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Dear Friends,
Province Leadership Maureen Freeman, CSJ
Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ In the Litany of St. Joseph, Joseph is named the “Glory of Home Life” and
Marilyn Lott, CSJ the “Pillar of Families.” If Joseph were asked, we can only imagine what he would
Rita Marie Schmitz, CSJ
say as to how he provided a home for Mary and his foster son, Jesus …
Linda Straub, CSJ

The first home I provided for Mary and our newborn son, Jesus, was not what
Editor Jenny Beatrice
I had hoped for, but it was the love Mary and I poured forth that gave Jesus a
Contributor Mission Advancement Office real welcome.

Proofreaders Sarah Baker
I was excited to return home, but I was warned in a dream to flee to Egypt.
Jane Behlmann, CSJ Harod was going to search for the child and kill him. I was unfamiliar
Kelly Davis with Egypt, but found and fixed a very comfortable home. We lived there
Mary Flick, CSJ peacefully for several years until Harod died.
Contributing Writers Sarah Baker Then, in another dream, I was told to take the child and his mother to the
Jenny Beatrice land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life were dead. We went to a
Patty Cassens
town called Nazareth where, finally, I could prepare a permanent home for
Patti Eischen
Kathy Futhey
Mary and my son.
Barbara K. Roberts This journey taught me to be at home with myself and that I could be a
provider for both Mary and Jesus, no matter the place.
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Photography Sarah Baker
We might call the providers featured in this issue of Connections “Glory of
Fred Barnes Home Life” and “Pillars of Families,” too. They are providing women in need
Jenny Beatrice with shelter, a safe environment and the skills needed to take the next steps in
Linda Behrens, their lives. Like Joseph, each of these providers is selfless and at home with
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themselves.
Bernie Elking Photography
May each of us reach out to share generously our hearts and homes.
St. Joseph, Provider of Housing, keep all of us safe on our journeys through life.

Province Leadership
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contents Connections | Fall 2017

Serving the Dear Family F eatures
at Journey House in 10 Home Sweet Home
Kansas City

Sister Clare Bass brings hope and
healing to the women of the Queen
page 14 of Peace Center in St. Louis.
12 Associate Spotlight
Associate Nyakio Kaniu-Lake serves
women of Kenya at the Agatha
Amani House.
13 Q & A: Heart of Community
Sister Liz Brown reflects on 32 years
of ministry in Okolona, Mississippi.

D epartments
2 Around the Province News
4 ACOF Convocation
6 2017 Jubilarians
18 Tributes and Memorials
22 Generosity of Joseph
At our 11th annual gala, we honored
Cover story: The road to rebuilding a life after prison is rife with Angie O’Gorman, Marcellina Otti
hardships and obstacles. At Journey House in Kansas City, Missouri, the and David Armstrong—three
Sisters of St. Joseph walk that road with women rebuilding their lives, and individuals whose lives honor the
in the process, help them create the family they’ve always wanted. mission of serving the dear neighbor.
On the cover, from left to right: Sister Gabrielle Smits, Martha Niemann and Rose McLarney 24 Donor Spotlight: Dr. Mara Baun
25 Save the Dates

Meet Our Newest
Members
Three women advance Follow Us:
in their commitment Visit www.csjsl.org
to the CSJs for links to our social media sites.
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SPONSORED INSTITUTIONS low-income students. “The Fontbonne Promise” is a unique
opportunity for first-time, first-year Missouri residents who
St. Teresa’s Academy Hosts Leadership Camp meet Fontbonne’s admission requirements and are calculated
with an expected family contribution of zero on the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid. The private university
expects to award full tuition and fees for up to five years to
at least 30 fall 2018 freshmen.
“We want to change the paradigm. The neediest students
who demonstrate academic ability deserve an opportunity to
earn a college degree,” says Dr. J. Michael Pressimone,
Fontbonne president. “By creating positive change in
individual families, we are delivering on our promise to the
community and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, our
founders, to serve the dear neighbor without distinction,
something that benefits the entire St. Louis region.”
St. Teresa’s Academy students in Holy Family Chapel at the motherhouse.

ST. LOUIS: CSJ-sponsored St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas New Construction Replaces Nazareth
City, Missouri, hosted its third summer CSJ Leadership Living Center’s Gleason Hall
Camp in which 22 young women immersed themselves
ST. LOUIS: Gleason Hall at CSJ co-sponsored Nazareth
in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph while learning
Living Center housed our aging sisters for more than 50
leadership skills. During this time, the students stayed at
years and welcomed lay residents in 1992. This summer,
and toured the province motherhouse as well as visited the
Gleason Hall began coming down to make room for
retired sisters at Nazareth Living Center. One camper says
something new—a 60-unit assisted living facility that is
of the experience, “In the motherhouse we have felt closer
positioned to meet residents’ needs today and into the future.
to each other and closer in faith. From wandering about
The new facility is expected to be completed in late 2018.
this beautiful chapel to growing in our self-awareness, we
discovered the benefits of furthering our spirituality.” More than bricks and mortar, Gleason Hall was holy ground,
full of memories for sisters, residents, staff and volunteers.
In May, the CSJ community honored its legacy with a Mass
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
and reception. The building was blessed as were the sisters
Expands Facility who moved to temporary destinations. Sister Donna Gunn,
ST. LOUIS: CSJ-sponsored St. Joseph Institute for the mission advisor for the Mission Advancement Office says,
Deaf (SJI) expanded its facility to allow the school to better that open to the Spirit, the sisters who have had to undergo
serve its families both onsite in the classroom and online the challenge of relocation “continue to respond with a full
through its innovative iHear program. heart as they are sent forth for the sake of the Gospel.”
“We needed a space that reflected what we do, whom we
serve and how the families want to receive services,” says
Zareena Koch, SJI development director. AWARDS
With a clean look, integrated technologies and family Sisters of St. Joseph receive honor from
spaces, SJI is better able to build relationships and promote The Center for Women in Transition
learning for both children and parents. ST. LOUIS: The Center for Women in Transition (CWIT)
gave their Legacy Award to the Sisters of St. Joseph of
Fontbonne University to Make Carondelet, recognizing the sisters’ 20 years of support to
the organization. To date, CWIT has helped more than
Debt-Free Private Education Possible 2,000 previously incarcerated women transition to a new life.
for Low-Income Students
Kellie Roberts, development director of CWIT, says, “The
ST. LOUIS: Fontbonne University has launched “The sisters have been with us through all our growing pains. It is
Fontbonne Promise,” a new program that makes the dream astounding to see the life changes in so many women. The
of a debt-free, private college education a reality for CSJs believe in us so we can help other people.”

2 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
KANSAS CITY: Sister Mary Kay ST. LOUIS: Sister Teresa Maria
Liston received the Neddine Parker Eagan was recognized by Cardinal
Award of Excellence from the Truman Ritter Senior Services (CRSS) for
Medical Center-Hospital Hill for her her 25 years of residence at the Holy
commitment to serving the health care Infant Apartments in St. Louis, which
provider’s mission as center archivist. celebrated its 25th anniversary. Sister
She began volunteering there seven Suzanne Wesley, CEO at CRSS, says,
years ago when no archive existed at “Teresa has many, many friends at Holy
the medical center. Infant and always works to keep every-
Lisa Martin, director of volunteer thing in proper order for all to enjoy.”
services for the hospital, says, “Her commitment to
chronicling the history of this hospital means a great deal
TRANSITIONS
to the clinicians, their families and the greater Kansas City
Sister Marion Renkens retired after
community.”
17 years of serving as motherhouse
administrator. A familiar presence to
KANSAS CITY: The University of so many visitors over the years, Sister
Missouri-Kansas City inducted Sister Marion made the motherhouse a place
Rosemary Flanigan, teacher, ethicist and of beauty and welcome for all who have
activist, into their Starr Women’s Hall walked through its doors. “It has been
of Fame for her leadership in education, my privilege to offer hospitality and to have empowered
health care and social justice. others to provide this same gift to each other and to those
who come to the motherhouse,” Sister Marion says. Joseph
Her long-standing career in education
Wingbermuehle, former director of maintenance at the
includes teaching at Fontbonne, Avila and Rockhurst
motherhouse, took over the administrator role this past winter.
universities, as well as at her alma mater St. Teresa’s Academy.
She served as the director of the Ethics Committee
Sister Mary Ann Donovan retired after
Development and Education at the Center for Practical
25 years of service in Kansas City’s
Bioethics, which created an endowed chair in her name.
Regional Mission Advancement. From
She is known for being one of the “Sisters of Selma,”
1992 to 2002, she served as director,
participating in the historic 1965 marches in Alabama
followed by 15 years as director emerita,
for African-American voting rights.
providing a steady presence, raising funds,
maintaining friendships and providing
ST. LOUIS: The a wealth of wisdom to all. This spring, Sister Mary Ann
St. Charles Lwanga moved to the motherhouse in St. Louis. She was recognized
Center in St. Louis with a Mass and reception upon her Kansas City departure
honored both Sister in March.
Barbara Moore and
Associate Corliss Cox In June, Associate Peggy Maguire
with Lifetime retiried as director/co-director of CSJ
Achievement Awards for promoting Christian spiritual Association after 11 years of service.
formation and leadership development within the African- One of the first four members to join the
American Catholic community. associate program in 1974, Peggy was
an integral part of moving the program
“Both women have been trailblazers in their fields. Both are
forward—a program that now includes
inspirations to their community,” says Rev. Arthur Cavitt,
337 associates. Peggy says of this success, “I just brought
executive director of the Lwanga Center.
my love for the community.” Peggy’s former co-director,
Associate Kay Komotos, will continue to lead the associate
program as director.

