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Edition No. 83 — November 21, 2018 
Gathering For Shabbat Service
Nefshenu Community, Cherry Hill, NJ
November 3,   2018
By Dorothy Giloley SSJ
On Saturday, November 3, 2018, the Jewish Community of Nefshenu of Cherry Hill, NJ, held Shabbat, (The Jewish Sabbath), at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Marlton, NJ. 

Rabbi Larry Sernovitz invited members of all faith communities in the area to join with the Jewish congregation for the service. This was part of a nationwide movement of the Jewish Federations of North America’s Initiative to invite people of all faiths to gather in prayer, compassion and unity with the Jewish Community in Pittsburgh. 

The Torah was proclaimed and taken in procession through the people gathered. The Rabbi reminded us through the central prayer of Shabbat:  You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5) He called us to love our fellow human beings by treating each other with respect, kindness and compassion. It is significant that the first reading and the Gospel for Sunday Mass, November 4, 2018, included these words from Deuteronomy. 

Approximately 75 people attended the services — representing many faith traditions, including five Sisters of Saint Joseph. In the future there will be more gatherings like this because it is time for people of all faith traditions to come together in unity and stand together against hatred and discrimination. 

Let us continue to keep our Jewish brothers and sisters in our prayers and to work together to end hatred, violence and discrimination in our country and our communities. 
Pictured from left: Dorothy Giloley SSJ, Marie Olwell SSJ, Lillian Needham SSJ, Rabbi Larry Sernovitz, Bernadette McMenamin SSJ and Claire McNichol SSJ 
Sisters of Saint Joseph Associates in Mission
Welcome Assumpta Burke
November 9, 2018
On Friday, November 9th, Assumpta Burke, our first international Associate in Mission, made her commitment as an associate while visiting from Ireland. Assumpta is pictured with her SSJ cousins, Sisters Mary and Maureen Patricia Walsh , and Sister Mary Carmel . Assumpta completed the orientation process with Sister Rita Woehlcke through the use of video conferencing.
Donor Recognition Display Unveiled 
Saint Joseph Villa
November 17, 2018
With the sound of a trumpet fanfare, the veil fell revealing the Golden Anniversary Donor Recognition Display in the lobby of Saint Joseph Villa on the evening of November 17, 2018. 

Sister Dorothy Apprich SSJ , Executive Director, welcomed benefactors, members of the General Council, Villa staff, Development staff, residents of the Villa, friends and family members gathered, who gave so generously to help make the Renewal and Revitalization of Saint Joseph Villa successful. “As we come to the end of our Golden Anniversary year at the Villa, we know that, as a result of this time of renewal and revitalization, a new moment on our journey has indeed already begun. I don't take this for granted and I know beyond a doubt that this is possible only because of God's grace and the support of so many persons like you who have companioned us on the journey. Your generosity in sharing your time, your talent and your treasure has been a great gift to Saint Joseph Villa and has enriched the lives of our residents for whom the Villa is home.”

Sister Anne Myers SSJ , Congregational President, graciously added her thanks: “We are grateful for the Villa Staff, Development Office Staff and Golden Anniversary Steering Committee. There is one other person who also needs to be thanked — and that is Sister Dorothy! How you continued to lead the Villa and to oversee daily operations in the midst of electric drills, hammers, hardhats, coordinating bedroom moves and assisting with the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary year —  has been amazing.

Tonight, we give thanks in a very special way, for our many donors. Your generosity, prayers and support of us have been pure gift! We honor those present tonight and the many who are with us in spirit as we recognize their names or the names of their loved ones on our Donor Recognition Wall. 

Walking into our Villa now is a whole different experience than it was four years ago. We are delighted with our  extreme makeover . You have made the golden years of our sisters and residents here at our Villa more comfortable, warm and homey. You have brought joy to their hearts and ease to their living. Thank you so much for all your goodness and for participating in our mission of union with God and all people in such a special way.” 

Following the Prayer Service, unveiling, and blessing of the display, everyone gathered for a reception near the glowing fire place in the Maguire Lounge.
Photos courtesy Danielle Santacroce
Congratulations Sister Frances Kirk SSJ
Irish Hall of Fame
November 18, 2018
On Sunday, November 18, 2018,  Sister Frances Kirk SSJ , was honored by the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame, for a lifetime devoted to education and service. As chairperson and organizer of Project Children for over 30 years she was able to make an extraordinary impact on the lives of thousands of children in both the United States and Ireland. 

Throughout the 40 years of the program, over 23,000 young Catholic and Protestant children travelled to the US for a summer holiday respite from the everyday violence and strife of their homeland. 

Congratulations, Sister Frances for your dedication, service, love and example to these deserving children!
Look for the full story this January in the Winter Edition of ONE WITH.
Photo courtesy Anna Schuck SSJ
"Rooted in the mission of Christ, ours is the same mission which continually unfolds in the Church, 'That all may be one as you, Father, are in me, and I in you. I pray that they may be one in us.' (Jn 17:21)."
                                        — SSJ Constitutions #17
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