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CONNECTIONS

Published for the friends of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | SPRING 2019

Compassion
and Hope
at the Border

“The contrast of faces


from when they come
into the shelter and
when they leave is
dramatic.”
—Sister Jo Ann Geary
IN OUR CSJ WORLD,
WE’RE ABOUT:

COMMUNITY
SPIRITUALITY
JUSTICE

Who is my
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IN THIS ISSUE

2 The Women of Fiat House

4 Story of Justice:
Sister Barbara Volk

6 Jesus at the Table

8 Conflict & Communication

10 Border Ministry

12 Of Note

14
Generosity of Joseph
Honorees

16 Tributes and Memorials


20 Mission Advancement:

neighbor?
Meet Richard & Marie

21 Reflection

SINCE FIRST ENTERING THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH, I have been


challenged by our charism “to love the dear neighbor without distinction.” “ There are
This call is reflected in all three synoptic Gospels when Jesus is asked, “What
is the first of all commandments?” And he replied, “To love God with all your
numerous ways
heart, soul, mind and strength—and your neighbor as yourself.” we can and do
IN LUKE’S GOSPEL (Luke 10:29-37), the lawyer who asked the question respond to this
was anxious to justify himself and said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus’ reply is the story of the Good Samaritan. This parable was surprising,
greatest of all
if not shocking, to the Jews. For during Jesus’ life there was great hostility commandments,
and dislike between Jews and Samaritans. But in the parable, the Samaritan
is the one who is able to rise above the bigotry and prejudices of centuries
to love God and
and show mercy and compassion for the injured Jew after the Jew’s own our neighbor.”
countrymen pass him by.
—Sister Linda Straub
WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? Is it the person who is hungry and to whom I offer
food? Is it the homeless whom I shelter? Is it the Samaritan, the alien, whom
I welcome? Is it the worker in the grocery store who appreciates a personal
greeting? Or a sick friend whom I visit? Each day we have opportunities to
love the dear neighbor. In this issue, Sister Mary Ann Figlino reflects on the
guests with whom Jesus dines. Sister Barbara Volk welcomes the neighbor
into the world of art and beauty. Who is our neighbor? The men, women and
children we encounter each day.
—Sister Linda Straub, Province Leadership CONNECTIONS | Spring 2019 1
MEET THE WOMEN
OF FIAT HOUSE
FIAT COMMUNITY, BEGUN BY THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF
CARONDELET, IS AN INTENTIONAL LIVING COMMUNITY FOR
WOMEN DISCERNING THEIR NEXT STEP IN LIFE.

The unique experience of living in a discernment house gives women, ages


18-35, the opportunity to find the support they need as they discern God’s
call through faith sharing, intentional community and service opportunities.
The members share monthly rent and household costs, as well as household
chores, meal preparation and prayer. The Sisters of St. Joseph offer the
women spiritual direction and ongoing formation experiences.

Currently, four
women live in the
Fiat House, located
in an old convent
at St. Andrew’s
Jenna Spurlock Olivia Walter
Church in south
AGE: 24 AGE: 27
St. Louis. Meet HOMETOWN: Springfield, Illinois HOMETOWN: Akron, Ohio

these women and EDUCATION: Bachelor’s in social EDUCATION: Master’s in social work
work from Missouri State University from Saint Louis University
learn why they
LIVED AT FIAT FOR: Six months OCCUPATION: Daily life coordinator
chose Fiat and FAVORITE QUOTE: “I am a little at L’arche St. Louis
what inspires them. pencil in the hand of a loving LIVED AT FIAT FOR: 2.5 years
God who is writing the world a HOBBIES: Puzzles, hiking and soccer
love letter.” —Mother Teresa WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT
WHY FIAT? “I wanted to learn how LIVING AT FIAT? “Fiat has been a
Interested in learning more?
to live with and love people when welcoming space where asking
Fiat House is currently welcoming
women interested in living in a I didn’t choose the people I lived difficult questions is encouraged. I
discernment community. Contact with. I wanted to learn to love am able to live and learn alongside
fiathousecommunity@gmail.com.
people and accept their love even others as I seek what gives my
when it isn’t perfect or pretty. life meaning. At the same time,
I wanted to live here to grow as a community reminds me that I am
person. I wanted to learn to see called to look outside of myself and
beauty in the differences of others build loving and just relationships
and not despite them.” with others.”
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A simple man with
extraordinary
faith whose
Isabel Hotop actions
AGE: 21
HOMETOWN: Perryville, Missouri
spoke
EDUCATION: Pursuing a master’s in
speech-language pathology from volumes.
Fontbonne University
LIVED AT FIAT FOR: Six months
HOBBIES: Coaching softball,
working out and thrift shopping
WHAT’S ONE WAY LIVING AT FIAT
TRANSFORMED YOU? “It has
transformed me by teaching me to
meet people where they are and
how to rely on others.”

The Generosity
Karley Beck of St. Joseph
AGE: 22
HOMETOWN: Ozark, Missouri THE FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH | MARCH 19
EDUCATION: Graduates in May with
a bachelor’s in social work from
Fontbonne University Like our patron, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet practice
OCCUPATION: Behavioral health tech
life-altering generosity so that all may be one, protecting and
LIVED AT FIAT FOR: Two years
FAVORITE MOVIE: V for Vendetta nurturing God’s word and God’s people. March 19 is the Feast Day
HOW HAS LIVING AT FIAT of our patron, St. Joseph. Visit our website at csjsl.org for a special
TRANSFORMED YOU? “It has helped
prayer card in his honor.
me realize how closed off I can be
as a person and that I need to be
connected to others. It brings me
a sense of belonging to something
greater than myself.”
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STORY OF
JUSTICE