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ACOF CONVOCATION
First-ever congregational associate gathering
focuses on relationships and future
By Jenny Beatrice

I t was a historic moment when, in
1974, six risk takers met at the Sisters
of St. Joseph of Carondelet motherhouse
“We reach out
another because we
to one
The convocation was designed to
help ACOF develop relationships with
one another, strengthen commitment to
in St. Louis to talk about forming a lay speak the same mission and deepen the desire to live out
associate program. More than 40 years language of love.” the CSJ charism of loving unity. Dianne
and 800-plus associates, consociates, Carolina Rodriguez Nelson, former director of Association
‘Ohana and Familia de San José (ACOF) Familia de San José from the Los Angeles province says, “We
later, another historic moment for the envisioned a gathering that would inspire,
Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet energize and unite ACOF from every province. And from
transpired—the first-ever ACOF Convocation. the beginning of the convocation, we knew that this vision
The convocation was held June 22 to 25 at CSJ-sponsored became a reality.”
Fontbonne University in St. Louis with 70 participants— The weekend was the first opportunity for many
both sisters and ACOF—representing the Albany, Los participants to make connections beyond the boundaries
Angeles, St. Louis and St. Paul provinces as well as the of region. Cheryl Behrent, a consociate from St. Paul says,
regions of Hawaii and Chilé. “It’s really life giving to be around this number of other
Two and a half years in the making, the event was the people that are steeped in mission.”
inspiration of the ACOF directors who were called by the Although ACOF may have different names, geographies
2013 Acts of Chapter directives to deepen communion by and cultures, participants found unity in diversity. Associate
being and acting in new ways as one congregation. Gerry Rauch from St. Louis says, “I really appreciate that

4 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Let Us Remember...
Visit www.csjsl.org to read the life stories of our faithful sisters who have died.

Sister Teresa Lawrence DeRoche Sister Clairerita Atha
November 10, 1932 - October 30, 2016 November 16, 1932 - March 28, 2017
A woman of gratitude, generosity and kindness A caring, gentle, generous and loving woman

Sister Olive Louis Dallavis Sister Ruth Butler
January 25, 1921 - December 1, 2016 March 12, 1923 - June 1, 2017
A woman with an unfailing smile, foresight, A kind, loving woman, spirit-filled and joyful
simplicity and humility
Sister Mary Ann Lavin
Sister Kathleen Kevin Ryan January 21, 1932 - June 19, 2017
July 10, 1928 - December 20, 2016 Joy-filled, compassionate and generous
Overflowing with generosity, a great sense of humor
and the gift of hospitality Sister Catherine Ann Gleason
February 15, 1924 - June 23, 2017
Sister Andrea Marie Rentmeester Cheerful, friendly and helpful
November 30, 1925 - December 21, 2016
A grounded, peaceful woman who was deeply spiritual Sister Rita Flaherty
December 23, 1919 - July 19, 2017
Sister Martha Ritter Kind, thoughtful and gracious
September 14, 1922 - January 22, 2017
A grateful woman who was kind, humble and Associate Catie Shinn
lived a life of service May 30, 1955 - August 1, 2017
A passionate, unwavering heart for the mission of Jesus
Sister Edith Vogel
February 15, 1923 - February 6, 2017 Sister Jane Edward Schilling
A loving, hopeful woman with a listening ear October 8, 1930 – September 13, 2017
A witness of service to our brothers and sisters
Sister Sarah Ann Mitra
August 30, 1936 - February 8, 2017
A humble, grateful woman of faith who loved life

cultural diversity, the cultural respect for different traditions grow in that oneness,” says Anne Harpham, co-director of
and how different provinces make that operational.” the Ohana in Hawaii. “Our challenge now is to build our
“I learned more about working together as ACOF— relationship further and to envision our ACOF future as we
both the spiritual and the human aspects,” says Carolina read the signs of the times and live the charism within our
Rodríguez, Familia de San José of Chilé. “We reach out to communities.”
one another because we speak the same language of love.” The convocation may have lasted only a few days, but
“We came together as diverse units; we left knowing it’s only the beginning for ACOF expressing the desire to
our strength is in our oneness and our commitment to carry the experience into the future­—together.

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The 60th Jubilarians celebrated in Holy Family Chapel on March 18. Golden Jubilarian S. Lisa Lazio 60th Jubilarian S. Rosemary O’Malley

2017 Jubilarians
W
e are honored to present to you the 2017 sister occasions for the jubilarians, surrounded by members of the
jubilarians whose faithful service to God, their CSJ community, family and friends.
community and the dear neighbor represent Read about the lives of these holy women in their online
1,755 years of ministry. Spring and summer celebrations at bios at www.csjsl.org.
the motherhouse and Nazareth Living Center marked the

60th Jubilarian S. Donna Gunn. The 50th Jubilarians celebrated in Holy Family Chapel on August 5.

6 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
80 Years 75 Years

S. Teresa Shea S. Winifred Adelsberger S. Alice Hein S. Charlotte Smith

70 Years

S. Ida Robertine S. Marie Charles Buford S. Mary Rebecca S. James Patrick S. Audrey Olson S. Ruth Margaret Raupp
Berresheim Campbell Corbett

S. Mary Shyrock S. Clara Vincent S. Charline Sullivan S. Teresa John Zilch
Slatinsky

60 Years 50 Years

S. Laverne Mary S. Camille Collini S. Catherine Durr S. Donna Loretto Gunn S. Regina Bartman S. Barbara Jean
Aufmuth Jennings

S. Teresa Horn-Bostel S. Kathleen Ann S. John Kenneth Scott S. Jeanene Yackey S. Lisa Ann Lazio S. Mary Johanna
O’Malley Logan

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Sister Mary Flick with her family after her vows ceremony. Sister Mary Flick signs her commitment with
Province Leader Sister Marilyn Lott by her side.

Sister Mary Flick
Makes Profession of Final Vows

I n a culmination of her life-long
desire, Sister Mary Flick made
her profession of perpetual vows
a master’s in religious studies
from Saint Louis University and
a certificate in spiritual direction
with the Sisters of St. Joseph of from Aquinas Institute of
Carondelet on September 9 at Theology in St. Louis.
the motherhouse, surrounded by She currently serves as the
family, friends and members of justice coordinator and a writer
the CSJ community. for the St. Louis province, works
“The world hungers for in the Office of Mission and
meaning and longs for spirituality. Identity at Saint Louis University
My commitment to Christ and and offers spiritual direction.
to this community gives me the She relishes serving the Sisters of
freedom to offer both through St. Joseph community and serves
my presence and my ministry,” on a number of committees.
she says. “The legacy I inherited
A native St. Louisan, Sister continually leaves me in awe and
Sisters Becky Holley and Mary Flick.
Mary entered the Sisters of asking how to best live out the
St. Joseph in 2009. She brings to the community her love love of God and dear neighbor without distinction,” Sister
for Ignatian spirituality, having spent 25 years working at Mary says. “I’m excited about the future of religious life and
Saint Louis University, a Jesuit school. proud to claim the CSJs as my home, knowing my sisters are
Her background also includes a bachelor’s degree in there to support me and I, them, wherever God leads.”
communications from Maryville University in St. Louis,

8 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Sister Clare Bass
Renews Temporary Commitment
O n June 18, Sister Clare Bass renewed her
temporary commitment to the Sisters of
St. Joseph of Carondelet for two more years.
She is also passionate about social justice
issues. In the tradition of the Sisters of
St. Joseph, Sister Clare serves as an advocate
Sister Clare joined the CSJs as a candidate in for the issues that speak to the dignity of the
2010 and entered the community in 2012. human person. “Just trying to be a person of
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi, Sister solidarity and compassion is important and
Clare holds a bachelor’s degree in political energizing for me.”
science and a master’s degree in public policy Sister Clare sees the renewal of her
and administration from Mississippi State. temporary vows as giving her the time to
She is currently working toward becoming a “really come to grips with commitment.
licensed clinical social worker in the master’s Emotionally and spiritually it’s a process.
of social work program at Southern Illinois The commitment is not just for one day. It’s a
Univeristy-Edwardsville while serving as a process for the rest of my life. So committing
residential aide with Our Lady Queen of to living out of the vows and community each
Peace Center in St. Louis. day requires a daily ‘yes.’”
“Working with people affected by
addictions and other traumatic experiences
Top: Sister Clare and Province Leader Sister Mary Margaret
in their lives or who are considered on the Lazio at Sister Mary Flick’s vows ceremony. Bottom: Sister
margins of society is how I best serve the dear Clare Bass with her novice director Sister Pat Bober and Sister
neighbor, and it’s what I’m passionate about.” Janet Kuciejczyk.

