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Published for the friends of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Summer 2015
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
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Dear Friends,
	 “You are the light for the world…In the same way your light must shine in
people’s sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father
in heaven.” Matthew 5:14 and 16
	 In this year of celebrating consecrated life of women and men religious, we
are pleased that this issue of Connections illuminates Jesus’ words, sharing stories of
people living with intention to build the Kingdom of God here and now.
	 In each story you will be inspired and your hearts moved to gratitude for the
many and varied ways in which caring persons reach out to one another. All of us
are engaged together in the work of right relationships and justice.
	 Justice for all is a basic human right, especially vital for our sisters and brothers
of differing ethnic heritage. We remember the voices of Selma, grateful that our
Sisters Barbara Moore, Rosemary Flanigan and Roberta Schmidt were there in
1965, marching in solidarity for justice.
	 Communication is an integral part of relationship.The iHear program at
CSJ-sponsored St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf allows our educators to walk with
families whose children need assistance in developing their abilities to engage in
the world, regardless of where they are in it.
	 We honor our sister jubilarians as we celebrate the witness of their lives as
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in ministry and service to the people of God for
the past 50, 60, 70 and 75 years.
	 We say with St. Paul, “I thank my God whenever I think of you…I always pray
with joy for your partnership in the gospel from the very first day up to the present.
I am quite confident that the One who began a good work in you will go on
completing it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:3-6.
	 Our hearts are filled with gratitude that we are blessed to share our life’s
journey with each of you.
Province Leadership
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Cover story: Fifty years ago, three Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet,
St. Louis province, participated in the Selma, Alabama, marches for African-
American voting rights in the days after the infamous Bloody Sunday.
In March, a contingent from the province attended the Selma anniversary
commemoration. Read about their experience as well as the current day
perspective of our original three marchers.
Special thanks to Greg Holden, a member of the Vatterott family of St. Louis, for
providing his photos for use by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
6	 Come Catch the Fire	
Read about the special series of events
designed for young adults to talk to
young adults about their faith journeys.
12	 Q & A: Wake Up the World
Learn more about what Pope Francis
has declared the Year of Consecrated
Life.
14	 A Day in the Life
Follow us through a day at St. Joseph
Institute for the Deaf and see how our
founding mission serves its students
and families today.
	
2	 Around the Province News
4	 2015 Jubilarians
13	 Generosity of Joseph
	Gala Honorees
18	 Tributes and Memorials
20	Donor Story: Alexander
	and Shirley Kuhn
21	 Events and Happenings
25	Save the Dates
aroundtheprovince
CSJ NEWS
Scholarship Named for
Sister Catherine Durr
Sister Catherine Durr was recognized at SSM St. Clare
Hospital in Fenton, Missouri, with the dedication of the
Nurses Learn, Nurses Lead Scholarship in her honor. As
president of the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kirkwood,
Missouri, for 25 years, this scholarship program reflects her
leadership and innovation in health care. Wendy Wright,
RN, CSN, is the first recipient of the scholarship for
obtaining her BSN.
Sister Linda Straub Receives
Newman Award
The Catholic Student Center at Washington University,
St. Louis, awarded Sister Linda Straub the Newman Award,
recognizing her influence in forming moral and spiritual
leaders in the Church and in society. S. Linda served there as
campus minister from 2000 until 2014 when she became a
member of the Province Leadership Team.
Ignatian Spirituality Project Honors
Sisters Marian Cowan and Marion Renkens were inducted
into the Company of Grace, recognized for being champions
against the injustice of homelessness. S. Marion, motherhouse
administrator, offers the motherhouse space for retreats
for the homeless. S. Marian has been instrumental in the
spiritual aspects of the program. Both sisters have been with
the program since its inception in 2008.
St. Margaret of Scotland Names
Building for CSJs
On May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, St. Margaret
of Scotland parish and school in St. Louis honored the
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet by naming one of their
renovated buildings, “St. Joseph Hall,” recognizing the
contributions of the many CSJs who served there.
Missouri Prayer Partner Project
Connects Prayer with Policymakers
Sister Clare Bass leads the innovative CSJ Prayer Partner
Project that invites sisters and associates to commit to
praying for one legislator across party lines and let them
know they are supported in prayer for wisdom, compassion
and courage.
SPONSORED INSTITUTIONS
Avila University Honors Sisters
for Achievements
Avila University, Kansas City, honored Sister Marie Joan
Harris for 45 years of exemplary service at the university as
professor of chemistry, chair for the Department of Natural
Sciences and Mathematics, and provost and vice president
for Academic Affairs. She was the innovator of many
programs, participated in strategic planning and impacted
countless members of the Avila community.
In addition, Sisters and alumna Roberta Schmidt (’49),
Rosemary Flanigan (’47) and Barbara Moore (’62) were
honored with Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters for
their transformative contributions in the events in Selma,
Alabama, marching for the equality in voting rights—an
event that recently marked its 50th anniversary. (Read more
about their experiences on page 8.)
St. Teresa’s Teachers Honored in
Encouraging Tech and Science
for Women
Kayla Leatherman, digital media teacher, was chosen by the
National Center for Women and Information Technology
(NCWIT) to receive the Aspirations in Computing
Educator Award for encouraging young women’s aspirations
in computing. Science teacher Renee Blake received an
Educating Excellence Award for outstanding efforts in
Kansas City area high school science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM).
Fontbonne University Appoints New
Board Member
Alumna Karen Gedera (’65) has been appointed to the
Fontbonne Board of Trustees. She has been involved in
numerous university programs such as the Council of
Regents and Community Connection Giving Circle.
Associate Santa Cuddihee Retires from
St. Joseph’s Academy
Theology faculty member and CSJ Associate Santa
Cuddihee retired from St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis
after 46 years of teaching and spiritual guidance to nearly
6,000 alumnae.
2 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
CSJ Associate Travels to Gulu to Work
on Water Purification Project
By Sister Mary Flick, CSJ
In February, Associate Carolyn
Henry, an analytical chemist,
went to our ministry in Gulu,
Uganda, to test community well
water during a 12-week stay.
	 Living in Africa is nothing
new to Carolyn. She spent a month
in South Africa in 2001 and feels a
pull to return.
	 Carolyn says, “The people are really attractive to me.
I love their beautiful faces.”
	 As the trip was being discussed, Province Leadership
received word about a group called Water with Blessings
that provides water
purification kits and
education to village
women. Leadership
and Carolyn met with
them and formed a
partnership.
	 “The kits are being
used to test primarily
for several chemical
entities and bacteria
presence,” Carolyn says. She purchased ten kits at $22 each,
and many others purchased them as well. 	
	 This ministry is not Carolyn’s alone. It belongs to all
the CSJ associates through their Countess Account, which
covered the cost of her airfare and immunizations.	
	 Carolyn saw her 12 weeks in Gulu as a way of living
the CSJ charism.
	 “This is a way of being with the poor and helping them
to help themselves. I was delighted for the opportunity and
the connection to this mission.”
Visit www.csjsl.org to read the life stories
of our faithful sisters who have died.
Let Us Remember...
Sister Margaret Hamm
April 16, 1943 – November 3, 2014
Compassionate towards those in pain; passionate about
Mother Earth and all its creatures.
Sister Rose Seyfried
January 1, 1924 – December 20, 2014
Joyful, filled with laughter,
concerned about the dear neighbor.
Sister Mary Josephine Breiner
August 11, 1925 – January 2, 2015
A faithful, hospitable woman, a community builder.
Sister Loretta Beyer
July 31, 1934 – January 14, 2015
Generous, enthusiastic, prayerful.
Sister Anne Souto
May 17, 1927 – February 18, 2015
Compassionate, hard-working, yet ready to enjoy life.
Sister Loretta Hennekes
February 28, 1929- April 6, 2015
A passionate champion for justice,
a joyful woman, a good friend.
Sister Cecilia Sullivan
October 19, 1924 – April 9, 2015
A peaceful, gentle woman of prayerfulness,
joy and acceptance.
Sister Margaret Alice Daues
February 5, 1928 – April 10, 2015
A delightful, welcoming, humble woman.
Sister George Antoinette Vander Loop
July 21, 1938 – April 20, 2015
Generous, caring, thoughtful and hardworking.
Sister Helen Rottier, CSJ
March 1, 1941 – May 19, 2015
A loving woman, devoted to the service
of God’s people, a faithful friend.
“This is a way of being
with the poor and
helping them to help
themselves.
I was delighted for
the opportunity and
the connection
to this mission.”
Associate Carolyn Henry
Connections | Summer 2015 3
4 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
S
pring is the season of celebrating St. Joseph and
our 30 jubilarians, whose collective service adds
up to 1,795 years.Thank you,jubilarians,for your
dedication by example to follow the Spirit.
	 Celebrations were held at the motherhouse for the 50th
and 60th jubilarians, while a service was held at Nazareth
Living Center for the sister resident jubilarians.
	 At the 50th celebration on March 16, Sister Linda
Straub spoke of the treasure in that day’s Gospel reading,
a treasure we may all seek in many exterior ways but is the
inner source of our true happiness—what the jubilarians have
committed to doing for 50 years.
	 “We celebrate all of us here, community, family and
friends who have made these 50 years of treasure seeking
possible…For nothing can bring us greater joy than knowing
the great love of God for us, this great love overflowing to
one another and beyond us to a world so in need.”
	 At the 60th jubilee on May 2, Sister Ruth Stuckel
reminded us that St. Joseph listened to his dreams, one
of the ways the Holy Spirit communicates with us. She
called all present to listen to their dreams to “respond to
the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and move always toward
love of God and love of neighbor without distinction with
humility and charity…May we be like Joseph, faithful
contemplatives in action.”
See more event pictures on page 23.
2015 Jubilarians
aroundtheprovince
Sisters Ruth Stuckel and Catherine Ann Schuermann process into Holy Family
Chapel at the 60th jubilee Mass on May 2.
At the 60th jubilee celebration, Sisters Sarah Ann Mitra and Mary Joan Dacey
are congratulated by Associate Sue Allender (center) who has worked in the
motherhouse’s housekeeping department for more than 30 years.
Sister Marion Renkens, motherhouse administrator, pins on Sister Laura Ann
Grady’s corsage before the 50th jubilee celebration on March 15.
Connections | Summer 2015 5
50 Years
75 Years 70 Years
60 Years
See bios and photos
S. Loretta Costa S. Roberta Houlihan S. Anne Christine Looze S. Mary Pauline Oetgen S. Michael White S. Helen Louise Williams
Not pictured: 70 Year: S. Virginia Ross; 50 Year: S. Maria Jeanne Tipton
S. Mary Christopher
Brockman
S. Elizabeth Conrad S. Mary Joan Dacey S. Frances Dillman
S. Mary Ellen Jones S. Mary Sharon Jones S. Jane Ellen Kelly S. Joan Lacey
S. Catherine Ann
Schuermann
S. Ruth Stuckel S. Joan Elizabeth Tolle
S. Patricia Gloriod S. Laura Gruber
S. Rita A. Moriarty S. Rosemary RenderS. Sarah Ann Mitra S. Marilyn Peot S. Ann Schorfheide S. Mary Annette
Schorman
S. Joan Kaucher S. Janet Kuciejczyk
S. Linda Marie Straub
6 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Reading this Old Testament passage
from the Book of Kings, guest
presenters Theresa and Harold
Velazquez introduced the theme of
prayer for the second in a four-part
series of faith-sharing evenings for
young adults.
	 Celebrating the Year of Consecrated
Life, sponsored by St. Louis Association
of Vocation Directors, the events are
open to anyone age 18-35 who would
like to hear from and talk with other
young adults about their faith journeys
and enjoy inspiring moments of praise
and worship to God.
	 According to the couple, who are in
their late 20s, one central question
many young adults wrestle with is,
“Where and when do I hear God?”
	 Harold spent several years as a
Dominican friar before meeting and
marrying Theresa. He says, “There
are as many paths to God as there are
Come Catch theInspiring Young Adults to Hear
God Speaking in their Lives
By Mary Lou Frank • Photos by Maria Frank
o He said,“Go forth and
stand on the mountain
before the Lord.” And
behold,the Lord was passing by!
And a great and strong wind
was rending the mountains and
breaking in pieces the rocks
before the Lord; but the Lord
was not in the wind. And after
the wind an earthquake,but the
Lord was not in the earthquake.
After the earthquake a fire,
but the Lord was not in the fire;
and after the fire a sound of a
gentle blowing.
~1 Kings 19:11-12
S
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people. We all have our own way.” The
foundation of discovering and following
the path meant for each person,say the
couple,is through prayer.
	 The spouses shared their favorite
methods of praying.
	 For Harold, who wasn’t particularly
religious growing up, an “aha”moment
while on a college retreat spurred him to
begin regularly reading and meditating
on scripture. He also appreciates a focus
on the rosary for its familiar format and
invitation to contemplation.
	 Theresa, who describes herself as a
very social person who loves being
around friends and family, says she
often pictures God as simply her friend
or roommate with whom she is having
a heart-to-heart conversation. She has
also extensively journaled, taking time
to write letters to God at the end of a
busy day to help her answer the question,
“Where did I see God today?”
	 During her first
summer of graduate
school at Truman State
University,Theresa made
a weekly trip to a nearby
adoration chapel, noting
that it was a special
time for conversation.
“Sometimes I can’t stop
my brain and I’m doing all the talking,
so I have to nudge myself and say, ‘Oh,
that’s right Lord… I’ll shut up now so
you can speak…’”
	 As a couple, the Velazquezes also
pray the Liturgy of the Hours, which
are chiefly Old Testament Psalms.
According to Harold, “In the Psalms
we find every human emotion—joy
or fear or the feeling that you’re really
down and without hope—things we
can all relate to.”
	 Finally, the couple enjoys preparing
for Sunday Mass together by sharing
Fire
the readings beforehand. “It’s not
always easy to find the time,” Harold
says. “We have to be committed and
intentional. But we know the way we’re
hearing God…is through that prayer.”
	 Helping the group reflect on
the presentation, praise and worship
musician Adam Bitter sang, “Let Me
Know You’re Near Once More.”
	 Adam wrote the song one night
after consoling his
10-year-old daughter
who was fearful about
having teeth pulled
the next day. He was
stressed out and anx-
ious for his daughter
over this relatively
minor thing. In that
moment, he was aware
of his deep empathy
for her.
	 He says it made
him think, “Maybe
that’s how God our Father feels about
me. Maybe He cares the same amount
about our little troubles and He’s right
here beside us all the time, trying to
calm our fears.”
	 The final Come Catch the Fire
event on the theme of discernment
is scheduled for the evening of
Oct. 8. For more information, visit
www.csjsl.org or call 314-481-8800.
Left: On Feb.12, a group gathers to listen
to Theresa and Harold Velazquez share their
experiences on prayer and to engage in
conversation. Below: Abby Unverferth, age 24,
listens to the discussion about prayer.
“There are as many paths
to God as there are people.
We all have our own way.”