SISTER BARBARA VOLK: ADDS A “YES” AND A SPARKLE


TO LIFE THROUGH ART
By Sister Mary Flick

It has been said that art and beauty can carve a path through a fallen
world. Sister Barbara Volk has been carving that path for most of her life.
No matter where she has served, Sister Barbara sees through the eyes of
an artist with a heart that desires to bring art and its beauty to everyone,
regardless of age or ability.
Her love for learning and for the arts grew simultaneously with her desire to
teach and to be a Sister of St. Joseph. After earning her bachelor’s degree in
elementary education at Fontbonne College (and taking some art classes on She then began the next chapter of
the side), Sister Barbara entered the Sisters of St. Joseph. Once in formation, her life as an elementary art teacher.
she admits, “There wasn’t a lot of time for art!” She was sent to Boston She became active in the Missouri
College for five summers to earn her master’s degree as a reading specialist. Art Education Association, and
It was a challenge for her to find a way to merge the students’ reading with shared her ideas and techniques
an art project. by giving workshops to teachers at
“I always did creative things. I’d take the children to the art museum. And I’d various meetings. In 1992, she and
go to the library, looking for creative projects to do with the students. I’d read a teacher from Camdenton were
articles that gave me ideas. Parents loved what their children brought home.” chosen as Missouri Art Educators of
Her fellow teachers also appreciated her work. Sister Barbara says they often the Year.
would ask, “Will you do my art and I’ll do your spelling?” After 50-plus years, Sister Barbara
While teaching a unit on the Constitution to sixth graders in Kansas City, retired from the elementary
Sister Barbara won a lesson-planning contest and received a grant, which classroom in 2009, but soon found
included tuition for one course. She chose a watercolor class at the Kansas new classrooms in which to share
City Art Institute. Her instructor encouraged her to go back to school to pick her love of art. At Nazareth Living
up the basics in drawing and sculpture. And so she did, eventually studying Center in St. Louis, she taught art to
part-time at the art institute. the senior residents, including her
sisters who live there. “Art was an
After 30 years of teaching, Sister Barbara earned Missouri certification as an
outlet for those adjusting to a new
art specialist for kindergarten through 12th grade. “I learned an awful lot
life,” she says. “Art takes you out of
from the young people I stood next to in the studio,” Sister Barbara says.
yourself if you give yourself to it.”
“They were interested, talented, fun.”

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“I see new cultures in a different light. Art offers a
new language, a new way of expressing what you
notice and how the piece makes you feel. The arts
color the human environment. It adds a ‘yes’ and a
sparkle to life.”
—Sister Barbara Volk

She also began training to be a People receive new thoughts at


docent at the St. Louis Art Museum, the museum; they are lifted out of
a role that she continues today. As themselves to experience things in
one of 150 docents, she does at a new way.”
least 25 tours a year, though she has
That new way of seeing is part and
been known to do as many as 60.
parcel of Sister Barbara’s life.
She is often called upon to do tours
for school groups, Girl Scout troops “I see new cultures in a different
and for those with disabilities. light. Art offers a new language, a
new way of expressing what you
“I do teach a lot!” she says. “I learn
notice and how the piece makes
a lot, too. I read a lot, I mingle with
you feel,” she says. “The arts color
people and share views.”
the human environment. It adds a
For Sister Barbara, art is a justice ‘yes’ and a sparkle to life.”
issue. “I see justice as giving to
For Sister Barbara, that “yes” and
each what he or she deserves,” she
that sparkle can enable anyone to
says. “I see it as awakening people’s
carve a path through a fallen world.
minds to creativity and to seeing the
beauty God entrusted to those who Pictured (pages 4 & 5): Sister Barbara
put it here for us. There’s a message leads a tour at the St. Louis Art Museum.
for each of us in every piece of art.

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Jesus at
the Tab
EXPLORE JESUS’ PLACE AT THE TABLE THROUGH THE SOCIAL
CUSTOMS OF THE DAY AND HIS PERSONAL TOUCHES THAT
WENT FAR BEYOND THE FOOD THAT WAS SERVED.
By Sister Mary Ann Figlino

First century meals were used to prove the social,


political and economic standing of the host and the
guests. The details of any meal—the menu, the seating
arrangements, the entertainment and more—all
indicated societal importance.
When we take a closer look at scripture in light of these cultural norms,
the written word takes on a more personal and delicious meaning. In
the Gospels, we see that Jesus turned these long-honored customs
upside down, bringing nourishment far beyond the food being served.

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This good wine was Jesus’ way of and they recognized him, but he
turning from the Old Testament vanished from their sight.” (Luke
24:30-31)
cleansing laws of washing before,
during and after the meal and The walk to Emmaus is a perfect
instead, providing wine as a symbol example of Jesus’ forgiveness and
of celebration and community. compassion. His choice to reveal
himself to his disciples was by
AN INVITATION breaking bread in a home gathered
“Blessed indeed you will be around a simple table. How many
because of their inability to repay of our kitchen tables can also be
you. For you will be repaid at the witness to this “small” sacrament?
resurrection of the righteous.” Nourishment and healing that was
(Luke 14:14)
never accomplished inside the
Custom required that invitations to temple despite all its rituals, smoke
meals be repaid with a reciprocal and sacrifices was now present and
invitation. Jesus urged his followers available inside a home.
to invite the poor, ill and crippled
without expectation of repayment, AT YOUR TABLE
because it was these very folks that
Where can you see Jesus at
would never be included on the
your meals? Could it be in the
guest lists of his listeners.
sandwiches handed out to homeless

ble
people huddled under a bridge?
NAPKINS
The cafeteria table at school where
“When Simon Peter arrived after
lunch sacks are present along
him, he went into the tomb and
saw the burial cloths there, and with the bartering going for the
the cloth that had covered his cupcake instead of an apple? A
head, not with the burial cloths tray delivered to the ill patient in a
WATER TO WINE but rolled up in a separate place.”
hospital bed, bringing nourishment
(John 20:6-7)
“…the headwaiter called the that will speed up healing?
bridegroom and said to him, A symbol in Jesus’ culture that we
‘Everyone serves good wine first, Realize how Jesus’ presence at
may overlook is the napkin. After
and then when people have drunk meals turned nourishment into
a meal, guests neatly rolled or
freely, an inferior one; but you opportunities for forgiveness,
have kept the good wine until folded their napkins as a sign that,
celebration and inclusion. Now
now.’” (John 2: 9-10) “I will return.” In John’s Gospel,
our own tables set for friends and
he describes the neatly rolled
Jesus broke from the stringent family can take on new meaning for
burial cloth lying at the head of the
Old Testament laws when he was us. How can we nourish others as
tomb. To those entering the tomb
present at meals. At the wedding Jesus nourishes us? How can we be
it announced Jesus had kept his
in Cana, he turned six large stone nourished by others with whom we
promise that he would return,
jars of water needed for ceremonial share meals? Bon Appetite!
and he did.
washing into wine. Picture your
hot water heater that usually holds About Sister Mary Ann: A Bible study
35-40 gallons. This was the amount THE SIMPLE TABLE facilitator and retreat leader, Sister Mary
Ann finds her work continues to open
of water in each of the six jars. The “…while he was with them at table, her up to new thoughts about the “holy
he took bread, said the blessing, book.” She enjoys reading scripture
head waiter complimented the
broke it, and gave it to them. through the cultural lens of the times,
“good wine” that was served. With that, their eyes were opened bringing new life to the characters.

