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Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis

MISSION STATEMENT OF THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF THE THIRD ORDER OF ST. FRANCIS Dedication to Jesus Christ involves us intimately in the liberating and reconciling Gathering Place

mission—to make God more deeply known and loved, and in so doing, draw all persons

is published to keep

to fuller and freer life.

the public informed Together with all our sisters and brothers

of the mission and

who strive for a more just world, we under-

ministry of the Sisters

take those activities which will promote the material and spiritual development of the

of St. Joseph of the

human family.

Third Order of St. Francis.


ecently Newsweek devoted an issue to “God & Health,” raising

interesting questions about the relationship between intangible things like faith and prayer, and the tangible reality of bodily health. The

essential difficulty with addressing the questions is the lack of a boundary between the two.


I think St. Francis and St. Clare knew this. They saw no dichotomy between creation and the spirit. Francis related to Lady Poverty and Sister Earth. Clare proclaimed, “as the glorious Virgin carried Christ in her body…always carry Him spiritually…in your body. And you will hold God by whom you and all things are held together.”

EDITOR Reneta E.Webb, Ph.D., CAE

(Third Letter

to Blessed Agnes, 24-26)

Sr. Carlene Blavat Sr. Judith David Sr. Marygrace Puchacz Sr. MaryLou Wojtusik Sharon McElmeel

PROOFING STAFF Sr. Mary Adalbert Stal Sr. Dolores Mary Koza Sr. Louise Szerpicki

The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis know that body, mind and spirit are one. All of creation is in God and God is in all creation. In their Apostolic Creed the Sisters declare:

Nothing that will promote the dignity of the human person, the basic human values, is foreign to us... And in the SSJ-TOSF mission statement:

…to make God more deeply known and loved and in so doing, draw all persons to fuller and freer life…we undertake those activities which will promote the material and spiritual development of the human family.

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In this issue of Gathering Place, you will meet several sisters who have carried out this creed and mission in their ministries. Enjoy your Body, Mind and Spirit! Copyright by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, Inc. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited.

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FEATURES Body, Mind, Spirit – In Harmony


Integrity means “one.” To be a person who is truly “together,” all aspects of the self must be in harmony. Sr. Josephine Marie Peplinski

Integrity and Reconciliation


There are no boundaries separating body, mind, spirit, inner world and outer world. When all aspects are


in harmony, peace abounds. When they are not,

In the News

and integrity.


there is disease. Reconciliation returns harmony

Reneta Webb

Chicago’s Catholic Festival of Faith Sr. Rosette Rospotynski Honored by KCs


Sr. Emily Ligas - Police Interpreter

Sr. Janine Rajkowski - Center for a Balanced Life

Sr. Cornelia Skora - Quilt Contribution


Sr. Ruth Baggech - The Center Sr. Barbara Feleo - A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home Sr. Alexanne Osinski - Naprapathy



Srs. Margaret Hoffelder, Marjorie White and Therese Dulcos - Sophia’s Portico

Sr. Laura Hrindak - Final Profession

Sr. Carol Ann Killoran - Professional Pastoral Counseling Services



and Sr. Jean Ehasz - The Franciscan Center

Letter from Sr. Denise Seymour

Perpetual Light

Sr. Francis Therese Woznicki


The art work that you see on the cover and in this issue of Gathering Place is used with permission of Sister Doris Klein, CSA. Sr. Doris has been a friend and an inspiration to the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis for many years, and we are happy to feature her work. The art pieces in Gathering Place are presented in the magazine’s two-color format. For full color renderings of these art pieces, please visit To order Doris Klein cards or art pieces, please visit

by Sister Josephine Marie Peplinski


New Age is dawning. Science and religion are resonating in humanity’s ongoing search for meaning and noble purpose in life. Significant to that search is the scientifically accepted truth that all creation is one. It is a holonic universe, that is, the whole is present in each of the

parts. It is simply stated in a Chinese healing exercise: “I am in the universe and the universe is in me. The universe and I combine together.”

Further, scientists now support the vision of mystics that existence is dependent on the ongoing presence of the Creator, in the whole and in every part. Quiet and thoughtful prayers express this truth. For example, one may pray,“I am created by Divine Light; I am surrounded by Divine Light. Every cell of my body is suffused with Divine Light; every level of my consciousness is enlightened.” Or a Zen mantra reveals, “My life is the breath of God.”


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God is love, compassion, forgiveness - inviting us in to a continuous symphony of co-creation. Each of us carries out the creative process in a network of interdependence, each relating to God, to our family

Together with all our

members, to social institutions, with the planet and even with the whole cosmos. In this interconnectedness, we all have the freedom to choose. “I am offering you life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live.” (Deut 30:19) We have the freedom to accept or reject the Spirit of God, to choose the positive influences of communities of Light, or the darkness in a fragmented, egoistic,

brothers and sisters who strive for a

consumer society. Each choice leaves its mark on the universe, for better or for worse.

more just world,

Even in the midst of deprivation, struggle and suffering, we can choose life. “We know that all things work

we undertake those

for good for those who love God.” (Romans 8:28) Through our individual well-being, our individual health

activities which will

and integrity of mind, body and spirit, we further the cause of justice and charity for all, and transform death into life.

promote the material and spiritual

In mid-life, my friend Bob lost an eye in an accident. With one eye, he began to see beauty in creation, and meaning and purpose in life, which he was unable to see with two eyes. Open to the Spirit, he keeps developing new powers of body and mind, and finds joy in wholehearted life-giving service.

development of the human family.

Even more important than what we do, is why we do what we do.What we do in our hearts, our disposition or intentions, affects others and us in our body-mind-spirit development. The “why” makes a difference in our choosing healthful practices; seeking knowledge, truth and wisdom; nurturing selfesteem, imagination and intuition; developing listening and service skills; following the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The foundresses of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis were clear on the why of their response to a crisis situation. They knew the joys, hopes, griefs and anxieties of the Polish immigrants of the late 19th century. With integrity, they recognized their “response-ability” toward the need of the moment, the future of these people and their welcomed integration into American society. Mother Felicia and Mother Clara voiced the concern springing from their sacred center, “What will happen to the children?” In the midst of risk and hardships, they gave themselves with Franciscan simplicity, peace and joy to the task of education. It was a fitting response, enabling others to achieve “response-ability” toward fullness of life in this promising new world.

