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A Field of Future Buddahs Waiting to Bloom - by John Daimõku Kingham

It began in one of the most inhospitable places on earth. I was feeding lunch inside the Hardee Correctional Institution Close Management (CM) cellblock where I had been assigned to live for an indefinite term for possession of weapons, along with 224 others deemed too violent or mentally unstable for Open Population. The June heat raised the level of frustration while the humidity ensured long sweaty days inside the 7’x10’ concrete boxes.

Sent to Find God among Her People - by Sheena George, CSJP

In April 2016, when I was sharing with one of my good friends that I might accept an invitation to volunteer at the Calais Refugee camp, she asked me, “Why? Why do you want to do this?” While on my retreat, I kept returning to my friend’s question. I thought about my journey to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. I have never regretted saying yes to God’s call; I have never questioned my decision to commit myself to Jesus’s call to radical hospitality. A sense of great peace came over me once I realized that my decision to go to Calais was no different. I needed to get involved, to enter into this human suffering and, in whatever way I could, alleviate it. Above all, I felt deep within me a call from our founder Mother Clare to be brave, to be one of the noble, large-minded courageous souls for God and God’s people. Without any more hesitation, I resolved to commit myself to going to Calais.

The Root is Love - by Susan Francois, CSJP

Hospitality is at the core of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Our founder, Mother Francis Clare (Margaret Anna Cusack) understood this well, writing “it did matter to me a great deal in view of our common humanity, and in view of my love of the poor, that I should do all I could for those whom He had loved so well.” She knew that we are called to make room for God’s love, God’s people, God’s creation in our hearts and in our very actions, and so inspired by the Spirit, she took the risk to found our community.

A Note of Gratitude for Brian Doyle

On May 27 of this year, the writer Brian Doyle passed away at age 60 from complications due to a
brain tumor. Brian Doyle was one of those rare people who are open and honest, genuine and true, a student and teacher both. He was a lover of nature and stories, which he considered prayers. His writing could move you to tears of laughter and sorrow in one sitting. After he was diagnosed, he asked…

From Hope to Faith to Trust by Ann Crawley, CSJP

I am fortunate to come from a family of twelve and was blessed to grow up in Dublin surrounded by lots of good friends and neighbors. We lived as one big happy family, and no one ever seemed to move house. We never locked our door. We played together, prayed together and often ate in each other’s homes. All were welcome. Our Haitian brothers and sisters have similar respect for the poor and the outcast. They welcome everyone they meet with their most common verbal greeting: “Bonjou, Kouman ou ye?” “Good day, how are you?”

St. Mary’s Residence Offering a Stable Alternative in an Unstable World by Cristina Turino

St. Mary’s Residence, one of the sisters’ oldest ministries, is situated in Paulus Hook, a historic section of Jersey City that has cycled through different socio-economic stratospheres over the last 100 plus years. In the midst of these changes, St. Mary’s has remained a refuge for single women continuing Mother Clare’s mission to protect, serve, and enable those most vulnerable.

Join the Feast of Creation - by Terrence Moran, CSJP-A

At the 2014 Congregation Chapter, a once in six years assembly of sisters and associates to pray and plan their future direction, the Congregation of Saint Joseph of Peace stated: “Disturbed by the Spirit, we recommit ourselves to Jesus’ way of radical hospitality.” Ever since then we have been probing the practical consequences of that challenging commitment. ... But I suspect we haven’t given much thought to ourselves as the recipients of radical hospitality.

Out of the Jungle - by Frank McCann, CSJP-A

In Calais, we, who thought we came to live out a Congregation Chapter Call to share the radical hospitality of Jesus, were given a lesson in hospitality by people who, like Jesus, had nowhere to call home (Mt. 8:19-22). What continued to differentiate us was that we could, and eventually would, leave the Jungle and go back where we came from. We, who were guests, had passports and a place to call home. This was, and is, still a painful reality to face.

Ways to Get involved - Refugee  Crisis by Frank McCann, CSJP-A

I know I cannot solve the refugee crisis on my own and remain saddened, if not depressed, over the election of someone so anti-immigrant to our nations’ leadership. But my Calais friends do not allow me to throw up my hands in despair. They require of me more resilient responses, many of which I could encourage readers to try.

"The important thing is that we remain open to God as he reveals himself to us in the circumstances of life and do everything possible to bring the body of his Son to completion."

Catherine O'Connor, CSJP