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CONFLICT AND
COMMUNICATION

A CONVERSATION WITH
SISTER SUZANNE GIBLIN

In times of division, the Sisters


of St. Joseph work to foster the
gospel of loving unity. In these
divisive times, we may find that
we don’t have the words to
peacefully resolve our conflicts
with others. In this interview,
Sister Suzanne Giblin offers
some communication skills to
help us discover the loving
unity that exists amid our
differences.

How do I remain open to What are some ways we How do we close the
what people are saying can respond to keep the door, intentionally or
when I disagree with them? door open? unintentionally?
Be sensitive so that when you are in We can create a safe environment Often times, it’s hurt that shuts us
a conversation with someone and that allows people to express their down. Where do I go in order to be
think, “They’re not with me at all,” truth and be comfortable enough in loving unity with a person even
you don’t cut them off and close to let go and be influenced by though I know we are miles apart?
the door. Look for what piece of the another’s truth. To do so, you may
Asking yourself a simple question
truth is in them that doesn’t match offer a response like, “I’m in a
like, “Why is that bothering me
your piece. We each have a piece different place. However, I want
so much?” can help you become
of the truth and none of us has the to hear more about why you think
aware and merciful to those places
whole truth. If we can put those that.” I don’t let go of my belief or
of pain or growth in yourself.
pieces together like a puzzle, then conviction. I stay faithful to my own
Probably the greatest teacher is
“together, we are more.” It’s an truth, but I express it in a way that
our painful moments.
intentional staying open. connects rather than divides.

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How can we use our painful
experiences to unify instead
of divide?
When I’m aware of my pain,
immediately I have a connection with
you and your pain. If I know that in
my experience, then I have a bridge
to know that in you. Sometimes we
just need to hold somebody’s hand
and walk with them. Not to save
them, not to fix it, just to be with
them to say, “I wish I could take away
your pain and fix it, but I am not able
to do that. I’d like to just be with you
in it, if that’s okay.”

How can we become better at


this type of communication?
It’s a practice. A component of
12-step programs is acting yourself
into a new way of being. It may be
very uncomfortable at first. But you
don’t do it because it’s comfortable.
You do it because it brings out the
best part of you.

How does this approach to


communication bring out the
best in others as well?
The goal is to empower people to
discover the richness of themselves
and how loved we are with all that we
are. What greater gift can we give?
ASSOCIATES CELEBRATE
25 YEARS
About Sister Suzanne: Sister Suzanne is an
official curriculum trainer for “That All May
Be One,” a cultural diversity and conflict
management program developed by an
In November, Associates Kathy Fisher, June Forrest and Sue Allender
international team of Sisters of St. Joseph
through a generous grant from the Conrad celebrated their 25th jubilees as CSJ associates at a Mass in Holy
N. Hilton Foundation. Family Chapel at the province motherhouse in St. Louis.
Associates are women and men, married and single, Catholics and
people of other faiths, who commit to sharing the CSJ spirit in their
lives. Currently, there are more than 350 CSJ associates.
For more information on becoming part of our active community of
associates, visit csjsl.org/ways-to-join.

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Border
Ministry
SERVING THE NEEDS OF THE TIMES

By Jenny Beatrice

Since November, the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern


border has intensified, with thousands of Central American
refugees seeking asylum to escape the poverty and violence
of their homeland. Families are coming to the states after
arduous journeys and are finding an overloaded immigration
system that cannot handle the influx.
After being held in stark detention centers, ICE (Immigration and Customs
Enforcement) is releasing these migrants on the streets without resources
while they wait in the states for asylum hearings. This has resulted in hundreds
of people per day needing temporary shelter while arrangements are made
for them to reach family members already in the states.
Once again, the Sisters of St. Joseph and associates have stepped up to
respond to the needs of the times in a number of ways, from hands-on help
to monetary support.

ANNUNCIATION HOUSE, EL PASO


We continue our relationship with Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas,
where the collaborative efforts of local and national volunteers, including
many women religious, have served to “welcome the stranger” with kind
faces, helping hands and compassionate hearts. Annunciation House is a
sanctuary program with the gospel mission to accompany migrants and
refugees, offering hospitality, advocacy and education.
Sisters Teresa Horn-Bostel, Rosario Bobadilla and Fran Voivedich went to
El Paso in November while Sisters Pat Vanden Bergh, Jo Ann Geary and

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Mary Ann Figlino went in January. “My heart was broken having to the asylum seekers as they came to
Associate Laura Rossmann, leave them at the airport on their the shelter.
accompanied by a friend, also own all night,” Laura says. “Tony
The work also took Sister Patrice
went in January. was a godsend.”
and an interfaith group to several
In addition, the St. Louis province Much of the volunteer work is shelters in Tijuana, Mexico. She was
donated a van to the cause. laborious—cleaning, laundry, shocked by the dirt and garbage
In January, Sister Teresa and driving—but the compassion and and children begging in the streets,
Candidate Kristina DeNeve drove hope that the sisters offer is what but there was more to come.
it to El Paso and stayed for two leaves a lasting impact.
Sister Patrice says, “When we
weeks to serve.
“The contrast of faces from when arrived at the first shelter there
Working from home in St. Louis, they come into the shelter and when was an old, very sick-looking man
Sister Ida Berresheim, who has they leave is dramatic,” says Sister in a broken down wheelchair. I
a long history with Annunciation Jo Ann. “They are immediately wondered about him. When we
House, has secured four grants welcomed and told that this is not walked out of the shelter, he had
for them. a detention center but that they are died and a blanket was thrown
‘free’ in this shelter before going to over him and the police were there.
Laura says her “heart was broken
their destination.” One of the volunteers said that was
and rejoicing at the same time,”
not unusual.”
when she drove two families to
the airport one evening. Neither SAN DIEGO RAPID “How, what and who can change
of these families had ever flown or RESPONSE this?” she asks.
been in an airport and they had to Sister Patrice Coolick ministered
The CSJ community has been a generous
spend the night there until their at the San Diego Rapid Response supporter of this border ministry. Sisters
flight left very early in the morning. Network, a coalition of organizations and associates and other donors have
aiding immigrants at the largest made contributions for the cause as well.
After using Google Translate as best
To make a gift, please go to csjsl.org and
she could, she found an “angel” land border crossing in the world. note “Border Ministry” in the comments.
named Tony who helped explain Sister Patrice, a registered nurse,
to the families they needed to find was part of a night-shift team
chairs to rest in for the night. providing medical evaluations of
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OF NOTE