Harold Velazquez
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Step by Step
A
contingent of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet,
St. Louis, made the pilgrimage to Selma, Alabama, March
5-9 for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the
marches for African-American voting rights.The group
included Sisters Anne Kelly, Jane Kelly and Barbara
Moore, as well as Associate/Province Liturgist Mary Kay Christian and
Director of Communications Jenny Beatrice.The gathering commemo-
rated the 600 protestors who peacefully marched over the Edmund Pettus
Bridge on March 7, 1965, now known as Bloody Sunday.
	 Many were beaten but not beaten down. After Bloody Sunday, many
others then traveled to Selma to be a part of the movement, including
Catholic priests and nuns who joined clergy from all denominations.
	 Three of those marchers
in 1965 included members of
the St. Louis province, Sisters
Rosemary Flanigan, Barbara
Moore and Roberta Schmidt.
Supported by the CSJs and
Missouri dioceses, they traveled
in delegations from St. Louis
and Kansas City.They marched
from Brown Chapel to the
courthouse for days to voice
their support, step by step.
	 Fifty years later, CSJs were
some of the 70,000 people at the
commemoration who made the
pilgrimage to walk in solidarity
with those first marchers, once
again bringing their voices to the
streets.
	 “We felt it was important to
celebrate and commemorate this day,”says S. Barbara.“And the
diversity among us was very wonderful and very reassuring.So
many people and their families came. I was just amazed by the
people pushed in wheelchairs, the babies pushed in strollers and
The Sisters of
St. Joseph continue
walking with the dear
neighbor at the 50th
anniversary of the
Selma marches for
civil rights.
By Jenny Beatrice
Above: Dr. Clarence Jones with the Sisters of St. Joseph at the Edmundite Convent,
where he stayed during the Selma 50th anniversary days. Sisters pictured are:
Barbara Moore, Dr. Roseanne Cook, Jane Kelly and Anne Kelly. Left: The Kansas
City contingent of religious women and men who traveled to the marches that
followed Bloody Sunday. (Sister Barbara Moore is fifth from the left.)
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held in arms. It was important for the
family members to be there.”
	 On March 7, the day of the presi-
dential rally, the sisters left early to wait
in winding lines to get into the event.
	 S. Jane Kelly, who has been a part
of the Selma community since 1972,
knew many of the families in the lines.
A nurse practitioner, she works at the Grace Busse Clinic in
Pine Apple, Alabama, with Dr. Rosanne Cook, CSJ, providing
health care for the poor.
	 People recognized and came up to her with hugs and
thanks for the care she provides them. “Jane is a wonderful
presence,” says S. Barbara. “She knows no stranger. Jane and
Roseanne not only serve people in health care but they’re there
for the birthdays, the weddings and the funerals.They’re very
much a part of the community.”
	 In the midst of these massive crowds, a friendliness and
a unity grew—a hopeful example of how things could be.
After hours of waiting in the hot sun, President Obama’s
speech did not disappoint, inspiring the crowds who watched
from the Jumbotrons. He spoke of unity coming to fruition in
our country one day.
	 One of the most profound speakers was not a dignitary
but an African-American high school student in Selma. She
told of how she let her grandparents know that she would be
speaking at the rally. Her grandparents were not only proud
but astounded that a black woman would have such an
opportunity, let alone their granddaughter. It was a reminder
that much has changed since the days of separate water
fountains and lunch counters, thanks to many people like
the marchers who stand up for racial equality.
	 Many modern-day history changers, such as President
Obama, Martin Luther King III, Rev. Al Sharpton, Jesse
Jackson and Luci Baines Johnson emphasized that they
marched with the people in hopes of writing a new story.
	 However, one of the most influential changers in the
movement that the sisters met was not on the street but at
the dinner table.
Above: The Edmund Pettus Bridge, where both the original Bloody Sunday and
commemorative marches were held. At the anniversary march, the bridge was
filled to capacity and security had to prevent people from coming on.
Below left: A “Selma Selfie” of the CSJ group waiting in line for the presidential
rally on March 7. Pictured (back to front) Sister Jane Kelly, Province Liturgist
and Associate Mary Kay Christian, Communications Director Jenny Beatrice and
Sister Barbara Moore. Below right: The Selma Voting Rights Mural.
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10 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
	 Dr. Clarence Jones, Martin Luther
King Jr.’s personal attorney, advisor and
speechwriter, stayed at S. Jane’s convent
as even he could not find accommodations
in the overcrowded area.The first night
of the stay, this unassuming man, with an
underlying air of dignity, sat at the head
of the dinner table. “Let me tell you why
being here is so important to me.” And
he did.
	 He was a child of domestic servants
who sent him to a Catholic boarding
school in Pennsylvania. After law school
and service in the Korean War, a judge
recommended that Dr. King ask him to
be his lawyer. At first Dr. Jones refused.
But,when Dr.King mentioned in a sermon
that more black professionals were
needed in the movement,Dr.Jones agreed.
	 During his stay in Selma, Dr. Jones
was grateful to be with the women
religious he respected and loved throughout
his life. S. Anne Kelly graciously expressed
the CSJ charism of hospitality, acting
as Dr. Jones’ escort to his engagements.
He also shared his stories at a dinner
party hosted by S. Anne, honoring the
Vatterott family from St. Louis.Their
patriarch provided the funding to send
the religious to Selma in 1965, and the
family continues to support the sisters
and issues of social justice to this day.
	 Dr. Jones told about how Dr. King
wrote his historic letter from the
Birmingham Jail on napkins and toilet
paper. Every day, as Dr. Jones came to
visit the jail, Dr. King took the “papers”
for transcription. Soon, Dr. Jones slipped
a few fresh sheets of actual paper inside
his suit coat, carrying the papers to and
fro every day. In three days, step by step,
the letter from the Birmingham Jail came
to be.
	 S. Barbara says, “It was an honor
to meet Dr. Jones and to realize what a
major part he played in relationship to
Dr. King and the legal battles…But one
of the things that impressed me the most
is his involvement in creating Dr. King’s
letter.”
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As the crowd waits for the speakers at the presidential rally, they were shown images on the Jumbotron of the
history and violence of the 1965 marches.
On Sunday, March 8, before the commemorative march, Mass was held at the historic Queen of Peace Catholic
Church. Attendees included the sisters from St. Louis, the Sisters of St. Joseph from Rochester (who served
the injured at Good Samaritan Hospital during the marches in 1965), Dr. Clarence Jones, the Vatterott family
contingent from St. Louis and Luci Baines Johnson.
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On Sunday March 8, the sisters walked with many historic figures and dignitaries, including Rev. Jesse
Jackson, beginning at Brown Chapel, the place where the Bloody Sunday March began.
Connections | Summer 2015 11
	 S. Barbara also notes, “Dr. Jones says
that Dr. King always referred to himself
as ‘Reverend Doctor’…and I realized
that many of the leaders in the move-
ment were ministers and continue to be.
That was very profound for me because
that’s what people of faith and justice
should be about.”
	 “The presence of priests,religious and
the laity impacted the peaceful march
for voting rights positively,” says
S. Roberta Schmidt, who was unable
to attend the 50th anniversary march.
“We gave Christian witness to the
dignity of our African-American
brothers and sisters in Selma.”
	 S. Rosemary Flanigan, who was
also unable to attend, says, “I remember
the feeling of solidarity with everyone
that day, from people who came from the
north to neighbors who walked across
the street. We felt so as one that I
remember thinking racism is dying in
the United States. I wish I had been
correct in that assumption.”
	 With the events in Ferguson,
Missouri, and other conflicts that are
revealing themselves across the country,
S.Rosemary says,“It seems that racism
is hidden in pockets of our society and
sits in darkness until something happens,
emerges into light, and then goes back to
hiding. Anytime anyone organizes people
to demonstrate that injustice will not be
tolerated, we add another niche in our
effort to eliminate racism.”
	 S. Barbara reflects, “Sometimes I
wonder, ‘Where are the voices? Where
are the people?’What is really consoling
for me to realize is the number of people
who do believe that things need to
change and that they need to stand up
for what they believe in.”
	 Sisters Barbara, Anne and Jane
witnessed people standing up for what
they believe in on their march from
Brown Chapel across the Edmund
Pettus Bridge.They were some of the
relative “few thousand” who made it
across the re-creation of the original
march that began at Brown Chapel.
Despite being among more than 70,000
people at the event, they did not feel
like strangers.
	 “There was a young group drum-
ming,” says S. Barbara. “Lots of times
when you are ‘marching’ it’s helpful
to have music and keep in step. I was
trying to keep in touch with the beat. I
was even dancing a little bit. It felt good
when I put my foot on the bridge.”
	 S. Rosemary says, “I’m always happy
to see our sisters out in front when it is
a matter of social justice. I applaud our
CSJ presence at the commemoration.”
	 “The two generations since
March 1965 only know about Bloody
Sunday and the voting act from the
movies,” says S. Roberta. “Memory of
the lived experience must be kept alive.
Participating in the Selma 50th
anniversary is a perfect example of the
CSJ charism and mission of being with
and serving the dear neighbor.”
The crowd at the presidential rally in site of a poignant sign painted on the side of a building.
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“We felt so as one that I
remember thinking racism is
dying in the United States.
I wish I had been correct in
that assumption.”
Sister Rosemary Flanigan
Sisters Rosemary Flanigan and Roberta Schmidt
(along with Barbara Moore, not pictured) receive
Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from CSJ-
sponsored Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri, for
their transformative contributions to the civil rights
movement in Selma.
12 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
In 2014, Pope Francis declared an
international year-long celebration of
consecrated life. This year calls women
and men religious, and in fact, all members
of the Church, to participate and “wake
up the world” to the joy of the Gospel.
We celebrate this year so that religious
and the laity can grow and respond
together to the promptings of the Spirit
in society today.
What is the Year of Consecrated
Life?
The Year of Consecrated Life marks the
50th anniversary of “Perfectae Caritatis,”
a decree on religious life, and “Lumen
Gentium,”the Second Vatican Council’s
Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.
Pope Francis outlines three purposes of
the year-long celebration, each intended
to “make a grateful remembrance of the
recent past”while embracing “the future
with hope.”
What is Pope Francis calling
women and men religious to do?
The Pope calls for women and men
religious to first look to the past with
gratitude and where the Spirit is leading
them in the future. Second, Pope
Francis speaks clearly about vowed
religious living this year as “an occasion
for bearing vigorous and joyful witness
of the holiness and vitality present in
those called to the consecrated life.”
Wake Up the World: The Year of Consecrated Life
I am counting on you to wake up
the world. ~Pope Francis
&
He says that the Church will grow by
“attraction” as people see the religious
as “women and men who are happy!” 	
Third, Pope Francis invites women and
men religious to live with the “courage
to be present in the midst of conflict
and tension as a credible sign of the
presence of the Spirit who inspires in
human hearts a passion for all to be
one.” (Jn 17:21)
How does Pope Francis call the
laity to respond to those living the
consecrated life?
Pope Francis invites the laity to an
outpouring of appreciation and thanks-
giving for the witness and service of
those in consecrated life. “I ask the
whole Christian people to be increasingly
aware of the gift, which is the presence
of many consecrated men and women,
heirs of the great saints of Christianity.”
He says, “So I invite every Christian
community to experience this year
above all as a moment of thanksgiving
to the Lord and grateful remembrance
of all the gifts we continue to receive…
Let them know the affection and the
warmth, which the entire Christian
people feels for them.”
How does Pope Francis ask the
laity to be in unity with those living
the consecrated life?
The call to “wake up the world” is
demanded of everyone, including the
laity, “who share with them the same
ideals, spirit and mission.”
Prayer for the Year
of Consecrated Life
OGod, throughout the ages
you have called women and
men to pursue lives of perfect
charity through the evangelical
counsels of poverty, chastity,
and obedience. During this Year
of Consecrated Life, we give
you thanks for these courageous
witnesses of faith and models
of inspiration.Their pursuit of
holy lives teaches us to make a
more perfect offering of ourselves
to you. Continue to enrich your
Church by calling forth sons and
daughters who, having found
the pearl of great price, treasure
the Kingdom of Heaven above
all things.Through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son, who
lives and reigns with you in the
unity of the Holy Spirit, one
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated
Life and Vocations
www.usccb.org/cclv • www.usccb.org
© 2014, United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops. Logo courtesy of
National Religious Vocation Conference.
Used with permission.
By Sister Linda Markway, CSJ, Vocations Ministry
Connections | Summer 2015 13
Carmele Hall was
taught by the
Sisters of St. Joseph
at St. Matthew in
North St. Louis. She
says the Sisters of St.
Joseph of Carondelet
community has provided her with
many of the skills she has continued to
use throughout her years of ministry. 
Carmele served for nearly 40 years in
education as a teacher, principal, dean of
students and president at institutions
directly serving the poor and under-
served. 
	 Carmele is known for working
through matters requiring healing or
reconciliation by building bridges and
bringing about a sense of unity. She
has an innate desire to serve others and
her actions are guided by principles of
our Catholic faith. Carmele worked
tirelessly to provide the best educational
opportunity for the children in the
North-side community, often serving
as mentor and role model. 
	 She was instrumental in keeping
the North-side schools on the mind
and in the heart of the hierarchy of the
Catholic Church as well as the Arch-
diocesan school leadership. Carmele
constantly promoted the need for
quality education as a resource for
lifting individuals out of the chains of
poverty.
Honors presented at the Generosity of Joseph Gala, April 25, 2015
The Sisters of St. Joseph proudly announce this year’s recipients of the Generosity of Joseph Award.
This award celebrates individuals who positively influence society and encourage others by their example of
life-altering generosity in the spirit of St. Joseph, our patron. The awards were presented during the annual
Generosity of Joseph Honors Gala in April at the St. Louis motherhouse.
Generosity of Joseph Awards Honor Selfless Giving
Carmele Hall
St. Louis
Heals and reconciles as
teacher and mentor to youth
Chris Krehmeyer
is president and
CEO of Beyond
Housing (a Neighbor-
Works America
organization in St.
Louis). During his
tenure, the nonprofit has experienced
fivefold growth. Chris has stewarded
the organization through a name
change, helped found a not-for-profit
property management company, guided
it through a successful merger, and a
recent rebranding effort. Beyond
Housing focuses on quality and stability
to give people a place to start. Its focus is
on improving people’s lives in a holistic
manner and in helping entire communi-
ties become better places to live. 
	 Chris is able to bring civic leaders,
nonprofits and corporate partners
together to accomplish more for
their communities than they could
alone. Beyond Housing does not
restrict its service to housing only. They
have helped Normandy kindergarteners
enroll in savings and other accounts
that will yield funds for college students.
Chris’ passionate commitment to the
services offered by Beyond Housing
allows him to promote justice directed
to the poor, serve others without
distinction or exclusion, and recognize
the human dignity of all.
Mary Kay Wagner
grew up in a
strict Catholic home
and her father did not
allow her to bring
anyone of Jewish or
African-American
origin to their house. College allowed
Mary Kay to meet others of color and
different faiths.This opened up her
world as she in turn would open the
world to others who were excluded.
