2018 Carondelet Magazine - English

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HIGHLIGHTS IN THIS ISSUE:

8 Our Social Justice Mission

6 Investing in Change

14 Women Against War

Cover photo: Our Sisters organize for

non-violence with Grannies for Peace.

VOLUME 3 | MAY 2018

A PUBLICATION BY THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF CARONDELET


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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

3 From the Congregational Leadership Team

4 News from Across the Congregation

6 Through the Eyes of Our Newest Candidates

8 Our Social Justice Mission

10 Celeste’s Dream Community Garden

12 Investing In Change

14 Women Against War

16 Fighting Modern-Day Slavery

18 Solidarity on the Bus

Carondelet

VOLUME 3

May 2018

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Congregational Communications

Coordinator

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Editorial Team

Sarah Baker

Jenny Beatrice

Michaela Charleston

Barbara Dreher, CSJ

Meyling Eliash-Daneshfar

Mary Rose Noonan, CSJ

Cameron Parsons

Carol Louise Smith, CSJ

Ann L. Thompson

Kim Westerman

Additional Writing

Megan Bender

Mary Flick, CSJ

Ann Redmond, CSJ

Marty Roers

Jennifer Tacheny

Additional Photography

Meyling Eliash-Daneshfar

Theresa Lynch, CSJ

Design

Katie Robinson

About the Sisters of St. Joseph

of Carondelet

The Congregation of the Sisters of

St. Joseph of Carondelet comprises

four provinces: St. Louis, St. Paul,

Albany and Los Angeles; and the

vice province of Peru.

Our Sisters work always toward profound

love of God and love of neighbor

without distinction.

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FROM THE

Congregational Leadership Team

DEAR FRIENDS,

Our mission as Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet is to continue the mission of Jesus. We work to further that

mission in ways large and small, helping the Dear Neighbor through works of charity or mercy and also by

advocating for social justice.

Charity and justice work hand in hand to change the world. What

is the difference between the two? In simple terms, charity helps

individuals meet their daily needs; justice is achieved when the

systems in our society are equitable for all people. The Catholic

Church has a long history of advocating for just systems, and

Catholic Sisters have historically been leaders in that struggle. As

Pope Francis said in Laudato Si, “Disregard for the duty to cultivate

and maintain a proper relationship with my neighbor, for whose

care and custody I am responsible, ruins my relationship with my

own self, with others, with God and with the Earth...Everything is

interconnected” (#70-71). As Sisters of St. Joseph, connectedness

and relationship are at the heart of who we are.

In this issue, we highlight many ways – but by no means all

the ways – that our Sisters are working for social justice. Our

dedicated congregational Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

Collaborative Ministry identifies areas and issues on which we

take a public stand as a congregation. They have identified

three priorities for congregational attention: caring for creation,

dismantling discrimination, and promoting peace and non-violence.

You can find out more about each of these on pages 8 and 9.

This is not work that we can do alone. We partner with many

individuals and groups who share our values and commitment to

social justice. We hope that you will be inspired to join us in our

pursuit of justice. Look for sidebars on our articles with ways for

you to find more information about our featured ministries. Please

follow our congregation and our provinces on social media to hear

more about our justice work throughout the year.

Be assured of our prayers for you and your loved ones,

Congregational Leadership Team

Danielle Bonetti, CSJ, Barbara Dreher, CSJ, Mary Ann Leininger, CSJ,

Mary McKay, CSJ and Miriam D. Ukeritis, CSJ

Congregational Leadership Team:

(Back row L to R) Sisters Danielle Bonetti,

Barbara Dreher (Front row L to R)

Mary McKay , Mary Ann Leininger,

Congregational Leadership Team: (Back row L to R) Danielle Bonetti CSJ, Barbara Dreher CSJ

and Miriam D. Ukeritis

(Front row L to R) Mary McKay CSJ, Mary Ann Leininger CSJ, and Miriam D. Ukeritis CSJ

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News

FROM ACROSS THE CONGREGATION

ALBANY

Sister Doreen Glynn, justice

coordinator for the Sisters of St.

