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Mary M. McGlone, CSJ

Mary M. McGlone, CSJ, a Denverite by birth, was received into the congregation in 1973 and made perpetual vows in 1978. She earned a doctorate in theology from St. Louis University in 1991. Her ministry experience includes teaching, primarily in higher education; pastoral ministry; child care and professional writing. She has written two books on the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the United States. Sister Mary also writes a regular column for the National Catholic Reporter.

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Advent: Incarnating Love

I think my favorite line in any Christmas carol is “Fall on your knees!” That’s from “O Holy Night,” a French carol written in 1847. The song can be profoundly prayerful for us whether we are from the most traditional or the most avant-garde strains of spirituality. The essence is profound awe at the love of God.

An illustration of the first sisters in St. Louis



An illustration of the first sisters in St. Louis

Reflexión sobre el Día de la Fundación

A mediados de octubre celebramos el Día de la Fundación, y recordamos a las personas valientes quienes fundaron nuestra comunidad en Le Puy. El Padre Médaille viajó a donde no se permitía viajar a Jesuitas, reunió a un grupo de mujeres y les ayudó a formar una congregación religiosa.

An illustration of the first sisters in St. Louis

Reflecting on Founders Day

In the middle of October, we celebrate Founders’ Day, memorializing the eight courageous pioneers who created our community in Le Puy, France. Father Médaille went where Jesuits were not allowed to go, gathering a group of women and helping them become a formal religious congregation.

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¡Nunca dejen de aprender!

¿Cómo sería si todas nosotras celebráramos este Mes de Historia Negra, el cual nos recuerda que siempre hay más para aprender y gozar de la rica diversidad del Cuerpo de Cristo?

Chairs in an empty classroom

Never Stop Learning!

What would it be like if all of us celebrated this Black History Month as a reminder that there is always more to learn and enjoy from the rich diversity of the Body of Christ?

Welcoming a “dear neighbor” into community in Peru

Little by little, Sister Anne learned that Hanna had been a refugee most of her life, fleeing Ethiopia for Kenya and eventually South Africa. Hanna married, and in 2015 was forced to flee xenophobic violence in South Africa, traveling with three-year-old Betty.

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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are a congregation of Catholic sisters. We, and those who share our charism and mission, are motivated in all things by our profound love of God and our dear neighbors. We seek to build communities and bridge divides between people. Since our first sisters gathered in 1650, our members have been called to “do all things of which women are capable.” The first sisters of our congregation arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in 1836, and we now have additional locations in St. Paul, Albany, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Japan and Peru. Today, we commit to respond boldly to injustice and dare to be prophetic.


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