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WE BELIEVE partnering with new eyes happens when we: Join with others in working for systemic change that will enable all to live in right relationships; Join with others in addressing issues that demean or deny people their human dignity and that force those who are marginalized to bear the burden of unjust systems.




hen you hear about the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, what image comes to mind? Who do you think the Sisters are? Are they teachers? Nurses? Business women? Social justice advocates? Peacemakers? They are this, and much more! If you are talking to someone about the Sisters and want to define who they are in a few words, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible. The simple truth is that the Sisters’ mission and history are reflected in what they have always done: “Find a need, take care of that need, and move on.” Sisters of St. Joseph have committed their lives to meeting the needs of those under-represented people in our society. Not just taking care of a need, but making a real change in the lives of the people they help and serve. They arrived in Saint Paul in 1851 and began their ministry as educators by teaching in a log cabin. When confronted with a cholera epidemic, they began to nurse the sick, and soon had the first hospital in the territory. Their approach to their ministry has always been to make bold moves. That is the brand of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the re-branding of this magazine. Sisters of St. Joseph are willing to make BOLD MOVES, and in the process, effect REAL CHANGE. History bears this out. Today their Bold Moves are reflected in St. Mary’s Health Clinics, in Learning In Style, in the St. Joseph Worker Program, in Sarah’ Oasis for Women, and many other programs and initiatives. The Sisters took a bold stance to make each of these ministries a reality. More importantly, they are producing a real change in all who are touched by this work.

We hope you enjoy our magazine’s new name and look.

Chuck Percival Member, Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation Education Committee

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So, when someone asks “Who are the CSJs?” you can refer to their brand and answer, “They are a wonderful community of women who make the world a better place by making bold moves for real change.”


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hen the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province (CSJ) began St. Mary’s Health Clinics in 1992, they knew that providing health care to the uninsured needed to be a community-wide project. There was simply no other way to get such a ministry off the ground.

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From Day One, St. Mary’s Health Clinics was built on strong, creative partnerships. The staff enlisted volunteers; doctors and nurses from the medical community; the major health systems and pharmaceutical providers; as well as local churches, schools and congregations to all do their part. In addition, they sought out individual donors, foundations and corporations to help fund it.


The core mission of the Clinics has always been to address unmet needs of the most disadvantaged. This passion is reflected in the incredible generosity of the community that supports it.

Today, nearly 80% of the St. Mary’s Health Clinics budget comes from volunteer services and donations of critical but expensive medical supplies. These contributions continue to be the hallmark of a widespread community effort in support of caring for those who need it most.

While the Affordable Care Act of 2010 has greatly decreased the number of uninsured people in our community, one in twenty Minnesotans, or about 212,000, still lack medical insurance that would allow them to access basic health services and preventative care, according to St. Mary’s Health Clinics Executive Director Melissa Gatten. “The Affordable Care Act still leaves many uninsured individuals. All populations will continue to have some people who lack coverage,” she adds. In order to continue reaching more people in need, SMHC has been creating new partnerships that address chronic illness in the Latino community through sustained programming at trusted community hubs such as schools, churches and even two foreign consulates. Over the past three years, SMHC has been partnering with public health programs created by the Mexican and Ecuadorian governments. According to the Mexican Consul in St. Paul, Alberto Fierro Garza, their government’s program Ventanilla de Salud (or Window of Health) was designed to improve the overall health of Mexicans living in the United States and to increase access to primary and preventive health insurance coverage while reducing the use of emergency services.

“Through your clinic we are able to give personal assistance, reaching out to people that come here on a one-on-one basis,” says Fierro. “The biggest health challenge within the community is to be able to give enough preventive information to take better care of their health. And that is exactly what the partnership with the Clinics helps us do.”


Across town, St. Mary’s Health Clinics has invested in another new partnership: E3 at Risen Christ Catholic School. More than 95 percent of the students at the school come from families living at or below the poverty line. For this community, unaddressed health issues can easily affect quality of life and chances of success.

Having de la Parra there is critical “because it gives a bridge between the culture of Mexican immigrants coming here and the institutions here in Minnesota,” according to Fierro.

“Children cannot learn if they are hungry. Children cannot learn if they are sick. They cannot learn if they do not know where they will be living,” says Helen Dahlman, President of Risen Christ School explaining how external forces of poverty affect the education process.

“It is fundamental to have partners such as St. Mary’s Health Clinics because they know very well the field, they help the program in getting grants and put us in touch with many organizations that offer health services for people in need,” he adds.

With start-up funding from the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Minneapolis Department of Health, SMHC sought to build a program for children that could generate positive results like the Clinics’ outreach programs for adults. The three E’s (Eat, Exercise, and Educate) aim to decrease chronic health risks such as obesity and Type II Diabetes in kids from lowincome families. The E3 program teaches more than 300 students in the K-8 school to build lifelong eating and fitness habits that improve their chances of success.

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ilar de la Parra, a bilingual community health outreach worker from St. Mary’s Health Clinics, staffs a service desk right in the office’s waiting room. Between appointments at the consulate, folks can approach de la Parra to get referrals, learn about St. Mary’s Health Clinics or find out more about health insurance. They can also receive blood screenings and routine preventative care while working with someone who is culturally competent and therefore more relatable and credible.