The congregation’s mission statement summarizes, not only the individual’s integrity, but also the oneness with all of creation: “Together with all our brothers and sisters who strive for a more just world, we undertake those activities which will promote the material and spiritual development of the human family.” It is a commitment “to make God more deeply known and loved and in so doing draw all persons to fuller and freer life.”

When body, mind and spirit are in harmony, we have the power to live mindfully. We have the energy to love. Each moment is sacred. Life is balanced, free of guilt for the past or fear for the future. We live in a holy Spirit, in Love. We are the Body of Christ.

Sr. Josephine Marie Peplinski

and Reconciliation INTEGRITY by Reneta Webb

Everybody has one. A spiritual life, that is. We all have those inner thoughts, those unverbalized Reneta Webb

feelings. We have mental conversations with ourselves. We spend time thinking through the events of the day. There is always something churning around inside our thoughts and perceptions. Even when we’re not thinking of anything in particular, we’re thinking of something.


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The spiritual life of a person involves several overlapping processes. Let us start, as Sigmund Freud did, with a simple question about memory. When I forget, where does the thought go? And when I remember, where does it come from? What is the relationship between memory and imagination? How does my imagination influence my thoughts and actions? Say, for example, you lost your keys. This activates the imagination, tracing the memory of activities just completed. The path of memories

When the body is

may lead to envisioning someone dear to you. Your emotions are activated. You enjoy keeping them in your “mind’s eye.” The recollection of the location of your keys sends you walking in the direction of your imagination. No doubt that the spiritual life has a direct bearing on the physical. Even inner activity for which we have no words, influences our behavior. We know more than we can say. Memory, imagination, emotion, intuition, learning, thinking, daydreaming, even night dreaming, are all aspects of a person’s spiritual life. Integrity

whole, the spiritual life is free to develop. Conversely, “if your eye

is the ever-more conscious resonance of the spiritual life with that of the body and mind.

(faith) is clear, your

The spiritual life also involves relating to spiritual phenomena beyond the individual.

whole body is in light.”

Carl Jung, in his psychological research, concluded that there seems to be psychoid material which exists

—Matt 6:22

independently of any individual psyche. Jung asserted that these archetypal energies influence individuals, whether they are conscious of them or not. A psychologically healthy person is in an ongoing process of discerning and attending to the inner life. Organized religion has given us words to describe the dynamics of these spiritual phenomena. We can say “God,” “inspiration,” “providence,” “faith,” and many other spiritual references. Michael Morwood, in his book, “Tomorrow’s Catholic,” describes redemption as a call to consciousness. Jesus showed us how to live a conscious spiritual life. And he often pointed out that “Your faith has saved you.” (e.g. Luke 7:50) Coming to a realization of a divine “Other,” God, is psychologically healthy. Learning how to relate to God on a consistent basis is called prayer or mindfulness. Integrity is being pure of heart so that one can see God.

The spiritual life works in and through the body. When the body is whole, the spiritual life is free to develop. Conversely, “if your eye (faith) is clear, your whole body is in light.” (Matt 6:22) The body reflects the kind of spirit in which a person lives. A mean, belligerent spirit will register in frown lines, closed body postures, furtive glances. An open, loving spirit will see the value of others, see and seek to serve, be patient and kind. Facial muscles will be relaxed, hand gestures will be palm up, people and objects will be handled with care. We are called to care for our bodies as vessels of the Holy Spirit. Diet, exercise, and proper medical care are all part of integrity.

The brain is integral to the body and the spirit. It is the seat of activity of the spiritual life. Keeping the body in good health contributes to good intellectual activity. Studying, thinking, analyzing, researching, and writing are all “mind” activities which can help develop the spiritual life and change behavior. The mind is the center of consciousness, the faculty that helps us to be aware.

Through the body, we are in relationship to the environment. Just as one’s inner life relates to a larger world of spiritual dynamics, so, too, the body relates to an external world. Through the body we relate to other people. Our gift of presence, our gift of ministry, happens in a bodily and sensory world. The works of mercy are physical works. Our stewardship of the earth also occurs

Our gift of presence, our gift of ministry, happens in a

in a physical domain. Even the legacy we leave to the universe is designed through the body. Where is the separation of body from mind? Of mind from spiritual life? Of spiritual life from the body? There is none. The life of one feeds into the other. When all these dimensions of ourselves are integrated, we are the happiest and healthiest. We are one. We are “integers.” There is a yogic posture that ultimately balances on one foot with the other foot placed at the side of the inner knee. Hands are folded. Posture is prayerful. In perfect balance, in perfect harmony, the person is one—body, mind and spirit. This is the state

bodily and sensory world.

to which we are called. We are people of balance, harmony, and integrity. Sometimes the resonance among the body, the mind, the spirit, the spiritual world and the physical environment is impaired. We know better than to throw trash out the car window, but we do it anyway. We wake up with a headache and grouse around our environment all day. A deadline gets us under stress and our neck and back muscles tense up. We are in disease.

Reconciliation is the act of bringing elements into harmony. We then become instruments of peace.We are one—body, mind, and spirit—relating to the world inside and outside us in a divinely centered way.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. —Prayer for Peace - St. Francis of Assisi


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Companions to

Wholeness Each of the sisters you will meet in this issue of Gathering Place are companions to wholeness. The essential part of their ministry is to walk with each of us, hand in hand, toward integrity and reconciliation.

