Thursday, January 14, 2016
A Retreat for Sisters
I have learned quite a bit from the Sisters of St. Joseph's religious order of women this past week as we are on retreat together. They are a religious order for the diocese of Boston. They are unlike the Jesuits whose provinces span multiple dioceses. The CSJs are bound to this particular diocese of Boston.
Some of the sisters have asked, "Do you know Dan Harrington, S.J.? He was a student in my first class." It is amazing that they have trained so many diocesan and religious order priests.
Their Framingham facility is much like the Jesuits' Campion Center, but with a feminine touch. Over 90 sisters are here in the health and retirement center and they are a community of love. Incredibly gracious, hospitable, and generous, these sisters live the rule of faith authentically. Their love for the church is firm. The lives they have influenced positively is enormous.
Charity pervades these institutions. They seek spiritual aids and pastoral kindness and they naturally provide their goodness to others. No matter their accomplishments, they only exhibit their humility and are content to be a part of the larger community that shares the same gifts.
Anyways, it is a delight to be with them. They are eager and open for God's personal love for them and they are delighting in being with each other after a full life of ministry well-served.