St. Mary’s Health Clinics St. Mary’s Health Clinics (SMHC) was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet St. Paul Province in 1991. SMHC is a great of example of the Sisters of St. Joseph seeing a need, addressing that need, inviting others to join them in the work, and not giving up until the need is met. It’s a cycle of good work dating back to 1650 Le Puy, France, when CSJs started teaching bobbin lace fine-work to women who needed a trade other than prostitution to support themselves. Over the centuries, the CSJ community

On campus, the relatively new program has already had a tremendous impact, according to E3 Program Coordinator Shannon Gavin. Newly laid out vegetable gardens teach about nature, sustainability and nutrition, while the harvests are used to improve the nutritional value and quality of the food served to students.

expanded into education, medical care and justice for those in need, welcoming all as dear neighbors. Today, St. Mary’s Health Clinics carries on the Sisters’ mission by finding new ways to forge partnerships. SMHC is a vibrant health care ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph run mainly by lay professionals and fueled by volunteers, including a network of 200 health care professionals including physicians, nurses, translators, and admissions staff that provides free primary health care as well as medically necessary outpatient, inpatient, specialist services and prescription medications to patients. The clinics provide a critical safety net for the unmet and increasing health care needs of low-income uninsured people in Minnesota through their nine neighborhood-based clinics. Because St. Mary’s Health Clinics so often intervenes when patient medical problems are at an early stage of illness, they can better help manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma and stem

In the early mornings, some 50 students come to the E3 Fitness Club where they will begin their day with an hour of vigorous exercise, followed by a hot, nutritious breakfast. The program also hosts family nights featuring Zumba, cooking classes and free health screenings.

For Dahlman and her staff, the impact in the hallways and the classrooms was almost immediate. “Teacher responses have been very positive,” says Gavin, citing a staff survey that showed acrossthe-board improvements in attentiveness and behavior in the classroom following morning exercises. Meanwhile, parental awareness of the importance of health continues to build.

much more serious health care problems. SMHC provides a primary medical home (a clinic) for clients until they have other options. Unfortunately,

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some clients won’t ever have another option.


St. Mary’s Health Clinics is supported by in-kind donations, grant funding, and individual donations. One of the best ways to support the Clinics is to attend the annual Carondelet Gala, a festive evening held each spring that provides health care for our uninsured neighbors. See for information.

“The parents are thrilled about it. We have parents who recognize that their kids are overweight and that they need to be doing more activity, but they often don’t have the resources to sign them up for clubs in the area,” says Gavin.

However, as a K-8 school, according

The program, which has the potential to be replicated elsewhere, works closely with many community partners to enhance its offerings. The Chef Marshall O’Brien Group, a Twin Cities association that teaches how schools can use nutrition to promote happier, healthier families, was invited in to reimagine the cafeteria’s menu. The Emily Program, which fights eating disorders, came to speak to the older students about diet, behavior and body image. Community Health Outreach Manager for SMHC Christina Flood-Urdangarin sees all of these community partnerships as excellent opportunities for SMHC to reach more people with health services where the need is greatest and chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease take a tremendous economic and social toll.

“Our job is to go where the need is. We’re really thankful to both consulates for giving us the opportunity to serve the community we want to serve,” says Flood-Urdangarin, “Same goes for the schools and churches. Because that’s where the community gathers. For us, that’s where we can do our work in the best possible way.” “Our role, one of the biggest we have, is that of connector,” adds Flood-Urdangarin. “We want to connect this Latino community with the best agencies and services. What better way of doing it than putting ourselves there, where the community is, instead of having them have to find out about us and making it harder? We just want to be immersed in the community and we want them to see us as their partners, as their friends – that we are here to help them.”


he future of health care is to be innovative, resourceful and collaborative. St. Mary’s Health Clinics and their partners prove that no one group can do this alone.

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to Dahlman, Risen Christ has a critical advantage of being able to work with families over an extended period of time – ensuring that the knowledge fully takes root in the community. “You have to build relationships, you have to work long term, and you have to look at things in incremental steps rather than taking one big leap,” says Dahlman of the process.

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EXPANDING the Community By Andrea Pearson Tande

SJW Alum 2002-2003, SJW Program Coordinator and Consociate Candidate (and the recruiter who first met Berit at St. Olaf)


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hen Berit Nelson was a senior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, she had a chance conversation with a recruiter about the St. Joseph Worker Program (SJW). She was not intending to talk about full-time service that day; she had never heard of the SJW Program before, and she was kind of in a hurry. At first she was ready to politely walk by. But as the recruiter told her more about the values and experiences and possible placement sites, she couldn’t believe what a great fit it was for her. There was only one problem: “I’ve never even met a nun before…is that okay?”


That conversation was almost 10 years ago, and now Berit is not only a St. Joseph Worker alumna but also a Consociate of the Sisters of St. Joseph (CSJ). This life-long Lutheran met her spiritual kindred spirits in the CSJ community.

at INSTEP Center for Families, an organization that provides high-quality child care for low-income families, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. This work paved the way for her graduate studies in bilingual early childhood special education and her current work in the Early Head Start Program in California, where she conducts in-home visits for families with young children with special needs. Most of the families she works with are Spanish speaking and at high risk for educational disruption or economic hardship. She says it’s emotionally exhausting work, especially for the mother of a young child, but she is passionate about early childhood education — and she credits her SJW experience with helping her set the course for her career path. Berit grew up in St. Paul but moved out to the bay area of California after her SJW year to go to graduate school at Mills College. She studied special education, bilingual education, and early childhood education — following in the mold presented to her by her mother, an

early childhood educator, and her experience working with low income immigrant families at her SJW placement. While she was at Mills College she entered the Consociate candidacy program and did what she could to keep in touch with the CSJs in both St. Paul and Los Angeles, another of the four Provinces of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She developed a relationship with Sister Suzanne Jabro, an energetic CSJ that has a heart for the SJW program and wanted to see it started in LA. Berit and Suzanne met with the Leadership Team in LA in 2009, but the times in LA were not quite ripe for a program. However, neither of them forgot about the dream of starting a SJW Program on the West Coast.