Sister Mary Alice Collar
Enters Federation Novitiate
S ister Mary Alice Collar was received as
a novice into the Sisters of St. Joseph
of Carondelet on July 29 at the St. Louis
Carondelet as a candidate in January 2017 and
lived in community with the sisters, whom she
says have offered her a great support system. “I
province assembly. In August, she entered the always have them to talk things over with, and
federation novitiate program, a common project they help me discern what I need to do in any
of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the United situation.”
States, currently being held in Concordia, A dental hygienist by profession for 31
Kansas. This 10-month concentration in the years who also has a master’s degree in pastoral
life, spirituality and mission of the Sisters of studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology
St. Joseph offers the novices opportunities for in St. Louis, Sister Mary Alice is discerning
greater peer interaction and to come to know her next ministry. She says her opportunities
themselves as part of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the future are many and promising, and,
nationwide. supported by the community, she is confident
Sister Mary Alice says, “It’s an opportunity the Spirit will reveal her path. “As I’ve grown
to deepen my relationship with God, understand on this labyrinth journey, I realize I have all I
the charism and mission as it is lived today need to live the mission.”
and learn from Sisters of St. Joseph who are
experts in their field.” Top: Sister Mary Alice Collar. Bottom: Sister Mary Alice Collar
A native of Pittsburg, Kansas, Sister signs her commitment as witnessed by Province Leader Sister
Marilyn Lott.
Mary Alice entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of

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Home Sweet Home
Sister Clare Bass brings hope and healing
to the women of the Queen of Peace Center
By Patti Eischen

F
rom the street, it says, “She is so positive. I have
looks like any other
“The healing of each resident learned a lot, and I take it with
old home, so prolific is so important. I try to be that me. Because of the programs and
in St. Louis. A big missing piece for them, Sister Clare, I have learned to love
front porch. Tall mostly through example.” myself. I hold myself accountable
windows. A playground and deck Sister Clare Bass now.”
in the backyard. Once inside the
back door, it feels like a typical
home. A stroller and a toddler’s Hope and Healing
S
push toy are nestled into the corner. ister Clare’s previous
Monday afternoon television experience with the homeless
drones in the background. Laundry taught her that the women are in
is being hoisted downstairs to need of healing and love. “That’s
wash, dry and fold. The familiar what I’m doing here with them.
scent of cooked bacon lingers in With so many of the residents,
the air. some have burned so many bridges.
But this is no typical home. This place is their last hope.”
This is a work zone. The work of “Society and people say that
living clean and sober is being addicts do this to themselves—
taught and lived out here. This is and they do—but it is a bigger
St. Philippine Home, a substance picture than that,” Sister Clare
rehabilitation facility. says. “A lot of things lead to
One of seven locations of addictions—many bad choices
the Queen of Peace Center, the and missing pieces in their lives
St. Philippine Home is middle and their upbringing. The healing
ground for the women to press of each resident is so important.
pause then restart their lives. I try to be that missing piece for
With work, prayer and love, they them—mostly through example.”
find success by completing a Sister Clare and the Philippine House residents join together in prayer.
“You can’t leave out the spirit
program that helps them that she brings here,” says Karen. “You see it in her character,
overcome the disease of addiction and assists them with without words.”
budgeting, education, employment and wellness.
Gwen Donley, program manager at St. Philippine
Sister Clare Bass served as a residential aide at the Home, says of Sister Clare, “Her ideas spread across this
St. Philippine Home for two years and currently continues house into every corner.”
her work at another one of Queen of Peace’s sites, Our Lady
of Perpetual Help. At the Philippine Home, one of the few rehabilitation
centers that allow children to stay with their mothers,
Sister Clare describes her duties as “making sure teaching parenting skills was a big aspect for Sister Clare.
everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing.” “I try to teach parenting skills by example,” she says. “When
Others describe Sister Clare as a leader. Karen, a former moms see this, it might not be obvious, but it does rub off.
St. Philippine resident who has graduated from the program, My actions impact mothers.”

10 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Sister Clare enjoys a snack with a resident. Sister Clare plays with residents’ children. A unique aspect
of the Philippine House is that it allows children to stay
with their parents.

Sister Clare recalls one resident that arrived
with her 2-year-old son. “Because of where she
was, or wasn’t, in her recovery, she hadn’t really
bonded with her own child. Soon after getting
settled in and working her program, we could see
she was beginning to bond with him.”
And that’s the message Sister Clare brings to
the women: “Your life doesn’t have to look like it
does now. You can make changes in your life.”

Tools for Success
S ister Clare says, “The toughest part of this
job is I can’t work the program for them.
They have to do the work. But, we give them Sister Clare checks a resident’s vitals, just one of her varied duties as residential aide.
all the tools to succeed. Some choose to use the
tools. Some don’t,” says Sister Clare. their addiction doesn’t define them. They get to move out of
here and move on with their lives. They become independent,”
One of those tools involve group meetings in three she says.
different programs: budgeting, gratitude and Living in
Balance. The curriculum for Living in Balance was “I hope that as a residential aide I can provide them
underwritten by a grant from the Sisters of St. Joseph with a calm environment, a calm home, because that’s what
of Carondelet. home should be.”

And, the best part of the job for Sister Clare? It’s seeing
the clients succeed. “They just get it. They come to learn

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Nyakio Kaniu-Lake, CSJA
Serving Women of Kenya
at the Agatha Amani House
By Barbara Roberts

I
t was an email from Sister Ruth The house is totally off
Stuckel in 2011 that motivated the grid, using solar panels for
Associate Nyakio Kaniu-Lake to electricity. A biogas digester
consider formation in the Sisters of recycles manure, capturing the
St. Joseph of Carondelet’s associate methane gas for cooking and
program. “I really heard the little voice providing organic manure for
nagging at the back of my head,” Nyakio fertilizer. In spring 2017, a well
recalls. As a young girl in Naivasha, was drilled to provide water;
Kenya, she contemplated becoming a the house formerly relied on
nun, so Sister Ruth’s invitation was rainwater collection and
inspiring. “The sisters have a comfort expensive deliveries by truck
they bring in their presence that you or donkey.
Nyakio Kaniu-Lake with one of her shelter babies.
just feel,” she says. “You really know that Due to lack of skills, many
there is something bigger.” Nyakio travels to Kenya for up to six
women stay at the house for up to
months at a time. Joe Bob stays for
Ultimately, it was her relationship one year, gaining needed training to
about a month, then returns to Kansas
with the CSJ community that called become self-sufficient. Residents learn
City to find support for their program.
her to do more for the marginalized permaculture techniques; rabbits,
“It is a life mission,” he says.
women of Kenya by founding two chickens and cows are raised for meat
organizations, Empowering Minds and eggs, while goats and cows produce For Nyakio, this life mission of
International and the Agatha Amani milk and manure. The women are also serving women in her homeland was
House, both supporting victims of trained to bake bread. Diapers are fortified by the sisters’ charism of
sexual and domestic violence. made from used cloths that are cut serving the dear neighbor. “I remember
Empowering Minds International and sewn together. In 2015, the house the charism talking again and again
provides mental health services for received a Tabitha Grant from the about the dear neighbor. This neighbor
survivors of violence and other people Sisters of St. Joseph to buy a machine can be your neighbor next door, but
in the community, while the Agatha to help produce low-cost sanitary pads, it can be your neighbor across waters,
Amani House provides comprehensive a project that is hoped to provide job across the ocean and so stretching
services at the shelter. training for the women. allowed for me to move farther. It
really got ingrained in me, spreading
Nyakio and her husband, Joe The house is staffed by two social
the love to the dear neighbor we might
Bob Lake, had participated in K2K workers who live with the residents,
not actually see or meet.”
(Kansas2Kenya) mission trips, but she as well as volunteers. They also employ
says that her formation in association a community outreach coordinator to
inspired her to do more. “I felt this help spread the word about the shelter.
renewed energy to do something,”
she says.
So, with her mother’s donation of
land along with an unfinished building,
the roots of the Agatha Amani House
were established. The house was named in
her mother’s honor. Nyakio and Joe Bob
then set about renovating and completing
the building to fit their needs. The first
residents came in late 2014. The Agatha Amani House compound.

