A Town Hall for the 100%

Town Hall for the 100%  photo credit: Jacqueline Salas
Town Hall for the 100%
photo credit: Jacqueline Salas

What a wonderful day it was yesterday here in the Justice Office as we welcomed Nuns On The Bus to St. Paul, MN! S. Simone Campbell, SSS and sisters from various religious orders have journeyed from Des Moines, IA and continue their journey so that “We The People” can stand up against big money in the 2014 midterm elections.

Yesterday the traveling nuns made their way to St. Catherine University to engage with students, encouraging them to raise their voices by voting in the upcoming elections. S. Simone, the seven sisters who accompanied her on the bus to St. Paul, and a few members of the NETWORK staff sat among the students during the lunch hour to hear their stories and to promote their “We The People, We The Voters” campaign.

At 2p.m. the infamous traveling bus representing the 100% pulled up the Derham Hall driveway. This is the first bus that I ever got to sign! A crowd filled with students, sisters from various religious orders, faculty and staff of SCU, and community members gathered and cheered as the Nuns On The Bus made their way to Coeur de Catherine for the Town Hall for the 100%. Each person got to sign the bus, declaring their commitment to vote in the upcoming election! The event was great as the crowd got to hear from S. Simone and the sisters traveling with her on the bus. “We the people have the power to make a change.” -S. Simone Campbell, SSS 

The discussion was very interactive as questions from the sisters were given to the audience to discuss in small groups. From these small group discussions came sharing points for everyone else to discuss together towards the end of the event. Some of the questions asked were:

~Who or what gives you hope? 

~What do you fear most about our nation? 

~Who first inspired you to vote? 

~What can we do to help the system?

~Who inspires you to work for justice?

S. Simone left the audience answering the question of “why?” Why she is doing the work she is doing…

“I’m doing it for us and for our posterity,” says S. Simone Campbell, the Nun On The Bus who continues to work for the 100% in our country!

Enjoy the pictures of these amazing women and their campaign for “We The People, We The Voters!”

In Peace,

Jackie Salas, SJW Justice Program Assistant

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, consociates, and partners in mission waiting for the bus to arrive photo credit: Logan McClean
School Sisters of Notre Dame waiting for Nuns On The Bus to arrive at Derham Hall photo credit: Jacqueline Salas
S. Simone Campbell, SSS photo credit: Ginger Hedstrom
S. Simone Campbell, SSS arrives at the Administration Center of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
photo credit: Ginger Hedstrom
The Justice Office welcomes Nuns On The Bus and Congresswoman Betty McCollum to the CSJ St. Paul Province
The Justice Office welcomes Nuns On The Bus and Congresswoman Betty McCollum to the CSJ St. Paul Province  photo credit: Andrea Cole

“We the People, We the Voters!” St. Paul Welcomes NUNS ON THE BUS!

Nuns On The Bus arriving in St. Paul
Nuns On The Bus arriving in St. Paul                      photo credit: Ginger Hedstrom

The day Nuns On The Bus arrives in St. Paul is finally here! The sisters arrived in St. Paul yesterday evening, and we here in the Justice Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are beyond excited for today’s Town Hall for the 100%!!!

JOIN US TODAY as the Nuns On The Bus make their way to St. Catherine University at 2pm for a Town Hall for the 100%  at the Rauenhorst Ballroom in Coeur de Catherine! 

Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts covering the event!

In Peace,

Jackie Salas, SJW Justice Office Program Assistant

S. Avis Allmaras, CSJ and Joanne Tromiczak-Neid, CSJ Justice Coordinator
S. Avis Allmaras, CSJ and Joanne Tromiczak-Neid, CSJ Justice Coordinator    photo credit: Ginger Hedstrom
S. Simone Campbell and Nuns On The Bus
S. Simone Campbell, SSS  photo credit: Ginger Hedstrom

Katies for Peace! SCU Celebrates International Day of Peace

Katies for Peace Banner
Katies for Peace Banner

Yesterday, the CSJ Justice Office and St. Catherine University celebrated International Day of Peace, which is originally celebrated on September 21st. St. Kate’s Campus Ministry and the Justice Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet collaborated in this effort to raise awareness, educate, and engage students in promoting peace in their lives and throughout the campus.

The event was held in the 2nd floor atrium of Coeur de Catherine. We had three tables that were filled with information on various organizations and groups that the college and Justice office collaborate with for peace and justice work. Other tables included opportunities to engage with S. Florence Steichen, CSJ, an expert on many of the ongoing issues in Israel and Palestine relating to peace and justice, S. Brigid McDonald, CSJ, a representative of WAMM (Women Against Military Madness),  and S. Ruth Brooker, CSJ and S. Catherine Steffens, CSJ, representatives of the Justice Commission. Students had the opportunity to commit themselves to promoting peace in their lives and throughout the campus by signing the banner “Katies for Peace” and wearing buttons created by the campus ministry staff promoting peace awareness.

Brigid McDonald, CSJ, Ruther Brooker, CSJ, and Catherine Steffens, CSJ
Brigid McDonald, CSJ, Ruth Brooker, CSJ, and Florence Steichen, CSJ

The event was a great success as signatures flooded the banner and all peace buttons made were taken and are now walking the halls of SCU for the greater community to see.

Thank you to all who made International Day of Peace at SCU a success! May we continue to pray and work for peace in our lives and all throughout the world!