After graduation, Berit briefly moved back to the Twin Cities before moving to Los Angeles and marrying her husband, Giovanni. Now a Consociate, Berit was still interested in doing what she could to help get a program in LA off the ground, “I think every Consociate asks themselves, ‘What is my niche in the community? What unique piece can I add?’ and I was asking myself that, too,” she says. “I was certain the SJW Program was a part of that equation for me.”

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As a SJW in 2005 and 2006, Berit worked


Enter Sister Judy Molosky, CSJ. Berit and Judy were working together to plant the seeds for a program in Los Angeles. They attended monthly meetings with LA leadership and others who began to hammer out many of the trickier questions concerning finances and other logistical concerns before deciding to go ahead with starting a program. After several meetings, prospects were not looking good. There was general pessimism about making it work financially and it wasn’t clear who could direct the program. Sister Judy summed it up this way, “We were feeling kind of bleak, sitting around the table at one of our monthly meetings, and it didn’t seem as if the pieces were

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coming together. But Berit looked at each person and said, ‘Young women want to do this! Your mission is so valuable and young women want to join you in it! This could be an important piece of your legacy in the LA area!’ Her energy and commitment really breathed new life into the whole process.”


Berit was invited to speak at a Province Assembly of the LA area to help build enthusiasm for the program among the individual Sisters. Both Sister Judy and Berit have great memories of that day. Berit says, “I remember saying ‘We have the chance to start something new’, and ‘I am the face of this next generation — and we are already living your legacy.’ I was really honest and excited and I think that energy really helped. I think the sisters were glad to see how young people are really inspired by the mission and want to live it.”

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It wasn’t long after this that Sister Judy Molosky, CSJ, was hired as the first Director and the program really took off. The first three LA St. Joseph Workers began serving in August 2013. Sister Suzanne Herder, CSJ, the director of the St. Paul St. Joseph Worker Program, also played a major part in starting the SJW Program in Los Angeles. She also served as Berit’s CSJ Companion when she became a Consociate.

Berit, who served on the SJW Board in LA and supports the program by recruiting and presenting workshops and trainings for the SJW volunteers, spent a lot of time with the three women in the first SJW year and looks forward to meeting the six women already signed up for the upcoming volunteer year. She has high hopes for the future of the SJW Program. “I really hope that SJW Alum continue to be involved with the CSJs in meaningful ways, and I hope that more of us decide to become Consociates. It has been such a great experience in my life. I realize that many SJW Alumnae don’t make that step to become Consociates because the SJW Program is such an incredibly immersive experience — many people feel like they are already ‘in’. And they are. But being a Consociate is a wonderful deepening of that relationship.”


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SEE WITH NEW EYES I am making something new! Do you not see it? ~ Isaiah 43:19 The theme for the most recent Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) Congregational Chapter, the Sisters’ every-six-year meeting at which they plan their direction and goals, was taken from an Old Testament passage that ends with a question about seeing. Coincidentally, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used a New Testament text with nearly identical words for his last sermon delivered at the National Cathedral on March 31, 1968, in which he boldly proclaims:

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We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.


Channeling King’s boldness, the former CSJ representative to the United Nations, Sister Griselda Martinez Morales, addressed the delegation sharing her perspectives on empowerment and social justice, directly calling everyone to “partner with new eyes.” She elaborated on what it means to be a “prophetic and mystical witness” today, declaring that the clearest evidence is a “willingness to live frustrated for the life of the world,” or a “willingness to be displaced.” At one point she exclaimed, “We need to let go in order to let come!” Her words seemed extreme and perplexing, her sense of urgency no doubt sharpened by her work with the United

Nations and her particular orientation to the ways that the poor and communities of color worldwide continue to be marginalized by well-intentioned philanthropic efforts, even those within her own beloved community. She looked weary at times, yet remained completely focused in her intention to help us SEE. Here is my interpretive synopsis: Yes, we sincerely want to help. We genuinely want to make the world a better place. We secretly (or not so secretly) feel guilty for what we have that others do not, so we are willing to give of our time and our money. But, as long as we give from a safe, comfortable distance and resist putting ourselves in the process, we end up recreating the very thing we are trying to change. Until we are willing to enter their world, risking our comfort and safety, we will unintentionally (or intentionally) continue to empower the status quo. That’s how inescapably we are connected. See? We actually need them to make the world a better place, and when we form partnerships with this motivation, we recognize that empowerment is a mutually awe-full experience of transformation. We sense that the change effort includes us and we’re willing to go there, even though we don’t know where there is. These kinds of partnerships have a way of keeping us slightly off balance and simultaneously on our toes. This was also the point of King’s last sermon, “Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution.” While many consider it another unsuccessful attempt to garner support for the stalled Poor Peoples Campaign, it now begs answers to a few questions: Did we doze off? Have we awakened yet? If we are awake now, are we willing to use our “new eyes” to form partnerships grounded in our willingness to be thrown off balance and transformed as we put ourselves into the mix? All this reminds me of the South African word, ubuntu. The Rev. Desmond Tutu says it is difficult to translate and is “the very essence of being human.” It means something like, “I am because we all are.” Vietnamese poet and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh expresses a similar difficulty translating the term tiep hien, which is a compound term for “mutual” and “to be.” He suggests the word “interbeing,” which means “we inter-are.” Wow. Even our greetings reflect these cultural/linguistic nuances. Contrast our “hi” or “hello” with the Hindu namaste (the divine in me greets the divine in you) or the Ojibwe salutation, mitakuye oyasin (all my relations!), routinely used to address all groups. In the end, though, maybe it all comes down to seeing and reducing the gap obstacles between our seeing and our doing. Thanks be to all those who help us see with new eyes! Mari Ann Graham attended CSJ Chapter as a Consociate in July 2013. She is an Associate Professor at St. Catherine University/ University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, and Chief Diversity Officer for the University of St. Thomas.