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&

Heart of Community:
Sister Liz Brown Reflects on her Ministry in Okolona, Mississippi
By Patti Eischen

I t’s been 32 years since
Sister Liz Brown
first drove into the
result, we offer several wellness programs, multiple learning
programs and shared space for the community to use. We
have developed satellite locations in nearby communities
small town of Okolona, that are offering the same services.
Mississippi. As executive What’s the biggest change you have seen?
director of Excel The biggest systemic change is a melting away of racial
Commons, she has divides. We have seen a comfortable change of whites and
been at the heart of blacks working together. There is still a lot of racism that
the community, with goes both ways. But I see friendships that have grown across
steadfast dedication racial lines that would have never been had we not come
to community building here 32 years ago. There is definitely greater ease across the
and racial inclusiveness. racial divide.
What began as a summer youth program in 1988 in three
borrowed classrooms has grown into Excel’s Main Street What are some plans for the program’s future?
hub open to all in need, with children’s enrichment, senior We are developing a food pantry that is open once a month,
wellness, GED classes, a resale shop and a coffee shop, just creating blessing boxes for those who need food to get them
to name a few. With programs still going strong, we through, and we have developed a “Kindness of Strangers”
interviewed Sister Liz about her time in Okolona—past, fund that helps people with one-time funding. These are
present and future. smaller programs, but they are still important. It’s a beautiful
thing to see people come together around need.
And for your future?
What was your initial goal? One part of the plan is to share the executive director
We wanted to set up an organization, an effort that position so that I can go half time and prolong the work
would assist people with whatever their needs were in the that I am doing. When I first arrived here, I was 45 years
community—to set up an organization that had no racial old. Something went through my mind, maybe the Holy
dominance. We knew people from the National Council of Spirit speaking to me, “This is going to be my last mission.”
Negro Women and we asked them to partner with us. We I had a very warm sense of home—that this is where I
didn’t want outsiders doing work for the community that belonged. You just do what needs to be done. I follow the
they could do for themselves. need wherever it leads me.
What was Excel’s first program? What’s the “why” of it?
They asked us to start an educational after school-program, It’s always been to build the community from within. It
but they had no space to hold it in. My philosophy is won’t ever be 100 percent, but to bring people together, to
different than the normal, “Raise money, then start a build relationships, and to facilitate that, that’s the “why”
program.” We do the work first and then the money will of it. We are a stable organization. People know us, trust us,
come. That’s always worked for me. We started with six come to us, and they engage and give back to us.
kids. Now we have 48.
How has Excel developed?
People in town call it the “Excel Mall” now. We just kept
acquiring space next to spaces we were already in. As a

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The women of Journey House say grace before dinner.

Serving the Dear Family
Sisters walk with women rebuilding
their lives after prison at Journey House
By Barbara K. Roberts

14 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
For the residents,
Journey House is
more like the family
they wanted rather
than what they had.

their ups and downs and to support
each other.
While other halfway homes have
security cameras, on-site parole officers, Sharing Hugs: Above, Sister Martha Niemann and
and around-the-clock security, Journey JH resident Melissa. Below, Sister Gabrielle Smits
and JH resident Teresa.
House has Sister Martha—greeting,
hugging and listening to all—who
helps provide the security these women
want. She further fosters well-being
by leading a 12-step program for these
women and others in the community.
Fifteen women reside at Journey
House for up to 90 days. Since its
opening in September 2015, over 200
women have called it their home.
The demand is so great, it’s booked
six months out. Although it serves
those most prone to re-incarceration—
those with mental illness, addiction
and a history of going in and out of
prison—less than five percent have
returned to prison, a remarkable feat,
considering the national recidivism
rate is 68 percent.
What makes Journey House so
successful that a former resident held

A
her wedding reception at the home?
roller coaster of activity To the sisters and women, the answer
surrounds Sister Martha is simple—they are a family.
Niemann from her
It was the vision of Georgia Walker,
peaceful perch in the
executive director at Journey to New
living room at Journey
Life ( JTNL), to establish Journey House,
House, a transitional home in Kansas
with the aid of Sister Rose McLarney.
City, Missouri, for women returning
Sister Rose’s background in restorative
from prison. She takes it all in: from
justice for former inmates made her
a sister returning from the bus station
a natural choice to help launch this
with a new resident, to women off to
innovative program. Sisters Martha,
their daily rehab meetings, job training, JH resident Shelly works with Sher Bialczyk, the
Gabrielle Smits and Patty Clune, all
or preparing dinner, then later, group resident manager.
enthusiastically joined the call to serve
circle time. Residents stop by to share
their dear neighbor by living and Continued next page

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been a “tremendous help” to their
The success is so pervasive that many women come back success. A former inmate with a
to visit, with a couple even cooking dinner for current background of substance abuse, “Sher
understands the women, where there
residents. They consider Journey House their home. may be some instances that we may
As one commented, “this is the best place I’ve lived.” not know what’s going on, and (she) is
a role model for them. If she can do it,
they can also. She knows what they are
going through,” says Sister Rose.
The women’s self-motivation for
recovery is another key to their success.
While still in prison, a phone interview
is conducted with potential residents.
They then write a follow-up letter
stating why they want to come to
Journey House. Two weeks prior to
their arrival, Sister Martha writes to
them. The women then sign a resident
agreement prior to moving into the
home. At the end of 30 days, caseworkers
interview the women to see how they
are progressing, with the sisters also
sitting in on these meetings.
For the residents, Journey House is
more like the family they wanted rather
than what they had. One resident
says, “It’s the freedom, the love. These
women [the sisters] are heroes. They
make you want to love them just by
the things they do, the way they talk to
you. They are always there. It’s a huge
difference from prison.” Another says,
“The sisters know all about us, but that
doesn’t make a difference.”
The sisters find that wherever they
go, there is a sincere interest in Journey
Sisters Gabrielle Smits, Martha Niemann and Rose McLarney with several Journey House residents. House, including with their fellow
sisters who have volunteered at the home.
ministering with them. For the residents, the sisters always being there for them. “People have been very generous.
most of whom had never met a nun, There is a reason behind their behaviors, Not only monetarily, but also donating
Sister Martha laughs, “They didn’t know and addressing their issues is what household items, clothing, and
what to expect and then they saw we makes a difference.” volunteering their time, and that is
were old sisters!” While at Journey House, the very meaningful for the women.
For Sister Rose, the value of the women receive substance and mental It shows them somebody cares about
sisters living with the women are the health counseling, vocational and them, that these people respect them,”
“spontaneous things that happen that educational training. After they leave, Sister Gabrielle shares.
show we care and support them. It’s JTNL provides housing assistance. The success is so pervasive that
not having to wait for an appointment The sisters also agree that Sher many women come back to visit, with
to talk to someone. It’s the security of Bialczyk, their house manager, has some even cooking dinner for current

16 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
residents. They consider Journey House
their home. One resident says, “this
is the best place I’ve lived.” Another
echoes, “The sisters are heaven sent.
They do it not because they have to.
They do it because they want to.”
To aid in recovery, the sisters and
women come together for circle time,
where they listen and talk about issues,
then come up with a solution. A recent
session opened with Sister Rose sharing
that, while shopping, she discovered
that all of her money had been taken
out of her wallet. She was “hopping
mad,” and further shared what the
experience was like for her. Others then
shared how the incident impacted them,
and how they felt about it. Within
five minutes of the group breaking
up, a woman came to Sister Rose and
confessed to taking the money. “She Sister Rose McLarney gives a high five to JH resident Teresa.
told me it was the hardest thing that
she ever had to do,” she recalls.
“That is restorative justice,” Sister
Rose continues. “When they realize the
implication of their actions on others.
We take every chance to reinforce that.
It’s not that you’re a bad person. It’s
that you did a bad thing and you need
to consider what you are doing, how
it impacts others, and look at what is
going on that makes you act that way.
Because otherwise they are going to
continue acting out, doing whatever
they are doing.”
For Sister Rose, it’s moments like
that which inspire her to continue
what she’s doing. She’s been asked
countless times when she’s going to
JH residents Christy and Shantel have a chat on the porch with Sisters Gabrielle Smits and Martha Niemann.
retire from her numerous ministry
activities. Her response: “This would be
the last thing I give up. I love it here.” Special Recognition: The Johnson County Library System (metro Kansas City
area) has recognized writer Barbara K. Roberts and the sisters’ work at Journey
And the Journey House women
House by selecting a version of this story as the winner of their “Build a Better
love their sisters—their family.
World” contest. The library states, “Roberts’ ability to capture the women of
Journey House—both those who work there and those who come to stay—
gives readers a vibrant example of the impact one can have when they try to
build a better world.”

