I can hardly believe that I am sitting down to write my farewells. This year has been an incredible experience, and I have learned more than I ever thought possible. Each season brought its own opportunities and challenges; and now, as we head back into summer, I would like to take a little space to reflect on all this year has meant and to thank all of you for part in making this community such a welcoming and inspiring place.
Working in the Justice Office has brought me deeper understanding of the lessons I began learning as an undergrad at St. Kate’s: to value women’s leadership, to explore and grow in my spirituality and love of God, to seek solidarity in community, and to live in a way that is both simple and sustainable. It’s no coincidence that these are also the pillars of the St. Joseph Worker program!
Over the year, I learned what I can do to help break the impasse in our politics through the wise words of Sr. Simone Campbell and Dr. Fatma Reda. Workshops taught me about the “CSJ Way” of Community, Spirituality, and Justice. I met Sisters of St. Joseph, Consociates/Associates, and Partners in Mission from all across the U.S. and beyond at the Congregation and Federation meetings in New York. Perhaps most striking of all, I found an amazing friend and mentor in Megan Bender, who continuously amazed me with her dedication, hard work, and creativity in/for the work of justice.
In August, I’ll be heading to Berkeley to start my masters in Biblical studies at the Graduate Theological Union. It will be a big change, and I’m going to miss all of the friends I’ve made this year. I am comforted to know that throughout all the newness of this transition, I will have the strength, courage, love, and brilliance of the CSJ community to guide and support me.
It has been a joy and a privilege to work within the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet & Consociates. Thank you all, and God bless!
Elea Ingman, SJW