Joseph in Albany, was named

one of the “Faces of 2017” by

the Albany Times Union. Sister

Doreen was featured as “one of

the persons who share the goal

of making ours a better world.”

According to Rob Brill, Times

Union deputy city editor, Sister

Doreen and the other “Faces

of Faith 2017,” with whom she

shares the honor, “are examples

to the broader community to

which they belong through Sister Doreen Glynn, CSJ

the ways in which they honor

diversity and unity, ethics and spirituality, teaching and preaching

and service to neighbors and strangers alike.” In addition to her

justice role, Sister Doreen is a member of the New York Coalition of

Religious Congregations to Stop Trafficking of Persons, and a board

member of Joseph’s House and Shelter. She has also been a prison

advocate for over 30 years.

ST. PAUL

The St. Paul Province has gifted St. Catherine University, commonly

known as “St. Kate’s,” with the university’s Minneapolis campus

property that the Province had owned for more than 130 years.

The Minneapolis campus was founded by our Sisters in 1887 as

St. Mary’s School of Nursing. It was later named St. Mary’s Junior

College. In 1986, St. Mary’s Junior College merged with the College

of St. Catherine. The University held a celebration on March 22 to

publicly thank the Sisters for their vision and their generosity.

St. Catherine University, Minneapolis campus

TACNA, PERU

San Jose Fe y Alegria School recently celebrated 25 years of the

presence of Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in their community.

The anniversary program included typical Peruvian dances, a

presentation by the school band, music and choral performances in

honor of all of the Sisters present. Each Sister was given gifts and

flower arrangements.

“The whole event was a great surprise, even for the Sisters who are

currently teaching at the school. The staff and students lined up

to welcome us! It was very moving to be surrounded by so much

gratitude and admiration,” said Sister Zaida Perez.

The Jesuit priests who celebrated Mass talked about the great

contributions of the Sisters to the school and the community.

The service was followed by a poem written by teacher Reymundo

Hualpa and recited by the students. The poem described how each

Sister ministers and relates to the community. After the celebration,

everyone enjoyed a meal at teacher Patricia Ramirez’s house served

with a great local wine.

ST. LOUIS

The Congregational Leadership Team and office staff recently

welcomed the new principal of Saint Joseph Joshigakuen, our

sponsored high school in Tsu, Japan, to their offices in St. Louis.

Ms. Tomoko Iseki (center in blue jacket) was accompanied by Sister

Madeline Marie Nakatsu (center with scarf) as she visited some of

our high schools and colleges in Missouri and California to learn

more about our tradition of education.

Sisters who have served at the school in Tacna at the celebration

in November.

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TEMPE, ARIZONA

Last year, the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame inducted Sister Clare

Dunn at a ceremony in Tempe. In her acceptance speech on behalf

of Sister Clare, Sister Barbara Sullivan recalled her time living and

ministering with both her and Sister Judith Lovchik. Sisters Clare and

Judith worked together and tragically died together. Sister Clare

was elected as the Arizona State Representative for District 13 in

Tucson, and her good friend Sister Judith served as her legislative

aide and speechwriter. They both died in a car accident on July 30,

1981. At the opening session of the Legislature in January 1982, the

speaker of the house eulogized Sister Clare as “the conscience of

the legislature” and called Sister Judy “the 61st Legislator.”

Sisters Clare and Judy’s ministry of social justice provided hope

for marginalized persons. The Sisters tirelessly addressed the root

causes of the vulnerability of those who are poor by changing

systems of oppression.

The first nine Sisters on board the ship that took them to Hawai`i in 1938.

HONOLULU

This year the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet will hold a

celebration marking 80 years of ministry on the Hawai`ian islands.

In 1938, a group of nine Sisters sailed on the S.S. Lurline on a

mission to serve the people of Hawai`i. During their eight decades

of ministry on Oahu, Maui and Big Island, the Sisters along with

their `Ohana (their Hawaiian term for “associates”) and partners in

mission, have walked with the people of the islands to advance the

mission of God though parish ministries, spiritual and corporal care

for the poor, the sick and the elderly.