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tributesandmemorials

Thank you for the following gifts received between August 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.
Tribute donations of $25 or greater will be published. Thank you for your continued generosity
in paying tribute to your loved ones with a gift to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

In Honor of…
50-year Jubilarians Ida Robertine Berresheim, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Edward Mulloy Donna Gunn, CSJ
Sandra Straub, CSJ  Miss Mary Ann Collins Mr. & Mrs. Steven M. Perry Mr. & Mrs. Steven M. Brendle
60-year Jubilarians Ms. Rose Mary Green Mr. & Mrs. Leo Corky Stueve David E. Cassens &
John Komotos & Kay Komotos, CSJA  Mr. & Mrs. Edwin W. Horn Drs. John S. & Linda K. Donovan  Patricia Cassens, CSJA
70-year Jubilarians Mr. & Mrs. Larry W. King Barbara Dreher, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Dennis M. Cuddihee
John Komotos & Kay Komotos, CSJA  Mrs. Beulah C. Loida David E. Cassens & Mrs. Patricia M. Dean
75-year Jubilarians Mr. & Mrs. Robert Schindler Patricia Cassens, CSJA Mrs. Mary Donovan
John Komotos & Kay Komotos, CSJA  Judeth Breslin, CSJ on her 60th Jubilee Mr. & Mrs. John F. Sieckhaus Mr. Eugene C. Eichhorn
Sisters 150 years of service in Mr. & Mrs. William D. Kelley Pat Dunphy, CSJ Ms. Dolores Ferrell
Kansas City Leo Ann Bub, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth E. Grugenhoff  Dr. & Mrs. Dennis C. Golden
Ms. Joan Horan Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Gorman Catherine Durr, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. Gunn
Mr. John G. Houlehan Marie Charles Buford, CSJ Ms. Jacquelyn L. Akins Mrs. Janet R. Jokisch
Mr. & Mrs. Tom McDonnell Mrs. Patricia M. Dean Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Haywood Mrs. Jean M. Leonhardt
Mr. & Mrs. Leo Corky Stueve  Mr. & Mrs. James T. Evans, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. O’Blennis Mr. & Mrs. Ronald A. Lux
Jean Abbott, CSJ Mrs. Dorothy Krehbiel Wayne Reed & Nancy Reed, CSJA Barbara Ann Moore, CSJ
Mrs. Emily Horton  Patrick K. McDowell, CSJA Mrs. Sonia M. Tumialan Ms. Barbara K. Roberts 
Angela Abood, CSJ Rev. Msgr. Salvatore E. Polizzi Teresa Maria Eagan, CSJ Helene Gutchewsky, CSJ
Don & Pat Carman Jeanne Urschel, CSJ Ms. Kathleen T. Eagan Mr. & Mrs. Francis J. Schlueter, Jr. 
Mr. Sam D. Dennis Rebecca Campbell, CSJ Mrs. M. Suzanne Eagan  Sarah Heger, CSJ
Mr. Tommy J. Thomas Mrs. Barbara A. Justice  Mary Rita Essert, CSJ Msgr. Michael E. Turek 
Mr. Charles Toney  Patricia Cassens, CSJA Nancy A. Siefker, CSJA  James Lorene Hogan, CSJ†
Winifred Adelsberger, CSJ Ms. Cheryl Schaefer  Arline Eveld, CSJ Mrs. Christine E. Soland 
Ms. Susan Conrad Rose Stephen Cento, CSJ Mrs. Christine E. Soland  Teresa Horn-Bostel, CSJ
Ms. Jennifer Millikan Mr. & Mrs. William A. Skaggs  Ann Charles Everett, CSJ David E. Cassens &
Ms. Marianne Petru Patty Clune, CSJ Mrs. Mary Morrow-Bax  Patricia Cassens, CSJA
Mrs. Katherine D. Smith Mr. & Mrs. John F. Marx, Jr.  Virginia Anne Fannin, CSJ Mrs. Mary L. Hittner
Ms. Michaela Witcher  James Patrick Corbett, CSJ Mrs. Gloria Bluj  Ms. Patricia A. Lee
Ann Albrecht, CSJ Ms. Peggy A. Bohn  Mary Ann Figlino, CSJ Roberta Houlihan, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Leo Corky Stueve Nancy Corcoran, CSJ Ms. Bambi F. Dixey  Mr. & Mrs. James E. Konsky
Helen Alder, CSJ Barcy Fox  Kate Filla, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Tallon 
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth J. Berra  Loretta Costa, CSJ Barcy Fox Mary Jacobs, CSJ
Sisters of St. Joseph who taught at Don & Pat Carman  Mr. & Mrs. John R. Marino Ms. Maureen J. Kane 
All Saints School  Marjorie Craig, CSJ Ms. Marianne Petru Jeanne Janssen, CSJ
Ms. Laverne E. Weishaar Ms. Tina Stretch  Mrs. Christine M. Townsend  Mr. Jeffrey Norton 
Deana Angotti Dorothy Daly, CSJ Rosemary Flanigan, CSJ Barbara Jean Jennings, CSJ
Ms. Elizabeth E. Angotti Ms. Marjorie McLain  Eugene & Patricia Cole, CSJA Mrs. Mary Donovan
Ruth Baudhuin, CSJ Frances Dillman, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Paul Conklin Mr. & Mrs. John D. Long
Ms. June Stella  Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Tritt  Ms. Teresa J. House  Mrs. Michele Mangnall
Dick & Diane Dohack’s 65th Mary Flick, CSJ Mrs. Angela F. Ottenlips 
wedding anniversary Father Scott Sunnenberg  Mary Fran Johnson, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Gary S. Gianino  Jo Ann Geary, CSJ Mr. Kerry N. Kearney
Mary Ann Donovan, CSJ Dr. M. Rose Jonas  Mr. Steven B. Prickett 
Mr. Paul E. Donovan  Living members of the Grossman 2017 Jubilarians
Mrs. Betty Markey Family Anonymous
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel M. Grossman  Ms. Toni Jean Bink

18 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Therese Chaperone, CSJ Lisa Ann Lazio, CSJ Ms. Marsha Scanlin
Camille Collini, CSJ Ms. Rosanne Petru Ms. Elizabeth Zabak 
Glenn Fisher & Kathleen Fisher, CSJA Ms. Mary Ellen Smith  Mary Catherine O’Gorman, CSJ
Ms. Carolyn Henry, CSJA Betty Leiwe, CSJ Mr. Robert J. Schulze 
Ms. Laura Rose Huelsing Mr. & Mrs. John H. Aughey Audrey Olson, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Konop Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth J. Stern  Mr. Joseph A. Massing
Ann Landers, CSJ Paddy Lorenz, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Gary Yarwood 
Mrs. Patricia L. Lindauer Ms. Teresa J. House  Grossman Families
Rev. Patrick M. Lyons Marilyn Lott, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Daniel M. Grossman
Ms. Peggy M. Maguire, CSJA David E. Cassens & Carol Jean Peterson, CSJ
John & Sylvia Morton, CSJA Patricia Cassens, CSJA  John Komotos & Kay Komotos, CSJA 
Mrs. Beatrice Muraski Shawn Madigan, CSJ Rosemary Pitlyk
Mr. John T. Ostermeyer, Sr. John Komotos & Kay Komotos, CSJA  Ms. Mary Scott 
Mr. & Mrs. James R. Raupp Linda Markway, CSJ Marie René Pretti, CSJ
Linda Straub, CSJ
Jean Paul Selissen, CSJ Ms. Carol Shepard  Chris McGovern 
Mr. & Mrs. John H. Aughey
Ms. Patricia Sheridan, CSJA Markway Children Ruth Margaret Raupp, CSJ
Christine Holladay, CSJA
Ms. Lisa Simon Mr. Larry F. Markway  Mr. & Mrs. John H. Aughey
Mr. Joseph Sheehan 
Patricia Lorenz, CSJ & Rosemary Rita McGovern, CSJ Mrs. Mary Connelly
Sandra Straub, CSJ
Flanigan, CSJ Mr. Ryan Asmussen & Mrs. Jennifer Ms. Mary Ferguson 
Zareena & Randall Koch 
Sisters of St. Joseph of Connelly  Wilmetta Ann Roth
Ruth Stuckel, CSJ
Carondelet-Nazareth Peggy Maguire, CSJA Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Sarmo 
Ms. Teresa J. House 
Joan Spalding, CSJ Philip Heagney & Helen Ryan, CSJ
Charline Sullivan, CSJ
Francis & Ruth Stroble Barbara Prosser, CSJA  Mrs. Katherine D. Smith 
Anonymous
Mr. & Mrs. Louis G. Weisenfeld Rose Marie McKenna, CSJ Sacred Heart Central Class of 1956
Ms. Barbara A. Peach
Marnee Torchia, CSJA Mr. Ralph Simon  Mr. Tom Hall 
Ms. Karen Sullivan 
Barbara Louise Volk, CSJ  Rose McLarney, CSJ Roberta Schmidt, CSJ
Sister Margaret Eugene Tucker’s
Jean Junak, CSJ Ms. Joyce Green Ms. Maureen J. Kane 
100th birthday
Mr. & Mrs. Francis J. Schlueter, Jr.  Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Lirette Rita Marie Schmitz, CSJ
Patricia Donnelly, CSJ
Marianne Keena, CSJ Mrs. Sandra R. McLarney  Ms. Paula M. Zenker 
Mary Pamela Harding, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. John H. Aughey Judy Miller, CSJ Edward Cecilia Schniedermeier, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. John D. Rushing 
Ms. Kathryn S. Metzinger  John Komotos & Kay Komotos, CSJA  Mr. & Mrs. William J. Kohlberg 
Sisters at Visitation 1961-1974
Anne Kelly, CSJ Sarah Ann Mitra, CSJ† Teresa Shea, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Paul H. Silverman
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel A. Dykas Mrs. Margo Villar  Mrs. Mary Donovan 
Edith Vogel, CSJ†
Mr. & Mrs. John C. Glunt Kathleen Mlinar, CSJ Mary Shryock, CSJ
Mrs. Gloria Bluj 
Mr. & Mrs. Michael S. Haywood  John Komotos & Kay Komotos, CSJA  Mrs. Regina M. Dunniway
Suzanne Wesley, CSJ
Pauline Komrska, CSJ Barbara Moore, CSJ Mrs. Dorothy W. Smith 
Mr. & Mrs. John F. Marx, Jr.
Mrs. Patricia Black Mr. & Mrs. J. Duke Niedringhaus  Clara Vincent Slatinsky, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Gregory J. Mueller 
Ms. Susan Conrad Pat Murphy, CSJ Mrs. Jane M. Eubanks
Josephine Winkeler, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis M. Cuddihee Mrs. Norma J. Greene  Joseph & Linda Licata, CSJA 
Ms. June Stella 
Mr. & Mrs. Steven Dietrich Mary Ann Nestel, CSJ Charlotte Smith, CSJ
Wisconsin Associates
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel J. Hordesky Jaymes Dearing The Honorable Marcia K. Walsh
John Komotos & Kay Komotos, CSJA 
Mr. & Mrs. John C. Lang Barcy Fox Gabrielle Smits, CSJ
Jeanene Yackey, CSJ
Mr. Joseph A. Massing Ms. Maureen J. Kane  Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie J. Hook
Mrs. Patricia M. Dean
Ms. Marianne Petru Martha Niemann, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Lirette 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Evans 
Mr. Christopher J. Schmid Eugene & Patricia Cole, CSJA Louise Michele Sommer CSJ
Rose Zerilli 80yrs
Ms. Michaela Witcher  Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie J. Hook Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas R. Daniels 
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn 
Maureen Kottenstette, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Lirette  St. Louis CSJAs
Teresa John Zilch, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene J. Kottenstette  Pauline Oetgen, CSJ Christine Holladay, CSJA 
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis M. Cuddihee
Ann Landers, CSJ Ms. Abbe Bunt Sisters at St. Theresa Academy 1961-1974
Mrs. Norma Burdis  Ms. Katherine Ratterree Mr. & Mrs. Paul H. Silverman 
Dayle A. Savage, Ed.D,