CARDINAL RITTER SENIOR SERVICES HONORS THE SISTERS


OF ST. JOSEPH WITH THE HEART AND CROSS AWARD

In November, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province


was awarded the Heart and Cross Award from Cardinal Ritter Senior
Services (CRSS) for the impact they have had in the St. Louis community,
especially for senior adults. Notably, Sister Suzanne Wesley served as the
CEO of CRSS for 20 years and retired in 2017.
Associate Cheryl Archibald
A statement from CRSS states, “Cardinal Ritter Senior Services has been
Associate Cheryl Archibald was
positively impacted by the many services provided by the sisters … the
featured in St. Louis Catholic
CSJs also value and advocate for the senior adults in our community and
magazine’s Oct./Nov. 2018 issue for
continue to financially support CRSS and our programs for low-income
her work as a parish life coordinator,
senior adults.”
an emerging model of parish
Pictured: Sisters Suzanne Giblin, Donna Gunn, Kathleen Ann O’Malley, Maureen leadership being implemented in
Freeman, Mary Catherine O’Gorman, Barbara Moore, Kate Regan, Associate Pat the St. Louis Archdiocese.
DeMuth and Sister Kathleen Crowley receive the CRSS Heart and Cross Award on
behalf of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Cheryl serves at St. Matthew the
Apostle Parish, overseeing both the
business and pastoral aspects of the
life of her parish community. After
working as a pastoral associate at

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St. Matthew’s for five years, she was The long-term vision is to preserve Sister Clare Bass
recently appointed to the position and reinvigorate neighborhoods
Sister Clare Bass, who entered
when the pastor was given a new beyond south city.
the Sisters of St. Joseph of
assignment.
Carondelet in 2010, takes her
“An African-American lay woman perpetual vows in March.
in this position reflects a bond of
Originally from Biloxi, Mississippi,
loving unity between religious and
Sister Clare is a graduate of
lay, men and women, black and
Mississippi State University with
white,” Cheryl says. “My hope for
accepting this appointment is to
chart the path for other women
to lead our church in loving and
nurturing ways.”
Catherine Lucy
Catherine Lucy has been named
director of the Carondelet
Consolidated Archive. Located
in renovated archive space on
the St. Louis province campus,
the consolidated archive houses
records and materials from the
congregation, the province archives
of Albany, Los Angeles and
Sister Mary Ann Nestel St. Louis, as well as the region
of Hawaii.
Sister Mary Ann Nestel has been both a bachelor’s degree in
named the board chair of St. Joseph The consolidation began more political science and a master’s in
Housing Initiative (SJHI), a program than one year ago as an initiative to public policy and administration.
that provides neighborhood stability gather, preserve and make available She is currently working on
as well as stability to homebuyers the collective memory of the CSJ a master’s in social work at
who may not otherwise be able congregation. Catherine Lucy began Southern Illinois University-
to build financial security through her work in the archives as the Edwardsville, and hopes to be a
home ownership. The program assistant archivist last summer. She child and family therapist. Clare
includes home rehabs, buyer has worked in libraries for over 20 is passionate about social justice
education and mentoring. years, mostly in academia, including and is a member of the province’s
at Fontbonne University. Cultural and Racial Justice
A collaborative effort, SJHI partners
the Sisters of St. Joseph with the One of Catherine’s goals is the Committee.
St. Louis Archdiocese, the Incarnate digital preservation and curation of “I am humbled by the great love
Word Foundation, St. Mary’s High the files. She says, “We’re working and support of God, my family,
School and neighboring parishes to make sure that all of these items the Sisters of St. Joseph, and
and organizations who are actively are going to be accessible for as friends along the way who have all
engaged in the effort. long as possible.” helped me reach this momentous
The initial focus area of the program life occasion of professing final
is in the Carondelet and Dutchtown vows,” she says. “My heart is
communities of south St. Louis city. filled with gratitude for all of life
as I take this next step.”

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GENEROSITY
OF JOSEPH
HONOREES
Betty Jean (BJ) Atkinson,
CSJA
Director of Emergency Assistance
St. Therese Little Flower
Church and Pantry
Kansas City, MO

BJ Atkinson is someone that the In addition to serving the dear


people of Kansas City, Missouri, will Kansas City neighbor, she supports
always have in their corner if needed, the CSJ community as a CSJ
especially those at St. Therese Little associate and member of the Holy
Flower (STLF) Church and Pantry. Family Associate Community. She
Often referred to as the “soul of also carries out the CSJs’ value of
Little Flower Parish,” BJ dedicates caring for creation by encouraging
her life to reaching out to the poor recycling throughout the parish and
and serving those in need as director other programs.
of Emergency Assistance, a STLF
ministry. Since June 1995, she has
Associates Betty Jean Atkinson
provided emergency assistance to “She goes out of her
and Nan Tiehen Bone are two
neighborhood residents by helping way to recognize
women who model the virtues of
our patron St. Joseph. Both from
with utility bills through a Mid- and defend the
America Assistance Coalition
the Kansas City area, “BJ” and
(MAAC) grant. The ministry serves
human dignity of
Nan have made a great impact
100-plus families each month at all, especially when
in their community by practicing
life-altering generosity.
the food pantry. people come to the
With her door “always open to food pantry.”
As our 2019 Generosity of
anyone,” BJ fills her days with
Joseph honorees, they will be —Sister Marie Joan Harris,
listening to the poor and finding who volunteers at STLF
recognized by the Sisters of
ways to help them. She continues
St. Joseph of Carondelet on
to promote justice with a particular
Friday, April 26, at the annual
concern for the poor by attending IN THE SPIRIT OF ST. JOSEPH,
gala dinner and auction event BJ ATKINSON:
numerous social justice programs
at the province motherhouse in
and meetings. SERVES ALL PERSONS

St. Louis. For more information
WITHOUT DISTINCTION
and to register online, visit BJ’s passion and commitment
csjsl.org. comes “from the justice of it. There PROMOTES JUSTICE WITH A

is a need out there, a big need, PARTICULAR CONCERN FOR


THE POOR
especially for those in assisted living
facilities … who will help them if not
the churches?”
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“ Her commitment to the women of St. Teresa’s
is fervent and honest. Her willingness to work
hard and to give so much of herself for the
good of every student who has entered and
graduated from St. Teresa’s is apparent.”
Nan Tiehen Bone, CSJA —Dr. Elizabeth Baker, principal for student affairs at STA
President
St. Teresa’s Academy
Kansas City, MO

