St. Joseph’s Day Celebration in Hawaii
CSJ Sisters and `Ohana on Ohahu and Maui, HI islands celebrated St. Joseph’s Day along with parish communities. On O`ahu,  they celebrated at Holy Trinity parish where many Sisters lived and ministered; on Maui, the Sisters were invited to join the parish community at St. Joseph's in Makawao. Those on O`ahu went to a local Italian restaurant for dinner. On Maui, the parishioners at St. Joseph's provided a bountiful parish pot luck dinner.
CSJ Week at MSMU
Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA honored the Sisters of Str. Joseph of Carondelet for their vision and courage to build and sustain an institution of higher learning for the women of Los Angeles, CA. One of the activities–The Growing Justice Prayer Tree, was designed and animated by Julie Tapia, a member of our Medaille House of Discernment . Julie invited students to read and reflect on the Congregation’s Calls to Action and write how they would commit to putting that call into action in their lives. The cloth streamers represent those student commitments. It was great to see the color grow on the tree as the week progressed. Thank you, Julie, for living the CSJ charism into a new generation of women. 
A Miracle at St. Anne School
Saint Anne School in Santa Ana, CA had never won a group medal at the
Diocesan Academic Decathlon Competition, and for the last two years,
they had not even one medalist. Other schools in Orange County, have
many resources to pay individual coaches while St. Anne relies on high
school students and friends of the school to help students prepare for this
important academic competition.
Two teachers, one of them Sister Teresa Lynch, CSJ who is also
the principal, worked this year with our students every day after school,
five hours on Saturdays and during their lunch periods. “Every day, we
prayed to Dorothy Day who was a Servant of God and needs a miracle
to be canonized” explains Sister Theresa. “Our slogan soon became–– We
would be the miracle that Dorothy needed to be called a Saint.” Hard work and prayers paid off last week at this year’s competition in Rancho Margarita, CA. “Dorothy Day now has her miracle: Santa Anne School achieved fourth place as a group and three other students also won individual medals. What our students gained from the experience was the knowledge that they could achieve their dreams with hard work and steady effort. It boosted their self-confidence.”

New Associate in Northridge, CA
Debbie Roberts, our newest Northridge Associate, teaches at St. Ferdinand School in the San Fernando Valley, near Los Angeles, CA. She also coordinates two scholarship fundraising events for the school. Our group supported her this past year with the Festival of Tables dinner in December and the January Tea. Both events were a huge success.

CSJs will be honored in Tucson
The Diocese of Tucson, AZ and the Catholic Foundation will honor the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet along with Monsignors Jeremiah McCarthy and Robert Fuller at its 38th Annual Cornerstone Gala on May 10, 2019. The Sisters and Monsignor McCarthy will join 46 individuals, groups and organizations recognized by the diocese and the Catholic Foundation with the Cornerstone Award. Established in 2002, this award recognizes services to the diocese, the Catholic Foundation and the community. It is the highest honor conferred by the diocese of Tucson and the Foundation.
St. Anne’s School
Donates Back Packs for Students in Peru
In Peru, the new school year begins in March. Thanks to Sister Teresa Lynch, CSJ and St. Anne’s School of Santa Ana, CA, our Sisters in Peru received a donation of backpacks and school supplies. As many refugee families struggle with limited financial resources, the Sisters have been able to help the children get ready for school thanks to the generosity of others!
A Woman of Many Gifts
Sister Rosita Aranita, CSJ has been instrumental in starting a variety of
ministries in Hawaii and Kenya. As a woman who closely identifies with
Jesus’ mission to the poor and oppressed, she is an initiator, introducing
a program for the elderly entitled Comprehensive Individualized Service
Program. She has also been involved in Affordable Housing/Alliance,
Ecumenical Housing Corporation and a youth employment project for
homeless youth. As a lobbyist, she contributed in getting legislation passed for the homeless. In 2007, she organized villages in Karachuonya Division in Nyanza, a province of Kenya, to develop water sanitation projects. The fundraising arm for the school for the water and sanitation projects was a collaborative effort with consociates in St. Paul, MN and Kenya.
Presently, Sister Rosita does grant writing for Hoa Alma O Makaha,
a program that teaches sustainable agricultural practices to homeless
families and to children who attend Makaha Elementary School on Oahu,
HI.
Sister Judy Vaughn Speaks
at Women’s Strike in Los Angeles





Sister Judy Vaughan and other participants wore red armbands in solidarity with LA Teachers. Others, wore yellow bands in solidarity of the yellow


As part of the International Women’s Day -a date celebrated since 1917 when women gained suffrage in Russia- Sister Judy Vaughan, CSJ, joined several speakers at the International Women’s Strike in Los Angeles. The event’s main goal was to recognize the historical and cultural achievements of women and to act against gender inequality. According to Lina Lecaro, of LAweekly.com, “The International Women’s Strike Los Angeles is our city’s answer to the global movement initiated in Poland and Argentina, with issues addressed including stopping wars on women, children, migrants and the planet.” Speakers included Thandiwe Abdullah, the 15-year-old who helped to found the Black Lives Matter youth vanguard; Arlene Inouye, chair of the UTLA bargaining team; Helen Jones, a Watts native whose son, John Horton, was murdered by sheriff deputies at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles in 2009.