SCU students signing peace banner and picking up peace buttons
SCU students signing peace banner and picking up peace buttons

In Peace,

Jackie, SJW Justice Office Program Assistant

Celebrating the BIG 10! Happy 10th Anniversary ECHO!

Yesterday, the Justice Office team, a couple of representatives from the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation, and a staff member from Sarah’s…An oasis for women, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet attended the 10th anniversary luncheon for ECHO Minnesota (Emergency, Community, Health and Outreach). It was a wonderful celebration which highlighted the beauty of diversity and collaboration in the Twin Cities.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with ECHO, it is “a leader in multi-language health, safety, civic engagement and emergency readiness communication, ECHO bridges the gap for immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. Through close collaborations with health and safety experts, bilingual community leaders and talented spokespersons, ECHO crafts high quality programming for television and radio broadcast and phone, print, web, DVD and partner relay distribution.”

ECHO works to reduce disparities, promote preventative care, increase access to life, facilitate transition, and ensure access to information in multi-cultural and diverse communities here in the twin cities. The organization hosts an array multilingual programs, which help our diverse communities and other communities throughout Minnesota break barriers and bridge the communications gap.

While at the luncheon, we heard from panelists Dr. Bruce Corrie, economist and professor at Concordia University, Blong Yang, first Hmong Minneapolis City Council member, Fathia Absie, Somali Storyteller and Filmmaker, and Dr. Michael Oakes, Professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. Each of them shared thoughts and reflections on the integration and collaboration of immigrants, refugees, and natives of Minnesota.

The luncheon was a wonderful experience and the ethnic diversity in attendance was truly remarkable. It was uplifting and inspiring as I witnessed a packed banquet room full of passionate individuals standing together working for a more unified Minnesota and a more unified world.

For more information on ECHO, feel free to explore their website!



In Peace,

Jackie, SJW Justice Office Program Assistant

The Girl Who Stood Up For Education

What a beautiful way to start the morning. The gloomy skies cleared up and the sun slowly found its way through the grey clouds. I came to work to and was wonderfully surprised in finding that the Justice Office acquired the book I Am Malala. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, I Am Malala,  is the inspirational story of a young girl named Malala Yousafzai and her life-changing journey as she was shot by the Taliban for standing up for girls’ education. I am extremely thrilled to have this in our collection and even more thrilled to begin reading it this week!

This morning also brought news regarding the arrest of Malala’s attackers.

In October of 2012, Taliban gunmen boarded the school bus that Malala and others were on. They opened fire shooting Malala and injuring two of her other friends because of her campaign for girls’ education.

According to BBC News, “The group involved in the attack on Malala Yousafzai has been arrested.”

It has been reported that the group members involved in the attack have been identified as members of a faction called “Shura”, a group part of the Pakistani Taliban. They are currently being interrogated and will stand before an anti-terrorism court.

Since her attack, Malala and her family have resided in the UK where she continues to be an advocate for equality for girls and women all over the world.

As we rejoice with Malala and her family in this first step towards bringing her attackers to justice, let us continue to pray for peace around the world especially those areas plagued with constant violence and terrorism.

In Peace,
Jackie, SJW Program Assistant

11th Day Prayer for Peace: Let Us Act Justly, Love Tenderly and Walk Humbly

11th day prayer logo

This Thursday, September 11, 2014 we commemorate the 13th Anniversary of 9/11. Dorothy Jorgenson, CSJ, Joan Wittman, Consociate and Joänne Tromiczak-Neid, Justice Coordinator, three women from our province, were in New York at the United Nations on 9/11. That day, the Sisters and community came together in prayer. Since 2001, on the 11th day of each month, the CSJ Justice Commission and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates continue to come together in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Presentation to pray for peace.

Join us this Thursday as we pray in solidarity for peace and justice throughout our world.

See the link below for more information:

11th Day Prayer for Peace

Invitation to 11 Days of Prayer for Peace from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
Invitation to 11 Days of Prayer for Peace from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: an ordinary woman who led an extraordinary life

Today we celebrate the feast of Mother Teresa. Many of you may be familiar with her as her words and prayers are often referenced online and in print. She was a blessed woman who touched the lives of so many people around the world, especially those who were marginalized by society.

Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, Macedonia on August 26, 1910. She was a member of a youth group at her home parish, and it was through this connection that awakened her call to missionary service through religious life. She entered the Sisters of Loretto when she was seventeen and was sent to Calcutta where she taught high school. It was during this time that another call to work and live among the poor stirred inside of her. With the permission of the Vatican, Mother Teresa began working in the slums, teaching children and treating the sick in their homes. In 1950, with her leadership and the support of the Diocese of Calcutta, the Missionaries of Charity were born. They quickly began to live out their mission as Mother Teresa and the women who joined her set up schools, homes, and orphanages for those who were living in extreme poverty, for those who suffered from illness, and for those who were forgotten. 

During my sophomore year of high school, my theology teacher made our class watch a documentary about her life entitled Mother Teresa. It wasn’t the first time I had her of her, but it was the first time that I realized the extraordinary and grace-filled life that she led. The way she looked at people, the way she cared for people, the way she touched people–simply with love, and love without distinction, was absolutely amazing. I was forever changed after viewing this short documentary, and I’m sure if you all know even just a little bit about this wonderful woman, you would be forever changed too! 

In Peace, 

Jackie, SJW Justice Office Program Assistant