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Wholeness Therapeutic Massage Healing Stone Massage Deep Tissue Mobilization Accupressure Myofascial Release Reflexology Polarity Therapy Cranial Sacral Therapy Mariel/Reiki Electrotherapy Infant Massage Yoga with Meditation Relaxation and Meditation Herbal Body Wrap Seaweed Body Mask Salt Glow Body Scrub Paraffin Wax Dip Vibrosaun Treatments Ear Candling Cellulite Reduction Treatments Individual Counseling Spiritual Mentoring Nutritional Counseling Hypnosis

Sister Janine Rajkowski The music from the album “Feather on the Breath of God” softly played while Sister Janine Rajkowski began the Healing Stone massage. Her reverent and gifted touch blended with a prayerful silence as she worked away the stress and imbalance of the work-a-day world. The warmed stones were placed at strategic points to regain the balance of energy. With quiet gentleness, she began the massage with stones that were 400 to 600 million years old and permanent natural geomagnets. Ministering to people with her therapy and counseling was a long-time dream of Sr. Janine. Establishing the Center for a Balanced Life in West St. Paul, Minnesota, was a dream come true. Sr. Janine works with a staff of four other massage therapists and two receptionists, to offer a variety of services for well-being. She extends these services to various business sites in the Minneapolis-St Paul area, providing “chair massages” which concentrate mainly on the neck and shoulders. Employees can sign up for 15-30 minute sessions. Sr. Janine is supremely qualified to offer these services. She is a registered nurse (University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire) with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (Alfred Adler Institute). She is also a certified Massage Therapist, a Registered Polarity Practitioner, a hypnotherapist, a Healing Stone Massage/Bodyworker, Healing Stone Instructor, and a holistic therapist. The journey to her present position as director of the Center for a Balanced Life was not linear. It was more like the path of a feather on the breath of God. Sr. Janine is the oldest of sixteen children born of John and Joanne Rajkowski in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Most of her brothers and sisters were born after she had entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis on August 25, 1952. She started her ministry, as many other sisters did in the 1950s, as an elementary school teacher. She first went to St. Mary of the Angels in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and then moved to Milwaukee, serving at St. Adalbert School and at Blessed Sacrament School. 1963 was a significant turning point in her ministry. She began practical nurses training at Marymount School of Nursing in Garfield Heights, Ohio. For the next five years, Sr. Janine applied her skills at health care facilities in Wisconsin. She continued her training at the University of Wisconsin and Sacred Heart Hospital starting in 1969 until 1973. It was apparent that Sr. Janine had the congregation’s mission at heart “to undertake those activities which will promote the material and spiritual development of the human family.”


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For the next thirteen years, her healing ministry extended to Holy Cross Hospital in Merrill, Wisconsin; participating in a midwifery program, part of Frontier Nursing, Hyden, Kentucky; working in Labor and Delivery in Brandon, Mississippi; working in a cancer unit in Evansville, Indiana; serving as a hospice nurse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; assuming duties as head nurse at Walker Methodist Health Care in Eagan, Minnesota; and a private duty nurse at G & G Hawkins Home in Ankona, Minnesota. The move to Minnesota was significant. It was there that Sr. Janine began to use massage therapy in her work as a nurse. The massage relaxed her patients and promoted healing. She completed her certification as a Massage Therapist, and went to work at a therapy center in West St. Paul. She began to feel the need to expand services to include other aspects of holistic health. In 1987, Sr. Janine opened the Center for a Balanced Life. This was the first ministry of its kind for the SSJ-TOSFs and the venue where Sr. Janine was able to promote whole person wellness —body, mind and spirit. It was truly the culmination of her training and ministry, the opportunity to draw together her health care experiences and apply them in a creative way. As she works on the body, Sr. Janine prays for each client, as she says,“...with a clear sense of the congregation’s Franciscan roots and the call to Gospel living.”

Touching Body



its intricate designs of structure and form.



Its delicate balance of thoughts and emotions. It is touching the

Wholeness As she works on the body, Sr. Janine prays for each client, as she says, “...with a clear sense of the congregation’s

to Gospel living.”

Massage therapy is

It is touching the


Franciscan roots and the call

Sr. Janine has a framed poster in her center that sums up her ministry:

It is touching the




And merging all three even if just for a moment. Massage therapy is...

Touching Humanity.

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Wholeness Sr. Ruth Baggech

Sister Ruth Baggech “Come to the Center!” When Sister Ruth Baggech says this, she means it in every sense of the word. She invites you to the center of yourself—that place where body, mind and spirit are integrated in the Divine Center. The “core” of your person is where you are most completely yourself, and where all elements of your being are in balance. “Come to the Center,” is Ruth’s invitation to explore the depths of yourself and, in so doing, continue your search for God. “Come to the Center!” The Center, located in Immaculata Congregational Home in Bartlett, Illinois, was co-founded by Srs. Ruth and Bernardine Dominick. “Come to the Center!” is also Ruth’s invitation to you to spend some time in the quiet solitude of the 42 acres of the Bartlett property, or to participate in one of the retreat days, workshops or seasonal rituals celebrated at The Center. Ruth has a knack for leading the way. Even as a child growing up in the Bridgeport area of Chicago, and attending St. Mary of Perpetual Help school, she was a leader with intelligence and high energy. When she completed her junior year of high school, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis in 1953. She began her ministry as a teacher, initially at St. Roman School and later at St. Fidelis School, both in Chicago. In 1968, she was chosen Fourth Councillor and Provincial Secretary of the then Immaculate Conception Province. She served this in leadership role until 1971 when she began working for a Master’s degree in religious studies at St. Louis University. Ruth returned to Addison, Illinois, where she applied her creative skills at St. Joseph Parish as Director of Religious Education. Through all the events and responsibilities of her life, her spiritual journey was leading to The Center. When she became Formation Director for the province, Ruth organized an ongoing formation program in which women in the area as well as Sisters of St. Joseph,TOSF, participated. Ruth was called to leadership again, being elected Provincial in 1986. She served in this capacity until 1990 when the provincial structure of the congregation was dissolved. The call to The Center was postponed. For the next five years, Ruth worked as the Community Resources Coordinator at Family Shelter Service in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. “This was a very exciting time full of new experiences. Yet, I missed developing the spiritual aspect of my life,” Ruth recalled. During a ten-month sabbatical in 1995, Ruth heard an undeniable call to commit herself to the nourishing of her own center. “It was a call to conversion,” she stated. 1n 1996, Sister Bernardine Dominick brought her considerable gifts as an artist and spiritual companion, and worked with Ruth to submit a proposal to the congregation’s Central Board for what would become The Center. Together they formulated its original vision statement:

