Are you looking for something more in your spiritual life? Are you seeking a deeper union with God and neighbor?
The Associates of the Sisters of St. Joseph are a group of women and men who share the Congregation’s charism of unity and reconciliation. As partners in mission with the Sisters and with God, the Associates invite you to learn more about their group during an informal sharing on August 18 at 1 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Baden.
Join us for a discussion on Martyrs of Hope: U.S. Missionary Martyrs in Central America, Models of Spiritual Transformation on Sunday, August 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Motherhouse in Baden. The presentation will spotlight the lives of seven U.S. martyrs and how they might serve as models for the church today.
Speakers are Edward T. Brett, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history at La Roche University, and Donna W. Brett, M.A, who served as an academic advisor at the University of Pittsburgh. The program will include time for reflecting or walking on the grounds. Light refreshments will be served.
First Presentation: Martyrs of Guatemala
The speakers will begin by explaining how the Second Vatican Council and the Latin American Bishops’ Conference at Medellin, Colombia, revolutionized the Latin American church by making social justice for the poor masses a primary goal. This will be followed by the stories of Father Stanley Rother and Brother James Miller, two missioners whose commitment to the poor transformed their lives and spirituality and eventually led to their martyrdom.
Second Presentation: Martyrs of El Salvador
The speakers will discuss the lives of Sisters Dorothy Kazel, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, and Carla Piette, and lay missioner Jean Donovan, who, adhering to the concepts of Vatican II and Gospel teachings, also immersed themselves in the lives of the poor. In so doing they grew in faith and trust in God to the point of heroic acceptance of martyrdom. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how these seven martyrs might serve as models for a church in crisis.
The “19th Annotation” is a version of the Spiritual Exercises designed for people who cannot be away for 30 days to do the Exercises as they were originally practiced. Most of the time, this “retreat in everyday life” is done by people who have daily commitments, but who feel called to pray the Spiritual Exercises.
The Exercises are extended over several months and the retreatants commit to weekly prayer practices, readings and meditations. Often, the 19th Annotation is done in small groups. The group will meet weekly to receive new material from the leader, discuss how the Exercises are going for them and share some prayer practices together. Each person in the group will also see a spiritual director for the duration of the retreat.
Dates: Every Tuesday from 1:00-2:15 PM from September 10, 2019 – May 12, 2020
Retreat Directors: Sister Catherine Higgins, CSJ, and Father Philip Fogarty, SJ
Earth Tones ministry reflects our reverence for Earth by encouraging an understanding and awareness of God and nature. Volunteers help us continue our community gardens, chickens and apiary operations, which supply produce, eggs and honey to food banks to help reduce food insecurity among our neighbors.
We appreciate your contribution to help us maintain our contemplative space, whether it’s for an hour or for the entire day! Tasks may include but are not limited to: weeding, gardening, labyrinth maintenance, grapevine pruning, statue painting, wood chopping and weed whacking.
Please RSVP to Luke Badaczewski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-869-6550 at least one week before each Work Day and let us know if you will be staying for lunch, which is provided. Email reminders will be sent 2 weeks prior to each work day. Weather related cancellations will be announced the Friday before each work day.
Join the Sisters of St. Joseph for farm fresh foods, seasonal libations, the sounds of local bluegrass band, Well Strung, and a toast to the Sisters of St. Joseph 150th Anniversary.
Master chefs from Cura Hospitality will use produce from the Sisters’ gardens and locally raised meat to create a menu of delicious selections. Creekside Beer, Bruster’s Ice Cream and Beaver Falls Coffee Company will join in for added local flavor. Tour our community gardens and learn more about the Sisters’ history as farmers.
Historical and Garden Tours
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dinner and Entertainment
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Summer casual attire and comfortable shoes. Seating is limited.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Sisters’ community gardens, apiary and henhouse and other local garden partners working to reduce food insecurity in our community.