Our 2019 Gathering in Kansas City, Kansas wrapped up August 11. Fifty-two sisters from the US and Canada spent three days together learning, praying and building community. Here are some pictures and highlights from that gathering, including the papers and presentations by our speakers.
Over 30 sisters, associates, St. Joseph Workers, and partners in mission from the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joined with over 400 individuals in the Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children, part of a “Stop the Inhumanity” campaign designed to increase the visibility of the Catholics who are willing to take risks on the issue to increase pressure on the U.S. government to end child detention.
Among this group, were five sisters who participated in the non-violent act of civil disobedience to protest the traumatizing abuse of immigrant children and their families. These sisters — joined with 50 other participants who prayerfully decided to risk arrest as part of a nonviolent action — prayed in the streets of Newark for the end of child and family detention. The five sisters included Sr. Patricia Johnson, sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet- St. Louis and executive director of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph; Sr. Joan Gallagher, sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood and co-chair of the Federation’s Leadership Council; Sr. Janet Kinney, sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood; Sr. Erin McDonald, sister from the Congregation of St. Joseph; Sr. Susan Wilcox, sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood.
Amy Hereford CSJ has a new book out! Beyond the Crossroads: Religious Life in the 21st Century. (Orbis, 2019.)
Catherine (Katie) Hoegeman CSJ has a new book, too! Catholic Bishops in the United States: Church Leadership in the Third Millennium (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Our 2020 Gathering will take place July 23-26 in Chicago, Illinois at the Cenacle Retreat/Conference Center. More info will be forthcoming in the new year.
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