“The Center is a Sacred Time and a Sacred Place. Set in a lush expanse of rare and wild woodlands. The Center offers retreat days, workshops, seminars and personal conversation to heighten awareness of the Divine Energy at the heart of all Creation.” 9

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With a grounding in creation spirituality, the tag line of The Center is “Finding God in all things.” “The Center exists to provide an environment, as well as the programs and services, for persons to reach their own centers,” says Ruth. “It’s all about heightening awareness of the sacredness of all life.” On October 4, 1996, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, The Center marked its official beginning with a day long celebration aptly called “Down to Earth.” In the autumn of 1997, Sister Rosemarie Burian joined The Center team. She expanded the scope of The Center with a very successful Healing Touch practice, and her expertise in teaching meditation and the chakra system. Sister Alexanne Osinski is the newest member of The Center staff. She will begin to offer her services as a naprapath in January 2004.

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A listing of The Center’s programs this winter include:

T’ai Chi Chih Hatha Yoga Centering with a Story Feeling my Way to God An In-depth Look at the Chakras Arthritis Relief at Your Fingertips Writing Mindfully Reflexology Living with Faith in a Living Universe Celebrating Spring Equinox Creativity and Imagination


Ongoing programs and services include:

Healing Touch Spiritual Companioning Full Circle (a Women’s Spirituality Group) Men’s Spirituality Mindfulness Meditation

“The Center exists to provide an environment, as well as the programs and services, for persons to reach their own centers… It’s all about heightening awareness of the sacredness of all life.”

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Wholeness Sr. Barbara Feleo

Sister Barbara Feleo Sister Barbara Feleo does grief counseling at A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home in Troy, Michigan. She journeys with persons during a time of profound loss when they most need compassion and understanding. “I try to create a peaceful environment where people can feel safe and accepted,” says Sr. Barbara. “They are the ones that direct the time we have together as they search for meaning in the midst of loss.” A day in the life of a grief counselor is a busy one. It usually starts out with office work, checking calendars, answering phone calls, and sorting through mail. Depending on the events in the funeral home, Sr. Barbara may be greeting a family as they come to the casket showroom, or accompanying them as they arrive for the wake the first time, or grieving with family members after the visitors have left. She also has initiated several ongoing programs for people in grief, for example, “Perspectives,” a program of bereavement information and support;“Take Time to Heal,” a program to assist anyone who is dealing with the death of a loved one; “P.A.L. Personal Approach to Loss,” a support group for widowed men and women. These programs have been gaining a following and draw participants from the greater Detroit area. Some of the groups continue to meet, even after the formal sessions have ended, since the participants find strength in each other’s sharing. Sr. Barbara draws her strength and inspiration from centering prayer. “Before meeting those who are grieving,” she says,“I quietly enter in to a restful place in God, where body, mind and spirit come together in a wholesome, holy way. That way, I know that it is more than ‘me’ at work.”

“Before meeting those who are grieving,” she says, “I quietly enter in to a restful place in God, where body, mind and spirit come together in a wholesome, holy way. That way, I know that it is more than ‘me’ at work.”


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Sr. Barbara uses Healing Touch in her grief counseling. “There was a woman who came to the funeral home, sobbing and shaking with grief. I asked her to breathe deeply. I just remained in quiet prayer with her,” said Sr. Barbara. “It was like a miracle. She began to relax, and we were able to share her feelings of loss and separation.” Healing Touch is a holistic energy therapy that emphasizes compassion and care, where provider and client are equal partners in facilitating health and healing. Healing touch uses gentle, non-invasive touch to influence and support the human energy system within and surrounding the body, to bring it in to harmony and balance. The goal is to support the client’s selfhealing, becoming whole in body, mind, emotion and spirit.

The counseling, the healing touch ministry, and the organizational ability that supports it, began way back. Sr. Barbara was born in Detroit, Michigan, November 27, 1937. She was attracted to music at a young age, and to this day sings in the choir conducted by Sr. Shirlee Hoski at Holy Name Parish in Troy, Michigan. Barbara was always the responsible big sister to her younger sister and four brothers. She attended Ascension School in Base Line, Michigan. That is where she met the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, the congregation she joined right after her grade school graduation in 1951. After her novitiate, she spent the first fifteen years of her ministry in education, teaching in schools in Connecticut, Ohio and Michigan. In 1971, when she was at St. Anastasia Parish, she extended her work to include pastoral ministry. She continued in pastoral ministry as Christian Service Coordinator at St. Clemens in Romeo, Michigan, and as Music Minister at St. Louis in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. In 1988, Sr. Barbara became a social worker for the NOR Service Group and then for the Center for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders. She spent a year as administrator of Madonna Villa Senior Residence before the opportunity for Grief Counseling opened up at Desmond Funeral Homes in 1992.

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“Each person’s timetable for healing—for bringing body, mind and spirit together—is different. All grief is not the same grief,” said Sr. Barbara. “We need time to vent—and invent ways of living with loss in our lives. The healing power of God continues to be at work.”

“We need time to vent— and invent ways of living with loss in our lives. The healing power of God continues to be at work.” —Sr. Barbara Feleo

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Wholeness naprapathy - n -prap‘ -thee


noun. Treatment of disease by manipulation of joints, muscles, and ligaments, based on the belief that many diseases are caused by displacement of connective tissues. Etymology: Czech náprava, correction (from napravit, to correct)