With their infectious joy and love for the Dear Neighbor, the Sisters

presently and formerly missioned in Hawai`i will celebrate their 80th

anniversary with a liturgy and luncheon at St. Theresa’s Church in

Honolulu on Saturday, August 25, 2018. The program includes a

historical overview, a video with interviews of Sisters, `Ohana and

friends, as well as food and live entertainment.

Sister Clare Dunn, CSJ at work in

the Arizona State Legislature

At the opening

session of the

Legislature in

January 1982, the

speaker of the

house eulogized

Sister Clare as

“the conscience

of the legislature”

and called Sister

Judy “the 61st

Legislator.”

ST. LOUIS

Sister Mary McGlone has published a history of the Sisters of

St. Joseph in the United States entitled, All of Which a Woman is

Capable. Commissioned by the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of

St. Joseph, this “Volume One: The Foundations” traces the growth

of the community from 1836-1920, rich in personalities and the

drama of beginnings. It introduces us to the spirit-filled women

who faced unimaginable challenges as they crisscrossed North

America with the sole purpose of serving the dear neighbor.

“The women who shaped our history come alive as their

stories unfold,” says Sister Joanne Gallagher, a Sister of St. Joseph

of Boston.

Sister Mary says, “It’s really exciting to have all this together. I

think it’s going to be really fun for us to read and talk about what

got us started.”

All of Which a Woman is Capable is available at bookbaby.com in

hardcover, softcover or e-book formats.

Sister Mary McGlone, CSJ checks out a copy of her new book.

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Through the Eyes of Our Newest Candidates

Last July, our four candidates gathered in St. Louis to spend time

together and learn more about the historical roots of the congregation.

Their visit was jam-packed with meaningful sites in Carondelet history.

We asked them to snap some photos and share their thoughts.

1. Our four candidates are

(left to right) Mary Alice Collar

from Missouri (now a novice),

Sally Koch from Nebraska,

Tracy Watson from New York,

and Chizuru Yamada from Japan

(also now a novice).

2. (Right) The floors at the

Carondelet motherhouse are

always eye-catching! “I am struck

by the thought of my footsteps

following in the path blazed

by our foremothers,” said

Tracy Watson.

3. No trip to St. Louis is

complete without a trip to

Ted Drewes for frozen custard!

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“Nothing thrills me more than

seeing our charism and mission lived

out through our Sisters, associates

and partners in mission. Our time

together visiting the various “hot

spots” and witnessing how others

express the mission was wonderful.”

– Mary Alice Collar

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4. Our visitors enjoyed a tour of

the Carondelet motherhouse,

which sits on the site of the log

cabin our Sisters first occupied

when they arrived in 1836. Here

they view artifacts on display in

the Heritage Room. “Before, the

American history of the Sisters of

St. Joseph was in the book only,”

said Chizuru Yamada. “But now,

I can understand about it a little,

because I saw many historical

things in St. Louis.”

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5. On a visit to the

congregational offices, the

candidates were able to view

the Profession Book, which

lists details about every Sister

who has taken vows with the

congregation since we arrived

in Saint Louis in 1836.

6. “I didn’t know what to expect

when we walked into the Saint

Louis Cathedral Basilic, but

what we walked into was not at

all what I expected,” said Sally

Koch. “The magnitude of beauty

displayed by the artwork from

floor to ceiling was breathtaking.

The mural of Pentecost spoke

to me as we are all called in our

lives – no matter what vocation

we dedicate our life to – to go

out and spread God’s unifying

love, knowing we can’t do it on

our own. We have each other

and the Spirit to guide and help

us along our journey. I also very

much appreciated the woman

who is in the center of the

circle – just as capable to spread

this love as the disciples in the

room. It reminds me of one of

our mottos, that is ‘all of which

women is capable’.”

7. The first Sisters to arrive in

the Saint Louis area were

divided to minister in two small

villages. Here, the candidates

visit Holy Family Parish Log

Church in Cahokia, Illinois, where

five of those French Sisters were

stationed.

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Our Social Justice Mission

HEART OF JUSTICE

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet work to bring

loving unity to a divided world.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of

Carondelet and Associates educate,

advocate and take action to

promote justice. Our work is rooted

in the gospel call to social justice

and the struggle to be prophetic

signs of unity in our world.

