The Congregation Leadership Team provides spiritual and prophetic leadership in the congregation, challenging the members to an effective expression of our charism, and fosters unity among the members through appropriate means. (Constitution 95) To promote the integrity and vitality of the charism, the Leadership team fosters an active concern for peace founded on justice. (Constitution 98) In addition, the Congregation Leadership Team oversees the general administration and corporate responsibilities of the Congregation. In their tasks they are assisted by Jan Linley, Office Manager, Frank McCann, CSJP Peace through Justice Facilitator, Sister Suzanne Golas, CSJP UN representative, Sister Ann Taylor, Congregation Archivist, and Cristina Turino, Administrative Assistant. The Congregation Office is located in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
The present Congregation Leadership Team began their six-year term of office on January 7, 2015, our CSJP Community Day of Thanksgiving. Sister Sheila Lemieux serves as the Congregation Leader. Sister Kristin Funari served as Assistant Congregation Leader from January 2015 until her death in November 2016. The role of Assistant Congregation Leader will now rotate among the remaining members of the Leadership Team: Sisters Susan Francois, Mielinda McDonald, and Margaret Shannon. Sister Susan is presently the Assistant Congregation Leader through January 7, 2018.
Sister Sheila most recently served as Congregation Director of Formation. She has held province and congregation leadership roles. She was the Congregation Leader from 2003-2009. Her background also includes experience as an educator in the Seattle Archdiocese, Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph's parish in Issaquah, Washington and PeaceHealth Board Chair.
Sister Margaret has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for 31years. Prior to her psychotherapy practice, she worked for the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle in Snohomish County as Young Adult Minister.
Sister Melinda provided patient care in multiple aspects of HIV/AIDS nursing for 25 years and most recently was a hospice homecare nurse. Together with associate Eileen McCann, she co-directed the CSJP Associate program in the eastern region.
Sister Susan previously ministered as a social justice educator and advocate at the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle. Prior to entering the community, she worked in municipal government administration in Portland, Oregon for 11 years. Sister Susan earned a Masters of Arts in Theology degree from Catholic Theological Union, where she was a Bernardin Scholar.
Sister Kristin passed away on November 11, 2016. She served on the Congregation Leadership Team from 2009-2016. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of York Street Project in Jersey City, New Jersey and was associated with York Street Project since its inception in 1988. Read more about Sister Kristin ...
Kristin Funari, Susan Francois, Margaret Shannon, Sheila Lemieux, Melinda McDonald.
"So Christ is our model and in order to imitate Him we have to do strange things – things that seem almost inexplicable, but at the last days, when our work is taken off the loom of life, we shall see the beauty that comes into our soul by this work."
Mother Evangelista (Honoria Gaffney)