Sister Alexanne Osinski Naprapathy. This is the ministry of Sister Alexanne Osinski. As a naprapath, she is an alternative manual medicine specialist, treating persons by the use of connective tissue manipulation, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, postural counseling, and nutritional counseling. It wasn’t always this way. In fact, naprapathy was not on the mind of the young girl who was raised in Chicago, a happy child in a loving family, and the niece of the late Marysza Data, entertainer and radio personality. After Sr. Alexanne graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine grade school, she attended Lourdes High School where the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis were teaching. It was here that she experienced the spirit of the sisters and was drawn to the Franciscan way of life. In her words,“When I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph,TOSF, on August 9, 1959, it was important to me that I was committing myself to a Franciscan way of life—and ever since then, I have been defining myself in that context. Once, in order to pick up a clothing donation for the poor, I walked into a Christian mission that provided shelter for the homeless and derelict. I was taken aback by a pointed question from the clerk at the desk: ‘When were you saved?’ At the time I smiled inwardly at the naiveté of the question, but since then, I have reflected seriously on the question, and I have answered it in different ways over time.” Her first response to the challenging question came in her teaching career. In 1963, Sr. Alexanne became a faculty member at St. Anthony School in South Bend, Indiana, and in 1967, taught Speech, English and Playwriting at Lourdes High School in Chicago, Illinois. The changing times of the late 1960s and early 1970s called for changing responses to the needs of God’s people. Sr. Alexanne became the Rehabilitation Director at Normandy Terrace, a convalescent and nursing home in Chicago. “I believe I was profoundly changed,” said Sr.Alexanne,“when I was asked to feed a nursing home resident while cradling his body. This person could neither hear nor see nor sit nor hold up his own head—his brain was damaged. There was no verbal communication between us. I realized that this person’s experience of human life was so different than mine. He was not a productive citizen of the United States. He couldn’t interact with the environment. He couldn’t minister to others. He had no friends. It seemed that what we know about being human was expressed in the rhythm of his heartbeat or in the regularity of his breathing. What he knew of relationships was dependent upon the way others touched or ‘handled’ him.”


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Sr. Alexanne goes on to say, “Some writers of the life of St. Francis mark his ‘conversion’ experience as the moment when he finally overcame his revulsion and embraced the abhorrent leper. I have often wondered about St. Francis’ experience with the leper. Perhaps St. Francis is not the hero of the story. Perhaps it was the leper’s vital energy that healed Francis’ anxiety and fear, and revealed to Francis ‘his world’s value system upside down.’ In our day, it’s been proven that when one touches another, there is a real exchange of energy—and some have actually measured it. I am a Naprapath, a member of a manual medicine profession. Bodywork has been an opportunity for expressing my Franciscan insights. I use my hands to alleviate pain and discomfort, and I have discovered that God is under the skin of those who seek my help.” Sr. Alexanne went on to use her abilities for thirteen years as an occupational therapist at the Children’s Institute for Developmentally Disabled, Augusta Center for Developmentally Disabled, Misericordia Home for Disabled Children, and Edgewater Rehabilitation Association. In 1991, she extended her ministry to the infirmary at Immaculata Congregational Home in Bartlett, Illinois, while working a part-time naprapathic practice in Niles, Illinois. When she became administrator, teacher, then Dean of Academics at the Chicago National College of Naprapathy, she continued as an occupational therapist at Resurrection Life Center in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently an occupational therapist at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

Companions to

Wholeness “Bodywork has been an opportunity for expressing my Franciscan insights. I use my hands to alleviate pain and discomfort, and I have discovered that God is under the skin of those who seek my help.” —Sr. Alexanne Osinski

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Sophia’s Portico Many women have passed through Sophia’s Portico, seeking the wisdom that her name implies. “Sophia” is the feminine expression of God. “Portico” is an entrance, a way to move forward. Sophia’s Portico is a feminine spirituality center, a sacred place that blesses Fort Wayne, Indiana. The facility houses a large meeting room, a portico, and a women’s art center. But it’s so much more than that.

“Sophia” is the feminine expression of God. “Portico” is an entrance, a way to move forward.

Sophia’s Portico rose out of a group of women who called themselves “The Searchers.” They dreamed of a place where women could gather to explore their spirituality, a safe and welcoming space that would encourage and support their inner quest. In the midst of their search, a space became available on the campus of the YWCA in Fort Wayne, perfect for the mission that was being formulated to revere the earth and celebrate the feminine spirit. Sophia’s Portico was officially founded in 1992 with the following mission statement:

Sophia’s Portico offers a haven to explore opportunities for growth in feminine spirituality. Inclusive of creeds, cultures, genders and races, Sophia’s Portico seeks to nurture spiritual growth in an atmosphere of peace, freedom, dignity and justice. All seeking personal empowerment, supportive community, and emergent paradigms are welcome to participate in ritual and formative experiences.

There are five Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis involved in Sophia’s Portico, each contributing to its vibrancy and welcoming spirit in her own way. Each one is a leader, all are responsible, every sister enriches Sophia’s Portico with her gifts. It could be Sr. Marjorie planting maiden grass in the Garden Sanctuary, or Sr. Pauline celebrating her 60th Jubilee in religious life with the women at Sophia’s Portico, or Sr. Margaret leading sessions on women-stories in the Bible, or Sr. Charlyne hosting a women’s health series, or Sr. Therese meditating with a group of women walking the outdoor labyrinth. They all participate in planning, implementing and sharing programs

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Sr.Therese Duclos

Sr. Pauline Grutzius

Sr. Marjorie White

Sr. Charlyne Berube

such as “Midwinter Feast for Ladies,” “Crones Meet,” “Series on Women Mystics,” “Spiritual Connection with Health,” “Developing your Intuition” or the Feminist Chorus, the Drumming Circle or the Chanting Circle. There are offerings of Tai Chi, Belly Dancing, and Reiki training, as well as a Doris Klein Retreat on the “Journey of the Soul.” There is an ongoing cycle of opportunities of invited speakers, performers and workshop leaders. People are always walking through Sophia’s Portico. Another reason for people visiting Sophia’s Portico is The Soul Making Art Gallery, featuring works of women artists. The art media include oils, acrylic, fabric, clay, pencil, glass, silk and marbled paper. Jewelry is also featured. Sophia’s Portico was featured in the premier issue of the Fort Wayne magazine (SeptemberOctober 2003) as a “sacrosanct place ... with peaceful energy and grace.” A visit to Sophia’s Portico reminds the guest that God cannot be contained in one set of images. People of all religious traditions are welcome. “The ocean refuses no river,” explains Sr. Margaret. Persons are invited to expand the vision of the basic truths of religion to include feminine images of God. These images are ancient, as when God speaks to the Chosen People in Isaiah 66:23, “ As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you.” St. Clare in the thirteenth century declares, “Go forth without fear for the one who created you has made you holy, has always protected you and loves you as a mother.” At the entrance of the meeting room of Sophia’s Portico stands a statue of Kuan Yin, mother of compassion, healing and centering in Chinese culture. On the walls of Sophia’s Portico hangs an art piece of Doris Klein, CSA , called “Gramma God,” flanked by an art piece called “Celtic Trinity.” They shake the perception of a too-small God, and present, as their mission statement says,“opportunities for growth in feminine spirituality.”