At St. Teresa’s Academy (STA), a top priority of diversity and IN THE SPIRIT OF ST. JOSEPH,
value learned is that women can inclusion initiatives within the NAN TIEHEN BONE:
change the world for the better. current STA plan. ■ ENABLES OTHERS TO
Nan Bone is the epitome of that. ASSUME A MORE ACTIVE
This spring, Nan’s decade-long
As an alumna and president of the RESPONSIBILITY FOR
legacy will come to an end as she CONTINUING THE MISSION
institution, she is a “servant leader”
retires from her position following OF JESUS
who lives out the mission and
the 2018-19 school year.
values of the Sisters of St. Joseph, ■ RECOGNIZES AND DEFENDS
“My wish is that this school can be THE HUMAN DIGNITY OF ALL
embraces the dear neighbor without
distinction, and empowers women, as great as it is for many years to
including the 600-plus students come,” says Nan. “It has been an
at STA. honor to serve the STA community
as your president.”
“She provides a model of forward-
thinking leadership for hundreds Wherever Nan’s future may lead her,
of women,” says Ann Tierney it’s evident that she will continue to
Prochnow, a fellow STA alumna and live out “the qualities of life-altering
member of STA’s Board of Directors. generosity embodied by the CSJs.”

Throughout her 12-year tenure,


Nan’s work ethic has led to
numerous accomplishments in
support of the CSJs’ mission. These
include an increase in financial aid
available to students; the building
of the Windmoor Center, which
includes high-tech classrooms,
gallery space and a 150-seat Chapel
of St. Joseph; a new campus
ministry department; STA’s CSJ
Leadership Camp to help students
discover their untapped leadership
abilities; the Passing of the Legacy
Ceremony, a way for seniors to
welcome the new freshmen; and her

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50-YEAR JUBILARIANS ANN CHAMBLIN, CSJ
Jeanne Urschel, CSJ Mr. Thomas W. Chamblin

60-YEAR JUBILARIANS PAT AND BILL COMPAS’ 66TH WEDDING

THANK Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas P. Calandro


Mary Charity Dalton, CSJ
Mrs. June A. Dunn
ANNIVERSARY
Mr. and Mrs. Claude B. Martin

YOU John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA


Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ
MARJORIE CRAIG, CSJ
Ms. Mary C. Stretch

ANGELA ABOOD, CSJ MARY ANN DONOVAN, CSJ


John and Marylyn Adamski Mrs. Betty Markey
Don and Pat Carman Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. McCann
Ms. Lilla K. Hart Mrs. Bernadette Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Andy L. Haywood Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Van Dyke
Ms. Carol E. Hill
Ms. Patricia R. Mills BERNADETTE EATON, CSJ
Ms. Lillian J. Buckley
HELEN ALDER, CSJ Mr. Romeo J. Carrano
Thank you for the following gifts Mrs. Nancy Gremli John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA
received between March 1 and FRANCIS FEISE, CSJ
ALL THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH
October 1, 2018. Tribute donations OF CARONDELET Dr. and Mrs. David Borgmeyer
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Lange Jeanne Urschel, CSJ
of $25 or greater will be published.
Thank you for your continued MARY CAROL ANTH, CSJ JOAN FILLA, CSJ
John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA
generosity in paying tribute to your Mrs. Nina K. Bryans David E. Cassens and Patricia Cassens, CSJA
Mrs. Eileen Buermann
loved ones with a gift to the Sisters Ms. Susan Conrad ROSEMARY FLANIGAN, CSJ
of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Ms. Marcia S. Gower Ms. Julianne T. Blow
Thomas E. Clifford, CSJA
MARYANN ANTOINE’S 82ND BIRTHDAY Dr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Coppinger
Mr. and Mrs. Donald McDaniel Ms. Mary Ferguson
Mrs. Nancy Gremli

IN HONOR OF… MICHAEL THERESE BAUER, CSJ


Mr. and Mrs. Donald Z. Fisher
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Heiman
John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA
Ms. Joan E. O’Donnell
2018 JUBILARIANS MARY LILLIAN BAUMANN, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Randolph
Ms. Barbara Atteln Ms. Carolyn Sue Allender, CSJA Mrs. Carol A. Rotert
Phyllis Bardenheier, CSJ John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA Mrs. Cynthia A. Stasevich
Mr. Joseph P. Breiner Mr. and Mrs. John A. Boarman Jeanne Urschel, CSJ
Mrs. Marcella Butler David E. Cassens and Patricia Cassens, CSJA Mrs. Elizabeth L. Valent
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Cowan Mr. Richard Kranes-Rutz The Honorable Marcia K. Walsh
Santa M. Cuddihee, CSJA Medaille II Associate Group
Jean DeBlois, CSJ BOB FLICK’S 90TH BIRTHDAY
Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Eckelkamp, Jr. IDA ROBERTINE BERRESHEIM, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Steve E. Ederle
Mr. Michael Fahey Ms. Rose Mary Green Ms. Luanne B. Flick
Ms. Sunny C. Farmer
Ms. Carol E. Giblin PATRICIA BOBER, CSJ MARY FLICK, CSJ
Dr. and Mrs. Dennis C. Golden David E. Cassens and Patricia Cassens, CSJA Mary J. Mondello, Ph.D.
Allen Grieve, CSJA Mr. and Mrs. William Christman
Ms. A. Carolyn Henry, CSJA John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA PAULETTE GLADIS, CSJ
Jean Junak, CSJ Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Dean Werner
Mrs. Elaine P. Knop Dr. and Mrs. James Scott
Marilyn F. Koncen, CSJA LAURA GRUBER, CSJ
Ann Landers, CSJ CHERYL BROEKELMANN Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Lange
Donna K. Lane, CSJA Mr. and Mrs. John Distefano
Peggy Maguire, CSJA Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Fitzgerald DONNA GUNN, CSJ
Ms. Paula McNeary Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. LeGrand Mrs. Norma J. Molner
Mrs. Norma J. Molner Ms. Teri R. Ouellette
Barbara Ann Moore, CSJ HELENE GUTCHEWSKY, CSJ
John and Sylvia Morton, CSJA CAROL BROUILLETTE, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Stoverink
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Nunamaker John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA
Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ Mrs. Nina K. Bryans MARGARET GUZZARDO, CSJ
Ms. Marianne Petru Mr. and Mrs. William F. Knese Mr. and Mrs. William Christman
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Raupp Mrs. Angela F. Ottenlips Mr. and Mrs. Dave S. Ebenhoh
Jean Paul Selissen, CSJ Ms. Elaine A. Pontious John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Shaughnessy Ms. Kate Murray
Marnee Torchia, CSJA MARIE CHARLES BUFORD, CSJ Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ
Mr. and Mrs. Louis G. Weisenfeld Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Villa
CONNIE HEUN
Ms. Patricia M. Quicke

