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Edition No. 167— April 15, 2021 
Sister Colleen Gibson SSJ
Honored with Award for Excellence
A collection of Sister Colleen Gibson SSJ’s columns from Global Sisters Report (GSR) were awarded an "Award of Excellence"—the top honor—from the Associated Church Press. As the judge wrote of her work: "A raw and honest exploration of faith within the Catholic tradition that celebrates both its richness and challenge from an engaged feminist perspective." Below is a link to the article GSR ran about the awards as well as links to the 3 columns that were submitted. The columns included reflections on the paschal mystery, personal blind spots and the example of St. Phoebe.

Sister Colleen expressed her gratitude. “It is an honor to have been considered by the ACP and a great gift for my work to be recognized. Thanks to everyone who reads along with me and joins me on the journey, for the wonderful publications who put my words into print, the many communities that support my writing (and me), and the Spirit who inspires it all. AMDG+”

by Colleen Gibson SSJ
Reprinted with permission from Global Sisters Report
Read Sister Colleen Gibson SSJ's latest article in the Global Sisters Report: "An Uneasy Alleluia."

Reading the stories of the Resurrection this Easter, I have been struck by the emotions of the disciples. What is so often portrayed as a crystal-clear experience of joy, of pure and precise revelation, is, upon further examination, not nearly as clear as one might hope.
Zoom—Walking Toward Unity
by Julie Gabell, SSJ Associate
In a “topsy-turvy” world where there are far more questions than answers, each Villa Zoomer took time this week to sit back and look deeply into her heart. Nourished by insights adapted from a two-day Justice Committee Workshop, “Breaking the Silence Confronting Racism, Power and Privilege,” they faced head-on one of the most difficult historical issues of our time—racism.

When we speak of racism, power and white privilege, we open a Pandora’s Box of complexities and multigenerational issues. The very definition of ‘white privilege’ implies that Caucasian peoples enjoy a superior classification of themselves and their role in society. For the most part, the privileged remain unaware of the subtle attitudes that they have enjoyed since birth. On the contrary, people of color deal daily with an internalized racial oppression that teaches them to accept and believe negative social definitions of themselves, whether consciously or unconsciously. This creates a societal divide both wide and painful.

Discussing this topic was not an easy task. Each Zoomer faced the challenge of recognizing her own sense of privilege; then evaluating it in light of effects it might have had on the lives of others. Had she ever felt “better than” a person of color, or “smarter than”? Had she ever felt more “entitled to”? More “powerful”? 

In this regard, no one of us can lay claim to total innocence. It is not easy to own such attitudes, to recognize that hidden side of self which often remains buried in fear and misguided intention. We are called to be better than that; to be persons who focus mind and heart on the transformational power of tolerance, communication and acceptance. 

This article is but a miniscule step toward solving society’s racial injustice dilemma. Ultimately, it is only through our belief in the Oneness of all creation that we will embrace a fullness of unity with God and one another. Let us, together, take a giant leap toward that end.
Camden New Jersey
April showers bring May flowers (and veggies)! At Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, Sister Marjorie's lettuce is off to a good start and we are getting ready to welcome students and their families May 1st for some work in our community garden. Our neighbors here in Camden have been readying their plants and neighbors at Norwood-Fontbonne have been collecting donations and growing some starters to get our growing season off to a great start come May—good work everyone! 
Laudato Sí Reflection for April 18, 2021
Sisters of Saint Joseph serving on the Chapter Implementation Subcommittee for Directive II, offer this excerpt from Laudato Sí and questions that you can use for your personal reflection, local community sharing, or another creative way you can incorporate these into your life. Enjoy this week's reflection.
Celtic Golf Raffle 2021
Win a trip for two to Ireland! Tickets for our annual Celtic Golf Raffle are now available! Visit https://ssjphila.networkforgood.com/events/25767-celtic-golf-raffle-2021?fbclid=IwAR2a4OjGHFUq1U3Li2Et-nyLNiYjCyQlTSd03LwaXLszTcGu7FOrswkaaPo for more information and to purchase chances to win.
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"With the help of God's grace and in fidelity to our founder's expressed wish, we live and work lovingly among all persons with a special preference for those who are poor, which calls us wherever we are to be in union with them."
                         — SSJ Constitutions #21
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