In the cold of a Minnesota January, I found myself in unfamiliar territory — a rehabilitation facility, after a partial knee replacement. It was a profound experience to inhabit the world of the old and injured for 10 days. I was touched by people’s stories and my reaction to them and my surroundings. Here are some quotes from my journal: January 5th “I’ve been inhabiting the world of the old and broken now for a week. It has been a humbling, rewarding, scary and funny learning experience. It’s so surreal to be in a totally new environment and be almost completely helpless. I felt so vulnerable and apologetic about needing so much help, but was reassured by staff over and over the first days that I was doing great and it was their job to take care of me.” January 6th “I’ve heard some touching and challenging stories since I’ve been here. I realize I’m lucky to still have a spouse who’s able and who supports me. I’m also younger than just about everyone else is. The dining room is like junior high — for the most part genders separate and eat strictly together.” January 7th “Some stories I’ve heard: The psychology professor, my age or a little younger, who has had two strokes. She can’t walk by herself, has lost use of her right arm and lost some vision. She said she had energy for rehabilitation after the first stroke, but was finding it challenging to summon the energy to come back from the second. The woman who wears makeup (one of the few who do in here!) She, her husband and another couple used to go to Florida for three months each winter. Now she’s a widow. She and a girlfriend would like to go back to Florida together, but they can’t drive. If they fly, they won’t have a car and no way to get supplies. She really wants to go but can’t figure it out. The woman who fell in her kitchen and broke her hip. Her dog came running and lay his head on her chest until she told him to ‘go get Pop,’ and he, who never barked, went to the door and barked until he got her husband’s attention. She had 100 staples after surgery because she also tore tendons. A man, a lifelong smoker. Both lungs are shot; he has had two lung surgeries and is on oxygen. He’s 94 and still handsome.

Diane Gardner, CSJ Consociate


I’m a spiritual director and am privileged to hear people’s stories all the time. But this group of people, brought together by painful circumstance, has made me even more reflective than usual. I have a new sense of human frailty. One’s life can change in the space of a few seconds. We’re raised to be strong and independent, to stand on our own two feet — and then we can’t! I’m also struck by the resilience of the spirit. I have a new appreciation for people who just get out of bed each day and try again. Perhaps putting one foot in front of the other, to just keep going, is a spiritual practice. It’s so important to have support from others. The staff is so kind and encouraging. One of my favorite nurses, when he heard I liked dogs, showed me videos of his puppy on his phone more than once. I had a virtual therapy dog! There was so much to learn. Four therapy sessions a day: how to get in and out of a car, how to get into a bathtub, upper body strength training, how to put pants on without bending your knee, how to climb stairs, and many, many exercises for strength and mobility. Everyone’s light went off early — we were tired! This experience has left me with lifechanging questions. How would I respond to injury if I lived alone? How important is a positive attitude in the face of pain? How can we best be present and encourage others? I’m lucky. With therapy and care, my knee healed well. I had the support of my family and friends. I could wrap myself in my prayer shawl from my church. The CSJ Sisters and Consociates responded with cards, phone calls, and prayers of support. But I won’t take health and mobility for granted any more. Accidents happen. Aging happens. I’m profoundly grateful for my rehabilitation experience that put me in unfamiliar territory, widened my world and gave me new questions. I’ll be ready when it’s time to repair the other knee!

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uman trafficking is an issue that is so pervasive and complex that attempting to attack the problem can easily overwhelm and challenge the best of community intentions. That’s why the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) have taken an approach to human trafficking that draws on their experience of tackling tough unpopular social ills and their expertise as educators.

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In partnership with community members and Sisters from other religious communities, the CSJ Justice Commission’s Anti-Trafficking Working Group has chosen to work for systemic change, rather than do direct hands-on service work. “As a women’s studies student at


St Catherine University, I responded to Sister Ann Redmond, CSJ’s call to work on public-policy issues surrounding human trafficking,” recalls Heather Robinson. “Fulfilling my internship, I worked with the Working Group members and saw that they needed organization and direction. We looked at the scope of what the group was doing and their objectives. We prioritized those objectives, eliminating those that required larger groups and deeper pockets.”

Members of the Anti-Trafficking Working Group are young and old, parents, social workers, psychotherapists, teachers and counselors. The Sisters of St Joseph are complemented by a Dominican and Benedictine Sister. “The Sisters among us bring a history of depth and analysis that leads us to greater understanding as we explore what we should do to address human trafficking and who we should partner with,” says Heather. “God’s sense of humor blesses the Working Group with a balance of perspectives and experiences, producing richness in learning and insight.”

