Sister Spotlight

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At the conclusion of Chapter 2014, Sister Anne Myers SSJ was elected to her second term as Congregational President of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Sister Anne shared, “I feel great energy and hope for us and our future, as well as the future of God’s people. Now is the time for courageous action as we continue to evolve in the consciousness of our unity with all. Like the early Christians, may we have but one heart and one mind, one vision in God.”

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Sister Sharon White SSJ serves as a consultant for Crisis Care Network (CCN), a company that specializes in helping businesses care for their employees in the immediate aftermath of workplace tragedies. CCN keeps Sharon busy dispatching her to counsel employees of banks, manufacturing companies, retail centers, hospitals, construction sites and insurance companies, in the aftermath of robberies, and other acts of violence, accidents and large-scale natural and man-made disasters. Sharon says, “ I bring the God in me to the God in them."

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In June 2014 Sister Regina Bell SSJ began her second term on the General Council for the Sisters of Saint Joseph, serving as Coordinator of Ministries. She shares, “God is with us and God is faithful. The answers to where we need to be and what we need to do will evolve in God’s time. There is something in this particular moment, an occasion of grace, calling us as Sisters of Saint Joseph to embrace our original, personal and corporate fervor. What are we willing to risk?” ‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬


For the last 23 years, Sister Carol Jean Vale SSJ Ph.D. has served as President of Chestnut Hill College. She believes the Congregation’s active, inclusive love for the dear neighbor without distinction is compelling to people today, especially in today’s society. She shares, “One of the truly unique things that we have is the concept of the dear neighbor and everyone feeling welcome. One of the most wonderful things about out institution is that people from all different faiths and with diverse challenges feel welcome ­­— that’s rare.”

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Tribuiani_Roseann copy Junior Level Montessori teacher, Sister Roseann Tribuiani SSJ has taught at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania for over 30 years. In February 2013 Sister Roseann was one of nine staff members honored for extraordinary service to the Academy. Sister Roseann shared: “The students are the life of NFA. I have learned so much from them about simplicity, honesty, forgiveness, generosity and tenacity…they are part of the threads of my life.”#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬
McGowan_CatherineDolores copy Sister Cathy McGowan SSJ is the founding principal of Drexel Neumann Academy in Chester, Pennsylvania. The rebirth of Catholic education in Chester is in large part due to her creative curriculum that serves students from pre-K to grade eight. Along with her staff, she has created a rich, faith-filled opportunity for the children of Chester. In January 2015 Sister Cathy was recognized at Saint Joseph University during their annual Celebration of Catholic Schools.
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In June 2014 Sister Eileen Marnien SSJ was elected to the General Council of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. On that occasion, Eileen shared, “I believe we are being invited to consider: Can we live with passion and joy, reclaim a simple life style, stand against the temptation to believe that we are entitled to anything, trust each other more, affirm each other more often and dare to believe that anything is possible with God’s grace and our hard work.”

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Sister Marjorie Lawless SSJ has been a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph for the past 48 years. Throughout those years Sister Marjorie has generously shared her love and passion for teaching, music and children. She has been a Montessori Teacher at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy in Chestnut Hill of Grades 1, 2 and 3 for more than 25 years. On February 21, 2015 Sister Marjorie was honored at a GALA for her extraordinary years of service to the Academy.
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For more than 30 years Sister Maureen Erdlen SSJ worked as a social worker/administrator. This past June Maureen was elected to the General Council of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She shares her hopes. “We need the entire body to build the container to carry what we bring with us as we move into the future. I hope to see us create an environment where all hopes and dreams are nourished, encouraged and valued.”
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Sister Adele Solari SSJ is the Director of the Social Driving Program at Saint Joseph Villa in Flourtown, Pennsylvania. Sister Adele explains, “This service provides an opportunity for sister residents at the Villa to enjoy experiences away from the Villa: shopping, visiting family and friends, going to lunch or to see a movie. Leonard Doohan in his article, The Spiritual Value of Leisure, sets the context: ‘It is not by work that we earn salvation, but in leisure that we appreciate that it is a gift.”   #‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬

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Sister Cecelia J. Cavanaugh SSJ Ph.D. is a professor of Spanish and the Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Her second book, “New Lenses for Lorca: Literature, Art and Science in the Edad de plata,” was published in 2011. In it she examines the influence of science in the thought, creative process, writing and drawing of Federico Garcia Lorca. More information:
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Sister Dorothy Payne SSJ is President of Trenton Catholic Academy in the Trenton Diocese of New Jersey. She describes it as “a place where students dream, believe and achieve…where everyone expects the exceptional! In 2012 Sister Dorothy received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross in recognition the respect and devotion she has earned from students, parents, faculties, Church and civic leaders with whom she has ministered over five decades.

