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CSJP Reflections

Advent: Praying with Mother Clare

Advent photo reflections inspired by the writings of our founder Mother Francis Clare (Margaret Anna Cusack).

Prayer as Both Gift and Task by Sister Susan Francois, CSJP


Prayer is getting a bit of a bum rap these days, at least when it is tagged on to the end of the platitude most often employed in the face of senseless disaster and heart wrenching tragedy — "thoughts and prayers."

In the wake of the avalanche of natural and human-caused disasters over the past few weeks, the…

CSJP Poetry: Pondering Presence by Sister Margaret Redmond, CSJP


Our CSJP community is blessed with many talented writers. Here we are pleased to share a poem by Sister Margaret Redmond, CSJP.



My sunhouse is safe
Several elevations above sea level
in St. Beunos…

On Prayer: Prayer Progression by Sister Eileen Byrne, CSJP

First prayers remain with us—this is certainly true for me. They got added to during different stages of my life, but never taken away from or substituted. They are always a constant when I need to pray but cannot rouse my mind and heart to concentrate deeply.

My memories range over the “God bless…” prayers at bedtime, which were usually family connected but could, on occasion, stretch to…

Creativity & Peacemaking by Sister Alexandra Kovats, CSJP

“In the beginning God created …” The Holy One manifests herself through creating and creativity. This gift of creativity is also embedded in our magnificent Universe.

Planet Earth, our home, also gives witness to creative fertility.  The birthing of molecules and organisms is a never ending process. Creative energies are at constant work and play all around us.

To be human is also…

Our Roots: St. Joseph’s Messenger by Sister Mary Kuiken, CSJP


The history of St. Joseph Messenger is a long and memorable one that had its roots in 1886 with the Congregation’s very first publication, “The Dove of Ireland.” It was a little paper issued every year in connection with the Union of Peace and Prayer, a network of prayer for peace in homes and families. Today the prayer network continues as the Pious Union of Prayer, uniting its members…

Easter Meditation by Mother Francis Clare

Mother Francis Clare (Margaret Anna Cusack), the founder of our community, was a prolific writer.  Here is her reflection for Easter Sunday from her 1866 work, Meditations for Advent and Easter.

Consider how we may best worship and glorify the risen Heart of Jesus.

1. Let us run with the holy women to His tomb. There we may contemplate His wonders and adore His power; there…

Vocation Musings – Triduum … by Sister Susan Francois, CSJP

The Church is about to enter the sacred days of Triduum. Triduum is my favorite part of our Catholic liturgical tradition. For those who may not be familiar with the term, Triduum refers to the three holy days of holy week: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil.

We come together on these days to tell our story, to remember, to ritualize, and finally to celebrate the hope of the…

The questions of the Paschal Meal enlighten my own.  Perhaps the earliest was Mother de la Salle’s asking me, a Catholic Charities social worker at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey:  “Miss Richardson, why don’t you join the Sisters in their work here?  Give me 10 reasons.”  Not one occurred to me and so I entered.

At St. Luke’s High School, my first assignment,…

I have been intrigued by the original title of the Congregation, given to us in 1884 by our founder, Mother Francis Clare–St. Joseph Sisters of Peace of the Immaculate Conception. I am also one who enjoys delving into archival material about our early history where I’ve discovered that in many of the letters and documents that went to and from Rome, most often we were referred to as “Sisters of…

"We are consciously choosing to shape the future rather than allowing the future to shape us."

Sheila Lemieux, CSJP