Rather than focusing limited energy and resources on the direct service to human trafficking victims after the crime was committed, The Justice Commission AntiTrafficking Working Group directed their focus to systemic change. They became actively involved with a network of antitrafficking organizations (see side bar). Two members sit on committees of the Minnesota State Human Trafficking Task Force. Central to the task force’s efforts was the passage of the Safe Harbor Act in 2012, declaring that juveniles under 18 would no

Anti-Human Trafficking Resources Breaking Free

sisters helping sisters break free

“It was one of our partners working to end human trafficking, Breaking Free, who helped us determine our objectives, the path where we could add the most value from our knowledge and experience,” says Heather Robinson. A Breaking Free seminar on pornography featured Gail Dines, who helped the Working Group understand how pornography feeds human trafficking. Working Group members learned that most women were pulled into prostitution between the ages of 12 and 16, and that the women prostitutes repeatedly attributed prostitution to the violent pornography used by the johns. In a June 2, 2014 Huffington Post, Gail Dines states that “porn is now the major form of sex education in the western world, and it produces an ideology that makes women seem disposable ‘sluts’ who are undeserving of dignity, bodily integrity, or the slightest shred of empathy.” When they learned about the staggering impact of pornography, the Working Group realized that one focus of their work should be on educating the community about pornography, its dangers and how it has infected mainstream social media. For example, when the Working Group learned how and when the Internet exposes children to pornography violence – the average age for boys is 10 and for girls it is 12; it’s frequently their first education about sex – they thought others should know this, too. In the Spring of 2014, Sister Martha Weigand, O.P., secured a grant from her community, the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, to bring Cordelia Anderson to a community forum to present the impact of pornography on children and youth. Anderson’s presentation was the first step in educating the community.

Gunderson National

Child Protection Training Center Gunderson Health System 1900 South Avenue La Crosse, WI 54601

National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888

Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force 1-866-223-1111

The Impact of Pornography on Children, Youth and Culture ©2012, Cordelia Anderson Holyoke, MA: NEARI Press

Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality ©2010, Gail Dines Boston, MA: Beacon Press Books

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longer be arrested for prostitution but would be treated as victims. The subsequent “No Wrong Door” initiative put needed funding into the Safe Harbor Act.

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What attracted Heather, a single mother of two sons, to a leadership role in the Anti-trafficking Working Group? “It was the collaborative nature of primarily retired women with extensive knowledge




These conversations can replicate the Working Group’s format of enlisting diverse perspectives to learn from others and help community members delve deep into issue, address fears and doubts, gain action insights and develop practical options.



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conversation in a safe environment. This is important because church groups tend to back away from pornography education. The problem is so challenging that people are at a loss to know how to respond to the problem.”

Trafficking Working Group will continue to reach out to community partners and will continue to learn. “The CSJs and their Dominican and Benedictine partners have credibility with the community antitrafficking network,” she states. “We stand at a vantage point affording the ability to offer partners perspective. And we bring the hope that we can indeed effect systemic change.”


“We made DVD copies of the presentation that we can use in community groups,” she continues. “Our objective is to promote community forums where parents can watch the DVD and then join in

Heather is pleased that the Anti-



seminar on partnering with the media,” says Heather. “With our grant, we partnered with the St Paul Neighborhood Network to video Cordelia’s presentation. The cable company edited her talk to an hour and it frequently runs on the neighborhood cable network. The plan is to share the DVD with Minneapolis neighborhood cable networks and get the message out about the harm of pornography on children and youth.

and experience who helped me see that academic training was insufficient to effect social change,” she says. “It requires patient work in society and at the legislature in the face of a long challenging process. When I was overwhelmed by the issue and at my threshold for poverty, the Sisters did not stop working on the challenges. I take hope from the Sisters who don’t give up.”


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Sponsor a Family

finds a new partner The Sponsor A Family Program has a rich heritage and history in the Twin Cities. It has provided thousands of families living well below the poverty line with items specific to their family during the holidays, such as winter coats, boots, and blankets as well as toys. Sponsor A Family matches each family with a kind-hearted sponsor who shops for their specific needs, then delivers the items for the family to a warehouse location, where they are picked up by the receiving family. In 2013, Sponsor A Family came knocking on our door, inquiring whether the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Ministries Foundation would consider a partnership.

What motivated Sponsor A Family MN to reach out to the Sisters of St. Joseph?


The scope of the program was drastically reduced, limiting the number and type of individuals the program could support. The eight volunteer leaders met, and after brainstorming and soul searching felt the best way the Sponsor A Family program could continue its rich legacy of providing for those in need was to make the program a stand-alone 501c3.

We spent the summer of 2013 building the infrastructure needed to be successful. That included building a website, a marketing plan, communicating changes to our key sponsors, finding office space, warehouse space to run the program, IT infrastructure, recruiting 100s of volunteers and so much more. It was a busy summer filled with countless meetings and planning. The name was changed from Sponsor a Family, to Sponsor A Family MN, and we submitted our application for 501c3 nonprofit status in July of 2013. As we made plans for the 2013 program we felt it would be beneficial to form a partnership with a community organization that was making a difference in the Twin Cities area. We literally sat around a table and made a short list of organizations that fit that bill.

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ver the years, our program has operated under the umbrella of both Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Services, with the day to day operation and planning being executed by a group of 8 volunteer leaders. In 2012, the program underwent significant changes as Catholic Charities rebalanced its portfolio of programs.


The Sisters of St. Joseph were on the very top of the list because we believe there is no one that nurtures and helps the community better than they do. The CSJs were already established and firmly planted in the community. They knew and worked with individuals and families that could benefit from the Sponsor A Family MN program. We were very fortunate that one of us, Pat FitzPatrick, had deep relationships with the CSJs. His aunt, Sister Rose FitzPatrick, was a Sister of St. Joseph for more than 60 years. We approached Sister Irene O’Neil about a partnership. Sister Irene loved

the idea and started the ball rolling by bringing Ralph Scorpio and Sister Marie Herbert Seiter into the conversations. During those conversations it was suggested by Sister Marie Herbert that we reach out to Risen Christ School. The school had started a smaller Sponsor A Family Program based on our model, and was looking for some help with the program. So Sponsor A Family MN (SAFMN) and Risen Christ school formed a partnership in which we expanded and grew their program and operated under their 501c3 non-profit status for nine months, while the Sponsor A Family MN 501c3 application was in process. This was a crucial step in our success, and we will be forever grateful to Helen Dahlman, president of Risen Christ School, and Risen Christ for partnering with us, and also for the CSJs for connecting us. SAFMN was awarded 501c3 status by the IRS in July 2014.