A MISSION OF LOVE.

A VISION OF UNITY.

At our beginning, the Sisters of

St. Joseph were known as the

“Congregation of the Great

Love of God.” This love is at

the heart of Jesus’ teaching

as he notes the greatest of

commandments to be, “love

the Lord your God with all your

heart” and “love your neighbor

as yourself.” (Matthew 22:36-39)

The Sisters of St. Joseph have

sought to make that love

visible for 368 years, “always

moving toward profound love

of God and neighbor without

distinction.” This love calls for

a unity of all people and of all

creation. Jesus’ great prayer for

his followers, “that they all may

be one,” (John 17:21) is the

root of our work for loving unity.

Therefore we work in order to

achieve unity of neighbor with

neighbor and neighbor with

God so that all may be one.

Whatever we do to bring about

this understanding of oneness

is our work of justice.

RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS

OF THE TIMES

Since our founding in 1650, the

Sisters of St. Joseph have been

called to respond to the needs

of the times, a tradition that

we continue to embrace today.

Sisters of St. Joseph, along with

our associates and partners,

serve individuals and speak out

on the unjust systems that affect

them such as:

+ Immigration

+ Prison Ministry

+ Socially Responsible Investing

+ Human Trafficking

+ Women’s Issues

+ Healthcare

+ LGBTQ Issues

+ Poverty

“Love the Lord your God with all your

heart” and “love your neighbor as

yourself.” (Matthew 22:36-39)

These three concerns especially guide

our justice work:

1. Everything is Connected

Care for Creation

As Sisters of St. Joseph, connectedness

and relationship are at the heart of who

we are. Foundational to our justice

work is the belief that everything is

interconnected and that creation is a

sacred trust given to the whole Earth

community. We recognize that all

aspects of justice and survival intertwine

with all creation – nature, humanity and

organizations. We commit, individually

and communally, to recognizing

how our decisions impact the Earth

community; to raising our awareness

and changing behaviors; to acting with

urgency to protect Earth’s stability and

integrity; and to celebrating her beauty

wherever we are.

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COLLABORATION FOR

CHANGE

We believe that the mission of

Jesus calls us to collaborate

with others to work for justice.

To affect systemic change, we

widen our networks with others.

To further the unity we seek,

the Sisters of St. Joseph work

individually and together,

joining with local, national and

international groups to address

issues that demean or deny

people their human dignity

and that force those who are

marginalized to bear the burden

of unjust systems.

To sustain, enhance and

ensure needs are identified

and addressed and that works

of justice are sustained, we

collaborate with our associates

and others who hold similar

values to provide direct service

and advocacy.

TOGETHER, WE ARE THE

HEART OF JUSTICE

At the heart of our community

is our mission to bring about

loving unity in our world.

Our common heart calls us

to take one more step

alongside you. Together,

we are the heart of justice.

Share the heart of a Sister of

St. Joseph and take one step in

your world to bring about unity

wherever there is division.

We believe that

the mission of

Jesus calls us to

collaborate with

others to work for

justice. To affect

systemic change, we

widen our networks

with others.

2. Everyone is Included

Dismantling Discrimination

of Race, Class, Gender

and Religion

Foundational to the principles of

Catholic Social Teaching is our belief

in the sanctity of human life and the

inherent dignity of the human person.

We are our brothers’ and sisters’

keepers; we are one human family.

We are in solidarity with one another.

In our Catholic Social Teaching, that

means loving our neighbor “without

distinction” has global dimensions. In

our circle, everyone is included.

3. Everyone is Sacred

Promoting Peace and

Nonviolence

Because we are all one, what hurts one

of us hurts all of us. The Sisters of St.

Joseph work to further peace and seek

ways of nonviolence by being women

of relationship, respecting one another

and recognizing the human dignity of

all. We collaborate with others who are

in pursuit of peace.