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PATRICIA MARIE HIX, CSJ SUSAN MEYER MARYELLEN TIERNEY, CSJ
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Braman Mr. and Mrs. David L. Zwart John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA
Diane Calcaterra, CSJA Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Beckring
Mrs. Joan Fuchs MARY ANN MULLIGAN, CSJ David E. Cassens and Patricia Cassens, CSJA
Dr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Hellweg John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Genovese
John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA Ms. Patricia A. Lee Dr. and Mrs. Walter A. Korfmacher
Ms. Rebecca McDermott and Mr. Dennis Donnelly Ms. Barbara A. Peach Mr. Richard Kranes-Rutz
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Slaughter Ms. Barbara A. Peach
REBECCA HOLLEY, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. John B. Tolle Mrs. Cecelia K. Piekarski
Mr. Michael Fahey
MARTHA NIEMANN, CSJ JEANNE URSCHEL, CSJ
ROSE PHILIPPINE HOORMANN, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie J. Hook John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA
John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA Mrs. Barbara L. Cummins
Jeanne Urschel, CSJ MARY CATHERINE O’GORMAN, CSJ
Mrs. Cynthia A. Stasevich SHIRLEY WEATHERS
CAROLYN HUPPERTS, CSJ John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA Ms. Peg Weathers
John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA Dr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Blanton
Mrs. Nina K. Bryans

IN MEMORY OF…
PAT HUTCHINSON David E. Cassens and Patricia Cassens, CSJA
Ms. Mary Beth Carroll Mrs. Joan Fuchs
Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Genovese
SISTER CASEMIN JOSEPH Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas M. Gilb, Jr. MARGARET ADAMS
Miss Eva M. Hurrle Dr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Hellweg Mr. and Mrs. Gary Boyer
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Lally
JOURNEY HOUSE SISTERS Ms. Marianne Petru RUTH ALLAERT
Reverend Gerald Waris Mrs. Mary K. Schrader Mrs. Mary Joy Allaert Feeney
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Shaughnessy
JEAN JUNAK, CSJ Mrs. Cynthia A. Stasevich HELEN ALWES, CSJ
Father John J. Shiverski Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Rice
ANN PACE, CSJ
ANNA BRIDGET KEARNS, CSJ John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA DAVE BEAL
John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA Ms. Dee A. Harvill Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Mareschal
Ms. Frances Diane Lott
Ellen M. McCoy, CSJA MARIE RENE PRETTI, CSJ TERRY BENOIT
Jeanne Urschel, CSJ John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Novack
Jeanne Urschel, CSJ
PAULINE KOMRSKA, CSJ KRISTINE A. BOCCARDI
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Hordesky JOSEPHINE QUILAN, CSJ Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn
Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Zielinski
MARY KAY KOTTENSTETTE, CSJ DOROTHY E. BOHNING, CSJA
John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA MARJORIE QUIN, CSJ Janet M. Sullivan, CSJA
Ms. Nancy J. Heggem Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. Anderson
Diane Calcaterra, CSJA ROYCE A. BRANSON
ANN LANDERS, CSJ John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn
Mrs. Norma Burdis Jeanne Urschel, CSJ
JOSEPH P. BREINER
KAREN LANGHI, CSJ THE RETIRED SISTERS Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Breiner
John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA Mr. and Mrs. Joseph King Deutsch Mr. and Mrs. Ernest J. Desautels
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Hordesky Mr. Michael Fahey Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Pfaff
Ms. Marianne Petru Ms. Marcia S. Gower Mr. and Mrs. James A. Schmidt
Ms. Rosanne Petru Patricia C. Tessler, CSJA Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Schwantes
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Strupp
SHAWN MADIGAN, CSJ HELEN RYAN, CSJ
John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA MARY CHRISTOPHER BROCKMAN, CSJ
The Honorable Marcia K. Walsh Ms. Susan Conrad Ms. Phyllis M. Brockman
Isabelle C. Wiske, CSJA Diane Calcaterra, CSJA
ELEANOR AGNES SHEEHAN, CSJ Ms. Martina Duperret
PATTY STEINMAN MAGNER Ms. Mary Ferguson Mr. and Mrs. Bruce P. Fehrenbacher
Ms. Marguerite Tully John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA Ms. Nina Garofalo
Ms. Victoria A. Mathews Mr. and Mrs. Danny B. Glenzy
RITA MCCORMICK, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Daniel L. Herron
John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA MARY SHRYOCK, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Husband
Ms. Barbara A. Peach Mrs. Dorothy W. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Lange
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. LeGrand
RITA MCGOVERN, CSJ GABRIELLE SMITS, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. David A. Malesky
Mr. James A. Smalley Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie J. Hook Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Martin
Christine and Tracy Martin
ROSE MARIE MCKENNA, CSJ LOUISE M. SOMMER, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Ron Nicoletti
John M. Baker, Jr. and Peggy Baker, CSJA Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas R. Daniels Ms. Mary Lee Walter
Mrs. Julia A. Belford
ST. JOSEPH MARY BULANDA
SARAH MCMAHON, CSJ Ms. Dolores A. Bertels Ms. Lillian J. Buckley
John Komotos and Kay Komotos, CSJA
Mr. Mike McMahon LINDA STRAUB, CSJ
Jeanne Urschel, CSJ Mr. Joseph Sheehan