Mary Kay married and had four children
and later held a chemist position.
	 In November 1995, her gay cousin
took his own life because he could no
longer take the abuse and prejudice. 
He was 35 years old. She decided to
do something. She joined a social
group called Positive Voice. She also
participated in Teen Partnership
supported by Goodwill Industries. 
	 For years, Mary Kay was there
every Monday night welcoming teens
and young adults of LGBT orientation. 
	 Since her retirement, she helps at
her parish church. But she does not
forget her work with the LGBT teens
and young adults of the Green Bay
community. 
	 Mary Kay recently became an
associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Chris Krehmeyer
Beyond Housing, St. Louis
Promotes justice with a
particular concern for the poor
Mary Kay Wagner
Green Bay
Recognizes and defends the
human dignity of all
advancingthemission
Barbara Meyers, MA CED, iHear
therapist, gets ready for her session
with a child.
	 “We conduct our sessions in
English, but the family’s native language
is Arabic,” says Barb. “She is absolutely
exploding with language.”
	 Barb says, “She sometimes asks me
questions in Arabic. I have to ask Mom
to translate, but I don’t care. Last year
she literally had no words.”
	 The sessions allow families to
practice what they learn in their
homes. Both child and family let Barb
know what worked and what was
challenging.
	 “I’m such a huge part of the
families’ lives,” she says. “Last week a
toddler offered me ice cream through
the camera!”
14 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
A Day in
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
A
s the very first mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph
of Carondelet more than 178 years ago, St. Joseph
Institute for the Deaf (SJI) has offered services to
help countless children reach their fullest potential.
	 The innovation of the sisters has been key in meeting
the changing needs of the children and their families from
discovering the auditory-oral method of instruction to
helping create the first cochlear implant curriculum.
	 In 2008, SJI took a bold step and created the online
iHear program to help every child receive services regardless
of their physical location.
	 “We are on a life-long journey with the families we
serve from infancy to young adults, from hearing aids to
cochlear implants, from urban to rural,” says Director of
St. Louis Operations Cheryl Broekelmann, MA LSLS Cert.
AVEd. “If we are willing to serve those that otherwise would
not be served, we must be flexible enough to meet that need
everywhere.”
	 Follow us through a day in the life at SJI’s location in
Brentwood, Missouri—a “home” that embraces students and
families on their journeys in the CSJ spirit of innovation,
patience, expertise and dedication.
7:30 a.m.: iHear Session
Director Cheryl Broekelmann with Rustin, one of the
early infant students.
Connections | Summer 2015 15
the Life
11:00 a.m.: Toddler Class
In addition to the iHear online
program, there is still much
work being done on campus. Early
intervention specialist,Judy Odehdahl,
MA,LSLS Cert.AVEd,and an intern
from Fontbonne University (where the
CSJs continue to teach deaf educators)
work with a preschooler in developing
good listening skills.
	 Attending preschool is a normal
developmental milestone for a two year
old and SJI teachers help students who
are deaf and hard of hearing develop
language through listening.
	 “I can’t tell you how many times
I say, ‘Oops…listen. What did he ask
you for?’” says Judy. “They have to really
focus in this room and many of them
will go to another classroom just like
this one in less than a year. It’s our job
to be sure they are ready.”
Photos by Linda Behrens
“St. Joseph has always
focused on the needs of
the family along with their
goals for their child.
Both our hearts and our
data show there is no
more effective way to
deliver therapy!”
Teri Ouellette,
MS Ed, LSLS Cert AVEd
President
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
16 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
1:15 p.m.: Audiology
Audiologist Liz Bush, AU.D,CCC-A, helps an infant
with his new hearing aids. Babies identified with
hearing loss are referred to pediatric clinics like SJI for
further evaluation and treatment.
	 Families choose SJI regardless of their proximity to the
center. Nikki, a mother who drives four hours one way to
come to SJI with her son for adjustments and advice says,
“I didn’t even know what kind of loss Nathan had until I set
foot in this clinic a year ago.”
	 He’s eight years old now and Nikki thanks Liz for his
progress. “I called my mother on the way home from a visit
and said, ‘Someone finally understands and Nathan is going
to be okay.’”
3:05 p.m.: Early Intervention
Amy Knackstedt, MA, CED, an
early intervention therapist, works
with Rustin and his mother on auditory
therapy, which is listening for sounds.
	 Amy says, “Even in utero, infants
with hearing loss have missed 24 weeks
of sounds and voices. Research indicates
early intervention is the key.”
	 “You’ve got to work hard with them
to help them hear well for the rest of
their lives,”she says.“When that happens,
language usually follows. I am thrilled to
be a part of it.”
A Day in the Life, continued
Connections | Summer 2015 17
In the evening, iHear Therapist Jeanne Flowers, MSDE,
MS, CCC-SLP, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, finishes up her
last remote session for the day with a family.
	 “iHear is flexible and serves kids, families and school
districts,” she says. “They aren’t always available for sessions
in the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. slots so it’s not unusual to find us here
at 7 p.m. at night because the family is in another time zone.”
	 Jeanne works with the older children who focus on
classroom skills, meeting their needs in a personal way.
	 “My conversations with kids are frank, open and
sometimes funny. Yesterday, I had a kid roll his eyes at me
and I totally called him on it.”
6:40 p.m.: Evening iHear Session
Patching up the Holes
Unique Challenges to Working with Older Children who are Deaf
W
orking with older children
is definitely not for the
faint of heart. “I was
working with a 13-year-old girl and
she was relating a story to me where
a girlfriend had whispered some-
thing to her,” says Michelle Graham, MS, CED, LSLS Cert
AVEd. “But the friend whispered it on her non-implanted
side and of course, my student didn’t hear her. She really
wanted to hear her and giggle about it, but the moment
had already passed and asking her to repeat didn’t seem
like an option for her. So I used the moment to talk about
how to self-advocate with friends who may not under-
stand about implants.”
	 One of SJI’s specialties is to reach children where
they are in their lives right now and help them move
forward. “Older kids are an interesting part of my work as
they are mainstreamed and doing okay. But once I start to
dig just a bit, I find ‘holes’ in their learning. They are doing
okay, but they could be better,” says Michelle. “Once we
get the holes patched up, they absolutely explode with
knowledge.” These holes might include lags in auditory
processing, comprehension or written language. “Think
about taking notes, which is a standard skill you need in
middle school and up,” says Michelle. “You have to listen,
hear the important stuff and write it down. If you don’t
process the information quickly or if you aren’t hearing
everything, your notes won’t be complete.” Michelle also
works on other academic areas like how to organize an
essay or decipher test questions.
All areas are designed to help kids
achieve their very best in academics
and in life.
	 Some of her favorite sessions are
those dealing with social challenges kids with hearing
loss face. “How do you politely ask someone to repeat
themselves—again?” says Michelle. “These are social
issues we’ve all faced but having hearing loss makes it
harder. How do you follow the game rules in the gym,
understand the phrase ‘Hit it out of the park,’ or hear the
conversation in a noisy lunchroom? We work with kids to
help them understand this is who they are and they need
to be okay with it. The world will follow suit.”
	 The tween and teen attitude that comes along for the
ride is part of working with an older student. “They will
provide the most creative excuses for not practicing
speech or completing homework,” laughs Michelle. “They
don’t always pay attention in sessions, sometimes ignore
my directions, and look at me blankly. Overall I have a
great rapport with my students because I understand the
growing-up process and our kids are not different from
any other 15 year old. And yes, sometimes that comes
with an eye roll or a ‘whatever.’ My only goal,” she smiles,
“is to make sure they are applying all their learned
strategies while demonstrating their independence.”
Learn more about St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf at
sjid.org.
18 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
tributesandmemorials
In Memory of…Mary C. Abts
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Kelly
Howard & Florita Allgaier
Mr. Craig A. Allgaier 
Judie Ashley
Carondelet Motherhouse
	Administrator
Ms. Kathleen A. Stewart
Sister Mary Loran Aubuchon, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Scharf, Sr. 
Leonard Bathon
Ms. Regina C. Sanguinette 
Ben Blessing
Mrs. Shirley A. Blessing 
Dorothy Bohning, CSJA
Janet M. Sullivan, CSJA 
Sister Kathryn Mary Brady, CSJ
Ms. Joan B. Millman 
Bud (Carl) Brehob
Mrs. Carl E. Brehob
Sister Mary Josephine Breiner, CSJ
Breiner & Breiner, L.L.C.
Mr. & Mrs. Theodor Breiner
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Coppinger
Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Dalton
Mr. Paul E. Donovan
Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Donovan
Ms. Sharon Everett
Mr. & Mrs. Mario Scaglia  
Winifred Adelsberger, CSJ
Ms. Marianne Petru
Helen Alder, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth J. Berra
Richard & Violet Anth
Mary Carol Anth, CSJ
Clairerita Atha, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Phillip M. Chunn
Mary Louise Basler, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Basler
Jenny Beatrice
Mr. & Mrs. Fred L. Barnes
Virginia Browne, CSJ
Mrs. Patricia Browne Sullivan
Roseanne Burgoon
Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ
The Carondelet Kitchen Staff
Mrs. Marilyn F. Koncen, CSJA
Rose Stephen Cento, CSJ
Macy’s Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. William A. Skaggs
Frances Virginia Cholet, CSJ
Miss Mary Petropoulos
Patty Clune, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. John F. Marx, Jr.
Mary Conrad, CSJ
Ms. Mary-Ellen Batchelor 
Roseanne Cook, CSJ
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn
Loretta Costa, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. James A. Sullivan
Mary Ann Donovan, CSJ
Mr. Timothy J. Thompson 
Teresa Maria Eagan, CSJ for her
	 90th birthday
Mrs. M. Suzanne Eagan
Ann Charles Everett, CSJ
Ms. Sharon Everett
Rosemary Flanigan, CSJ
Ms. Deborah D. Conklin 
Mary J. Flick, CSJ
Ms. Bonnie E. Wilson 
Maureen Freeman, CSJ
Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ
Joy Gilder, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene J. King 
All the CSJs who have served in Gulu
Kathleen L. Grewe, CSJA,
	 & Diana Burnson 
Donna Loretto Gunn, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. Gunn
Loretta Hennekes, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Hennekes 
2015 Golden Jubilarians
Dr. Linda J. Deguire 
Joan Lampton, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Edwin L. Wahl
Ann Landers
Mrs. Norma Burdis
Betty Leiwe, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth J. Stern
Mary Kay Liston, CSJ
The Honorable Marcia K. Walsh
Ms. Patricia A. Lee
Marilyn Lott, CSJ
Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ
Rita McGovern, CSJ
Ms. Donna M. Brinkmeyer
Helen Miljour, CSJ
Ms. Gigi Oram, CSJA
Judith Ann Miller, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Jerome N. Wolf
Mary Adelaide Moeller, CSJ
Mrs. Margaret M. Villar
Denny Murray
Mr. & Mrs. John Keller
Joan Pitlyk, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. James O. Pitlyk
Marie Rene Pretti, CSJ
Chris McGovern
Caroline & Nic Rosa
Alan Baker & Michelle Schiller-Baker
Rita Marie Schmitz, CSJ
Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ
Ann Schorfheide, CSJ
Dr. & Mrs. Jan Stefanov
Teresa J. Shea, CSJ
Ms. Peggy E. Lodes
Sisters of St. Joseph &
	 St. Joseph Medical Center
Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie J. Hook
Louise Michele Sommer, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas R. Daniels
Linda Straub, CSJ
Drs. Scott & Kendal Endicott
Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ
Sandra Straub, CSJ
Zareena & Randall Koch
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Denigan
Ruth Stuckel, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Frank McAndrew
Maryellen Tierney, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Genovese
Carol Underhill
Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ
George Antoinette Vander Loop, CSJ
Chris McGovern
Margaret Vincent, CSJ
St. Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary
Marion Weinzapfel, CSJ- Gulu Mission
Mrs. Gloria Bluj
Suzanne Wesley, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. John F. Marx, Jr.
Michael White, CSJ
Mr. Sean Donnelly
Ms. Liza Koswara
Anne Ziemer
Ms. Mary K. Conaway
In Honor of…
Thank you for the following gifts received between September 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015.
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.
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Sister Dorothy Browne, CSJ
Mrs. Patricia Browne Sullivan 
Sister James Patrice Browne, CSJ
Mrs. Patricia Browne Sullivan 
Sister Anne Ambrose Butkovich, CSJ
Ms. Barbara E. Laurie 
Suzanne Carolan
Jean Katherine deBlois, CSJ
Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ 
J. E. Colon
Ms. Dinorah J. Colon-Laborde 
Arthur P. Cooper
Mrs. Rosemarie C. Cooper
 Lynne Cooper
Mr. Paul Williams 
Sister Blanche M. Corcoran, CSJ
Ms. Susan K. Haddock 
Sister Patricia Cramer, CSJ
Ms. A. Carolyn Henry, CSJA 
Madeline Crouch
Mr. & Mrs. Steven A. Meierotto 
Richard J. Cutak Jr.
Mr. Arthur N. Straub
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel P. Winkelmann, Jr. 