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Celeste’s Dream Community Garden

CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME

BY JENNIFER TACHENY, MARTY ROERS, AND ANN THOMPSON

“May the works of mercy also include care for our common home,” wrote

Pope Francis. His challenge to care for creation integrates questions of

social justice so as to hear “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the

poor.” An “ecological conversion” called for by Popes John Paul II

and Francis is embraced in the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet’s

congregational call to action for “Communion within the Earth Community.”

These calls take root and spring forth in action at Celeste’s Dream

Community Garden and food justice ministries in St. Paul.

“The garden is a communal

expression of our care for

creation that sprang from

conversations with young

adults and their desire to build

community while contributing

to the common good,” explains

Jennifer Tacheny, co-director

of Celeste’s Dream. “In the

thirteen years of the community

garden, we have partnered

in new and exciting ways

with schools, colleges, and

organizations.”

In 2017, St. Catherine University

(St. Kate’s), which neighbors our

province property in St. Paul,

asked about partnering with

us to address food insecurity

among students on campus.

“What a surprise,” noted Sister

Cathy Steffens, “to find out that

those in need might be next

door. And what a joy to find

out what we can accomplish

together in this neighborhood.”

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Through participation in the

St. Kate’s Food Insecurity

Project, we became aware of

some students struggling to

access healthy food. Together,

project members contributed

to a newly created St. Catherine

University/Sisters of St. Joseph

Food Shelf hosted on the

province grounds. The

ministry allows guests to

choose from nonperishable

items and, in-season, freshly

harvested, organic produce

sourced directly from the

community garden.

St. Kate’s students embraced

the idea of “students feeding

students” and now look to

expand community garden

spaces. In two semesters, the

Food Shelf has distributed

3,410 pounds of nonperishable

food and 200 pounds of organic

garden produce to students.

A variety of vegetables are harvested from the Sisters’ and St. Kate’s

community garden to offer to St. Kate’s students facing food

insecurity. Physical space for the Food Shelf is offered by St. Paul’s

Carondelet Center.


The Food Shelf is a physical

manifestation of our Sisters’

pursuit of love of neighbor

without distinction that honors

both the Sisters’ and the

University’s fidelity to Catholic

Social Teaching and social justice.

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis

continues the call to an

ecological conversion, stating

that, “living our vocation to be

protectors of God’s handiwork is

essential to a life of virtue; it is

not an optional or a secondary

aspect of our Christian

experience” (217). Likewise, our

call for “Communion within the

Earth Community” challenges

us to ask in every situation,

“How does this decision/action

impact the Earth community?”

For information about Celeste’s Dream, the Community

Garden, the Food Shelf, or food justice issues, contact

Jennifer Tacheny, jtacheny@csjstpaul.org.

The Community Garden offers an entry point and an ongoing opportunity

for young adults and others to practice the ecological living that our times

demand. The Food Shelf collaboration highlights student food insecurity,

care of creation and other justice issues that connect food waste and global

warming. It is one way to practice listening to both the cry of the Earth and

the cry of the poor, who are both the Dear Neighbor.

Find our Communion within the Earth Community

Resource Materials at csjcarondelet.org/justice.

St. Kate’s students in The Reflective Woman class help with the final harvest and garden cleanup last fall.

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Investing in Change

SISTER BARBARA JENNINGS WORKS TO CREATE

SYSTEMIC CHANGE IN THE CORPORATE WORLD

BY SISTER MARY FLICK, CSJ

Sister Barbara Jennings started her ministry as most Sisters did 50 years

ago, by teaching high school English and religion classes. An ever-evolving

path of ministry led Sister Barbara from educating students in the classroom

to advocating for systemic change in the boardroom as the coordinator of

Midwest Coalition for Responsible Investment (MCRI).

MCRI is a coalition of religious

communities in the St. Louis

area who work for justice by

influencing the policies and

practices of corporations through

a variety of shareholder activities.

The coalition is a member of the

Interfaith Center for Corporate

Responsibility in New York City.

Sister Barbara’s work involves

pulling together religious groups

who can impact companies.

“Corporations are the real

change agents in society,” she

says. “We fool ourselves if we

don’t recognize this.”

