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Give the Gift of Accessibility to Our Senior Sisters

Imagine the arduous journey of Joseph and a pregnant Mary as they traveled in search of shelter for the birth of their Child – only to have the doors of the Inn closed to them when they finally arrived. Despite the hardships, the young couple brought the Christ Child into the world, filling it with Peace, Hope and Joy.

Since 1869, the Sisters of St. Joseph have opened doors for the ‘dear neighbor’ even when their zeal outpaces their physical limitations. Many of our aging Sisters easily navigate the Motherhouse with wheelchairs, walkers and canes – that is, until they reach the cumbersome doors that block their path.

Your Christmas gift to the Sisters of St. Joseph can help us make accessibility improvements for the 50 Sisters who live here as well as our visitors. Won’t you contribute to the cost of replacing our entrance doors and converting nine doors to automatic or magnetic ones that are safe, convenient, and easily accessible?

Erin opens door for Sister Anthony

The doors would greatly improve the quality of life for former teacher Sister Callista Williamson, who relies on a motorized wheelchair. She would love to travel independently to Concordia at Villa St. Joseph to prayerfully support Sisters and residents.

When Sister Anthony Costlow supervised the Motherhouse kitchen and Buildings and Grounds, she could maneuver the expansive 106,100-square-foot convent with ease and agility. Today, she uses a walker and often apologizes when asking others to hold open a heavy door on her way to the chapel, dining room, or reception area to greet family and friends.

This Christmas, won’t you help us lift barriers and provide a healthy, safe and accessible environment for our retired Sisters who continue to generously share their gifts of PeaceHope and Joy during this Holy Season and throughout the year?

Christmas blessings!
Sister Mary Parks, CSJ
Sister Lyn Szymkiewicz, CSJ
Sister Sharon Costello, CSJ
Sister Jean Uzupis, CSJ

Praying for You this Holy Season

In celebration of our 150th Anniversary, our mailed Christmas appeal letter included two special paper ornaments – one for our friends and donors to hang on their tree and one to return with a prayer intention that hangs on our tree.

Although we’re unable to digitally share these ornaments with you, we reserve a special place in our hearts for your digital prayer requests. We will remember your intentions during this Holy Season and into the new year.

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