St. Catherine University and Sisters of St. Joseph continue the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

St. Catherine University and Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) communities are honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by holding a community conversation on dismantling systematic racism. 800 people attended the conversation lead by Father Bryan Massingale, a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University in New York. The event was entitled “To Redeem the Soul of America: A Moral Vision for a Movement against Racism,” and it addressed the current state of racism in the US. Fr. Massingale stated that “prejudice, discrimination or antagonism toward others based on their race or ethnicity continues because there are people in the United States who are indifferent to racism or who have mixed feelings about whether itself exists.”

Fr. Massingale also emphasized that in order to truly eradicate racial inequality, we need to undergo a moral transformation and look as a society beyond what is immediately visible or obvious. Fr. Massingale also praise Martin Luther King Jr. for his “foresight in this regard. He understood that the visible and ever-changing – laws, policies, customs, dress and literature, for example – were reflections of something deeper.”

To read more about Father Massingale’s conversation on racism, visit St. Catherine’s news.

Students at Chestnut Hill College Experience Charism of Sisters of St. Joseph

Each year, Chestnut Hill College welcomes a group of students a week before new student orientation to participate in community service together through a program called LENS (Leadership, Engagement and Service).  The program is designed for students to learn more about the mission and spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who sponsor the college . This year, the students volunteered at St. Joseph Villa, a healthcare facility that provides care to laity and retired sisters. The students were moved by the sisters’ stories of life-long service to the Church.

Ryan P. Murphy, an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the facilitator of the service program, reflects on the experience of bringing students into living the sisters’ charism of service and reflection on the Global Sisters Report. He explains his hope “that my students recognize that the mission and charism are not clever add-ons, but something we live authentically as carriers of the Sisters of St. Joseph legacy in a sponsored institution.” Read his full reflection here.