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We celebrate the lives and mourn the passing of our sisters who have recently died.

Mary O'Brien, CSJ

Remembering Sister Mary O’Brien, CSJ

Delightful storyteller, fun-loving and gregarious, tender caregiver, creative and talented seamstress with a spirited Irish wit, are just a few of the ways those who loved her, describe Mary O’Brien, CSJ.

Rita McDonald, CSJ

Remembering Sister Rita McDonald, CSJ

Ever-present advocate for those in poverty, for single mothers, children, run-away youth, and the elderly, this compassionate, generous, and feisty promoter of peace, was born on a farm in Waverly, Minnesota, on October 10, 1922, to Kenneth and Margaret (Burns) McDonald, and died peacefully at Carondelet Village in St. Paul on November 20, 2023.

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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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