In Memory of…
Patrick Albright Mr. & Mrs. Kim R. Jennings Donaldson Bernsen Mary Josephine Breiner, CSJ
Ms. Toni Jean Bink  Ms. Frances Kessler Mr. & Mrs. John Behl  Breiner & Breiner, L.L.C.
Wilbur Allaert Patrick K. McDowell, CSJA Mary Virginia Betz Mary Wilma Broughton, CSJ
Mrs. Mary Joy Allaert Feeney  Mr. & Mrs. Alfred W. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Tom Matheny  Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Quinn 
Jim & Betty Alyward Mrs. Julia A. Sanders Len Bober Paul Brueggestrass
Mr. & Mrs. Steven W. Fletcher  Mr. Kirk A. Shearer  Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas R. Daniels  Mr. & Mrs. Tom Matheny 
Alberta Anderson Frances Aubuchon Dorothy E. Bohning, CSJA Alice Joseph Brunegraf, CSJ
Ms. Emily D. Anderson, CSJA  Mrs. Mary D. Mann  Janet M. Sullivan, CSJA  Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Acosta 
JoAnne Anthony Gertrude R. Autiy Rose Bokermann Frankie Brungardt
Mr. Donald W. Anthony  Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn  Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liberatore  Val H. Brungardt
Clairerita Atha, CSJ Carol Bamrick Eric Bower Mr. Larry L. McDonald 
Ms. Christine M. Gach Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn  Mrs. Diane Golniewicz-Bower 
Mr. & Mrs. David A. Gach John M. Barrett Donald Bowers
Ms. Dee A. Gach Mrs. Geraldine J. Bergman St. Joseph’s Academy Alumnae
†Deceased
Ms. Nina Garofalo Norbert J. & Ann E. Bednarck Association 
Mrs. Peggy A. Horrigan Mrs. Ann E. Bednarck Gifts received August 1, 2016 through
June 30, 2017.

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tributesandmemorials
Ed Burns Mary Lawless Denness Ann Geraty Bernard Clare Konrath, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Hardebeck  St. Joseph’s Academy St. Joseph’s Academy  Eleanor Konrath 
Anne Ambrose Butkovich, CSJ Development Office  Mathias Grall, CSJ Anna Rose Kraus, CSJ
Ms. Barbara E. Laurie  Joseph B. Dierker, Sr. Mr. Steven G. Grall  Ms. Norma J. Glassbrenner 
Ruth Butler, CSJ Mr. Josh Dobrowitsky Jacob & Bernice Giljum Mary Alexandra Kuhn, CSJ
Mrs. Frances D. Barrett Ms. Michele Scaturro  Mr. & Mrs. Donald Giljum  Mr. & Mrs. Alexander J. Kuhn 
Butler-Simone Family Ernest W. Dohack Betty Glickert Joselita Marie Kujak, CSJ
Ms. Nina Garofalo Mr. & Mrs. Richard T. Armbruster Ms. Mary Mann Mr. Joseph F. Ryan
Mr. & Mrs. Arthur E. Slack & Mr. Scott J. Armbruster Jack Goessling Mary Ann Lavin, CSJ
Mr. Andy Slack Mr. & Mrs. F. Roger Dierberg Ms. Carrie Wenberg  Mr. Robert Eckart
Edward F. Walters Mr. & Mrs. Don Dierker Marion Joseph Gerl, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. James P. Lavin, Sr.
Mary Grace Campshure Mr. & Mrs. Warren A. Dohack Mr. Steven G. Grall  Mrs. Mary Jo O’Byrne 
Joseph Campshure & Terri Lefebvre  Mrs. Virginia R. Eckhardt Theresa Sandweg Gray St. Leo School Teachers
Robert & Ellen Chamblin Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth R. Gapsch Mrs. Barbara G. Wilson  Ms. Patricia M. Quicke 
Mr. Thomas W. Chamblin  Ms. Rose M. Hefeley Alice Graziani Christiana Lippert, CSJ
Frances Virginia Cholet, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Heimburger Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn  Mr. Norbert P. Schott 
Miss Mary Petropoulos  Ms. Laura L. Kochan Margaret Gregg, CSJ Tom Liston
Brian Joseph Clune Mr. Robert J. Meyer Mrs. Carol A. Rotert  Mr. & Mrs. W. Stephen Ryan 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Clune  Mr. Orville Middendorf Deceased Members of the Anne Christine Looze, CSJ
Mary Louise Connaghan Dr. & Mrs. Leroy Ortmeyer Grossman Family Mrs. Sharon T. Dimenna
Ms. Joanne P. Buttice Mr. & Mrs. Vincent E. Shaw Mr. & Mrs. Daniel M. Grossman  Mrs. Ruth Ann Hampton 
Ms. Mary Patricia Campbell Mr. & Mrs. John T. Sinclair Alice Marie Hall, CSJ John Lukasiewicz
Mr. & Mrs. Leo V. Garvin Mr. & Mrs. John Wegener  Rev. Joseph A. Weber, Jr.  Janet Kuciejczyk, CSJ 
Ms. Carol Haslag Dianna Donnelly Sacred Heart Hall, CSJ Joe Lundschen
Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Hennicke Ms. Donna A. Conley  Rev. Joseph A. Weber, Jr.  Mr. & Mrs. James A. Miller 
Law Office of James W. Huck Mimi Donovan Doris Hannigan Bill Markey
Mrs. Floyd O. McBride Ms. Veronica Byrne  Mr. & Mrs. Ron Schlapprizzi  Mrs. Betty Markey 
Ms. Carolyn S. Meine Robert C. Donovan Rose Daniel Harrington, CSJ Ann Hall Marshall
Mr. & Mrs. Dan J. Randant Mr. Paul E. Donovan  Mr. & Mrs. James S. Harrington  Mr. & Mrs. Paul D. Finney 
Ms. Barbara M. Rombach Sharon Donovan Keith Hasenfratz Leona Martens
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Sabacky Ms. Veronica Byrne  Mrs. Mary D. Mann  Mr. & Mrs. George J. Kuehl 
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel A. Slay  Alan Dorsey Joan Haas, CSJ Rita F. Martine
Joseph & Agnes Connelly Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Taylor  Mr. & Mrs. Edward Haas  Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Fawcett 
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Giljum  Andrea Dressel Pauline Heineck, CSJ Germaine Matter, CSJ
Lynne Gonyea Cooper Mr. Lucian W. Dressel  Ms. Janet P. Heineck  Mr. Robert J. Palmer 
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn  Elinor Van Egeren Elizabeth Higley Virginia Palmer
Blanche Marie Corcoran, CSJ Dr. Alison Van Egeren  Ms. Laura E. Mogg  Mr. Robert J. Palmer 
Ms. Susan K. Haddock  Dorothy Ellison James Lorene Hogan, CSJ Doris Mattingly, CSJ
Jon Covington Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liberatore  Mr. & Mrs. Patrick M. Barry Mr. John A. Mattingly 
Ms. Toni Jean Bink  Mary Ann Fahey, CSJ Norman Horvath Leanna Maytas
Patricia Cramer Mr. & Mrs. Charles J. Dougherty Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn  Mrs. Mary Jean Weber 
Mr. & Mrs. Gerald E. Anderson Mr. & Mrs. John P. Fahey  Mary Ann Huesmann, CSJ Linda McCauley
Ms. Carolyn Henry, CSJA  Kalab Falvey Mr. & Mrs. William F. Bullock  Ms. Abbe Bunt
Joseph Crouch Janet Kuciejczyk, CSJ  Bruce Humphrey Ms. Katherine Ratterree
Mr. & Mrs. Steven A. Meierotto  Al Farrington Mrs. Mary D. Mann  Dayle A. Savage, Ed.D.
Richard L. Cummins Mrs. Patricia J. Farrington  Jean Marie Iadevito, CSJ Ms. Marsha Scanlin
Mrs. Barbara L. Cummins  Juliana Marie Feld, CSJ Ms. Carolyn Henry, CSJA Ms. Elizabeth Zabak 
Donald Cussen Mr. & Mrs. Anthony F. Knapstein  Mr. & Mrs. Marvin L. Huffman Winifred McConaughey, CSJ
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn  Elizabeth Joseph Fitzpatrick, CSJ Mrs. Mary M. Simitjis Mr. & Mrs. Patrick McConaughey 
Sylvia F. Czapla Ms. Mary A. O’ Rourke  Mr. & Mrs. William C. Sturgeon  Ann McGee, CSJA
Mr. Raymond H. Beerman  Flemington Family Members Arthur Inez Murphy, CSJ Carol A. Johnson, CSJA 
Olive Louise Dallavis, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. William M. Tarnow  Mr. & Mrs. Charles C. Murphy  Mary de la Salle McKeon, CSJ
Anonymous Butch Fletcher Elinor Ives Mr. Charles Matthew McKeon
Mr. & Mrs. Michael T. Dallavis Mr. & Mrs. Steven W. Fletcher  Ms. Patricia Zerega  Shepherd 
Mrs. Sheila K. Johnson Nathalie Galle Forstall Barbara Janicke Dale A. Mehlhose, Sr.
Mr. & Mrs. Scott E. Springman Ms. Barbara C. Clover Mr. & Mrs. Carl H. Will  Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn 
Margaret Denise Dalton, CSJ Mr. Jeremy Franklin Hugh Janssen Mimi Merrill
Mr. & Mrs. Al J. Garcia  Ms. Carol Robinson Ms. Veronica Dayhuff Mrs. Betty Markey 
Rose Alexia Damm, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Terrel P. Dressel, Jr. Marjorie Johnson Margaret Ann Mestress
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Haas  Ms. Kristen Jones Janet Kuciejczyk, CSJ  Dr. Hugh M. Mestres 
Kenneth N. Daniels Ms. Lee Anne Leopold Michael Johnson Helen Miljour, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas R. Daniels  The LoPiccolo Family Mr. Raymond H. Beerman  Eugene & Patricia Cole, CSJA 
Lauren Daues The Lotus Club Kane Daughters Richard W. Miller
Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Daues  Dr. & Mrs. Stephen M. Person Mrs. Marcia E. Bequette  Mrs. Bernadette Miller 
Margaret Alice Daues, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Guy D. Picard Kathleen Keegan Mary Carol Mitchell
Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Daues Mr. David Rinaldi Mr. John T. Keegan  Mrs. Claudine L. Dalton
Terry & Sandra Post  Aynsley Spencer Julienne Keiley Ms. Karen Olson
Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Wahlen Mr. John A. Keiley  Mr. & Mrs. Rod D. Petersen
Ms. Kathryn Wildgen Tom & Bette Kern Mr. & Mrs. Michael Preston 
Ms. Kay K. Wittenberg & Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Hesemann  Mary Kathleen Mitchell, CSJ
Mr. Billy Kernodle  Betty Keyes Mr. & Mrs. Don McGinley
Robert & Ruby Fuller Mr. & Mrs. Frank Carey  Mrs. Norma L. Mitchell 
Steven B. Clark & Rose Augusta Klaas, CSJ
Jessie Fuller Clark, CSJA  Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Kemper 