Sister Barbara’s advocacy work

requires her to be a good

teacher and researcher, skills

she gained in her years in the

classroom and adult education

in particular. “Like teaching, you

give the corporate reps a little

praise if they did something

right. Then you push and

challenge them to do more.”

Sister Barbara says it’s the little

successes that have kept her at

her work with MCRI for more

than 10 years. For example, in

2014, Monsanto Co. joined the

Water Accessibility to Sanitation

and Health (WASH) CEO Water

Mandate that requires the

installation of clean water and

sanitation facilities at every

facility or contract farm in every

country where the corporation

operates. Sister Barbara

says, “Monsanto was the first

agricultural chemical company

to sign the CEO Mandate at our

suggestion in 2014. They have

done a tremendous job, with

370 completed facilities.”

“Systemic change is so hard

because it costs money for a

company to do the right thing –

in the short term,” she says. “But

in the long term, it saves money.

With the WASH program,

instead of protests and sick

workers in India, Monsanto has

healthy workers.”

All of this requires relationships,

which is the way the Sisters

of St. Joseph have always

operated. “Our mission is the

mission of systemic change

Sister Barbara Jennings, CSJ

through relationships,” Sister

Barbara says. “MCRI is built

on relationships – among

communities, between

“Systemic change is so hard because it costs

money for a company to do the right thing –

in the short term,” she says. “But in the long

term, it saves money. With the WASH program,

instead of protests and sick workers in India,

Monsanto has healthy workers.”

– Sister Barbara Jennings

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companies, with other

organizations in the St. Louis

area. Whether our focus is

selecting investments or working

for environmental issues, we

have to develop relationships.

We can’t do this work in silos.”

Sister Barbara confesses that

one of her greatest challenges

today is seeing that this work

continues. “When we go to

Monsanto, and they see gray

hairs, they likely think, ‘Two

more years with these people,

and they are gone,’” she fears.

“But investment companies are

sending younger employees and

doing the engagement work.

It’s hopeful to see more young

people attending to represent

faith-based companies. We can

put our money in investment

companies that actually

challenge companies to change,

to improve.”

And the work of change begins

and continues with hope.

(Right) Midwest Coalition

for Responsible Investment

advocated as a Monsanto

shareholder to push them to

join the Water Accessibility

to Sanitation and Health CEO

Water Mandate.

WE PRAY FOR YOU!

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

are honored to pray for your intentions.

You can submit them on our website at

cjscarondelet.org/we-pray-for-you.

OR download our new and improved

Prayers Please app!

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Women Against War

PARTNERS IN NONVIOLENCE

BY SISTER MARY ROSE NOONAN, CSJ

As Sisters of St. Joseph, we collaborate with others who work for peace

and nonviolence. We might call it “joining our collective power for

mission” or simply “networking for a better world.” One such group with

whom we partner to promote and strengthen a culture of peace is the

Albany-based Women Against War.

Women Against War was

founded in 2002 by a group

of women from the Albany

area who felt it was crucial

to organize against our

government’s plan to go to

war with Iraq. The founders

soon realized that there were

hundreds of area women,

including many Sisters of St.

Joseph, who were committed

to voicing their opposition to

the impending hostility. In the

years since its inception, Women

Against War has become a vital

participant in regional, national

and global efforts toward

nonviolent social change and

peacebuilding. WAW focuses on

bringing the voices of women,

with their collective energy and

unique skills, to bear on peace

and justice issues.

Women Against War is

coordinated by a seven-person

steering committee, which

includes Sisters Doreen Glynn

and Francine Dempsey, both

members of the Justice, Peace

and the Integrity of Creation

Committee for the Sisters of St.

Joseph in Albany. The steering

committee manages WAW’s

organizational needs and longrange

planning, seeks input from

members and makes decisions

about proposed actions and

issues, using a consensus model

whenever possible.

Women Against War has several

projects through which members

concretize their core beliefs that

war is not an answer to conflict

and that women can lead the

way in developing alternatives

to violence. Several Sisters of

St. Joseph are involved with

Grannies for Peace, a project

that brings together older

women who work to transform

our world into one of peace and

sustainability for our children.