Sister Margaret Denise Dalton, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Al J. Garcia 
Kenneth N. Daniels
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas R. Daniels 
Sister Marcia Ann Daume, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Novack 
Sister Mary de La Salle McKeon, CSJ
The Shepherd Foundation 
Milton P. Deithelm, Jr
Mrs. Audrey A. Behr 
Sister Elizabeth Deutsch, CSJ
Jean Katherine deBlois, CSJ
Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ 
Sister Mary Laurent Duggan, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Diskowski 
James Eaton
Bernadette Eaton, CSJ
Mrs. James S. Eaton
Mr. Larry France
Ms. Karen Helton
Mrs. M. Angela Kenny
Mr. & Mrs. G. F. McDonough
Mr. & Mrs. Barry Minnick
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Wood 
Ruby & Robert Fuller
Steven B. Clark &
	 Jessie Fuller Clark, CSJA 
Maureen Barret Gerard
Mrs. Mary D. Mann 
Sister Mary Virginia Gibbons, CSJ
Ms. Barbara E. Laurie 
Ron Giedonyhagen
Mrs. Mary D. Mann 
Ronald E. Giles
Miss E. Josephine Rodgers 
Jim Goesling
Ms. Julie Matheny 
Paul Goodwin
Jim & Diana Oleskevich, CSJA 
Sister Margaret Hamm, CSJ
Ms. Charlotte A. Behle
Ms. Joanne P. Buttice
Dr. Ellen M. Dukes, CSJA
Dr. & Mrs. Raymond W. Hellweg
Mrs. Mary C. Hendel
Ms. A. Carolyn Henry, CSJA
Mrs. Barbara Jenkins
Mr. & Mrs. John L. Jenkins
Mr. Thomas J. Jenkins
Mr. Denny Klosterman
Mrs. Jean M. Leonhardt
Terry Levi
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph G. Lipic III
Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Mecca
Dr. & Mrs. Roy M. Y. Nomura
Ms. Sharon D. O’Connell
Mr. & Mrs. James E. Relleke
Mr. & Mrs. William C. Schoenhard
Ms. Glenda Sullentrup
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Tierney
Mr. & Mrs. Vincent P. Tierney 
David Hanneman
Ms. Cheryl Schaefer 
Daniel A. Harkins,
Mr. Paul E. Donovan 
Mary Hawver
Mr. William L. Hawver 
Bob Heidrick
Mrs. Robert J. Heidrick 
Sister Marcella Marie Holloway, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Henze 
Sister Mary Hughes, CSJ
Ms. Susan E. Mottola 
James Hungerford
Mrs. Mary Ellen Roth
Thomas Hungerford
Chesterfield Pointe Homeowners 	
	Association
Ms. Phyllis Robinson
Mr. Joseph F. Ryan
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Ward 
Doris Dahlen Ittner
Ms. Regina C. Sanguinette 
Alonza Jackson
Joan Lacey, CSJ 
Sister Ella Josephine Kaster, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Jerome N. Wolf 
Tom & Bette Kern
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Hesemann 
Kathleen Ketchel
Joan Lacey, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. James B. Pace
Rosati Kain Class of 1951 
Sister Rose Augusta Klaas, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Kemper 
Carey Kozuszek
Mr. & Mrs. Larry A. Osmundson 
Sister Mary Alexandra Kuhn, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Alexander J. Kuhn
Ms. Joan Kuhn
Mr. & Mrs. Basil H. Pflumm 
Sister Joselita Marie Kujak, CSJ
Mr. Joseph F. Ryan 
Mary Patricia Langhammer
Mr. Edward A. Langhammer 
Bernadette Lynch
Jean Katherine deBlois, CSJ
Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ 
Sister Germaine J. Matter, CSJ
Ms. Jeanne P. Belnap 
Sister Doris Mattingly, CSJ
Mr. John A. Mattingly 
Stephen Mayer
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn 
Camilla McDermott
Ms. Joanne P. Buttice 
Sister Martha Mary McGaw, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. John T. Steele
Sister Jean Meier, CSJ
Rev. Don G. Brinkman
Mr. & Mrs. John P. Buck
Mr. & Mrs. Fred P. Gaglio
Rev. Jerry Meier
Mr. & Mrs. James B. Pace 
Mary Merdian
Ms. Karen Ducharme
Mr. & Mrs. David J. Merdian
Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Wood 
Sister Mary Ursula Mott, CSJ
Mr. & Mrs. Sidney P. Mott
Bernard & Ann Mulcahy
Mr. Paul E. Donovan 
John C. Nelson
Mr. & Mrs. Terrence R. Wilkinson 
Jim O'Brian
Ms. Julie Matheny 
Sister Mary Alexis O'Connell, CSJ.
Mrs. Frances J. Pitrone 
Delores Blois Oleskevich
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Mareschal
Jim & Diana Oleskevich, CSJA 
Sister Rosemary O'Malley, CSJ
Jean Katherine deBlois, CSJ
Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ 
Virginia May Palmer
Ms. Jeanne P. Belnap 
Sister Elizabeth Peplow, CSJ
Jean Katherine deBlois, CSJ
Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ 
Stuart B. Phipps
Mr. Carlos A. Castro 
Donald Piekarski
Mr. Dwight Guerrant 
Dorothy Powers
Joan Lacey, CSJ
Joan Galli, CSJ
Tom & Dottie Reardon
Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. Gaughan 
Dan Regan
Kathleen Regan, CSJ 
John Rice
Mrs. Mary D. Mann 
Sister Mary Severine Riegel, CSJ
Mrs. Carl E. Brehob
Jack Roche
Mr. Michael R. Roche 
Robert Rogers
Ms. Deeds Bonham
Patty & Dave Cassens  
Betty Sanguinette
Ms. Regina C. Sanguinette 
Mrs. Rose Ann Segelle, CSJA
Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Frisbee
Ms. A. Carolyn Henry, CSJA
Mr. & Mrs. Terrill Herring
Mr. Bernard J. Hoffmann
Mrs. Marilyn F. Koncen, CSJA
Mr. & Mrs. William G. Schneider
Ms. Mary Kay Schumacher
Ms. Catherine A. Shinn, CSJA 
Sister Rose Seyfried, CSJ
Ms. Jacqueline Lalumondier
Ms. Barbara A. Peach
Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Stoverink 
Sister Mary Consuela Simon, CSJ
Mr. Joseph F. Ryan 
Sister Mary Anne Smith, CSJ
Mrs. M. Bernadette Eisenbarth 
Todd Smolinski
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas L. Petri 
Hans Stoltz
Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Cowan
Mrs. Viola Cowell
Ms. Susan Crewz
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hogan
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel F. Kuenzle
Mr. & Mrs. David R. Kuenzle
Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Mahoney
Mr. & Mrs. John Merjavy
Ms. Patricia Mitchell-Fitzgerald
Mr. & Mrs. Mark R. Telle
Dennis M. Sullivan
Janet M. Sullivan, CSJA 
Darlene Summers
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Hardebeck 
Lawrence Sweeney
Mrs. Mary Jean Weber 
Msgr. Arthur M. Tighe
Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Bennett 
Joe & Maryhelen Van Dyke
Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Van Dyke 
Sister Francis Patrick Waldron, CSJ
Mrs. Jean C. Waldron
Waldron/Caulfield Family
	 Charitable Trust 
Bill Waris
Mrs. Patricia A. Waris 
Elaine Weber
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn 
Raymond Weber
Ms. Kathy A. Wertman 
Norman R. Wesley
Mrs. Joan B. Wesley 
Jerome Wetteroff
Ms. Julie Matheny 
Nikki, Joan Whittemore’s Westie
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Mareschal 
Louis Zanetti
Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn  
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donation, request memorial envelopes
or report a correction on our tributes
listing, please contact our office at
314.678.0326.
Gifts received September 1, 2014, through
January 31, 2015.
20 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Close Family Ties
Inspire Couple’s Generosity
Alexander “Babe” and Shirley Kuhn
By Mary Lou Frank
A
lexander “Babe” Kuhn remem-
bers as a very little boy riding
in his dad’s 1939 DeSoto on
several 200-mile trips from LaGrange,
Illinois, to Indianapolis. “Can you imag-
ine?” his father would say. “Someday,
we’ll be going 60 miles an hour along
here!”
	 Babe was on his way to visit his
dad’s sister, Aunt Clare, whom Babe had
come to know and love as Sister Mary
Alexandra, a member of the Sisters of
St. Joseph of Carondelet. “My father
had 10 siblings,” Babe recalls. “But he
and my mother always stayed very close
to Sister Alexandra, taking her on trips
with them and visiting her often.”
	 That familial tie remained strong for Babe as he grew
up. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he finished college,
married and began a family. He and his wife Shirley corre-
sponded with and visited their beloved aunt throughout the
years.
	 “And Sister always remembered us on anniversaries and
birthdays,” Babe says. “Her cards weren’t just signed. She’d
write long,handwritten notes about what was happening at the
convent and what she was doing.”
	 Babe says, “We heard about her teaching adventures, all
the towns she was in. She was a very good chemistry teacher.
She told stories of the appreciation of previous students…
you know, the only thing the sisters get back from all they
give is someone coming back and saying, ‘Thank You.’”
	 In 2001, Babe and Shirley arranged for S. Alexandra,
then in her 92nd year, to travel from her home at St. Louis’
Nazareth Living Center to attend the couple’s 50th wedding
anniversary celebration.
	 The Kuhns knew they would like
to support the Sisters of St. Joseph of
Carondelet in a special way, one that
would both help the congregation’s
ministries and show their love for Aunt
Clare. “So at one point I told Sister I
was going to give her a gift, a sum rep-
resenting every year she had been in the
convent.”
	 A few years ago, after the aging
Sister Alexandra reached her 100th
birthday, Babe sensed it was time to
fulfill his promise and came to visit his
beloved aunt.
	 “I drove down to St. Louis with
my daughter. We couldn’t go into see
Aunt Clare at Nazareth because there
was a quarantine,” Babe says. “There was a lady in the lobby
to whom I handed the envelope and asked that it be
delivered to her.”
	 Some hours later, he received a call from Sister Alexandra
wanting to acknowledge the gift. She also laughed, saying
she showed the check to the nurse in her room who had
assisted her in opening the envelope. “Oh, my,” the nurse
cried out. “That IS generous!”
	 Clare Anna (Sister Mary Alexandra) was born Aug. 14,
1910, and died Jan. 25, 2013. As she neared her 100th
birthday she was known to say with laughter, “One thing I
excel at is age.” Her fellow sisters wrote that she was “always
a teacher, always a hard, dedicated worker…she gave and
gave until the very end.”
	 Babe and his wife, who currently live in suburban
Chicago, remain very fond of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
“We’ve been blessed…and we’re very proud to help them.”
donorstory
Connections | Summer 2015 21
Kansas City: The latest Linger Over
Breakfast was held on Saturday, March
28 at St. Teresa’s Academy Windmoor
Center. Sister Rose McLarney presented
From Retribution to Restoration. S. Rose
discussed the negative effects of our
punitive justice systems that echos from
our courtrooms to our classrooms.
	 A lively discussion on the principles
of restorative justice and how it can be
implemented in our schools, businesses
and neighborhoods in order to transform
systems and restore lives followed.
S. Rose shared her insights with her role
in Journey to New Life, a turnaround
program that serves men and women
returning to the community from prison
or other involvement with the local, state
or federal justice system. The goal of
this program is to assist these men
and women to become successful and
productive citizens and thereby make
the community a safer place to live and
work.
1. Georgia Walker, and presenter S. Rose McLarney,
in front of display of information for the Journey to
New Life turnaround program. 2. S.Ann Schorfheide,
and her sister Helen McGee. 3. Peggy Baker, CSJA
and chairperson of KC Development Board; Virginia
Coppinger, KC Development Board member; Nan
Bone, President STA; Nancy Schorgl, benefactor.
Photos by Nicole Nicoll, CSJA
eventsandhappenings
St. Louis: In celebration of Earth Day,
Earth Mama, environmental entertainer
and motivational speaker, gave a concert
on April 17 in Holy Family Chapel at
the motherhouse. Her informative and
inspiring presentation blended wisdom
and wit with her musical talent.
1. Earth Mama, Joyce Johnson Rouse, environ-
mental entertainer, performs a concert in Holy
Family Chapel at the motherhouse.
2. Earth Mama engages the audience of all ages
through dance.
3. Sister Clare Bass volunteers to be part of the
performance.
Earth Mama
Linger Over
Breakfast
1
2
3
1
2
3
22 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
eventsandhappenings
2015 Generosity of Joseph Gala
St. Louis: Thanks to all who participated in this year’s gala
making it such a special evening. We look forward to our 10th
anniversary gala next year!
1. 2015 Honorees Mary Kay Wagner, Carmele Hall and Chris Krehmeyer.
2. Carmele Hall being presented her award by S. Marilyn Lott of Province
Leadership. 3. Bob and Judy Sieckhaus with S. Barbara Dreher. 4. S. Marilyn
Lott, Honoree Mary Kay Wagner, S. Judy Miller and S. Shawn Madigan.
5. Sherry Gerke, S. Donna Gunn, Jeanne Jurging and Richard Raupp.
6. Honoree Chris Krehmeyer with Beyond Housing board members. 7. Walter
and Janice Wesley, Jerry Hall, Jason and Allyson Hall.
Photos by Linda Behrens
4
2
3
1
5
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Connections | Summer 2015 23
2015 Jubilee
Celebrations
St. Louis: Photos from the 50th and
60th jubilee celebrations represent the
joy of the occasions.
1.The golden jubilarians pose outside the chapel in
glee. 2. Sister Patricia Gloriod, 50th jubilarian, gets a
hug. 3. Golden Jubilarian Sister Janet Kuciejczk and
Sister Barbara Jennings share a celebratory moment.
4. Nancy Doerhoff, a former member of the CSJs,
shows her joy carrying the banner in the 50th Mass
procession. 5. Silver Jubilarian Sister Jane Kelly
lectors at the celebration Mass. 6.A group of the
60th Jubilarians pose outside the chapel.
			 Photos by Maria Frank
1
4
2
3
5 6
24 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
eventsandhappenings
Society of Benefactors Mass & Reception
Kansas City: Over 100-hundred guests
gathered at Visitation Parish in Kansas
City on Sunday, March 8 for the Society
of Benefactors Mass and Reception.
The event honored all Kansas City-area
patrons of the Sisters of St. Joseph of
Carondelet for their generous support
of the sisters’ ministries and their
retirement needs. Guests, including
many CSJ associates, enjoyed mingling
and sharing in the day’s celebration with
the many sisters who came to join in the
celebration.
	 Among the highlights of the day
was the performance of the Avila
University Singers, who sang during
Mass. Student volunteers from St. Teresa’s
Academy and Avila University’s 1650
Society, a student-centered formation
program, provided their services in
helping to make the day a success.
Photos by Thomas Elfter
1. CSJ Associates Jim Johnson, Bill & Doris Frede,
Dave Armstrong. 2. Donna Donahue, Eileen Krause,
Mary Helen Flemington and Pat McMurtray
(S. Helen Flemington’s sister). 3. Janice and Pete
Clune with Srs. Rosemary and Helen. 4. Front:
S. Paddy Lorenz and Mary Elizabeth Heiman. Back:
S. Donna Gunn, Nan Bone, president, St.Teresa’s
Academy, S. Rosemary Flanigan, Ron Slepitza,
president,Avila University. 5. S. Mary Ann Donovan
with Dr. and Mrs. Morgan. 6. St.Teresa’s Academy
(STA) volunteers, Olivia Bellatin, Megan Faber,Anna
Bauman, Gloria Cowdin with Jeanette LePique, STA
alumna and STA President Nan Bone. 7. Avila choir.
4
2
3
1
5
6 7
Save the Dates
Concert
at the Sisters of
St. Joseph of
Carondelet
Motherhouse
Sara Thomsen
Concert & Prayer Service
Saturday, Sept. 12
In celebration of the Year of Consecrated
Life, enjoy American singer/songwriter
Sara Thomsen. Sara conveys spiritual,
social and life experiences.
27th Annual Golf
Tournament
Westborough Country Club, St. Louis
Monday, Sept. 21
Enjoy a day on the course and support
the mission and ministry of the Sisters
of St. Joseph of Carondelet. For more
information visit www.csjsl.org or call
314-678-0328.
Together in Faith Series
at the Sisters of St. Joseph of
Carondelet Motherhouse
Haunted by God: Life of
Dorothy Day
Sunday, Sept. 27
Performance by Still Point Theatre
Collective, Chicago, Illinois
Be inspired by this
one-woman show about
the co-founder of the
Catholic Worker move-
ment. Dorothy Day
spent 47 years caring
for the poor and leading the Catholic
Church to a more active concern for the
needy in the U.S. Still Point Founding
Director Lisa Wagner-Carollo follows
Dorothy from her days as a 17-year-old
Greenwich Village bohemian, through
her middle years as a social activist and
journalist to her later years as an elderly
wife and leader.