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IN MEMORY OF… VINCENZO JAMES EACOPELLI
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn
MEGAN ANNE KOPP
Mr. James T. Kopp, Sr.
continued
MARY ANN FAHEY, CSJ MARY ALEXANDRA KUHN, CSJ
Mr. Michael Fahey Mr. and Mrs. Alexander J. Kuhn
PAULINE MARY CALVARUSO
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Gund MARY ANECITA FARRELL, CSJ JOSELITA MARIE KUJAK, CSJ
Mrs. Ann W. Stuart Mr. Joseph F. Ryan
STANLEY CORBETT
Michael Therese Bauer, CSJ PATRICIA FLAVIN, CSJ DON LIVINGSTON, MD
Rev. Msgr. Kevin G. Callahan Ms. Carrie Wenberg
BLANCHE MARIE CORCORAN, CSJ Mrs. Mary Jackson
Ms. Susan K. Haddock Mrs. Colleen R. Kinworthy KENNETH MAASS
Rev. Bradley E. Modde Michael Therese Bauer, CSJ
RAYMOND JOSEPH CORDES, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Noelken
Mrs. Helen M. Saale Mr. and Mrs. John T. Wempner JOHN MANDEVILLE, CSJ
Ms. Carol A. Cook
DAVID CORRIGAN MARY PATRICIA FOWLER Mr. Mike Diehl and Ms. Alice Benga
Ms. Mary C. Mann Mr. and Mrs. Lee W. Kearney Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Dyer
Mr. and Mrs. Claude B. Martin Mrs. Lila Jeanne Grither
LORETTA COSTA, CSJ Mrs. Patricia H. Torreyson Mrs. Beulah C. Loida
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Boyer Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Vokoun Mr. and Mrs. David Martin
Don and Pat Carman Mr. Michael A. Thomas and Ms. Nancy P. Pope
Ms. Mary Beth Carroll JUDITH GEOGHEGAN Mrs. Adele L. Uding
Mr. Jerome J. Costa Ms. Carrie Wenberg
Allen Grieve, CSJA REV. ROBERT A. MARSHALL
Ms. A. Carolyn Henry, CSJA WILLIAM HAGGARTY Mr. Raymond T. Gunter
Marilyn F. Koncen, CSJA Ms. Carrie Wenberg
Ellen M. McCoy, CSJA BRIGID MASSEY, CSJ
Ms. Maureen A. Padden DOROTHY F. HAUSER Mr. James A. Smalley
Mrs. Carol A. Rotert John Barry and Kathleen Barry, CSJA
Mr. Tommy J. Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Dennis W. Blase DORIS MATTINGLY, CSJ
Ms. Dina Vassil Mr. and Mrs. William P. Flatley Mr. John A. Mattingly
Mrs. Judy Hansen
ANN CRAMER Dr. and Mrs. Edward L. Lecluyse RITA SLAZINIK MAYER
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Anderson Mr. and Mrs. David J. Murnan
RITA ANN HESSE, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Seymour
PATRICIA CRAMER, CSJ Mrs. Bertha C. Hesse
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. Anderson JEAN MCGOWAN
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Anderson JEANNE M. HOGAN Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lenox
FIDELIS AND LOUISE DANIELS John Olander JOAN MCNULTY
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas R. Daniels Mr. James Portuguez Ms. Carrie Wenberg

KENNETH N. DANIELS ANNE HOOL LOUISE MCROBERTS, CSJA


Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas R. Daniels Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn Ms. A. Carolyn Henry, CSJA

MARGARITE ALICE DAUES, CSJ MARY ANN HUESMANN, CSJ KATHLEEN MITCHELL, CSJ
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Daues Mr. and Mrs. William F. Bullock Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Steed

MARCIA ANN DAUME, CSJ JIM HUNNIUS ANNETTE MORAN, CSJ


Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Novack Zimmerman Donor Advised Fund Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Steed

KEN DAUST CHARLES JOKISCH, JR MARY URSULA MOTT, CSJ


Mary Ann Daust-Buehler, CSJA Mrs. Janet R. Jokisch Mr. and Mrs. Sidney P. Mott

BERNARD DEVER RICHARD JORDAN RICHARD MURASKI


Mrs. Marilyn A. Miles Mrs. Joan Jordan Mr. Christopher Hughey

PAT DEVINE TOM KAESTNER FRANCES MURPHY


Ms. Deborah A. Oates and Mr. Michael Nooner Ms. Mary C. Mann Mr. and Mrs. William C. Blanck, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark
LEONARD DICTON KANE DAUGHTERS Mr. and Mrs. R. Ross Dale
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn Mrs. Marcia E. Bequette Mrs. Mary Donovan
Mr. and Mrs. David Hack
MARGE DICTON JULIENNE KEILEY Mr. and Mrs. David Hamilton
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn Mr. John A. Keiley Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kidd, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis King
DOLORITA MARIE DOUGHERTY LUCILLE M. KLECKNER Mr. and Mrs. John F. Marx, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Stelloh Mrs. Sue M. Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Michael McCunniff
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mulloy
DEACON DONALD DRISCOLL BERNARD CLARE KONRATH, CSJ Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Murphy
Ms. Mary C. Mann Eleanor Konrath Father Ian M. Murphy
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Radmacher