About a dozen Sisters have

participated in Grannies for

Peace vigils and rallies at the

New York Capitol and in the

streets of Albany.

For Dorothy Richards, longtime

member of the group and proud

Grannie for Peace, her personal

experience was a strong

motivator for her involvement.

“As an 86-year old grandmother

of twelve and twice a greatgrandmother,

I am determined

never to give them up to war!

The Grannies teach that peace

and nonviolent solutions are

viable options for American

Sister Carmella Ann Pfohl, CSJ

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diplomacy. A grandmother never

stops caring for the souls and

safety of her precious offspring

and those of her counterparts

throughout the world, regardless

of nationality or race.”

Member Mabel Leon, a peace

activist for 50 years, also

describes the driving force

behind her participation: “The

motivation for my activism is

love, a love that transcends my

own privileged world and the

world of my grandchildren. We

are strong when love guides our

work for peace and justice.”

Sister Doreen has been touched

by the ways in which being part

of this collaborative effort has

enriched her own life: “Being

connected with Women Against

War helps make my worldview

vast and expansive. This

group of intelligent, well-read,

articulate women keeps abreast

of all the domestic and foreign

policies of our government. They

then find ways of making their

voices heard through opinion

pieces, blogs, radio interviews,

press releases, demonstrations

and vigils. It is an honor to be

counted among their number.

Don’t let the name Grannies for

Peace lead you to think we are a

lightweight group!”

Other projects of WAW include

the Afghan Project, the Iran

Project of which Sister Francine

is a part, the Waging Peace

Blog, the Iraqi Refugee Project

and several peacemaking

projects still in the planning

stages. According to Sister

Francine, WAW recognizes that

peacemaking is difficult work

that requires great courage.

“Holding rallies in any weather,

bringing national speakers

to colleges, churches, public

arenas, hanging art displays

in public venues -- that’s how

Women Against War speaks

loudly of ‘peace.’ It’s not an easy

job for women of a certain age,

but it’s done with love.”

Enlivened by a spirit of

peacemaking and strengthened

by a collaborative partnership,

Women Against War and

the Sisters of St. Joseph are

magnifying the cry for peace

and, without a doubt, they will

be heard!

Granny for Peace Mabel Leon and Sister Doreen Glynn, CSJ

Sister Joyce Gadona, CSJ

Sisters Fran Demsey, CSJ and karen Gaube, CSJ

A PUBLICATION BY THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF CARONDELET 15


Fighting Modern-Day Slavery

SISTER ANN REDMOND, CSJ, MEGAN BENDER, AND ANN THOMPSON

Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal

industry in the world, and it is happening in our own neighborhoods.

Children and adults are being sold as modern-day slaves in commercial

sexual servitude and forced or bonded labor. Because it is so commonly

overlooked, misidentified, and undocumented, the Sisters of St. Joseph

of Carondelet St. Paul Province organized an Anti-Human Trafficking

Working Group over a decade ago that continues to advance awareness

of sex trafficking and to meet some needs for survivors today.

Minnesota has emerged as a

human trafficking hub because of

its proximity to highways, porous

Canadian borders, international

shipping on Lake Superior and the

largest shopping mall in America.

Sister Ann Redmond, the past

working group chair, reflected, “I

remember how shocking it was to

learn of major busts happening

at brothels in Minnesota’s

Bloomington and Austin

communities. It was right in our

backyard and very well hidden.”

“Our congregation is called to

partner with new eyes through

collaboration with others for

justice,” explains St. Paul

Justice Office Co-Director

Megan Bender. “Sisters,

consociates, and partners in

mission focus on supporting

statewide initiatives, partnering

with local organizations directly

serving survivors leading to

a thriving relationship with

survivor-led nonprofit,

Breaking Free.”

“Getting to know the women

at Breaking Free has been the

greatest gift, particularly in how

they trust us enough to share

their lives with us. Because we

have their trust, we are able

to continue to develop more

influential relationships with the

public so they too may work

with survivors,” says Sister Ann.