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Sister Carol Ann Killoran Professional Pastoral Counseling Individual - Couples - Families Sister Carol Ann Killoran, D. Min., LPCC Pastoral Counselor/Psychotherapist These are pretty impressive credentials to carry around on a business card, but every word of it is true. In an expanded version, Sr. Carol Ann Killoran holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. She has specialized clinical training through the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland for individual, couple and family therapy. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Ohio, and a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Sr. Carol Ann has been in private practice for over ten years. She is a pastoral counselor which means that God is in it. As Sr. Carol Ann’s brochure explains, “Pastoral Counseling is a form of therapy in which a pastoral counselor, as a representative of a religious tradition or community, utilizes the insights and principles of religion, theology, and the behavioral sciences while working with individuals, couples, families and groups toward the achievement of wholeness and health. What makes pastoral counseling different is the conviction that life’s crises and transitions are best supported by both religious teachings and human sciences.”

Pastoral Counseling is a form of therapy in which a pastoral counselor, as a representative of a religious tradition or community, utilizes the insights and principles of religion, theology, and the behavioral sciences while working with individuals, couples, families and groups toward the achievement of wholeness and health.


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Sr. Carol Ann was born in 1946, the second oldest of five children in an Irish-Catholic family. She attended Marymount High School in Garfield Heights, Ohio, where she met the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis. With a quick smile, Sr. Carol Ann will tell you that the late 1960s was an interesting time to enter the congregation. So many changes were happening in the Church as a result of Vatican II, and religious congregations were in the thick of it. She began her novitiate in 1966, taking college courses and preparing for a teaching career. Her first teaching assignment was at SS. Peter & Paul in Garfield Heights, Ohio. She completed her bachelor’s degree in History at Ursuline College in Ohio, and in 1971 went to Marymount High School to teach History. The call to pastoral counseling was alive and well during all these years, and in 1975 Sr. Carol Ann went to St. Louis University to complete a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. That began a whole new phase in her professional life.

“As a pastoral counselor, I experience the mystery of God within each person, every person seeking to be reconciled with God, self and others.” —Sr. Carol Ann Killoran

Sr. Carol Ann spent twelve years as co-pastor at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Willowick, Ohio, working primarily with programs of charity and social justice such as the St.Vincent DePaul Society and programs for the homeless. Her work brought her in contact with people who were in need of assistance, body, mind and spirit. There were situations that required more than material help. It was a natural evolution for Sr. Carol Ann to establish Professional Pastoral Counseling Service in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. She was able to work with people on issues such as personal growth, stress management, adult-child issues, co-dependency, twelve-step programs, conflict resolution, mid-life issues, or working through separation or divorce. “As a pastoral counselor, I experience the mystery of God within each person, every person seeking to be reconciled with God, self and others,” says Sr. Carol Ann. It was also an natural evolution to mentor others in the counseling profession. She has been teaching pastoral counseling at Ursuline College for the last ten years, advising others in this helping profession. To revive her own spirit, Sr. Carol Ann is a person of power naps and the great outdoors. “I love the beauty and solitude of hiking trails or cross country skiing,” she said. “I take daily walks in the city’s parks, meditating and really seeing the beauty of God’s creation. My vacations are usually built around some outdoor activity. And whenever I spend these ‘outdoor’ times with friends, I come back renewed and affirmed.” Just a few minutes with Sr. Carol Ann will confirm the strength and joy she draws from the God of all creation. She is really together—body, mind and spirit.

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The Franciscan Center Presence. In 1971, Jerzy Kosinski wrote a novel entitled Being There, that turned into a Peter Sellers cinematic masterpiece.The story line is classic.Through the innocent presence of Chance the Gardener, connections were made, truth was surfaced and people were changed for the better. Chance’s character made a difference in the lives of people, just by being there. The Franciscan Center makes a difference in the lives of people, just by being there. But, even as in the story of Chance the Gardener, it involves all the interactions with the people and the environment in which it is present. In 1995, a group of sisters gathered to brainstorm ideas for new ministries. The group coalesced around a fundamental belief. “Whatever the ministry, we wanted to minister out of who we are, out of a Franciscan spirituality. It was not the work itself, but the spirit in which the work is done. It was not the location or facility, but a movement,” said Sister Francis Therese Woznicki. As the discussion progressed, the group became increasingly aware of the need for its own development, prayer and education. “We needed to realize and articulate the spirit/charism to which we were committed,” said Sr. Francis Therese. The group committed itself to a nine-session formative experience. At the end of the sessions, each received a Tau cross, signifying a dedication to a Franciscan gospel life. From this visioning group also came the first broad outlines of the Franciscan Center, formulating it’s mission statement which remains as true today as it was in 1996:

The Franciscan Center, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, is a sacred place for meeting the Christ of the Gospels and carrying the experience to others. It is a gathering place for faith-sharing, prayer, study, and outreach from the feminine perspective of Franciscan life. It is a stopping place for those who travel as pilgrims on a journey with God; for those who long for ongoing conversion, reconciliation, and peace; for those who hunger to be moved by God’s spirit. At the same time, office and meeting space became available at Marymount Congregational Home in Garfield Heights, Ohio. The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis are the only Franciscan congregation in the Cleveland area, so it seemed a fitting niche in establishing a Franciscan “presence.” Sister Jean Ehasz joined Sr. Francis Therese in shaping the office space and establishing a Franciscan environment.