20 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Sarah Ann Mitra, CSJ Placide Regan, CSJ Mary Consuela Simon, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Ballowe Ms. Kathleen T. Eagan  Mr. Joseph F. Ryan 
Mrs. Margaret S. Boveri Rev Msgr. Edward Reilly Vincent Simpher
Ms. Linda K. Heimos Mr. Dan Harig  Ms. Christine Davis 
Ms. Carolyn Henry, CSJA Margaret Reinhart, CSJ Mary Anne Smith, CSJ
Patrick K. McDowell, CSJA Mr. & Mrs. Leo Corky Stueve  Mrs. M. Bernadette Eisenbarth
Mr. & Mrs. Frankie Mitra Syl & Margie Renaud Edward J. & Dorothy Tallon
Mrs. Margo Villar  Mr. & Mrs. Kevin J. McCarthy  Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Tallon 
Genevieve Moeller Andrea Marie Rentmeester, CSJ Deceased Members of the
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew J. Reilly  Mrs. Margaret J. Ruscetta  Tarnow Family
Annette Moran, CSJ Martha Ritter, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. William M. Tarnow 
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Rush  Mrs. Julia A. Belford Teaching Sisters
James E. Mosimann Sr. Mrs. Elsie B. Glickert Mr. & Mrs. James L. Olshefski 
Mrs. Jean Mosimann  Joseph & Linda Licata, CSJA Jeanne & Byron Thompson
Mary Ursula Mott, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Lucien J. Matter Mr. Paul E. Donovan 
Mr. & Mrs. Sidney P. Mott  Rose Marie McKenna, CSJ Jeanne Thompson
Mr. & Mrs. Bernard J. Mulcahy Mrs. Agnes M. Stuckmeyer  Mr. & Mrs. B. Christopher Thompson  Michael White, CSJ
Mr. Larry Mulcahy  Ralph Ritter Elois M. Tlapek Mr. & Mrs. John T. Donnelly
Richard J. Muraski Mrs. Melanie Ryan  Mr. Bill Tlapek  Mr. & Mrs. David H. Gelwicks
Ms. Mary Oswald Jack Roche Dan Toohey Miss Judith L. Gelwicks
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Schemmel Mr. Michael R. Roche  Mr. & Mrs. Claude B. Martin  Ms. Carolyn Henry, CSJA
Ms. Jennifer Smith Bernard Rodell Gary Torchia Mrs. Regina C. Lee
Mr. Leo G. Wetherill I  Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liberatore  Marnee Torchia, CSJA  Mrs. Nancy Messer 
A.R. “Bob” Murphy Robert Rogers Francine Traina Rita White
Mrs. Frances W. Murphy  David E. Cassens & Mr. Raymond H. Beerman   Mrs. Lois F. Young
Mary Carol Muster, CSJ Patricia Cassens, CSJA  John & Donna Turek Gary Wiedemann
Mr. Michael McEachin  Rosati-Kain Teachers Mr. & Mrs. John Turek  Mr. & Mrs. William J. Hardebeck 
Peggy Nester Ms. Patricia M. Quicke  George Antoinette Vander Loop, CSJ Rose Mary Willett, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Matheny James V. Rotermund Chris McGovern  Ms. Sharon Kaszar 
Ann T. Niblick Ms. Jody Rotermund  Joe VanDyke Herr Christian Witschi
Mr. Walter P. Niblick  Ralph Rumpelt Mrs. Karen S. Vandyke  Mr. Gary R. Krafft 
Rachel O’Meara, CSJ Mrs. Doris M. Rumpelt  Victor Van Hee, CSJ Alvin Wright
Joseph Campshure & Terri Lefebvre  Kathleen Kevin Ryan, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. D.J. Soetaert  Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn 
James E. O’Hara Ms. Ann Bulanda Edith Vogel, CSJ Clarence & Rosemary M. Wuertz
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Perotti  Mrs. Mary Ann Egan Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Brad Ogle 
Deceased Members of the Onfe Family Mr. & Mrs. John L. Huels, Jr. Mrs. Gloria Bluj Dorothy Yates
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel M. Grossman  Mrs. Mary Ellen Karpinski Ms. Carolyn Henry, CSJA Mrs. Geraldine F. Stassi
Thomas J. Parchomski Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Palumbo Mr. & Mrs. Dennis R. Molner Mary Catherine Zielinski
Mr. & Mrs. Richard M. Reiter  Ms. Josephine F. Reidy Mrs. Janet Moran Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Mareschal
Stuart B. Phipps Ms. Rose Marie Ruggiero Mr. & Mrs. John J. Spalding 
Mr. Carlos A. Castro  Ms. Jeanne M. Ryan Wanner Ann Agnes von Steiger, CSJ
Donald Piearski Ms. Michaeleene E. Schweihs Ms. Linda Kurz 
Mr. & Mrs. Dwight C. Guerrant  Mr. Michael J. Sheahan Mary Wagner
Sherry Pinson Ms. Marguerite A. Smuda Mrs. Sally W. Schwarz 
Anonymous  Mr. & Mrs. Richard J. Szumski  Francis Patrick Waldron, CSJ
Nick Pizzichino Jean Fontbonne Sandweg, CSJ Mr. John Waldron III  The Mission Advancement Office
Mrs. Gloria Pizzichino  Mr. & Mrs. Francis X. Sandweg Susie Walker
Judith Portell Mrs. Barbara G. Wilson  Mr. & Mrs. Matthew J. Reilly 
has made every effort to ensure the
Mr. Raymond H. Beerman  Leo William Schmittgens Richard Walker tributes are properly recognized and
Fred Prettwitz Mrs. Mary Carol Schmittgens  Mr. & Mrs. Matthew J. Reilly correctly spelled. To make a donation,
Ms. Mary Mann  Mary Annette Schorman, CSJ Patricia Walsh request memorial envelopes or
Michael Quagliata Ms. Patricia A. Lee  Ms. Veronica Byrne  report a correction on our tributes
Mrs. Geraldine J. Bergman  Rose Seyfried, CSJ Patricia M. Waters
Mary Sue Reckamp Mr. & Mrs. Rodney Williamson  Mr. & Mrs. Christopher G. Waters  listing, please contact our office at
Mrs. Katherine D. Smith  Clare Shewbridge Lisa Wheeler 314.678.0326.
Mary Ruth Regan, CSJ Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn  Ms. Janet E. Garth 
Mrs. Marilyn A. Dickman Marjorie K. Shine
Mr. John P. Kemp & Ms. Laurie Ryan Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Stice  †Deceased