Learn more about the event at
www.togetherinfaithseries.com.
Come Catch the Fire
at the Sisters of
St. Joseph of
Carondelet
Motherhouse
What’s Behind Door #1…
Discernment
with Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ &
Brian Reavey, lay Marianist
Thursday, Oct. 8
Join young adults talking to young
adults (18-35) about their faith journeys
while giving praise and worship to God.
Music by Adam Bitter.
Wine &
Chocolate
at the Sisters of St.
Joseph of Carondelet
Motherhouse
Thursday, Oct. 8
Join us as we celebrate autumn with a
lovely evening of wine, chocolate, hors
d’oeuvres and music. Tickets are $30.
For more information visit www.csjsl.org
or call 314-678-0328.
Treat yourself to an enriching Saturday
morning to feed your mind, body and
spirit with good company, a hearty
breakfast and a dynamic program.
For more information and registration
visit www.csjsl.org.
“A rewarding experience.”
In St. Louis…
at the Carondelet Motherhouse
Saturday, Oct. 17, Stoking the
Fire of Resilience
with Cathy Modde, CSJA
Where do you draw strength in
the midst of life’s challenges? Join
us to explore spiritual sources of
resilience and ways we can fan the
flames of the resilience so that we
can stay strong in hard times.
Saturday, Dec. 5, Candles, Creches and Carols
With Sister Mary McGlone, CSJ
What are we waiting for? Join us to take
a look at the Advent and Christmas sea-
sons with their rich scriptures to explore
what they offer us and where they lead us
through and beyond the season.
In Kansas City…
Avila University, Whitfield Center
Saturday, Oct. 24,
Doing Ordinary Things with
Extraordinary Love
with Becky Holley, CSJ & Mary Jo
Logan, CSJ
Jean Vanier is the founder of the
L’Arche Communities, where people
with and without disabilities live
together in community. Vanier
puts forth his profound understanding of God’s love for
each individual and Jesus’ command to “love one another
as I’ve loved you.” Join Sisters Becky and Mary Jo as they
celebrate Vanier through stories, songs and the message of
L’Arche—changing the world one heart at a time.
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  • 1. Published for the friends of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Summer 2015
  • 2. Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet fromtheleadershipteam Dear Friends, “You are the light for the world…In the same way your light must shine in people’s sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14 and 16 In this year of celebrating consecrated life of women and men religious, we are pleased that this issue of Connections illuminates Jesus’ words, sharing stories of people living with intention to build the Kingdom of God here and now. In each story you will be inspired and your hearts moved to gratitude for the many and varied ways in which caring persons reach out to one another. All of us are engaged together in the work of right relationships and justice. Justice for all is a basic human right, especially vital for our sisters and brothers of differing ethnic heritage. We remember the voices of Selma, grateful that our Sisters Barbara Moore, Rosemary Flanigan and Roberta Schmidt were there in 1965, marching in solidarity for justice. Communication is an integral part of relationship.The iHear program at CSJ-sponsored St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf allows our educators to walk with families whose children need assistance in developing their abilities to engage in the world, regardless of where they are in it. We honor our sister jubilarians as we celebrate the witness of their lives as Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in ministry and service to the people of God for the past 50, 60, 70 and 75 years. We say with St. Paul, “I thank my God whenever I think of you…I always pray with joy for your partnership in the gospel from the very first day up to the present. I am quite confident that the One who began a good work in you will go on completing it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:3-6. Our hearts are filled with gratitude that we are blessed to share our life’s journey with each of you. Province Leadership Connections is printed on recycled paper using earth-friendly, soy-based inks. Sister Maureen Freeman, CSJ Sister Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ Sister Marilyn Lott, CSJ Sister Rita Marie Schmitz, CSJ Sister Linda Straub, CSJ Jenny Beatrice Development Office Sarah Baker Sister Jane Behlmann, CSJ Rebecca Dunn Madeleine Reilly Jenny Beatrice Sister Mary Flick, CSJ Mary Lou Frank Kathy Futhey Sister Linda Markway, CSJ Barbara Roberts Barnes & Liston Creative Sarah Baker Jenny Beatrice Linda Behrens Thomas Elfter of Thomas Photographic Bernie Elking of Bernie Elking Studios Maria Frank Greg Holden Nicole Nicoll, CSJA Province Leadership Editor Contributor Proofreaders Contributing Writers Design Photography Connections is published twice a year for the friends of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province. Please send address changes and requests for additional copies to Editor, Connections, at the address above or to communications@csjsl.org. Sisters Rita Marie Schmitz, Marilyn Lott, Mary Margaret Lazio, Linda Straub and Maureen Freeman.
  • 3. n this issue: 2014 l Report Connections | Summer 2015 1 Features Connections | Summer 2015contents Departments Step by Step page 8 Follow Us: Visit www.csjsl.org for links to our social media sites. Cover story: Fifty years ago, three Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis province, participated in the Selma, Alabama, marches for African- American voting rights in the days after the infamous Bloody Sunday. In March, a contingent from the province attended the Selma anniversary commemoration. Read about their experience as well as the current day perspective of our original three marchers. Special thanks to Greg Holden, a member of the Vatterott family of St. Louis, for providing his photos for use by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. 6 Come Catch the Fire Read about the special series of events designed for young adults to talk to young adults about their faith journeys. 12 Q & A: Wake Up the World Learn more about what Pope Francis has declared the Year of Consecrated Life. 14 A Day in the Life Follow us through a day at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf and see how our founding mission serves its students and families today. 2 Around the Province News 4 2015 Jubilarians 13 Generosity of Joseph Gala Honorees 18 Tributes and Memorials 20 Donor Story: Alexander and Shirley Kuhn 21 Events and Happenings 25 Save the Dates
  • 4. aroundtheprovince CSJ NEWS Scholarship Named for Sister Catherine Durr Sister Catherine Durr was recognized at SSM St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Missouri, with the dedication of the Nurses Learn, Nurses Lead Scholarship in her honor. As president of the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kirkwood, Missouri, for 25 years, this scholarship program reflects her leadership and innovation in health care. Wendy Wright, RN, CSN, is the first recipient of the scholarship for obtaining her BSN. Sister Linda Straub Receives Newman Award The Catholic Student Center at Washington University, St. Louis, awarded Sister Linda Straub the Newman Award, recognizing her influence in forming moral and spiritual leaders in the Church and in society. S. Linda served there as campus minister from 2000 until 2014 when she became a member of the Province Leadership Team. Ignatian Spirituality Project Honors Sisters Marian Cowan and Marion Renkens were inducted into the Company of Grace, recognized for being champions against the injustice of homelessness. S. Marion, motherhouse administrator, offers the motherhouse space for retreats for the homeless. S. Marian has been instrumental in the spiritual aspects of the program. Both sisters have been with the program since its inception in 2008. St. Margaret of Scotland Names Building for CSJs On May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, St. Margaret of Scotland parish and school in St. Louis honored the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet by naming one of their renovated buildings, “St. Joseph Hall,” recognizing the contributions of the many CSJs who served there. Missouri Prayer Partner Project Connects Prayer with Policymakers Sister Clare Bass leads the innovative CSJ Prayer Partner Project that invites sisters and associates to commit to praying for one legislator across party lines and let them know they are supported in prayer for wisdom, compassion and courage. SPONSORED INSTITUTIONS Avila University Honors Sisters for Achievements Avila University, Kansas City, honored Sister Marie Joan Harris for 45 years of exemplary service at the university as professor of chemistry, chair for the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. She was the innovator of many programs, participated in strategic planning and impacted countless members of the Avila community. In addition, Sisters and alumna Roberta Schmidt (’49), Rosemary Flanigan (’47) and Barbara Moore (’62) were honored with Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters for their transformative contributions in the events in Selma, Alabama, marching for the equality in voting rights—an event that recently marked its 50th anniversary. (Read more about their experiences on page 8.) St. Teresa’s Teachers Honored in Encouraging Tech and Science for Women Kayla Leatherman, digital media teacher, was chosen by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) to receive the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award for encouraging young women’s aspirations in computing. Science teacher Renee Blake received an Educating Excellence Award for outstanding efforts in Kansas City area high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Fontbonne University Appoints New Board Member Alumna Karen Gedera (’65) has been appointed to the Fontbonne Board of Trustees. She has been involved in numerous university programs such as the Council of Regents and Community Connection Giving Circle. Associate Santa Cuddihee Retires from St. Joseph’s Academy Theology faculty member and CSJ Associate Santa Cuddihee retired from St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis after 46 years of teaching and spiritual guidance to nearly 6,000 alumnae. 2 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
  • 5. CSJ Associate Travels to Gulu to Work on Water Purification Project By Sister Mary Flick, CSJ In February, Associate Carolyn Henry, an analytical chemist, went to our ministry in Gulu, Uganda, to test community well water during a 12-week stay. Living in Africa is nothing new to Carolyn. She spent a month in South Africa in 2001 and feels a pull to return. Carolyn says, “The people are really attractive to me. I love their beautiful faces.” As the trip was being discussed, Province Leadership received word about a group called Water with Blessings that provides water purification kits and education to village women. Leadership and Carolyn met with them and formed a partnership. “The kits are being used to test primarily for several chemical entities and bacteria presence,” Carolyn says. She purchased ten kits at $22 each, and many others purchased them as well. This ministry is not Carolyn’s alone. It belongs to all the CSJ associates through their Countess Account, which covered the cost of her airfare and immunizations. Carolyn saw her 12 weeks in Gulu as a way of living the CSJ charism. “This is a way of being with the poor and helping them to help themselves. I was delighted for the opportunity and the connection to this mission.” Visit www.csjsl.org to read the life stories of our faithful sisters who have died. Let Us Remember... Sister Margaret Hamm April 16, 1943 – November 3, 2014 Compassionate towards those in pain; passionate about Mother Earth and all its creatures. Sister Rose Seyfried January 1, 1924 – December 20, 2014 Joyful, filled with laughter, concerned about the dear neighbor. Sister Mary Josephine Breiner August 11, 1925 – January 2, 2015 A faithful, hospitable woman, a community builder. Sister Loretta Beyer July 31, 1934 – January 14, 2015 Generous, enthusiastic, prayerful. Sister Anne Souto May 17, 1927 – February 18, 2015 Compassionate, hard-working, yet ready to enjoy life. Sister Loretta Hennekes February 28, 1929- April 6, 2015 A passionate champion for justice, a joyful woman, a good friend. Sister Cecilia Sullivan October 19, 1924 – April 9, 2015 A peaceful, gentle woman of prayerfulness, joy and acceptance. Sister Margaret Alice Daues February 5, 1928 – April 10, 2015 A delightful, welcoming, humble woman. Sister George Antoinette Vander Loop July 21, 1938 – April 20, 2015 Generous, caring, thoughtful and hardworking. Sister Helen Rottier, CSJ March 1, 1941 – May 19, 2015 A loving woman, devoted to the service of God’s people, a faithful friend. “This is a way of being with the poor and helping them to help themselves. I was delighted for the opportunity and the connection to this mission.” Associate Carolyn Henry Connections | Summer 2015 3
  • 6. 4 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet S pring is the season of celebrating St. Joseph and our 30 jubilarians, whose collective service adds up to 1,795 years.Thank you,jubilarians,for your dedication by example to follow the Spirit. Celebrations were held at the motherhouse for the 50th and 60th jubilarians, while a service was held at Nazareth Living Center for the sister resident jubilarians. At the 50th celebration on March 16, Sister Linda Straub spoke of the treasure in that day’s Gospel reading, a treasure we may all seek in many exterior ways but is the inner source of our true happiness—what the jubilarians have committed to doing for 50 years. “We celebrate all of us here, community, family and friends who have made these 50 years of treasure seeking possible…For nothing can bring us greater joy than knowing the great love of God for us, this great love overflowing to one another and beyond us to a world so in need.” At the 60th jubilee on May 2, Sister Ruth Stuckel reminded us that St. Joseph listened to his dreams, one of the ways the Holy Spirit communicates with us. She called all present to listen to their dreams to “respond to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit and move always toward love of God and love of neighbor without distinction with humility and charity…May we be like Joseph, faithful contemplatives in action.” See more event pictures on page 23. 2015 Jubilarians aroundtheprovince Sisters Ruth Stuckel and Catherine Ann Schuermann process into Holy Family Chapel at the 60th jubilee Mass on May 2. At the 60th jubilee celebration, Sisters Sarah Ann Mitra and Mary Joan Dacey are congratulated by Associate Sue Allender (center) who has worked in the motherhouse’s housekeeping department for more than 30 years. Sister Marion Renkens, motherhouse administrator, pins on Sister Laura Ann Grady’s corsage before the 50th jubilee celebration on March 15.
