world has changed in such a brief time. Each of us has had our lives and communities disrupted. Of course, I am here in this with you. I feel that I’m in no position to tell you how to feel or how to think, but there are a few things that come to mind I will share.

A few days ago I was encouraged by the Franciscans and by the leadership team here at the CAC to self-quarantine, so I’ve been in my little hermitage now for three or four days. I’ve had years of practice, literally, how to do what we are calling “social distancing.” I have a nice, large yard behind me where there are four huge, beautiful cottonwood trees, and so I walk my dog Opie every few hours.

Right now I’m trying to take in psychologically, spiritually, and personally, what is God trying to say? When I use that phrase, I’m not saying that God causes suffering to teach us good things. But God does use everything, and if God wanted us to experience global solidarity, I can’t think of a better way. We all have access to this suffering, and it bypasses race, gender, religion, and nation. 

We are in the midst of a highly teachable moment. There’s no doubt that this period will be referred to for the rest of our lifetimes. We have a chance to go deep, and to go broad. Globally, we’re in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering, which as I like to say, always leads to great love. 

But for God to reach us, we have to allow suffering to wound us. Now is no time for an academic solidarity with the world. Real solidarity needs to be felt and suffered. That’s the real meaning of the word “suffer” – to allow someone else’s pain to influence us in a real way. We need to move beyond our own personal feelings and take in the whole. This, I must say, is one of the gifts of television: we can turn it on and see how people in countries other than our own are hurting. What is going to happen to those living in isolated places or for those who don’t have health care? Imagine the fragility of the most marginalized, of people in prisons, the homeless, or even the people performing necessary services, such as ambulance drivers, nurses, and doctors, risking their lives to keep society together? Our feelings of urgency and devastation are not exaggeration: they are responding to the real human situation. We’re not pushing the panic button; we are the panic button. And we have to allow these feelings, and invite God’s presence to hold and sustain us in a time of collective prayer and lament. 

I hope this experience will force our attention outwards to the suffering of the most vulnerable. Love always means going beyond yourself to otherness. It takes two. There has to be the lover and the beloved. We must be stretched to an encounter with otherness, and only then do we know it’s love. This is what we call the subject-subject relationship. Love alone overcomes fear and is the true foundation that lasts (1 Corinthians 13:13). 

March 30, 2020
The May 1 Welcome and Commitment Ritual is cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. We are exploring creative ways for the CSJ Community to still hear from the Candidates making their Consociate commitment as well as introductions of the new Consociate Candidates.

Despite this new reality, we want to extend a warm welcome and congratulations to the Candidates who are making their Consociate Commitment.

Melissa Andrie-Her
Rosemary Curran
Marilaurice Hemlock
Bridgette Kelly
Gail Korell
Mary Wotzka Lagaard
Mary Root
Dennie Scott
Monica Shaffer

We also want to extend a warm welcome and congratulations to our new first year Candidates.

New 1st year Candidates in Twin Cities:

Marsha Berry
Margo Dempsey
Angela Dimler
Judith Leatherwood
Tony Och
Gwen Perun
Roxanne Rawson
Rosie Romportl
Pam Wandzel

New 1st year Candidates in Kenya:

Irene Bellah Adhiambo
Leah  Maurene Lieta
Samuel Okuta Lieta
Jacklyne Mambe
Roseanne Akinya Ochien’g
Emmaculate Atieno Okuta
Margaret Wanda

March 27, 2020
Today at 12:00 noon Central Time, Pope Francis will stand in St. Peter’s Square to pray and to deliver an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi: a message to the world. The event will be broadcast by Mondovision and streamed on the website of Vatican News. The Holy Father will grant to all participants the Plenary Indulgence before imparting the Urbi et Orbi Blessing. Catholic Climate Covenant urges us to join others to pray with the Holy Father and be inspired by his message to the world.

March 26, 2020
Today, we wanted to provide this update regarding Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order. Also, don’t miss our Facebook page posts celebrating our amazing Jubilarian Sisters!

Finally, below are some of the thoughts from Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality’s latest email update (to receive them, sign up here).

“As we adapt to new routines, postpone plans and collectively hold uncertainty, patience asks us to ‘be taken into the soul of things,’ as Terry Tempest Williams writes. Patience is defined as the ability to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering. As we collectively and individually learn to stretch our patience in new or uncomfortable ways, reflect on the following:
  • Where does the feeling of patience show itself in your body?
  • In what ways are you practicing patience in times of uncertainty? For yourself and for others?
  • How might impatience hinder a deeper purpose or lesson?
As you continue to consider patience, you are welcome to use this coloring page created by Brother Mickey O’Neill McGrath.”

March 23, 2020
Happy Monday! As we begin the new (but atypical) work week, St. Joseph’s Workshop offers the below resources.

March 21, 2020 
At this critical time, we should not forget about our most vulnerable neighbors!  We encourage you to take action in whatever manner you can. We also pray and encourage all to follow the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange’s 100 Days of Prayer.

March 19, 2020 (Post 4)
This St. Joseph’s Day, we especially celebrate our Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet St. Paul Province Jubilarians! Congratulations to all of the Jubilarians, we thank you for your many years in our CSJ Community and may this feast day bring you many blessings.

March 19, 2020 (Post 3)
On this Feast of St. Joseph, here are some additional items to peruse:

March 19, 2020 (Post 2)
The Holy Father invites us all – “every family, every faithful, every religious community” – to join him in praying the rosary today, Thursday, March 19, at 3 p.m. Central/4 p.m. Eastern Time. The pope asks us to pray for “our families, especially the sick and the people who are taking care of them: doctors, nurses, and volunteers, who risk their lives in this service.” Click here to learn how to pray the rosary.

March 19, 2020 (Post 1)
Happy Feast of St. Joseph! Today, we’d like to share the prayer below as we navigate through this new and challenging time. We also want to offer this Live Compassionately! COVID-19 infographic from  Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality and this free course from LinkedIn Learning, Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success. May you know blessings, health, and hope in this day!

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