Celebrating St. Joseph

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Celebrating St. Joseph

For me, growing up in a school and parish community served by the Sisters of St. Joseph, March 19th has always had a very special significance. The Feast of St. Joseph was a day we recognized the quiet, humble example of Joseph. As a family we would often attend an evening mass and be invited next door to the convent for punch and cookies. You can surely imagine it was an exciting honor to be welcomed into the Sisters’ home for a celebration. In eighth grade I prepared for and received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Many of my classmates chose special family names. I came close, I chose Joseph.

The Jesuit founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Jean-Pierre Médaille SJ, included ‘relationship with Joseph’ in his summary of the SSJ vocation: “In honor of Saint Joseph their Patriarch, they will be one in the service of each other, and one in the service of the neighbor without distinction for whom they will try to have cordial charity, as Saint Joseph had for his dear spouse and for the Savior Jesus.” (ReglementsToday, the words of the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph “We live and work so that all people may be united with God and with one another” is an invitation to all of us as partners and active participants in the community of Norwood-Fontbonne. We all can live by that example.

As a father and educator, I can think of no better guide to being a genuine presence in faithful service to others. The Sisters show us all how to live that model in real and meaningful ways, no matter what our vocation may be. On the Feast of St. Joseph I ask you to join me in honoring the incredible Sisters of St. Joseph and the gift they are to all of us, and most especially the community of Norwood-Fontbonne Academy. It is our great mission, united together, to carry forward the Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph in a world and time where it is needed more than ever.

Dear Norwood-Fontbonne Community,

Today, March 18, sits between two of my favorite feast days: St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day. While we all can see the approach of St. Patrick’s Day with the required shamrock balloons and corned beef sales at the grocery store, St. Joseph’s Day often sneaks up on us.

For me, growing up in a school and parish community served by the Sisters of St. Joseph, March 19th has always had a very special significance. The Feast of St. Joseph was a day we recognized the quiet, humble example of Joseph. As a family we would often attend an evening mass and be invited next door to the convent for punch and cookies. You can surely imagine it was an exciting honor to be welcomed into the Sisters’ home for a celebration. In eighth grade I prepared for and received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Many of my classmates chose special family names. I came close, I chose Joseph.

The Jesuit founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Jean-Pierre Médaille SJ, included ‘relationship with Joseph’ in his summary of the SSJ vocation: “In honor of Saint Joseph their Patriarch, they will be one in the service of each other, and one in the service of the neighbor without distinction for whom they will try to have cordial charity, as Saint Joseph had for his dear spouse and for the Savior Jesus.” (ReglementsToday, the words of the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph “We live and work so that all people may be united with God and with one another” is an invitation to all of us as partners and active participants in the community of Norwood-Fontbonne. We all can live by that example.

As a father and educator, I can think of no better guide to being a genuine presence in faithful service to others. The Sisters show us all how to live that model in real and meaningful ways, no matter what our vocation may be. On the Feast of St. Joseph I ask you to join me in honoring the incredible Sisters of St. Joseph and the gift they are to all of us, and most especially the community of Norwood-Fontbonne Academy. It is our great mission, united together, to carry forward the Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph in a world and time where it is needed more than ever.

In the peace of St. Joseph

Ryan Killeen, Ed.D. 

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