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As long as she can remember, Sister Michelle Lesher SSJ has known God’s invitation to give her heart to Jesus, come what may. Michelle’s ministries include high school religion teacher and college campus minister. “In those ministries, I have had the opportunity to invite young women and men to appreciate our call to union with God and one another.” Today Sister Michelle serves as Co- Director of Vocations for the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. ‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬ ‪#‎BeInspired‬ ‪#‎NWHM‬

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Since entering the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1973, Sister Teresa Shaw SSJ has served in the ministry of education. This past June, Sister Teresa was elected to the General Council and reflected on her new ministry. “As women religious in the modern world, our prophetic voice is vital. We must pay attention and use our voice for what really matters. We need to be about our mission of unifying love in a very deliberate way.” ‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬ ‪#‎BeInspired‬ ‪#‎NWHM‬

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Sister Diane McManus SSJ is Pastoral Care Coordinator and Life Care/Staff Chaplain, ministering at Holy Redeemer Saint Joseph Manor, Holy Redeemer Lafayette, Holy Redeemer Village and Hospital. Sister Diane describes her mission: ”It is all about listening. The mission here is CARE/COMFORT/HEAL. As a chaplain, the greatest service and gifts I offer are my life experiences, the call from God to be a Sisters of Saint Joseph and the ability to listen.” ‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬ ‪#‎BeInspired‬ ‪#‎NWHM‬


In the Spring of 2013 Sister Helen Frederick Miller SSJ enthusiastically accepted the ministry of Health Care Coordinator for the Congregation. Sister Helen spent 20 years teaching elementary students and 20 years in educational administration before realizing her life-long dream of becoming a nurse. Working at Cancer Treatment Centers of America was a special experience. “Cancer patients are very special people. Their outlook on life is full of gratitude, hope and peace!” ‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬ ‪#‎BeInspired‬ ‪#‎NWHM

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Sister Anne Leonard SSJ has been the Director of Saint Joseph Academy Pre-School in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania since 1998. Sister Anne describes the Academy in this way. “The pre-school is the loving expression of the mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph who live and work so that all people may be united with God and with one another. Students, parents, administrators, aides and neighbors are invited to join in this mission of uniting neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God.” #‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬ #BeInspired #NWHM


Sister Bernadette McMenamin SSJ is Co-Director of Ministry With the Deaf and Persons with Disabilities, Diocese of Camden. She says, “As I minister with the deaf and persons with disabilities, I have the privilege of listening to the life stories…stories which are always connected to the Gospel. I am reminded of Pope Francis’ challenge to the Church to embrace the culture of encounter rather than the culture of exclusion. In this ministry I truly ‘see with new eyes’ and my heart burns within me.”