  • 7. Connections | Summer 2015 5 50 Years 75 Years 70 Years 60 Years See bios and photos S. Loretta Costa S. Roberta Houlihan S. Anne Christine Looze S. Mary Pauline Oetgen S. Michael White S. Helen Louise Williams Not pictured: 70 Year: S. Virginia Ross; 50 Year: S. Maria Jeanne Tipton S. Mary Christopher Brockman S. Elizabeth Conrad S. Mary Joan Dacey S. Frances Dillman S. Mary Ellen Jones S. Mary Sharon Jones S. Jane Ellen Kelly S. Joan Lacey S. Catherine Ann Schuermann S. Ruth Stuckel S. Joan Elizabeth Tolle S. Patricia Gloriod S. Laura Gruber S. Rita A. Moriarty S. Rosemary RenderS. Sarah Ann Mitra S. Marilyn Peot S. Ann Schorfheide S. Mary Annette Schorman S. Joan Kaucher S. Janet Kuciejczyk S. Linda Marie Straub
  • 8. 6 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Reading this Old Testament passage from the Book of Kings, guest presenters Theresa and Harold Velazquez introduced the theme of prayer for the second in a four-part series of faith-sharing evenings for young adults. Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life, sponsored by St. Louis Association of Vocation Directors, the events are open to anyone age 18-35 who would like to hear from and talk with other young adults about their faith journeys and enjoy inspiring moments of praise and worship to God. According to the couple, who are in their late 20s, one central question many young adults wrestle with is, “Where and when do I hear God?” Harold spent several years as a Dominican friar before meeting and marrying Theresa. He says, “There are as many paths to God as there are Come Catch theInspiring Young Adults to Hear God Speaking in their Lives By Mary Lou Frank • Photos by Maria Frank o He said,“Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold,the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake,but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. ~1 Kings 19:11-12 S
  • 9. Connections | Summer 2015 7 people. We all have our own way.” The foundation of discovering and following the path meant for each person,say the couple,is through prayer. The spouses shared their favorite methods of praying. For Harold, who wasn’t particularly religious growing up, an “aha”moment while on a college retreat spurred him to begin regularly reading and meditating on scripture. He also appreciates a focus on the rosary for its familiar format and invitation to contemplation. Theresa, who describes herself as a very social person who loves being around friends and family, says she often pictures God as simply her friend or roommate with whom she is having a heart-to-heart conversation. She has also extensively journaled, taking time to write letters to God at the end of a busy day to help her answer the question, “Where did I see God today?” During her first summer of graduate school at Truman State University,Theresa made a weekly trip to a nearby adoration chapel, noting that it was a special time for conversation. “Sometimes I can’t stop my brain and I’m doing all the talking, so I have to nudge myself and say, ‘Oh, that’s right Lord… I’ll shut up now so you can speak…’” As a couple, the Velazquezes also pray the Liturgy of the Hours, which are chiefly Old Testament Psalms. According to Harold, “In the Psalms we find every human emotion—joy or fear or the feeling that you’re really down and without hope—things we can all relate to.” Finally, the couple enjoys preparing for Sunday Mass together by sharing Fire the readings beforehand. “It’s not always easy to find the time,” Harold says. “We have to be committed and intentional. But we know the way we’re hearing God…is through that prayer.” Helping the group reflect on the presentation, praise and worship musician Adam Bitter sang, “Let Me Know You’re Near Once More.” Adam wrote the song one night after consoling his 10-year-old daughter who was fearful about having teeth pulled the next day. He was stressed out and anx- ious for his daughter over this relatively minor thing. In that moment, he was aware of his deep empathy for her. He says it made him think, “Maybe that’s how God our Father feels about me. Maybe He cares the same amount about our little troubles and He’s right here beside us all the time, trying to calm our fears.” The final Come Catch the Fire event on the theme of discernment is scheduled for the evening of Oct. 8. For more information, visit www.csjsl.org or call 314-481-8800. Left: On Feb.12, a group gathers to listen to Theresa and Harold Velazquez share their experiences on prayer and to engage in conversation. Below: Abby Unverferth, age 24, listens to the discussion about prayer. “There are as many paths to God as there are people. We all have our own way.” Harold Velazquez
  • 10. 8 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Step by Step A contingent of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis, made the pilgrimage to Selma, Alabama, March 5-9 for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the marches for African-American voting rights.The group included Sisters Anne Kelly, Jane Kelly and Barbara Moore, as well as Associate/Province Liturgist Mary Kay Christian and Director of Communications Jenny Beatrice.The gathering commemo- rated the 600 protestors who peacefully marched over the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965, now known as Bloody Sunday. Many were beaten but not beaten down. After Bloody Sunday, many others then traveled to Selma to be a part of the movement, including Catholic priests and nuns who joined clergy from all denominations. Three of those marchers in 1965 included members of the St. Louis province, Sisters Rosemary Flanigan, Barbara Moore and Roberta Schmidt. Supported by the CSJs and Missouri dioceses, they traveled in delegations from St. Louis and Kansas City.They marched from Brown Chapel to the courthouse for days to voice their support, step by step. Fifty years later, CSJs were some of the 70,000 people at the commemoration who made the pilgrimage to walk in solidarity with those first marchers, once again bringing their voices to the streets. “We felt it was important to celebrate and commemorate this day,”says S. Barbara.“And the diversity among us was very wonderful and very reassuring.So many people and their families came. I was just amazed by the people pushed in wheelchairs, the babies pushed in strollers and The Sisters of St. Joseph continue walking with the dear neighbor at the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches for civil rights. By Jenny Beatrice Above: Dr. Clarence Jones with the Sisters of St. Joseph at the Edmundite Convent, where he stayed during the Selma 50th anniversary days. Sisters pictured are: Barbara Moore, Dr. Roseanne Cook, Jane Kelly and Anne Kelly. Left: The Kansas City contingent of religious women and men who traveled to the marches that followed Bloody Sunday. (Sister Barbara Moore is fifth from the left.) PhotobyJennyBeatrice
  • 11. Connections | Summer 2015 9 held in arms. It was important for the family members to be there.” On March 7, the day of the presi- dential rally, the sisters left early to wait in winding lines to get into the event. S. Jane Kelly, who has been a part of the Selma community since 1972, knew many of the families in the lines. A nurse practitioner, she works at the Grace Busse Clinic in Pine Apple, Alabama, with Dr. Rosanne Cook, CSJ, providing health care for the poor. People recognized and came up to her with hugs and thanks for the care she provides them. “Jane is a wonderful presence,” says S. Barbara. “She knows no stranger. Jane and Roseanne not only serve people in health care but they’re there for the birthdays, the weddings and the funerals.They’re very much a part of the community.” In the midst of these massive crowds, a friendliness and a unity grew—a hopeful example of how things could be. After hours of waiting in the hot sun, President Obama’s speech did not disappoint, inspiring the crowds who watched from the Jumbotrons. He spoke of unity coming to fruition in our country one day. One of the most profound speakers was not a dignitary but an African-American high school student in Selma. She told of how she let her grandparents know that she would be speaking at the rally. Her grandparents were not only proud but astounded that a black woman would have such an opportunity, let alone their granddaughter. It was a reminder that much has changed since the days of separate water fountains and lunch counters, thanks to many people like the marchers who stand up for racial equality. Many modern-day history changers, such as President Obama, Martin Luther King III, Rev. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Luci Baines Johnson emphasized that they marched with the people in hopes of writing a new story. However, one of the most influential changers in the movement that the sisters met was not on the street but at the dinner table. Above: The Edmund Pettus Bridge, where both the original Bloody Sunday and commemorative marches were held. At the anniversary march, the bridge was filled to capacity and security had to prevent people from coming on. Below left: A “Selma Selfie” of the CSJ group waiting in line for the presidential rally on March 7. Pictured (back to front) Sister Jane Kelly, Province Liturgist and Associate Mary Kay Christian, Communications Director Jenny Beatrice and Sister Barbara Moore. Below right: The Selma Voting Rights Mural. PhotobyGregHolden PhotobyGregHolden PhotobyJennyBeatrice
  • 12. 10 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Dr. Clarence Jones, Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal attorney, advisor and speechwriter, stayed at S. Jane’s convent as even he could not find accommodations in the overcrowded area.The first night of the stay, this unassuming man, with an underlying air of dignity, sat at the head of the dinner table. “Let me tell you why being here is so important to me.” And he did. He was a child of domestic servants who sent him to a Catholic boarding school in Pennsylvania. After law school and service in the Korean War, a judge recommended that Dr. King ask him to be his lawyer. At first Dr. Jones refused. But,when Dr.King mentioned in a sermon that more black professionals were needed in the movement,Dr.Jones agreed. During his stay in Selma, Dr. Jones was grateful to be with the women religious he respected and loved throughout his life. S. Anne Kelly graciously expressed the CSJ charism of hospitality, acting as Dr. Jones’ escort to his engagements. He also shared his stories at a dinner party hosted by S. Anne, honoring the Vatterott family from St. Louis.Their patriarch provided the funding to send the religious to Selma in 1965, and the family continues to support the sisters and issues of social justice to this day. Dr. Jones told about how Dr. King wrote his historic letter from the Birmingham Jail on napkins and toilet paper. Every day, as Dr. Jones came to visit the jail, Dr. King took the “papers” for transcription. Soon, Dr. Jones slipped a few fresh sheets of actual paper inside his suit coat, carrying the papers to and fro every day. In three days, step by step, the letter from the Birmingham Jail came to be. S. Barbara says, “It was an honor to meet Dr. Jones and to realize what a major part he played in relationship to Dr. King and the legal battles…But one of the things that impressed me the most is his involvement in creating Dr. King’s letter.” PhotobyJennyBeatrice As the crowd waits for the speakers at the presidential rally, they were shown images on the Jumbotron of the history and violence of the 1965 marches. On Sunday, March 8, before the commemorative march, Mass was held at the historic Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Attendees included the sisters from St. Louis, the Sisters of St. Joseph from Rochester (who served the injured at Good Samaritan Hospital during the marches in 1965), Dr. Clarence Jones, the Vatterott family contingent from St. Louis and Luci Baines Johnson. PhotobyGregHoldenPhotobyGregHolden On Sunday March 8, the sisters walked with many historic figures and dignitaries, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, beginning at Brown Chapel, the place where the Bloody Sunday March began.
  • 13. Connections | Summer 2015 11 S. Barbara also notes, “Dr. Jones says that Dr. King always referred to himself as ‘Reverend Doctor’…and I realized that many of the leaders in the move- ment were ministers and continue to be. That was very profound for me because that’s what people of faith and justice should be about.” “The presence of priests,religious and the laity impacted the peaceful march for voting rights positively,” says S. Roberta Schmidt, who was unable to attend the 50th anniversary march. “We gave Christian witness to the dignity of our African-American brothers and sisters in Selma.” S. Rosemary Flanigan, who was also unable to attend, says, “I remember the feeling of solidarity with everyone that day, from people who came from the north to neighbors who walked across the street. We felt so as one that I remember thinking racism is dying in the United States. I wish I had been correct in that assumption.” With the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and other conflicts that are revealing themselves across the country, S.Rosemary says,“It seems that racism is hidden in pockets of our society and sits in darkness until something happens, emerges into light, and then goes back to hiding. Anytime anyone organizes people to demonstrate that injustice will not be tolerated, we add another niche in our effort to eliminate racism.” S. Barbara reflects, “Sometimes I wonder, ‘Where are the voices? Where are the people?’What is really consoling for me to realize is the number of people who do believe that things need to change and that they need to stand up for what they believe in.” Sisters Barbara, Anne and Jane witnessed people standing up for what they believe in on their march from Brown Chapel across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.They were some of the relative “few thousand” who made it across the re-creation of the original march that began at Brown Chapel. Despite being among more than 70,000 people at the event, they did not feel like strangers. “There was a young group drum- ming,” says S. Barbara. “Lots of times when you are ‘marching’ it’s helpful to have music and keep in step. I was trying to keep in touch with the beat. I was even dancing a little bit. It felt good when I put my foot on the bridge.” S. Rosemary says, “I’m always happy to see our sisters out in front when it is a matter of social justice. I applaud our CSJ presence at the commemoration.” “The two generations since March 1965 only know about Bloody Sunday and the voting act from the movies,” says S. Roberta. “Memory of the lived experience must be kept alive. Participating in the Selma 50th anniversary is a perfect example of the CSJ charism and mission of being with and serving the dear neighbor.” The crowd at the presidential rally in site of a poignant sign painted on the side of a building. PhotobyGregHolden “We felt so as one that I remember thinking racism is dying in the United States. I wish I had been correct in that assumption.” Sister Rosemary Flanigan Sisters Rosemary Flanigan and Roberta Schmidt (along with Barbara Moore, not pictured) receive Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from CSJ- sponsored Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri, for their transformative contributions to the civil rights movement in Selma.
  • 14. 12 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet In 2014, Pope Francis declared an international year-long celebration of consecrated life. This year calls women and men religious, and in fact, all members of the Church, to participate and “wake up the world” to the joy of the Gospel. We celebrate this year so that religious and the laity can grow and respond together to the promptings of the Spirit in society today. What is the Year of Consecrated Life? The Year of Consecrated Life marks the 50th anniversary of “Perfectae Caritatis,” a decree on religious life, and “Lumen Gentium,”the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. Pope Francis outlines three purposes of the year-long celebration, each intended to “make a grateful remembrance of the recent past”while embracing “the future with hope.” What is Pope Francis calling women and men religious to do? The Pope calls for women and men religious to first look to the past with gratitude and where the Spirit is leading them in the future. Second, Pope Francis speaks clearly about vowed religious living this year as “an occasion for bearing vigorous and joyful witness of the holiness and vitality present in those called to the consecrated life.” Wake Up the World: The Year of Consecrated Life I am counting on you to wake up the world. ~Pope Francis & He says that the Church will grow by “attraction” as people see the religious as “women and men who are happy!” Third, Pope Francis invites women and men religious to live with the “courage to be present in the midst of conflict and tension as a credible sign of the presence of the Spirit who inspires in human hearts a passion for all to be one.” (Jn 17:21) How does Pope Francis call the laity to respond to those living the consecrated life? Pope Francis invites the laity to an outpouring of appreciation and thanks- giving for the witness and service of those in consecrated life. “I ask the whole Christian people to be increasingly aware of the gift, which is the presence of many consecrated men and women, heirs of the great saints of Christianity.” He says, “So I invite every Christian community to experience this year above all as a moment of thanksgiving to the Lord and grateful remembrance of all the gifts we continue to receive… Let them know the affection and the warmth, which the entire Christian people feels for them.” How does Pope Francis ask the laity to be in unity with those living the consecrated life? The call to “wake up the world” is demanded of everyone, including the laity, “who share with them the same ideals, spirit and mission.” Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life OGod, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks for these courageous witnesses of faith and models of inspiration.Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to you. Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations www.usccb.org/cclv • www.usccb.org © 2014, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Logo courtesy of National Religious Vocation Conference. Used with permission. By Sister Linda Markway, CSJ, Vocations Ministry
  • 15. Connections | Summer 2015 13 Carmele Hall was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Matthew in North St. Louis. She says the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet community has provided her with many of the skills she has continued to use throughout her years of ministry.  Carmele served for nearly 40 years in education as a teacher, principal, dean of students and president at institutions directly serving the poor and under- served.  Carmele is known for working through matters requiring healing or reconciliation by building bridges and bringing about a sense of unity. She has an innate desire to serve others and her actions are guided by principles of our Catholic faith. Carmele worked tirelessly to provide the best educational opportunity for the children in the North-side community, often serving as mentor and role model.  She was instrumental in keeping the North-side schools on the mind and in the heart of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church as well as the Arch- diocesan school leadership. Carmele constantly promoted the need for quality education as a resource for lifting individuals out of the chains of poverty. Honors presented at the Generosity of Joseph Gala, April 25, 2015 The Sisters of St. Joseph proudly announce this year’s recipients of the Generosity of Joseph Award. This award celebrates individuals who positively influence society and encourage others by their example of life-altering generosity in the spirit of St. Joseph, our patron. The awards were presented during the annual Generosity of Joseph Honors Gala in April at the St. Louis motherhouse. Generosity of Joseph Awards Honor Selfless Giving Carmele Hall St. Louis Heals and reconciles as teacher and mentor to youth Chris Krehmeyer is president and CEO of Beyond Housing (a Neighbor- Works America organization in St. Louis). During his tenure, the nonprofit has experienced fivefold growth. Chris has stewarded the organization through a name change, helped found a not-for-profit property management company, guided it through a successful merger, and a recent rebranding effort. Beyond Housing focuses on quality and stability to give people a place to start. Its focus is on improving people’s lives in a holistic manner and in helping entire communi- ties become better places to live.  Chris is able to bring civic leaders, nonprofits and corporate partners together to accomplish more for their communities than they could alone. Beyond Housing does not restrict its service to housing only. They have helped Normandy kindergarteners enroll in savings and other accounts that will yield funds for college students. Chris’ passionate commitment to the services offered by Beyond Housing allows him to promote justice directed to the poor, serve others without distinction or exclusion, and recognize the human dignity of all. Mary Kay Wagner grew up in a strict Catholic home and her father did not allow her to bring anyone of Jewish or African-American origin to their house. College allowed Mary Kay to meet others of color and different faiths.This opened up her world as she in turn would open the world to others who were excluded. Mary Kay married and had four children and later held a chemist position. In November 1995, her gay cousin took his own life because he could no longer take the abuse and prejudice.  He was 35 years old. She decided to do something. She joined a social group called Positive Voice. She also participated in Teen Partnership supported by Goodwill Industries.  For years, Mary Kay was there every Monday night welcoming teens and young adults of LGBT orientation.  Since her retirement, she helps at her parish church. But she does not forget her work with the LGBT teens and young adults of the Green Bay community.  Mary Kay recently became an associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Chris Krehmeyer Beyond Housing, St. Louis Promotes justice with a particular concern for the poor Mary Kay Wagner Green Bay Recognizes and defends the human dignity of all advancingthemission
  • 16. Barbara Meyers, MA CED, iHear therapist, gets ready for her session with a child. “We conduct our sessions in English, but the family’s native language is Arabic,” says Barb. “She is absolutely exploding with language.” Barb says, “She sometimes asks me questions in Arabic. I have to ask Mom to translate, but I don’t care. Last year she literally had no words.” The sessions allow families to practice what they learn in their homes. Both child and family let Barb know what worked and what was challenging. “I’m such a huge part of the families’ lives,” she says. “Last week a toddler offered me ice cream through the camera!” 14 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet A Day in St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf A s the very first mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet more than 178 years ago, St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) has offered services to help countless children reach their fullest potential. The innovation of the sisters has been key in meeting the changing needs of the children and their families from discovering the auditory-oral method of instruction to helping create the first cochlear implant curriculum. In 2008, SJI took a bold step and created the online iHear program to help every child receive services regardless of their physical location. “We are on a life-long journey with the families we serve from infancy to young adults, from hearing aids to cochlear implants, from urban to rural,” says Director of St. Louis Operations Cheryl Broekelmann, MA LSLS Cert. AVEd. “If we are willing to serve those that otherwise would not be served, we must be flexible enough to meet that need everywhere.” Follow us through a day in the life at SJI’s location in Brentwood, Missouri—a “home” that embraces students and families on their journeys in the CSJ spirit of innovation, patience, expertise and dedication. 7:30 a.m.: iHear Session Director Cheryl Broekelmann with Rustin, one of the early infant students.