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Ms. Marty J. Rice JOHN RINGWALD LENLY WEATHERS
Mr. and Mrs. M. James Van Dyke Mrs. Donna R. Ringwald Ms. Peg Weathers
Ms. Patricia M. Wozniak
KATHLEEN KEVIN RYAN, CSJ JOAN WESLEY
KATHLEEN MURPHY Mr. James A. Smalley Ms. Rosemary Fairhead
Mr. and Mrs. David E. Abboud
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Andrews MARGARET SCHMIDT BILL ZANE
Ms. Lillian J. Buckley Ms. Janis K. Tratnik Mrs. Jean F. Renshaw
Ms. Barbara A. Bulow
Ms. Mary Jo Burns JACK SCHMUCK ALICE REGINE ZIPFEL
Ms. Mary Alice Campaigne Mr. and Mrs. Claude B. Martin Ms. Mary C. Mann
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey D. Campbell
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Chambers EDWARD CECILIA SCHNIEDERMEIER, CSJ
Miss Mary Ann Collins Mary Ann Daust-Buehler, CSJA
Mrs. Patricia A. Kohlberg
IN SORROW...
Ms. Joy A. Cunningham
Eileen and Jim Ennis Mr. and Mrs. William J. Kohlberg
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Fitzgibbons Mr. and Mrs. Gregory A. Mueller
Ms. Madalyn A. Gallo
Mr. Philip Sajini Goduco ROSEMARY SCHUMACHER It is with a heavy heart and great
Ms. Virginia E. Griffin Mrs. Mary Jean Weber
sadness that we announce the
Ms. Marianne Haberstroh
Ms. Cynthia A. Harrison LORRETA SIGLER, CSJ death of the following CSJ
Ms. Rita A. Hogan Ms. Mary C. Mann
Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Kent sisters and associates between
MARY CONSUELA SIMON, CSJ
Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Lehr
Mr. Joseph F. Ryan
March 2018 and January 2019.
Ms. Jeannie McCarthy
Janice L. McGah and Sandra L. Smiljanich
Mr. and Mrs. Roger J. Mentzer SISTERS WHO TAUGHT AT ST. JOSEPH LOUISE J. MCROBERTS, CSJA
Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Murphy INSTITUTE IN ATLANTA, GA August 30, 1924 – March 12, 2018
Mrs. Mary C. Murphy Ms. Marion Reynolds Powell
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher L. Rahn EDWARD CECILIA SCHNIEDERMEIER, CSJ
Ms. Kathleen L. Robinson and MARY ANN SMALLEY April 14, 1927 – May 12, 2018
Ms. Sandy J. Magurany Mr. James A. Smalley
Mr. Gary M. Rohrer LORETTA COSTA, CSJ
Alison F. Gee and Mary S. Rosenthal GENE SMUGALA (Sister Loretta Joseph)
Mr. and Mrs. John Seidelmann Ms. Mary C. Mann September 28, 1923 – June 10, 2018
Margaret R. Siefert
Ms. Mary Ellen Smith LUDOVICA SOMMER MARY CHRISTOPHER BROCKMAN, CSJ
Ms. Kathy Tomlin Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas R. Daniels March 4, 1928 – August 20, 2018
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Ullrich
Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Zindrick BERTHA SUTTER JOHN MANDEVILLE, CSJ
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Davis October 25, 1932 – August 24, 2018
BRETT PATTON Mrs. Amelia D. Dexter
Ms. Mary C. Mann Ms. Theresa S. Reiter PATRICIA VALLI, CSJA
Mr. Joseph Teer, Sr.
September 4, 1940 – December 5, 2018
ELIZABETH PEPLOW, CSJ Ms. Ellen Ramlet
Mrs. Susan K. Herring JANET LINCK, CSJA
RICHARD SYBERG
November 25, 1933 – December 13, 2018
JOSEPH A. POPP Mr. Raymond H. Beerman †
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn RICK GWYDIR, CSJA
JULIANA H. SZENTES
April 21, 1947 – December 14, 2018
MICHAEL HELENE PURFIELD, CSJ Mr. John F. Szentes
Mrs. Zoe Lance JANE BEHLMANN, CSJ
Mrs. Donna R. Ringwald ROBERTA JOHN SZENTES, CSJ
(Sister Frances Joseph)
Mr. John F. Szentes
January 21, 1946 – December 15, 2018
GRACE MARIE RAHN, CSJ
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff C. Nau ANN DOMINIC TASSONE, CSJ
Mr. David L. Heinrich ANNA JOHN IGOE, CSJ
June 4, 1925 – December 30, 2018
RUTH MARGARET RAUPP, CSJ
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Blanton DANIEL PAUL TRIGG
Michael Therese Bauer, CSJ ROSEMARY FULHORST, CSJA
Mrs. Ruth A. Erker
October 14, 1932 – January 1, 2019
Ms. Patricia M. Sobek
MARY C. TURNEY
Mr. Raymond H. Beerman † ROBERTA J. SCHMIDT, CSJ
ERIN REILLY
(Sister Ernest Marie)
Ms. Carrie Wenberg
MARYHELEN & JOE VANDYKE May 9, 1928 – January 2, 2019
SYL AND MARGIE RENAUD Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Van Dyke
KENNETH L. PRESTON, CSJA
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin J. McCarthy
WALTER MARIE VON STEIGER November 22, 1944 – January 20, 2019
JOSEPH E. RENSHAW Mrs. Shirley H. Weith
Valle High School Class 1954 MARY CATHERINE RODGERS, CSJA
Mr. Kevin Renshaw
August 18, 1925 – January 24, 2019
RAYMOND RIENERT JOHN T. WALSH
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn Mr. and Mrs. John Behl MARIE CHARLES BUFORD, CSJ
October 2, 1925 – January 31, 2019

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MISSION ADVANCEMENT
MEET RICHARD AND MARIE

Richard Kranes-Rutz
Richard Kranes-Rutz has recently been named
the executive director of the province’s Mission
Advancement Office. With 15 years of experience
in fundraising—eight of those being with the Sisters
of St. Joseph in various positions—Richard has a
firm understanding of what it takes to have a successful fundraising program. Marie McGeehan
Tell us about yourself. Marie McGeehan has been named
the Mission Advancement manager,
I was born and raised in Illinois. I attended Saint Louis University and have
a new position on our Mission
lived in St. Louis ever since. I draw and I play the piano. My spouse and I
Advancement team. Marie will be
adopted our son, whom we fostered, in 2017. He is the light of our lives.
building relationships with donors
We’ve been foster parents for the last five years and have fostered four
and friends, managing special
children in that time. While only one of them was able to stay with us, they
events and more. Marie came to
all changed me for the better.
the CSJs in 2017 as an executive
assistant for the Province Leadership
As the executive director, you wear a lot of hats.
with an extensive background
Can you describe them and do you have a favorite?
in communications, notably
I work on every aspect of fundraising, including planned giving, grants,
having worked as the director of
annual gifts, special gifts, events, identifying new funding opportunities and
communications for the non-profit
donors, as well as stewardship of our current donors. I really like planned
organization Great Circle.
giving and working with donors who are dedicated to the mission of the
sisters. It is a joy to work with the faithful givers that have a real relationship “I have much experience in
with the sisters and want to do whatever they can to support them. mission advancement and am
looking forward to using even more
What are you most excited about in your new position? of my gifts to serve the Sisters of
Working more closely with the donors and sisters. I really would like this to St. Joseph,” she says.
be an active ministry with everyone involved. No one person can do it all. If
it weren’t for the donors and the sisters working hand-in-hand to further the
mission and ministries, none of the good work could get done.

What do you love about working with the CSJs?


I love their connection to the dear neighbor. If we all lived the same way,
the world would be a better place. I have always felt a special connection
to St. Joseph, even more so after adopting my son. That unconditional love
for a child that is not yours was never fully understood until I experienced it.
Joseph’s faith led him in everything he did and the sisters live that to this day.
They make we want to be better as a person.

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REFLECTION “I SOLEMNLY ASSURE YOU, UNLESS THE GRAIN OF WHEAT
FALLS TO THE EARTH AND DIES, IT REMAINS JUST A GRAIN
OF WHEAT. BUT IF IT DIES, IT PRODUCES MUCH FRUIT.”

—JOHN 12:24

A BIOLOGIST’S REFLECTION

By Sister Jeanene Yackey

The biologist in me says a dead Some seeds are too well protected transformed. We must lose our
seed is dead. It will not produce and must be freed of layers of protective covering (the false self)
anything. protection. For these seeds, the and allow the true self to grow. We
covering must be physically cracked must be rooted in God and respond
The grain of wheat is a seed with
before water can be absorbed. to our environment, taking in those
the potential to become a whole
If it is viable, it opens to the new things that encourage growth.
plant that is fruitful. When a
environment; takes in moisture, We need to move out into the
grain of wheat falls onto the earth,
swells and splits, takes in nutrients, unfamiliar in order to be available
it becomes one with the earth.
grows and bears fruit. for whatever God wants us to be.
It gives up its “seedness.”
It becomes something different. In this parable Jesus is saying we
It is transformed. must die to self in order to be

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