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s the relationship was building with the Sisters of St. Joseph, they offered us office space at the CSJ Ministry Center at 2200 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis, home of the Sisters’ Learning In Style school. We were ecstatic, as up until that point we had been holding our meetings in the backroom of YUM restaurant! We were given space on the second floor of the school, which did not have heat or a bathroom, yet felt like the Hilton to us. The new space was bright and cheerful,

despite being a bit chilly. We brought in space heaters to keep us warm, and Sister Agnes Foley and Sister Judy Madigan at Learning In Style figured out how to divert some of the office heat downstairs up to us. We met with Sister Agnes and formed a partnership with the school. In 2013 and 2014 we matched all of the Learning In Style families (more than 1,800 individuals) in the Sponsor A Family MN program. We love our relationship with the school and staff. They are all committed to making lives better for the families that attend the school and their concern for the families goes well beyond the teaching curriculum, and we share that passion. It feels like this is where we should be and who we should be serving.


What are the key elements of the partnership? Has it met your expectations?


he #1 element of the partnership between Sponsor A Family MN and the Sisters of St. Joseph is that we share the same common goal – serving and helping people in need. #2 It established creditability not only with the CSJs but with other organizations that we approached and subsequently serve the needs through their communities.

What did Sponsor A Family MN accomplish last holiday season?


n 2013, our first year as an independent organization, we set a goal of serving 2,000 individuals and ended up serving more than 2,500. In 2014 we served 2,785 individuals from 578 families. We also reached out to an additional 336 individuals with emergency gifts. We served the CSJ ministries as well as the communities of Risen Christ Grade School, Cristo Rey High School, Community of Peace, Odyssey Academy, Nuns in the Hood, and numerous social workers. Additionally late in 2014, the St Paul Sponsor A Family program, which had been run by Kitty Delaney and Alison Enestvedt, was merged into SAFMN. The SAFMN program would not exist without the generous support of the Twin Cities community, the hundreds of volunteers who logged more than 1,140 hours, the 400+ Corporate and Individual sponsors who shop for families and our valued business partners who support us by donating 25,000 square feet warehouse space and other operational needs. In 2014, Sponsor A Family MN represented over $335,000 in community giving.

#3 It allows us to broaden our base with the CSJs and grow as they grow. As more people and families in need are added within the CSJ ministries, we hope that we will be able to grow and serve their needs as well. Our expectations have been met tenfold. We have served all of the LIS families, all the individuals at Sarah’s and sent a truck load of new crafts, books and many other gifts to St. Joseph Worker ministry sites. It was a win–win for all parties involved!

Another benefit to working with the CSJs is being able to have our office at the CSJ Ministry Center. The Sisters even gave us a two- year lease for 2014-2015. For a start-up 501c3, this was one huge headache we won’t have to worry about for the next few years.

What did each organization learn and gain from the partnership?


n business the saying, ‘Say what you do, and do what you say,’ is paramount to establishing a credible and trusting bond and relationship between two parties. The Sisters of St. Joseph had no idea who SAFMN was when we first approached them. But credibility, trust, and a long-term foundation have been formed and will continue to grow as our relationship grows. We are excited about the long term relationship and growth with the CSJs and look forward to continuing the mission of providing for those in need. There are three ways to participate in the 2015 Sponsor A Family MN Program; Sponsor a specific family, donate, or volunteer.

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Working with the CSJs has been extremely rewarding and beneficial. First and foremost, to be able to interact with nuns and lay people every day has been awesome. Our friend Kevin Berg, once told us, “When you come out of a meeting with the nuns, you feel a whole lot better about yourself.” He was right. The calmness and tranquility that permeates from these wonderful people leave a smile on your face.



Relationships Built on Trust

By Paul Tatro Telling the stories of women at Sarah’s is delicate and complicated. Out of an abundance of caution and absolute respect for client privacy, the story we’re telling about Mandesa is a composite based directly on the actual experiences of more than one resident at Sarah’s. All personal information presented in this story has been modified, yet the experiences are real and point to the important role Sarah’s plays in our community.

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t the age of 20, Mandesa learned she would never see her mother alive again after the terrorists raided her small home town not far from the East African coast. For Mandesa, this was only the latest in a series of painful events that shaped a life of constant movement and fear. Mandesa was first raped at the age of 13 by a government soldier. Her only brother, just a kid, was brutally beaten and abducted into a child army, his gender and young age being the only reason he was spared. She could not recall the last time she slept through the night without waking in a panic. Never satisfied with their conquests, she understood the young men with fatigues and machine guns would eventually reach her wherever she went.

Thanks to an incredible combination of determination and cunning, Mandesa escaped and is now one of the approximately 500,000 survivors of torture and war-related trauma living in the United States. Like the vast majority of torture survivors, she carries around deep physical and psychological wounds from her experiences. Even without these profound challenges, Mandesa needed to find a way to survive without money, support from any family or friends, or even the benefit of speaking English. However, as an asylum seeker, Mandesa was barred from accessing public housing or financial emergency services from both county and federal sources. She was not eligible to work which meant she could not even afford food, let alone basic health care. A crippling fear of being returned to her oppressors through deportation and a post-traumatic fear of institutional detention made it nearly impossible for her to seek help. Without support, Mandesa’s only choice was to make use of a homeless shelter where she was at great risk for abuse or violence.