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Both sisters brought their Franciscan background to bear on the “shape” of the Center. Sr. Francis Therese had participated in the 1968 Franciscan Federation research that resulted in the document “Go to my Brethren.” This led to the international effort, formulating the 1985 version of the Rule of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis. Coupled with her experience as Pastoral Associate and Spiritual Director at Ascension Parish in Cleveland, Ohio, (1989-96) she came to the Franciscan Center ready for “whatever would be revealed.” Sr. Jean was ready, too, having just completed a three month intensive Franciscan program at the Tau Center in Minnesota in 1995-96. She had completed 37 years in education, serving as teacher and as principal. She also served in the congregation’s formation program early 1996. The opportunity to minister at the Franciscan

Center with an administrative/ hospitality role was timely and fitting. The Franciscan Center officially opened its doors in November 1996. Opening the doors, one is invited into a holistic Franciscan experience. The environment is welcoming. The sensory experience of the sacred space is engaging, with music, scented candles, Franciscan art pieces, and Christian symbols. Individuals who come to the Franciscan Center for personal retreats and quiet prayer have a sacred space to be. The Franciscan Center offers personal spiritual direction as well as workshops, retreats, study groups, prayer gatherings, prison ministry outreach, library resources, invited speakers and celebrations—all designed to speak to the deeper levels of the spirit. Over the years, the programs have been “spirit-led,” marking Franciscan feasts and milestones, praying over national and international developments, celebrating civic and community events. The activities reflect the statement from the Center’s brochure: “The Franciscan Center is a meeting place for those who hunger to be moved by God’s spirit so as to become instruments of peace, love and reconciliation.” In her ministry of spiritual direction, Sr. Francis Therese uses the gentle practice of Bio-Spiritual Focusing, “when words are not enough.” Focusing is a body-centered experience. When using bio-spiritual focusing, the director does not choose what is important, rather allows the individual to select the path to his or her interior. It’s a very incarnational way of experiencing God. The approach recognizes that the Spirit of God is at work in the body, spirit and mind of a person.

A Christian/Islamic Dialogue following 9/11

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Everything about the Franciscan Center declares that God is in creation, and most elegantly in human beings, body, mind and spirit.

“Let us want one thing only... The spirit of God at work in our hearts and in our lives.“

Participating in the public Stations of the Cross in Garfield Heights, Ohio

— Third Order Rule -32

At the dedication of the Peace Pole on the grounds of Marymount Congregational Home Sr. Francis Therese welcoming participants in a Mandala Workshop

Sr. Jean sharing resources from the Franciscan Library

Dedicating the statue of St. Clare on the Marymount campus


FESTIVAL OF FAITH The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis were prominently represented at the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Festival of Faith held at Navy Pier from October 30 to November 2, 2003. The event involved over 17,000 Catholics from the greater Chicago area. Sister Debra Ann Weina, SSJ-TOSF Vocation Minister, was at the booth displaying the history and current ministry of the congregation, specifically in the Chicago area. Sister Cecilia Zielen designed a three language brochure—English, Polish and Spanish—for distribution at the booth. Sisters Alice Myslinski, Judy David, Ruth Baggech, Marcella Nowakowski, Rosalie Gentile, Agnes Marie Adasiewicz, and Loretta Ciesielski took turns attending the events and staffing the booth. The Festival attendees were able to pick up copies of Gathering Place, information on Clare Oaks, as well as information about the congregation. The people who stopped at the booth received some engaging information, but the exchange went both ways. The visitors shared so many happy memories and wonderful comments. “I was a graduate of Queen of the Universe and Lourdes High School,” said one woman. “The sisters who taught me were stellar.” Another woman said,“I went to St. Fidelis School. I helped the sister who worked in the church. She walked like an angel.” Another visitor to the booth pointed out,“The sisters were very influential in my life. Whatever the sisters taught me helped me in good times and hard times.” One person who stopped at the booth pointed out that she was a graduate of St. Mary of Perpetual Help grade school, and was now herself a grade school principal in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Many other comments were gathered during the four days of the festival. Sister Caroline Cerveny was an active participant in the Cyber Café that was a big part of the displays at the Festival of Faith. She presented several sessions, one of which was “Web World Wonders: Bringing the Internet to Catechesis” which explored a learner-centered, inquiry-based


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Sr. Alice Myslinski and Sr. Marcella Nowakowski

Sr. Ruth Baggech

Sr. Rosalie Gentile

Sr. Loretta Ciesielski approach to technology. Another presentation, “Safety First - Tips for Surfing the Internet,� alerted teachers and parents to the dangers of an open internet for their children.

Sr. Caroline Cerveny

Sr. Cecilia Zielan

Associate Reneta Webb was chair of the committee that arranged a Breakfast with Cardinal George that was held on November 1, 2003, at the Festival of Faith. The event attracted over 800 participants, representing the parish leadership from the Archdiocese of Chicago. The Cardinal was a guest speaker at the event and spent significant time answering questions from the group. The four-day Festival of Faith was the first of its kind in the Archdiocese of Chicago. In previous years, each Archdiocesan organization sponsored its own annual meeting. The Festival of Faith was a coordinated effort that brought together Catholics from every ministry, parish, ethnic group or age bracket. It was a fitting celebration of a community of believers.

Sr. Agnes Marie Adasiewicz

Reneta Webb Cardinal George




Knights of Columbus Honor Sister Rosette Rospotynski Sister Rosette Rospotynski was honored at the Annual Cleveland Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. The headline in the Buckeye Bulletin, August-September 2003, read, “Cleveland Knights honor Sister Rosette for her 76 dedicated years as a nun.”

Sr. Rosette made her mark on the Cleveland area. She was teacher, and at times principal, in six different schools in the greater Cleveland area besides serving as Mistress of Postulants at Marymount Congregational Home in Garfield Heights, Ohio. She also taught in Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; and New Britain, Connecticut. But her influence through the years extends to her work in Puerto Rico. She was one of the first sisters to staff St. Raphael School in Quebradillas where she spent thirteen years in educational ministry to children and their families in western Puerto Rico. When she came back to Garfield Heights in 1984, she continued her ministry to the Hispanic population, and in 1988 became the administrator of the St. John Cantius Hunger Center. In 2003, at age 93 she retired to Marymount Congregational Home. She delighted the CLEVELAND KNIGHTS

dinner guests that evening with great stories of the early days of the congregation, of her teaching experiences, and the challenges of starting a new missionary activity—stories enriched by the dedicated spirit of the teller.