The working group is partnering

with multiple communities

of women religious offering

retreats that emphasize self-care

and prayer amidst primary and

secondary trauma for the staff at

Breaking Free. The next retreat is

slated for June 2018. The group

also helped design and fund new

promotional displays for Breaking

Free to take on the road for their

abundant speaking schedule.

To address the potential spike

in sex trafficking during Super

Bowl LII in the Twin Cities, the

working group organized a

collection of items including

hygiene supplies, air mattresses,

bedding, outerwear, and gift

cards to supply an emergency

shelter for victims. Members

of the working group were

also invited to a faith-engaged

committee that responded with

education and advocacy during

the Super Bowl and beyond.

When asked why women

religious and their partners play a

particularly important role in antihuman

trafficking work, Sister Ann

referenced our charism: “Society

needs to take responsibility for

the persons who have been

neglected. If we ignore this

issue of human trafficking, we

are ignoring an important aspect

of Catholic Social Teaching and

the right of individuals. We all

have a part to play in ensuring

our Dear Neighbors’ basic

human rights and dignity.”

For suggestions on how you can

help address human trafficking

in your area, contact Justice

Co-Director Megan Bender

at mbender@csjstpaul.org or

651.690.7057.

Sister Ann Redmond, the

primary author of this article,

died on March 9, 2018. She

was a tireless worker for social

justice issues, particularly

anti-human trafficking and

anti-racism. Her passing was

a tremendous loss to all who

knew and loved her. May she

rest in peace.

Help address

human trafficking:

1. Raise funds for local

organizations trained

to serve survivors

and victims of sex

trafficking.

2. Make meaningful

and mutual partnerships

with key leaders in antihuman

trafficking work

by hosting educational

events, prayers, and/or

retreats that promote

healing of the spirit.

3. Monitor and take

action on legislation

that can meet the

needs of survivors and

their families.

16 CARONDELET


St. Joseph Workers from across the U.S. took part in the Los Angeles Freedom Walk to raise awareness of human traffiking.

2017 Breaking Free staff, participants, and planners. Breaking Free’s mission is to end all forms of prostitution and sex-trafficking.

A PUBLICATION BY THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF CARONDELET 17


Solidarity on the Bus

BY MEYLING ELIASH-DANESHFAR

It was a bright spring morning in Encino, California when Sister Maggy

Nava boarded the Access minibus to go to her job as a volunteer

chaplain at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. She had started her

day with her usual morning prayers and conversations with Jesus, with

special emphasis on the poor.

A few minutes after boarding,

she was seated in her favorite

seat by the window, when a

white woman in her 40s began

shouting at her from across

the aisle: “Stupid old lady; go

back to Mexico!” Shocked and

embarrassed, Sister Maggy’s

only reaction was to stay quiet.

As the woman repeated her

words, none of the other eight

passengers said anything. Still

in shock, Sister Maggy stood up

as the bus neared her bus stop.

“All I was able to say was ‘thank

you.’” Sister recalls.

Sadly, the incident occurred

again on the same bus two

weeks later.

“Her words did not hurt me

personally. I felt sad because of

my people,” says Sister Maggy.

“For all the Latinos and other

immigrants who face similar and

ever worse situations every day.

The sadness did not leave me

for many weeks.”

Sister Maggy was able to move

on after the woman’s actions

through prayer, meditation and

compassion. Yet the suffering

of people who are treated

similarly never leaves her

heart. “I wish everyone could

understand that people migrate

for different reasons. Some

leave their homes, family and

friends to find peace and job

opportunities; others, because

they are being politically

persecuted or to avoid being

forced to cooperate with

narco-traffickers and even

human traffickers.”

When asked how we can

fight hatred and prejudice,

Sister replies “It is hard. For

me, forgiving and finding joy

wherever I am; not taking insults

to heart. Praying for the person

trying to offend or hurt me,

moves me into a place of faith

in that our Lord will plant the

seed of love in their hearts.”

Sister Maggy Nava, CSJ

“For all the

Latinos and other

immigrants who

face similar and

ever worse

situations every

day. The sadness

did not leave me

for many weeks.”

18 CARONDELET


A PUBLICATION BY THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF CARONDELET 19

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