Sarah’s…an Oasis for Women exists to provide women fleeing abuse and torture with a safe and comfortable home where they can recover and get the help they need to resume their lives. Nearly 20 years ago, Sarah’s began collaborating with the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), an international organization based in St. Paul that provides torture survivors, refugee communities and public leaders with resources to promote sanctuary and healing. In order to ensure they receive the most appropriate services available, Sarah’s and CVT work together to refer clients to one another as well as outside agencies. About one third of the clients at Sarah’s are referred by CVT.

“We often see women who have been targeted by governments in their own countries. And then in their pursuit to get out of the country, they are often more vulnerable to other kinds of human rights abuses, including trafficking,” she says. “A lot of women who come to CVT have been victims of family violence even at an early age. Often, our female clients come from rural areas in other countries where they would not have had much education.” Because of the complicated and delicate nature of the recovering women they serve, and because they cannot provide critically-needed housing to their own clients directly, CVT is particularly devoted to creating and strengthening what Iwata calls “strong treatment relationships of mutual trust”. “That fact that Sarah’s is designed as a ‘home’ is something that our clients will actually talk about,” says Iwata, “It’s not just housing for them. It’s a warm, inviting place that they say they can feel comfortable in.” Because of that factor, says Iwata, she is “highly confident in sending referrals to Sarah’s.”

Sometimes, if the women still require treatment, Sarah’s will refer them to CVT even once they are done living there. Most impressively, according to Iwata, women will often talk about how they return to Sarah’s for events, or they build relationships and scheduling activities with their peers they met there.


The problems faced by these women are wide-ranging and compounded by their legal status. Moreover, most of them were raised without access to schooling. These factors make them easy prey for exploitation, according to Iwata.

“One of the areas that we’ve seen be very helpful in partnering with Sarah’s is that they are all very mindful of that community. For our referrals, having that safe place to live, and safe people who are helping has really made a relational impact in people’s ability to trust again,” added Iwata.

Sarah’s creates an atmosphere of caring and trust that promotes new beginnings.

In the next phase of healing, when women are no longer residents of Sarah’s, these relationships become particularly important as the women begin building lives within the greater community. Typically, an asylum seeker has no friends or family members to count on for support. But in the absence of loved ones, Sarah’s creates an atmosphere of caring and trust that promotes new beginnings and a greater sense of hope and optimism.

Three years after first arriving in the United States desperate and afraid, Mandesa has built a new life for herself, moved on and works in a neighborhood bakery and lives nearby in a small apartment that she pays for. The nightmares still come back on occasion, but they are fewer and farther between. By ensuring access to safe and reliable housing, along with on-site support and a nurturing environment, the collaborative relationship between Sarah’s and CVT has resulted in the freedom of self-sufficiency for hundreds of women like Mandesa. Stories like these give solace to Iwata: “We hear so much about the way our clients have been damaged by their tortures so it’s really heartening to be around women who are healing and who can provide a different narrative about humanity. We are really happy to have this partnership.”

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“We see survivors of politically motivated torture. They come from countries that are in the midst of conflict or where the governments are particularly oppressive against a religious group or an ethnic group,” says Casie Iwata, an experienced torture treatment center social worker and case manager for CVT.



Drawn to the Mission I

n 1650, six women gathered in Le Puy France, divided the city, and went into the streets to meet the needs of the people. Today, four second-year students at St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) gather, divide the campus, and meet with fellow students to address their social needs for connection and relationship.

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The early group was the founding Sisters of St Joseph (CSJ). Today’s group of women founded the CSJ Student alliance last year when they were first-year college students. The early CSJs were mentored by a Jesuit priest. The women today are mentored by members of the Sisters of St Joseph community.


The CSJ Student Alliance has its origins in the welcome the four women received at St. Kate’s when doing their prospective college searches. “I don’t know how to explain this: I felt a calling to be part of the St. Kate’s community,” says Catie Madison, one of the founding members. “I felt God’s presence when I first walked on the campus, and everyone seemed to want me to be there.”

“What stood out for me was how St. Kate’s felt like a family; the professors and staff genuinely cared about me,” adds Shannon McKeever, another founding member. “Before I had decided to come to St. Kate’s, I met Maria Tzintzarova, a professor of political science who became my advisor for international studies. I didn’t know what career I wanted, and Maria helped me realize that I wanted to serve others in need.” The seeds began to germinate in September 2013 at the CSJ welcoming picnic. It raised questions within each woman: “Who are these Sisters, and why does their energy feel so wonderful?”

Within weeks, Campus Ministry’s Marta Pierra and Jennifer Tachney and Sister Jill Underdahl, CSJ from Celeste’s Dream, a young adult initiative sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph (see side bar) offered the St. Kate’s students a series of “Shake It Up” gatherings. The first, a panel on the mission of the CSJs with Sister Jill, Joan Pauly Schneider, co-director of the CSJ Consociate program, and sisters Rosita Aranita, CSJ, and Florence Steichen, CSJ, triggered action on the part of the young women. Three of the women expressed interest in the Sisters and wondered how they could become involved with the CSJs. That’s when Sister Jill invited them to explore the possibilities.

Joan, the four women founded the CSJ Student Alliance. Co-founder Jen Garness’ perspective was “that the Alliance would give us a unifying purpose.” Jen and her roommate Shannon McKeever, gathered across the hall in Catie Madison’s room along with Nicole Szyszka. They agreed the purpose of the CSJ Student Alliance should be to build on the CSJ legacy through relationship and service.

