On May 1, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet will publish the inaugural issue of a congregational magazine. This first issue will highlight our vibrant Peruvian community in a special way.
This publication is the result of two years of collaboration between communication directors, development directors and leadership in all of our provinces and vice provinces. “This project is important because it shows that though we come from different cities and ministries, we know that there is strength in working together,” said Barbara Dreher, CSJ of the Congregational Leadership Team. “We thank those friends and donors of the Sisters of St. Joseph who will join us in supporting our sisters ministering in Peru.”
Our sisters have been present in Peru for more than 50 years. They live in both urban and rural areas in three cities around the country, ministering in education, prison ministry, counseling, parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy and more.
Thanks to a generous grant from the GHR Foundation, Ann Thompson and Ralph Scorpio, who work in communication and development respectively for our St. Paul province, were able to visit Peru in March 2015 to interview sisters accompanied by a professional videographer. “Peru is a welcoming and beautiful country and the Sisters there talk about the importance of walking with the people,” said Thompson. “I watched that happen every day of my visit. The Sisters have a deep and abiding love for the people they work with. Their care and compassion is gladly returned. As they often reminded me, their work is about presence.”
Thompson is also using the interviews and footage to create the next installment of “In Search of the Divine,” a video series on spirituality produced by our St. Paul province, which will be available soon.