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 Conboy_Margaret copy Sister Peg Conboy SSJ serves as hospital chaplain at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. Sister Peg describes her ministry in this way: “This ministry is accompanying people who are in pain, sad, angry, fearful or alone. It is walking down the road with them when they need someone to pray with them, someone to talk to or someone who sits quietly next to them. It affords me the possibility to be with the poor and people of every religion, culture, nationality and race.” #NCSW #YoCL #CatholicSisters #BeInspired #ssjphila
Dietrich_KarenCecile copy Sister Karen Dietrich SSJ Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Catholic Partnership Schools in Camden, New Jersey, a dynamic model of Catholic urban education. Making good schools great, the program builds on the outstanding historical performance of Camden’s Catholic elementary schools. Sister Karen says,  “Culture is a critical success factor in a school. The Catholic culture teaches students that they are children of God for whom anything is possible.”#NCSW #YoCL #ssjphila #CatholicSIsterPrevious article
Faustman_Jean copy An Associate Professor of French at Chestnut Hill College, with a Doctoral Degree in French and Spanish, Sister Jean Faustman SSJ Ph.D. knows first-hand that life in the South Andes of Peru is cold, dirty and filled with unimaginable poverty. From 2006-2009 Sister Jean called Yauri, Cosco, Peru home. She returns each summer for seven weeks, using her knowledge of language to help her beloved Peruvian children and families.
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Coll_KathleenM Dawn’s Place is a Safe House for Women in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sister Kathleen Coll SSJ is a founder, board member and volunteer. It is a home and sanctuary to women committed to turning their lives around, providing a homelike atmosphere and safe, nurturing environment needed for the healing of body, mind and spirit. The goal is to enable each woman to leave Dawn’s Place sober, drug-free, employed and able to live independently. ‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎BeInspired‬ ‪#‎CatholicSister‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬
Cole_HelenJoanita copy Sister Helen Cole SSJ, is the Director of Guadalupe Family Services in Camden, New Jersey. In addition to providing counselors at Holy Name School, Sister Helen has been fighting for Camden’s murder victims for almost two decades. The residents lovingly refer to her as ‘Holy Madrecita.’ In 2012 she received the Pope’s highest award to a lay person for her work, known as the Papal Cross, an honor she shares with Mother Theresa. ‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬ ‪#‎BeInspired‬ ‪#‎NWHM‬Previous feature story on Sister Helen Cole SSJ — Click Here.
Daily_JeannetteMarie Under the leadership of Sister Jeannette Daily SSJ All Saints Regional Catholic School is the first regional school in the Trenton Diocese. The mission, to provide students a climate where faith, trust and love for God and others is encouraged, lived and witnessed, recently became a tangible reality for the students. They contributed $1,776.00 to David Muir’s SUPPORT THE CHILDREN OF SYRIA, a campaign to raise money for the education of Syrian children. #‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬
Schaab_Gloria copy Sister Gloria L. Schaab SSJ Ph.D. Associate Dean for General Education in the College of Arts and Sciences of Barry University, Miami Shores, FL, is the author of Trinity in Relation: Creation, Incarnation, and Grace in an Evolving Cosmos. For those who seek an original and comprehensive approach to Trinitarian theology in dialogue with evolutionary science and quantum physics, Trinity in Relation offers an exploration of the ramifications of this dialogue for three key doctrines: creation, incarnation, and grace. ‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬
Robinson_Catherine Sister Catherine Robinson SSJ has a special place in her heart for the students and staff at Archbishop Prendergast High School in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Sister Catherine taught Mathematics at ‘Prendi’ from 1971 to 1980; she served as Principal from 1993 to 2006. In recognition for her dedication and service, Sister Catherine was inducted into the Archbishop Prendergast Hall of Fame and received The Saint Katharine Drexel Award in May 2014. ‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬
Oliver_Judith Sister Judy Oliver SSJ has managed Bethlehem Retirement Village in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, a sponsored work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, for the past eight years. The village of 100 apartments offers housing to seniors living on a limited income. More importantly, Sister Judy says, “We find a way to foster relationships, where residents feel safe, at home and supported in ‘their community’…a special place and at it’s heart––the Sisters of Saint Joseph.” ‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL‬ ‪#‎ssjphila‬
Dombi_Elaine After 30 plus years of teaching school, Sister Elaine Dombi SSJ felt called to work in the area of Spirituality. Today she ministers as an Addictions Counselor and Continuing Care Coordinator at SOME (So Others May Eat) in Ontario, Canada. Sister Elaine shares, “The genuine care offered by SOME provided me the gift of a new appreciation for the People of God. At SOME, it is often difficult to separate the difference between the givers and the receivers.” #‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL #ssjphila
Untitled-1 Described as an unsung hero of the Chestnut Hill College community, Sister Eileen Lynch SSJ was awarded the 2014 ADJUNCT TEACHING AWARD from the School of Undergraduate Studies on April 27, 2014. Honored to receive the award Eileen says,“This award is such a blessing! Teaching Mathematics has been a continuation of the passion for teaching and for Math that I have had for many years. I look forward to continuing to contribute to the excellence of such a fine institution.” #‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL #ChestnutHillCollege #ssjphila
francesratay-2 In August 2014 Sister Frances Ratay SSJ made a Maryknoll sponsored pilgrimage to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, visiting deaf Cambodian students, landmine victims, survivors of Southeast Asian Trafficking, Vietnamese refugees and community health workers. For Fran the experience was profound. “I fell in love with the country and people of Cambodia. There’s a real beauty in their culture and traditions, their temples and their simple way of life.”  ‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL #ssjphila
dorothy-g-small2 For Sister Dorothy Giloley SSJ Alaska is truly home. There, she ministers as the Diocesan Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Fairbanks. In this role she oversees catechetical, sacramental and adult faith formation programs, along with serving as a resource in religious education to the 24 Yupik Eskimo parishes in Southwest Alaska. On September 29, 2013, Sister Dorothy was awarded the ‘Monsignor William Ketchum Service Award’ for her selfless missionary work.‪#‎NCSW‬ ‪#‎YoCL #ssjphila