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The Knights of Columbus presented Sr. Rosette with a beautiful bouquet of red roses.

Sister Emily Ligas —Interpreter “Point police call Polish interpreter” said the Stevens Point Journal on October 4, 2003. The Polish interpreter was Sister Emily Ligas who resides at St. Joseph Congregational Home in Stevens Point,Wisconsin. The Stevens Point police had just arrested a man for shoplifting and found that they could not understand the language he was speaking. Enter Sr. Emily.

Sr. Emily’s parents were born in Poland and she grew up in a Polish-speaking home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She learned English when she went to elementary school. She has been proficient in both languages all her life. Sr. Emily has been a Polish interpreter for the police department for many years. “It was really quite simple,” Sr. Emily said. “The police asked the questions in English, I spoke to the man in Polish, and returned his answers in English.”

Sr. Emily, 87, is the only Polish interpreter on the police department’s on-call list. In contrast, there are at least 15 translators for Spanish and Hmong, and four American Sign Language interpreters.


Sister Cornelia Skora “I’VE DONE COUNTED


The beauty of Sister Cornelia Skora’s cross-stitching was on display at the top of a Baltimore Bride’s Album quilt. The quilt


was raffled at the Pacelli Panacea, an event to benefit Pacelli High School in Stevens Point,Wisconsin, September 2003. The quilt was a combined


effort of Sr. Cornelia who cross-stitched the top of the quilt, and Ruth Kalas who quilted the pieces together. The project was featured in the

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Stevens Point Journal on September 8, 2003.

This was no small project.

The quilt is for a double bed and

consists of 12 blocks with floral motifs. The Baltimore Album Quilts A N D OT H E R

were a tradition that sprang up in the mid 1850s. Also known as Presentation Quilts, Baltimore Album Quilts were often made to mark



a special event. The designs were based on “blocks” rather than patches. The quilts were appliqued and many had elaborate shashing. The background fabrics in these quilts are almost always white, allowing for the design elements to stand out.


For ten year, Sr. Cornelia has been donating many of her S O M E H A N D I W O R K .”

cross-stitching projects to the convent gift shop at St. Joseph Congregational Home. “I’ve done counted cross

—Sr. Cornelia Skora

stitch and other embroidery on pillow cases, table runners and other craft items,” Sr. Cornelia said. “It gives me so much pleasure to do some handiwork.”

Editor’s Note: Sister Cornelia Skora, age 87, entered eternal life on Saturday, December 6, 2003 at 10:35 a.m.

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Sister Laura Hrindak Makes Final Profession n September 27, 2003, Sister Laura Hrindak pronounced her


final vows as a Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis. Sisters, family and friends gathered at St. Joseph

Congregational Home in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to witness Sr. Laura’s commitment to the service of God’s people.

The ceremony of final vows took place at a celebration of the Eucharist. Following the Gospel and the reflection, Sr. Laura was called forward. While the Litany of the Saints was chanted, representatives of the congregation placed their hands on her shoulders signifying the community’s mutual commitment to be sister, friend and companion. Sr. Laura then made her profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, ending “with joy I seal this covenant in the name of the Father + and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. + Amen. Alleluia!” She then signed the Book of Professed while the congregation sang in affirmation.

A symbol of the final profession is a ring, a simple gold band. The ring was blessed and given to Sr. Laura. She also received a candle, a reminder of Jesus’ words, “So let your light shine in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:16)

The ceremony was followed by a dinner reception at St. Joseph Congregational Home, where everyone continued to share the joy of the day.

“So let your light shine in such a way they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” —Matt 5:16

Dear Friends in Christ,


evotedly, our sisters strive to keep our founding Vision/Mission alive and productive.We find them responding to the call of God’s people by bringing the Eucharist to the imprisoned, assisting and praying with the homebound, tutoring

children and adults, visiting and praying with the infirm or hospitalized, providing temporary shelter for those in need, conducting retreats and workshops, teaching, nursing, counseling, working in the missions, and the list goes on and on.

You have read, in this issue of Gathering Place, about a few of the sisters engaged in the ministries of therapy and counseling, or as it is called, Mind, Body and



matter where the cry leads, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis strive to answer the call even beyond retirement years. Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis Development Office P.O. Box 388129 Chicago, IL 60638-8129 Phone: (773) 581-7505 Fax: (773) 581-7545 e-mail:

This dedication and commitment to our founding spirit is passed on to inspire our new members to keep the vision of the congregation alive and productive.

We are grateful for your participation and partnering with us through your generosity and prayerful support. We thank you for your support in the past and look forward to your continuing with us on our journey to make God more fully known and loved in our troubled society today. Your partnership with us is a vital portion of our success.

May our Heavenly Father bless you and keep you in His loving care!

In the peace of Christ, Sister Denise Seymour

Sister Denise Seymour Director of Development


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Sister Cecilia Zwolak Born to this life: December 18, 1915 Born to eternal life: October 12, 2003 Teacher, principal, musician, medical technologist, she offered all her talents in service of God’s people.

Sister Gladys Mroz Born to this life: September 30, 1914 Born to eternal life: November 30, 2003 She lived the virtues she taught of gracious hospitality and refined homemaking.

Sister Joella Wcislo Born to this life: August 19, 1917 Born to eternal life: November 2, 2003 Teacher and librarian, she gently brought knowledge and insight to each life she touched.

Sister Charlene Zawadzki Born to this life: August 7, 1938 Born to eternal life: November 26, 2003 With joy in her ministry and patience in suffering, she reached out to serve wherever she could.

Sister Celine Wozniak Born to this life: January 15, 1913 Born to eternal life: November 5, 2003 With serenity and thoroughness, she ministered as a chemistry teacher, a nurse and a sister to all.

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