Gifts received August 1, 2016 through
June 30, 2017.

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advancingthemission

Sisters of St. Joseph Host 11th Annual Gala
By Sarah Baker

T
he Sisters of St. Joseph of to children, workshops for victims of
Carondelet hosted their 11th 2017 HONOREES trauma, leadership development and
Annual Generosity of Joseph more for the people of Gulu.
Honors Gala on April 28. More than
125 sisters, patrons, family and friends
Angie O’Gorman “Marcellina heals and reconciles
Saint Louis, Missouri through her persistence in calling for
filled the historic motherhouse to growth, respect and accountability even
celebrate honorees Angie O’Gorman,
Marcellina Otii and Associate David
Marcellina Otii when difficulties would cause another
Denver, Colorado person to give up,” says Sister Marion
Armstrong who spread the charism of Weinzapfel, friend and co-worker.
uniting neighbor with neighbor without David Armstrong
distinction. Honoree and CSJ Associate David
Kansas City, Missouri Armstrong of Kansas City, Missouri, has
Each year, the Sisters of St. Joseph served CSJ-sponsored Avila University,
acknowledge individuals, couples and/ the Sisters of St. Joseph, and the charism
or organizations whose lives and service positively influence we hold dear as director of Mission Effectiveness and
and contribute to the betterment of society. They encourage Campus Ministry for over 15 years. He serves his community
others by example to practice life-altering generosity, just as and God through many week-long service-immersion trips
our patron, Joseph, did. where students travel, serve and live out the charism of the
Honoree Angie O’Gorman of St. Louis has dedicated CSJs. And to share the CSJ heritage, ministry and charism
her life to serving the dear neighbor, making the plight of with Avila undergraduates, he founded Jerusalem Farm and
immigrants and of the poor her personal mission, assisting the 1650 Society.
them in legal matters and providing them with the equal “Dave is a humble man, a spiritual man, who acts
and fair services they often require. Most recently, she authentically, is fun to be around, and engages others,
co-founded The Kitchen Table, a restaurant that hires women helping them find their way on their spiritual journey,”
who are outside the labor market. comments Avila President and CSJ Associate Ron Slepitza.
“How do you summarize a life that has so consistently In their own ways, each of our honorees imitates
worked to change systems to make them more just and more Joseph by protecting those given to their care. Like Joseph,
compassionate, and, at the same time, worked with people each of them believes in “passing it on” and is a remarkable
who are affected by those individual whose life is
systems?” asked Sister rooted in gospel values.
Jean Abbott, a long-time The Sisters of St. Joseph
friend of Angie’s. are inspired by the ways
Honoree Marcellina they are committed to
Otii of Denver, Colorado, turning beyond themselves
works tirelessly for her to serve a world in need.
native people in Gulu, (See pictures, page 23)
Uganda, through her
organization, Team Africa
Ties That Bind. She
continues to build the
capacity of the lay and
rural catechists in northern
Left, Angie O’Gorman, Marcellina
Uganda by providing
Otti and David Armstrong
education essentials

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Generosity of Joseph Gala

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donorspotlight

Gratitude for her CSJ Education
Inspires Charitable Gift
Dr. Mara Baun
By Patricia R. Cassens, CFRE, CSJA

D
r. Mara Baun is a Retired in 2015, Dr. Baun
distinguished continues to foster the
healthcare researcher relationships between humans
and scholar, having devoted and animals as the co-founder
a 40-year career to research of the Merrysong Kennel
related to endotracheal in Missouri City, Texas. She
suctioning. An expert in the also is a breeder of beagles,
field, she was a leader in a finding her puppies loving
number of associations, a homes at no charge.
mentor to many and a much With the same generous
sought after worldwide spirit, Dr. Baun has
speaker. established a bequest in her
Dr. Mara Baun at a graduation at the University of Texas where she served on the faculty.
Like many friends of estate plans from the Mara
the Sisters of St. Joseph, Dr. Baun’s educational foundation M. Baun Charitable Trust for the Sisters of St. Joseph of
was with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She attended Carondelet, St. Louis Province. She does so with gratitude
St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City; Fontbonne University for the strong foundation she received, knowing that by
in St. Louis and St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul building this legacy, she can help continue the mission that
(originally College of St. Catherine). so profoundly influenced her own life.
One educator of particular influence to her was notable
philosophy teacher Sister Rosemary Flanigan of St. Teresa’s Charitable Bequests
Academy. “She was an inspiration and a mentor,” says
If you, too, are interested in helping the Sisters of
Dr. Baun. “Her integrity and teaching of ethics became a
St. Joseph of Carondelet with their mission through your
standard I strived to live up to.”
legacy, one simple way is by a gift in your estate plans called
With many accomplishments to her name over her a charitable bequest. Your gift also entitles your estate to an
40 years, Dr. Baun was not yet finished striving ahead in the unlimited federal estate tax charitable deduction.
field of medicine. As an only child growing up in St. Joseph,
If you are thinking about a bequest in your estate plans,
Missouri, she had developed a strong bond with animals.
contact Patricia Cassens, Executive Director of Mission
Combining this love with her professional acumen and the
Advancement, at 314-678-0329 or pcassens@csjsl.org for
CSJ call to the CSJ spirit, Dr. Baun was inspired to research
additional information or to discuss different options for
the relationship between humans and animals
including the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in your will
One of the first scientists to concentrate on physiological or estate plan.
impact of the relationship between humans and animals,
Dr. Baun’s work focused on companion animals. According
to Dr. Baun, therapy dogs can be an excellent source of As always, we ask that you seek the advice of your
comfort, particularly for patients who may be having extreme financial or legal advisor. If you do include the CSJs in your
memory difficulties such as in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s plans, please use our legal name and Federal Tax ID:
or dementia. Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province
“Dogs are born listeners,” she says, “It matters little to a 6400 Minnesota Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63111
pet if the person’s body has deteriorated and the same stories Federal Tax ID Number: 43-6000007
are repeated over and over.”

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Save the Dates
Together We Gather: Events 2017–2018
These are just some of the upcoming events we have planned for the year ahead.
Visit www.csjsl.org for our event calendar.

Treat yourself to an enriching Saturday morning
to feed your mind, body and spirit with good company, a
hearty breakfast and a dynamic program presented
by engaging CSJ sister and associate speakers.
For more information and to register,
visit www.csjsl.org.
For questions, contact Barbara Roberts
at 816-501-2944 or csjkc@csjsl.org.

Avila University, Whitfield Center
Saturday, Oct. 14, 9–11 am All Souls Mass
Who’s Listening? with Sister Marilyn Peot, CSJ at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse
Thursday, Nov. 2, 11 am
St. Teresa’s Academy, Windmoor Center In celebration of All Souls, the Sisters of St. Joseph of
Saturday, April 7, 9–11 am Carondelet will remember your deceased loved ones at our
Healing Touch with Jody Hueschen, CSJA eucharistic celebration.

“A rewarding experience” The names of your loved ones will be placed on our altar
and remembered in prayer. This is our gift to you in return
for your friendship and your support of our mission and
ministries.

Lunch to follow immediately
If you would like to join us for Eucharist and lunch, RSVP on
or before Oct. 26 at 314-678-0326 or qkelley@csjsl.org.

Honors Gala
Dining to Donate 12th AnnualGenerosity of Joseph
Wednesday, March 21
Enjoy a delicious meal and help the Sisters of St. Joseph at
the same time. Each participating restaurant will be donating
Friday, April 20, 2018
proceeds to benefit the good works of the CSJs. For more
information, visit www.csjsl.org.

St. Louis: Favazza’s on The Hill, 5201 Southwest Ave.,
St. Louis, MO 63139
Kansas City: Jasper’s, 1201 W. 103rd St.,
Kansas City, MO 64114
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