  • 17. Connections | Summer 2015 15 the Life 11:00 a.m.: Toddler Class In addition to the iHear online program, there is still much work being done on campus. Early intervention specialist,Judy Odehdahl, MA,LSLS Cert.AVEd,and an intern from Fontbonne University (where the CSJs continue to teach deaf educators) work with a preschooler in developing good listening skills. Attending preschool is a normal developmental milestone for a two year old and SJI teachers help students who are deaf and hard of hearing develop language through listening. “I can’t tell you how many times I say, ‘Oops…listen. What did he ask you for?’” says Judy. “They have to really focus in this room and many of them will go to another classroom just like this one in less than a year. It’s our job to be sure they are ready.” Photos by Linda Behrens
  • 18. “St. Joseph has always focused on the needs of the family along with their goals for their child. Both our hearts and our data show there is no more effective way to deliver therapy!” Teri Ouellette, MS Ed, LSLS Cert AVEd President St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf 16 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 1:15 p.m.: Audiology Audiologist Liz Bush, AU.D,CCC-A, helps an infant with his new hearing aids. Babies identified with hearing loss are referred to pediatric clinics like SJI for further evaluation and treatment. Families choose SJI regardless of their proximity to the center. Nikki, a mother who drives four hours one way to come to SJI with her son for adjustments and advice says, “I didn’t even know what kind of loss Nathan had until I set foot in this clinic a year ago.” He’s eight years old now and Nikki thanks Liz for his progress. “I called my mother on the way home from a visit and said, ‘Someone finally understands and Nathan is going to be okay.’” 3:05 p.m.: Early Intervention Amy Knackstedt, MA, CED, an early intervention therapist, works with Rustin and his mother on auditory therapy, which is listening for sounds. Amy says, “Even in utero, infants with hearing loss have missed 24 weeks of sounds and voices. Research indicates early intervention is the key.” “You’ve got to work hard with them to help them hear well for the rest of their lives,”she says.“When that happens, language usually follows. I am thrilled to be a part of it.” A Day in the Life, continued
  • 19. Connections | Summer 2015 17 In the evening, iHear Therapist Jeanne Flowers, MSDE, MS, CCC-SLP, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, finishes up her last remote session for the day with a family. “iHear is flexible and serves kids, families and school districts,” she says. “They aren’t always available for sessions in the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. slots so it’s not unusual to find us here at 7 p.m. at night because the family is in another time zone.” Jeanne works with the older children who focus on classroom skills, meeting their needs in a personal way. “My conversations with kids are frank, open and sometimes funny. Yesterday, I had a kid roll his eyes at me and I totally called him on it.” 6:40 p.m.: Evening iHear Session Patching up the Holes Unique Challenges to Working with Older Children who are Deaf W orking with older children is definitely not for the faint of heart. “I was working with a 13-year-old girl and she was relating a story to me where a girlfriend had whispered some- thing to her,” says Michelle Graham, MS, CED, LSLS Cert AVEd. “But the friend whispered it on her non-implanted side and of course, my student didn’t hear her. She really wanted to hear her and giggle about it, but the moment had already passed and asking her to repeat didn’t seem like an option for her. So I used the moment to talk about how to self-advocate with friends who may not under- stand about implants.” One of SJI’s specialties is to reach children where they are in their lives right now and help them move forward. “Older kids are an interesting part of my work as they are mainstreamed and doing okay. But once I start to dig just a bit, I find ‘holes’ in their learning. They are doing okay, but they could be better,” says Michelle. “Once we get the holes patched up, they absolutely explode with knowledge.” These holes might include lags in auditory processing, comprehension or written language. “Think about taking notes, which is a standard skill you need in middle school and up,” says Michelle. “You have to listen, hear the important stuff and write it down. If you don’t process the information quickly or if you aren’t hearing everything, your notes won’t be complete.” Michelle also works on other academic areas like how to organize an essay or decipher test questions. All areas are designed to help kids achieve their very best in academics and in life. Some of her favorite sessions are those dealing with social challenges kids with hearing loss face. “How do you politely ask someone to repeat themselves—again?” says Michelle. “These are social issues we’ve all faced but having hearing loss makes it harder. How do you follow the game rules in the gym, understand the phrase ‘Hit it out of the park,’ or hear the conversation in a noisy lunchroom? We work with kids to help them understand this is who they are and they need to be okay with it. The world will follow suit.” The tween and teen attitude that comes along for the ride is part of working with an older student. “They will provide the most creative excuses for not practicing speech or completing homework,” laughs Michelle. “They don’t always pay attention in sessions, sometimes ignore my directions, and look at me blankly. Overall I have a great rapport with my students because I understand the growing-up process and our kids are not different from any other 15 year old. And yes, sometimes that comes with an eye roll or a ‘whatever.’ My only goal,” she smiles, “is to make sure they are applying all their learned strategies while demonstrating their independence.” Learn more about St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf at sjid.org.
  • 20. 18 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet tributesandmemorials In Memory of…Mary C. Abts Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Kelly Howard & Florita Allgaier Mr. Craig A. Allgaier  Judie Ashley Carondelet Motherhouse Administrator Ms. Kathleen A. Stewart Sister Mary Loran Aubuchon, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Richard Scharf, Sr.  Leonard Bathon Ms. Regina C. Sanguinette  Ben Blessing Mrs. Shirley A. Blessing  Dorothy Bohning, CSJA Janet M. Sullivan, CSJA  Sister Kathryn Mary Brady, CSJ Ms. Joan B. Millman  Bud (Carl) Brehob Mrs. Carl E. Brehob Sister Mary Josephine Breiner, CSJ Breiner & Breiner, L.L.C. Mr. & Mrs. Theodor Breiner Dr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Coppinger Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Dalton Mr. Paul E. Donovan Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Donovan Ms. Sharon Everett Mr. & Mrs. Mario Scaglia   Winifred Adelsberger, CSJ Ms. Marianne Petru Helen Alder, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth J. Berra Richard & Violet Anth Mary Carol Anth, CSJ Clairerita Atha, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Phillip M. Chunn Mary Louise Basler, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Basler Jenny Beatrice Mr. & Mrs. Fred L. Barnes Virginia Browne, CSJ Mrs. Patricia Browne Sullivan Roseanne Burgoon Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ The Carondelet Kitchen Staff Mrs. Marilyn F. Koncen, CSJA Rose Stephen Cento, CSJ Macy’s Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William A. Skaggs Frances Virginia Cholet, CSJ Miss Mary Petropoulos Patty Clune, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. John F. Marx, Jr. Mary Conrad, CSJ Ms. Mary-Ellen Batchelor  Roseanne Cook, CSJ Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn Loretta Costa, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. James A. Sullivan Mary Ann Donovan, CSJ Mr. Timothy J. Thompson  Teresa Maria Eagan, CSJ for her 90th birthday Mrs. M. Suzanne Eagan Ann Charles Everett, CSJ Ms. Sharon Everett Rosemary Flanigan, CSJ Ms. Deborah D. Conklin  Mary J. Flick, CSJ Ms. Bonnie E. Wilson  Maureen Freeman, CSJ Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ Joy Gilder, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Eugene J. King  All the CSJs who have served in Gulu Kathleen L. Grewe, CSJA, & Diana Burnson  Donna Loretto Gunn, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. Gunn Loretta Hennekes, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Hennekes  2015 Golden Jubilarians Dr. Linda J. Deguire  Joan Lampton, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Edwin L. Wahl Ann Landers Mrs. Norma Burdis Betty Leiwe, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth J. Stern Mary Kay Liston, CSJ The Honorable Marcia K. Walsh Ms. Patricia A. Lee Marilyn Lott, CSJ Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ Rita McGovern, CSJ Ms. Donna M. Brinkmeyer Helen Miljour, CSJ Ms. Gigi Oram, CSJA Judith Ann Miller, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Jerome N. Wolf Mary Adelaide Moeller, CSJ Mrs. Margaret M. Villar Denny Murray Mr. & Mrs. John Keller Joan Pitlyk, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. James O. Pitlyk Marie Rene Pretti, CSJ Chris McGovern Caroline & Nic Rosa Alan Baker & Michelle Schiller-Baker Rita Marie Schmitz, CSJ Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ Ann Schorfheide, CSJ Dr. & Mrs. Jan Stefanov Teresa J. Shea, CSJ Ms. Peggy E. Lodes Sisters of St. Joseph & St. Joseph Medical Center Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie J. Hook Louise Michele Sommer, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas R. Daniels Linda Straub, CSJ Drs. Scott & Kendal Endicott Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ Sandra Straub, CSJ Zareena & Randall Koch Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Denigan Ruth Stuckel, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Frank McAndrew Maryellen Tierney, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Michael Genovese Carol Underhill Mary Margaret Lazio, CSJ George Antoinette Vander Loop, CSJ Chris McGovern Margaret Vincent, CSJ St. Joseph Medical Center Auxiliary Marion Weinzapfel, CSJ- Gulu Mission Mrs. Gloria Bluj Suzanne Wesley, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. John F. Marx, Jr. Michael White, CSJ Mr. Sean Donnelly Ms. Liza Koswara Anne Ziemer Ms. Mary K. Conaway In Honor of… Thank you for the following gifts received between September 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015. 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.
