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!

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
Jacklyn 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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