In turn, the CSJ Student Alliance began to look around campus to find people who were seeking and desiring to know more about the Sisters of St. Joseph. Catie found that students were interested in the CSJs and their ministries, but felt distant because many of them were not Catholic, not Christian, or not believers. Yet, they resonated with the CSJ mission of loving God and the dear neighbor by serving unmet needs. “The Sisters’ core values of caring for the marginalized, their

“We were impressed by the CSJs looking outward to other communities, asking what needed to be done, and how they might address that need,” states Nicole. “I was taken back by how many different needs the Sisters have addressed through

deep integrity, and their respect for the dignity of each person and for life attracted many women,” says Jen. “Despite differing religious persuasion, the women all wanted the same thing. We could see the desire to serve others universally across borders.”

time, as well as what drives them today. I felt compelled to take up a need at St. Catherine University: the direct contact between the students and the CSJ community.”

In its inaugural year, the Alliance members immersed themselves in learning about the CSJ mission, spirituality, and community. “I was drawn to the CSJ legacy and

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Mentored by Jennifer, Sister Jill and


mission right away,” says Catie. “I grew up Lutheran, so it was intriguing to learn about Catholic history, the Sisters, saints and the Pope. I fell in love with the Sisters’ life of intentional community, love of all creation, faithfulness in serving a loving God and their fight for social justice.”

Jen simply adds, “The charism of the Celeste’s Dream Celeste’s Dream offers young adults (20-35 years old)

CSJs gives me hope in a world that can seem so dark at times. To know that there are people who love everyone without distinction is comforting.”

and others opportunities to integrate their education, values, spirituality, and work in the context of community. It offers active and contemplative space, programs and opportunities to intersect with local and international spirituality and justice work of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates community. Rooted in the Catholic, Christian faith, Celeste’s Dream welcomes people from all spiritual traditions. Current program offerings include: •

a community garden (2015 marks its 11th year!)

ecological justice events

ongoing opportunities for education and action in collaboration with the CSJ Justice Commission

prayer and ritual

sacred chant choir and singing meditation

spiritual guidance

visits to five different religious communities to meet, learn, share meals, and pray with Catholic Sisters.

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( where we post updates, photos, and harvest totals.

Celeste’s Dream Young Adult Spirituality 1884 Randolph Avenue • St. Paul, Minnesota 55105 651-696-2874

Celeste’s Dream and St. Catherine University’s Campus Ministry office promote a variety of programs and events where the students could meet Sisters and Consociates. In January 2014, Sister Jill and Jennifer Tacheny provided a half day retreat for the students. In turn, the students have hosted service events. In February, it was making Valentine cards for the women at a CSJ ministry, Sarah’s... an Oasis for Women. In March, on the Feast of St. Joseph and St Kate’s Founder’s Day, the women sponsored a display portraying the history and work of the CSJs. And all of this work has led to another benefit. “In the mix, the CSJ community has experienced the energy and joy flowing from the CSJ Student Alliance,” says Jennifer Tacheny.


he Alliance women pursue their objectives in a CSJ manner, in small everyday ways, giving presence and hope to women in the dorms. “I don’t stress too much about how much we are doing, rather I focus on how we are doing – not counting numbers but loving those we are connected with as much as we can and how we can,” says Jen. Is someone having a bad day or struggling with depression? Catie may be found in company with her suffering colleague. “I want to offer


icole is on the track team. As part of the Wildcat Athletic Advisory Committee, she actively supports student athletes. Nicole finds inspiration in her Physical Therapy studies and Alliance work. As an athlete, she knows the pain from injuries, “If I can help people to live life the way they want to live it, whether by finding cures or techniques for injuries, the love I give in my work can move through to others.” Over the year, the relationships of these four women grew and changed; they individually have changed as well. Shannon’s family has commented that she is stronger and more independent. Nicole states, “I have come out of my shell and am willing to express my opinions. Learning from and working with Catie, Shannon and Jen, I have found myself to be more patient, so that if something does not happen right now, I believe it’s for a reason.”


The ways the women carry out their mission are as varied as their student activities. Catie is involved in theater and has become a peer minister, charged with a commitment to reach out to students, be a listening ear, and be present to the needs of the student community. “It perhaps is my career goal of occupational therapy that underscores my commitment to healing, in small gradual steps.”

Catie states that she has learned from the simplicity of the exercises in occupational therapy and the little things that can make a difference in someone’s life. “I find healing in myself as I reach out to others, helping them to discover value in their lives.” With their imagination captured by the way the CSJs always move outward with profound love of God and neighbor, the inaugural year of the CSJ Student Alliance came full circle within the CSJ community. Last May they responded with thanks to the outpouring of the CSJs by providing that month’s 11th Day Peace Prayer, a monthly prayer service for the Twin Cities community originated by the CSJs after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The students organized the prayer service around the theme of “Celebrating the Spirit of Mothering.” Now that they are seeing with new eyes, the CSJ Student Alliance team wants to strengthen the connections between students and the CSJs and work to involve St. Kate’s students in CSJ ministries. For example, Shannon feels pulled toward the Anti-trafficking Working Group of the CSJ Justice Commission and wants to involve St Kate’s women in Breaking Free, an organization that offers help to trafficked victims. “We’re focusing on reaching a wider audience at St. Kates and involving as many students as possible connecting them with the CSJs,” says Shannon. “We are developing a form of governance within the alliance so that we may groom leaders to carry the CSJ Student Alliance into the future,” says Jen. “We will invite CSJs to be involved with us. We hope that the alliance will grow and expand past our four years at St. Kates.”

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students the space to find and appreciate the little things that may give meaning to their lives.”

The charism of the CSJs gives me hope in a world that can seem so dark.


















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