  • 21. Connections | Summer 2015 19 Sister Dorothy Browne, CSJ Mrs. Patricia Browne Sullivan  Sister James Patrice Browne, CSJ Mrs. Patricia Browne Sullivan  Sister Anne Ambrose Butkovich, CSJ Ms. Barbara E. Laurie  Suzanne Carolan Jean Katherine deBlois, CSJ Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ  J. E. Colon Ms. Dinorah J. Colon-Laborde  Arthur P. Cooper Mrs. Rosemarie C. Cooper  Lynne Cooper Mr. Paul Williams  Sister Blanche M. Corcoran, CSJ Ms. Susan K. Haddock  Sister Patricia Cramer, CSJ Ms. A. Carolyn Henry, CSJA  Madeline Crouch Mr. & Mrs. Steven A. Meierotto  Richard J. Cutak Jr. Mr. Arthur N. Straub Mr. & Mrs. Daniel P. Winkelmann, Jr.  Sister Margaret Denise Dalton, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Al J. Garcia  Kenneth N. Daniels Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas R. Daniels  Sister Marcia Ann Daume, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Novack  Sister Mary de La Salle McKeon, CSJ The Shepherd Foundation  Milton P. Deithelm, Jr Mrs. Audrey A. Behr  Sister Elizabeth Deutsch, CSJ Jean Katherine deBlois, CSJ Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ  Sister Mary Laurent Duggan, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Diskowski  James Eaton Bernadette Eaton, CSJ Mrs. James S. Eaton Mr. Larry France Ms. Karen Helton Mrs. M. Angela Kenny Mr. & Mrs. G. F. McDonough Mr. & Mrs. Barry Minnick Mr. & Mrs. Bill Wood  Ruby & Robert Fuller Steven B. Clark & Jessie Fuller Clark, CSJA  Maureen Barret Gerard Mrs. Mary D. Mann  Sister Mary Virginia Gibbons, CSJ Ms. Barbara E. Laurie  Ron Giedonyhagen Mrs. Mary D. Mann  Ronald E. Giles Miss E. Josephine Rodgers  Jim Goesling Ms. Julie Matheny  Paul Goodwin Jim & Diana Oleskevich, CSJA  Sister Margaret Hamm, CSJ Ms. Charlotte A. Behle Ms. Joanne P. Buttice Dr. Ellen M. Dukes, CSJA Dr. & Mrs. Raymond W. Hellweg Mrs. Mary C. Hendel Ms. A. Carolyn Henry, CSJA Mrs. Barbara Jenkins Mr. & Mrs. John L. Jenkins Mr. Thomas J. Jenkins Mr. Denny Klosterman Mrs. Jean M. Leonhardt Terry Levi Mr. & Mrs. Joseph G. Lipic III Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Mecca Dr. & Mrs. Roy M. Y. Nomura Ms. Sharon D. O’Connell Mr. & Mrs. James E. Relleke Mr. & Mrs. William C. Schoenhard Ms. Glenda Sullentrup Mr. & Mrs. Paul Tierney Mr. & Mrs. Vincent P. Tierney  David Hanneman Ms. Cheryl Schaefer  Daniel A. Harkins, Mr. Paul E. Donovan  Mary Hawver Mr. William L. Hawver  Bob Heidrick Mrs. Robert J. Heidrick  Sister Marcella Marie Holloway, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Henze  Sister Mary Hughes, CSJ Ms. Susan E. Mottola  James Hungerford Mrs. Mary Ellen Roth Thomas Hungerford Chesterfield Pointe Homeowners Association Ms. Phyllis Robinson Mr. Joseph F. Ryan Mr. & Mrs. Jack Ward  Doris Dahlen Ittner Ms. Regina C. Sanguinette  Alonza Jackson Joan Lacey, CSJ  Sister Ella Josephine Kaster, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Jerome N. Wolf  Tom & Bette Kern Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Hesemann  Kathleen Ketchel Joan Lacey, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. James B. Pace Rosati Kain Class of 1951  Sister Rose Augusta Klaas, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Kemper  Carey Kozuszek Mr. & Mrs. Larry A. Osmundson  Sister Mary Alexandra Kuhn, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Alexander J. Kuhn Ms. Joan Kuhn Mr. & Mrs. Basil H. Pflumm  Sister Joselita Marie Kujak, CSJ Mr. Joseph F. Ryan  Mary Patricia Langhammer Mr. Edward A. Langhammer  Bernadette Lynch Jean Katherine deBlois, CSJ Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ  Sister Germaine J. Matter, CSJ Ms. Jeanne P. Belnap  Sister Doris Mattingly, CSJ Mr. John A. Mattingly  Stephen Mayer Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn  Camilla McDermott Ms. Joanne P. Buttice  Sister Martha Mary McGaw, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. John T. Steele Sister Jean Meier, CSJ Rev. Don G. Brinkman Mr. & Mrs. John P. Buck Mr. & Mrs. Fred P. Gaglio Rev. Jerry Meier Mr. & Mrs. James B. Pace  Mary Merdian Ms. Karen Ducharme Mr. & Mrs. David J. Merdian Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Wood  Sister Mary Ursula Mott, CSJ Mr. & Mrs. Sidney P. Mott Bernard & Ann Mulcahy Mr. Paul E. Donovan  John C. Nelson Mr. & Mrs. Terrence R. Wilkinson  Jim O'Brian Ms. Julie Matheny  Sister Mary Alexis O'Connell, CSJ. Mrs. Frances J. Pitrone  Delores Blois Oleskevich Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Mareschal Jim & Diana Oleskevich, CSJA  Sister Rosemary O'Malley, CSJ Jean Katherine deBlois, CSJ Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ  Virginia May Palmer Ms. Jeanne P. Belnap  Sister Elizabeth Peplow, CSJ Jean Katherine deBlois, CSJ Kathleen O’Malley, CSJ  Stuart B. Phipps Mr. Carlos A. Castro  Donald Piekarski Mr. Dwight Guerrant  Dorothy Powers Joan Lacey, CSJ Joan Galli, CSJ Tom & Dottie Reardon Mr. & Mrs. Michael P. Gaughan  Dan Regan Kathleen Regan, CSJ  John Rice Mrs. Mary D. Mann  Sister Mary Severine Riegel, CSJ Mrs. Carl E. Brehob Jack Roche Mr. Michael R. Roche  Robert Rogers Ms. Deeds Bonham Patty & Dave Cassens   Betty Sanguinette Ms. Regina C. Sanguinette  Mrs. Rose Ann Segelle, CSJA Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Frisbee Ms. A. Carolyn Henry, CSJA Mr. & Mrs. Terrill Herring Mr. Bernard J. Hoffmann Mrs. Marilyn F. Koncen, CSJA Mr. & Mrs. William G. Schneider Ms. Mary Kay Schumacher Ms. Catherine A. Shinn, CSJA  Sister Rose Seyfried, CSJ Ms. Jacqueline Lalumondier Ms. Barbara A. Peach Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Stoverink  Sister Mary Consuela Simon, CSJ Mr. Joseph F. Ryan  Sister Mary Anne Smith, CSJ Mrs. M. Bernadette Eisenbarth  Todd Smolinski Mr. & Mrs. Thomas L. Petri  Hans Stoltz Mr. & Mrs. Michael A. Cowan Mrs. Viola Cowell Ms. Susan Crewz Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hogan Mr. & Mrs. Daniel F. Kuenzle Mr. & Mrs. David R. Kuenzle Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Mahoney Mr. & Mrs. John Merjavy Ms. Patricia Mitchell-Fitzgerald Mr. & Mrs. Mark R. Telle Dennis M. Sullivan Janet M. Sullivan, CSJA  Darlene Summers Mr. & Mrs. William J. Hardebeck  Lawrence Sweeney Mrs. Mary Jean Weber  Msgr. Arthur M. Tighe Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Bennett  Joe & Maryhelen Van Dyke Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Van Dyke  Sister Francis Patrick Waldron, CSJ Mrs. Jean C. Waldron Waldron/Caulfield Family Charitable Trust  Bill Waris Mrs. Patricia A. Waris  Elaine Weber Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn  Raymond Weber Ms. Kathy A. Wertman  Norman R. Wesley Mrs. Joan B. Wesley  Jerome Wetteroff Ms. Julie Matheny  Nikki, Joan Whittemore’s Westie Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W. Mareschal  Louis Zanetti Mrs. Patricia Ann Dunn   The Province Development Office has made every effort to ensure the tributes are properly recognized and correctly spelled. To make a donation, request memorial envelopes or report a correction on our tributes listing, please contact our office at 314.678.0326. Gifts received September 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015.
  • 22. 20 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Close Family Ties Inspire Couple’s Generosity Alexander “Babe” and Shirley Kuhn By Mary Lou Frank A lexander “Babe” Kuhn remem- bers as a very little boy riding in his dad’s 1939 DeSoto on several 200-mile trips from LaGrange, Illinois, to Indianapolis. “Can you imag- ine?” his father would say. “Someday, we’ll be going 60 miles an hour along here!” Babe was on his way to visit his dad’s sister, Aunt Clare, whom Babe had come to know and love as Sister Mary Alexandra, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. “My father had 10 siblings,” Babe recalls. “But he and my mother always stayed very close to Sister Alexandra, taking her on trips with them and visiting her often.” That familial tie remained strong for Babe as he grew up. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he finished college, married and began a family. He and his wife Shirley corre- sponded with and visited their beloved aunt throughout the years. “And Sister always remembered us on anniversaries and birthdays,” Babe says. “Her cards weren’t just signed. She’d write long,handwritten notes about what was happening at the convent and what she was doing.” Babe says, “We heard about her teaching adventures, all the towns she was in. She was a very good chemistry teacher. She told stories of the appreciation of previous students… you know, the only thing the sisters get back from all they give is someone coming back and saying, ‘Thank You.’” In 2001, Babe and Shirley arranged for S. Alexandra, then in her 92nd year, to travel from her home at St. Louis’ Nazareth Living Center to attend the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration. The Kuhns knew they would like to support the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in a special way, one that would both help the congregation’s ministries and show their love for Aunt Clare. “So at one point I told Sister I was going to give her a gift, a sum rep- resenting every year she had been in the convent.” A few years ago, after the aging Sister Alexandra reached her 100th birthday, Babe sensed it was time to fulfill his promise and came to visit his beloved aunt. “I drove down to St. Louis with my daughter. We couldn’t go into see Aunt Clare at Nazareth because there was a quarantine,” Babe says. “There was a lady in the lobby to whom I handed the envelope and asked that it be delivered to her.” Some hours later, he received a call from Sister Alexandra wanting to acknowledge the gift. She also laughed, saying she showed the check to the nurse in her room who had assisted her in opening the envelope. “Oh, my,” the nurse cried out. “That IS generous!” Clare Anna (Sister Mary Alexandra) was born Aug. 14, 1910, and died Jan. 25, 2013. As she neared her 100th birthday she was known to say with laughter, “One thing I excel at is age.” Her fellow sisters wrote that she was “always a teacher, always a hard, dedicated worker…she gave and gave until the very end.” Babe and his wife, who currently live in suburban Chicago, remain very fond of the Sisters of St. Joseph. “We’ve been blessed…and we’re very proud to help them.” donorstory
  • 23. Connections | Summer 2015 21 Kansas City: The latest Linger Over Breakfast was held on Saturday, March 28 at St. Teresa’s Academy Windmoor Center. Sister Rose McLarney presented From Retribution to Restoration. S. Rose discussed the negative effects of our punitive justice systems that echos from our courtrooms to our classrooms. A lively discussion on the principles of restorative justice and how it can be implemented in our schools, businesses and neighborhoods in order to transform systems and restore lives followed. S. Rose shared her insights with her role in Journey to New Life, a turnaround program that serves men and women returning to the community from prison or other involvement with the local, state or federal justice system. The goal of this program is to assist these men and women to become successful and productive citizens and thereby make the community a safer place to live and work. 1. Georgia Walker, and presenter S. Rose McLarney, in front of display of information for the Journey to New Life turnaround program. 2. S.Ann Schorfheide, and her sister Helen McGee. 3. Peggy Baker, CSJA and chairperson of KC Development Board; Virginia Coppinger, KC Development Board member; Nan Bone, President STA; Nancy Schorgl, benefactor. Photos by Nicole Nicoll, CSJA eventsandhappenings St. Louis: In celebration of Earth Day, Earth Mama, environmental entertainer and motivational speaker, gave a concert on April 17 in Holy Family Chapel at the motherhouse. Her informative and inspiring presentation blended wisdom and wit with her musical talent. 1. Earth Mama, Joyce Johnson Rouse, environ- mental entertainer, performs a concert in Holy Family Chapel at the motherhouse. 2. Earth Mama engages the audience of all ages through dance. 3. Sister Clare Bass volunteers to be part of the performance. Earth Mama Linger Over Breakfast 1 2 3 1 2 3
  • 24. 22 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet eventsandhappenings 2015 Generosity of Joseph Gala St. Louis: Thanks to all who participated in this year’s gala making it such a special evening. We look forward to our 10th anniversary gala next year! 1. 2015 Honorees Mary Kay Wagner, Carmele Hall and Chris Krehmeyer. 2. Carmele Hall being presented her award by S. Marilyn Lott of Province Leadership. 3. Bob and Judy Sieckhaus with S. Barbara Dreher. 4. S. Marilyn Lott, Honoree Mary Kay Wagner, S. Judy Miller and S. Shawn Madigan. 5. Sherry Gerke, S. Donna Gunn, Jeanne Jurging and Richard Raupp. 6. Honoree Chris Krehmeyer with Beyond Housing board members. 7. Walter and Janice Wesley, Jerry Hall, Jason and Allyson Hall. Photos by Linda Behrens 4 2 3 1 5 67
  • 25. Connections | Summer 2015 23 2015 Jubilee Celebrations St. Louis: Photos from the 50th and 60th jubilee celebrations represent the joy of the occasions. 1.The golden jubilarians pose outside the chapel in glee. 2. Sister Patricia Gloriod, 50th jubilarian, gets a hug. 3. Golden Jubilarian Sister Janet Kuciejczk and Sister Barbara Jennings share a celebratory moment. 4. Nancy Doerhoff, a former member of the CSJs, shows her joy carrying the banner in the 50th Mass procession. 5. Silver Jubilarian Sister Jane Kelly lectors at the celebration Mass. 6.A group of the 60th Jubilarians pose outside the chapel. Photos by Maria Frank 1 4 2 3 5 6
  • 26. 24 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet eventsandhappenings Society of Benefactors Mass & Reception Kansas City: Over 100-hundred guests gathered at Visitation Parish in Kansas City on Sunday, March 8 for the Society of Benefactors Mass and Reception. The event honored all Kansas City-area patrons of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for their generous support of the sisters’ ministries and their retirement needs. Guests, including many CSJ associates, enjoyed mingling and sharing in the day’s celebration with the many sisters who came to join in the celebration. Among the highlights of the day was the performance of the Avila University Singers, who sang during Mass. Student volunteers from St. Teresa’s Academy and Avila University’s 1650 Society, a student-centered formation program, provided their services in helping to make the day a success. Photos by Thomas Elfter 1. CSJ Associates Jim Johnson, Bill & Doris Frede, Dave Armstrong. 2. Donna Donahue, Eileen Krause, Mary Helen Flemington and Pat McMurtray (S. Helen Flemington’s sister). 3. Janice and Pete Clune with Srs. Rosemary and Helen. 4. Front: S. Paddy Lorenz and Mary Elizabeth Heiman. Back: S. Donna Gunn, Nan Bone, president, St.Teresa’s Academy, S. Rosemary Flanigan, Ron Slepitza, president,Avila University. 5. S. Mary Ann Donovan with Dr. and Mrs. Morgan. 6. St.Teresa’s Academy (STA) volunteers, Olivia Bellatin, Megan Faber,Anna Bauman, Gloria Cowdin with Jeanette LePique, STA alumna and STA President Nan Bone. 7. Avila choir. 4 2 3 1 5 6 7
  • 27. Save the Dates Concert at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse Sara Thomsen Concert & Prayer Service Saturday, Sept. 12 In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, enjoy American singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen. Sara conveys spiritual, social and life experiences. 27th Annual Golf Tournament Westborough Country Club, St. Louis Monday, Sept. 21 Enjoy a day on the course and support the mission and ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. For more information visit www.csjsl.org or call 314-678-0328. Together in Faith Series at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse Haunted by God: Life of Dorothy Day Sunday, Sept. 27 Performance by Still Point Theatre Collective, Chicago, Illinois Be inspired by this one-woman show about the co-founder of the Catholic Worker move- ment. Dorothy Day spent 47 years caring for the poor and leading the Catholic Church to a more active concern for the needy in the U.S. Still Point Founding Director Lisa Wagner-Carollo follows Dorothy from her days as a 17-year-old Greenwich Village bohemian, through her middle years as a social activist and journalist to her later years as an elderly wife and leader. Learn more about the event at www.togetherinfaithseries.com. Come Catch the Fire at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse What’s Behind Door #1… Discernment with Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ & Brian Reavey, lay Marianist Thursday, Oct. 8 Join young adults talking to young adults (18-35) about their faith journeys while giving praise and worship to God. Music by Adam Bitter. Wine & Chocolate at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse Thursday, Oct. 8 Join us as we celebrate autumn with a lovely evening of wine, chocolate, hors d’oeuvres and music. Tickets are $30. For more information visit www.csjsl.org or call 314-678-0328. Treat yourself to an enriching Saturday morning to feed your mind, body and spirit with good company, a hearty breakfast and a dynamic program. For more information and registration visit www.csjsl.org. “A rewarding experience.” In St. Louis… at the Carondelet Motherhouse Saturday, Oct. 17, Stoking the Fire of Resilience with Cathy Modde, CSJA Where do you draw strength in the midst of life’s challenges? Join us to explore spiritual sources of resilience and ways we can fan the flames of the resilience so that we can stay strong in hard times. Saturday, Dec. 5, Candles, Creches and Carols With Sister Mary McGlone, CSJ What are we waiting for? Join us to take a look at the Advent and Christmas sea- sons with their rich scriptures to explore what they offer us and where they lead us through and beyond the season. In Kansas City… Avila University, Whitfield Center Saturday, Oct. 24, Doing Ordinary Things with Extraordinary Love with Becky Holley, CSJ & Mary Jo Logan, CSJ Jean Vanier is the founder of the L’Arche Communities, where people with and without disabilities live together in community. Vanier puts forth his profound understanding of God’s love for each individual and Jesus’ command to “love one another as I’ve loved you.” Join Sisters Becky and Mary Jo as they celebrate Vanier through stories, songs and the message of L’Arche—changing the world one heart at a time.
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