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Womanly Novena: April

 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

About the Womanly Novena

A black and white drawing of three women gazing at the viewer, they are obscured by hazy lines
“First Witnesses of the Resurrection” by Marion Honors, CSJ | Learn more about our sister artists

At our most recent congregational chapter, our congregation made a commitment to support women. “Striving to be beacons of hope, we commit to…walk with women as we claim our voice and work toward an inclusive church and society…”

The worldwide Catholic Church is in the midst of a Synod on Synodality, which has sought input from Catholics around the globe “to provide an opportunity for the entire People of God to discern together how to move forward on the path towards being a more synodal Church in the long-term.”

As the church prepares for the next stage of the synod, we invite you to pray with us a womanly novena, each month for nine months, for a more inclusive church. Each month, we will share:

April Novena

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“In every area of their lives, women ask the Church to be their ally. This includes addressing the social realities of impoverishment, violence and diminishment faced by women across the globe. They call for a Church at their side, and greater understanding and support in combating these forces of destruction and exclusion.”

Synod Working Document for the Continental Stage, 62

Veronica and the women at the foot of the cross

A stylistic contemporary painting of Veronica holding the cloth she just wiped Jesus' face with. His image appears there in full color. Jesus stands right next to her holding his cross.
“Station Six: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus” by Jen Norton
Licensed for use through Diocesan Library of Art.

Although Veronica’s gesture of profound compassion and care is not recorded in the Gospels, the women were there! They accompanied Jesus in his trial, his way of the cross and his death and burial. Women know what accompaniment means. In hard times, many times in silence
and in the simple gestures of listening, they bring food and flowers, hold a hand or give a hug. They are church.


Women who accompanied Jesus in his passion and death, help us to ever deepen our capacity to accompany people in difficulties and hard times so that we can widen our capacity to celebrate with them in the resurrection moments of their lives.

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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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