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Edition No. 117 — February 19, 2019 
Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center
2020 Challenge
January 15, 2020
By Pat Madden SSJ
On January 15th at the Welcome Center we began the “2020 Challenge.” We asked students, volunteers, and friends to donate: 

.02  .20. $2.00  $2.02 $2.20  etc. 
until we reached the goal of $2,020.

The donations will be used to assist the Refugees waiting in Mexico to enter the US and those waiting to receive asylum here.The donations will go to those organizations assisting refugee seekers. 

Thanks to so many generous donors, near and far, we exceeded our goal of $2,020. We are grateful to so many for participating in this “new year” campaign. Thank you!
Sisters of Saint Joseph Among
Catholic School Teachers
Recognized for Years of Service
January 31, 2020
Auxiliary Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was the celebrant of a Mass concluding Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31st in the chapel of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. He was joined by senior leadership from the Office of Catholic Education as well as teachers who have dedicated their lives to the mission of Catholic education for 25 years, 50 years or more. A reception recognizing their years of faithful service followed the Mass.

Congratulations to Sisters Ave Armstrong SSJ , Mary Boyer SSJ , Gertrude Friel SSJ and Joanne Mongelli SSJ who were honored at the event.
Pictured center: Sister Gertrude Friel SSJ, 54 years, of Bonner-Prendergast and (front) Sister Ave Armstrong SSJ, 53 years, of West Catholic.
Sister Joanne Mongelli SSJ, currently at Archbishop Wood High School and a Catholic school teacher for 50 years, receives Communion from Bishop Michael Fitzgerald.
Pictured far right: Sister Mary Boyer, SSJ, of Bishop McDevitt High School celebrates 55 years.

Photos courtesy
Delone Catholic High School
Hall of Honor Class of 2020
Sister Jane O. Small SSJ Honored
February 7, 2020
The Hall of Honor inducted its inaugural class in conjunction with the celebration of the school’s 75th Anniversary on September 19, 2015. The Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the school through consistent contribution of time, effort and/or financial resources or who have improved the school and its reputation through significant professional or community achievements. Congratulations to  Sister Jane O. Small SSJ , who is one of this year’s recipients.

Jane, a member of the class of’61 – is one of seven siblings who are Delone Catholic alumni. As a Sister of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Jane has dedicated her life to the service of God and neighbor. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and worked in that field for a number of years. She was later trained as a nursing home administrator to help lead the congregation’s outreach to the marginalized. She has also been certified by the National Center for Housing Management.

When the Sisters of Saint Joseph received a federal grant to turn the St. Joseph Academy campus in McSherrystown into senior housing, she was one of three people who supervised the transition. Jane oversaw the growth of the Villages from 40 units in 1998 to a thriving community of nearly 100 units today, ensuring that this long-time pillar of McSherrystown continues to serve residents long after it ceased to operate as a school. At the time of her retirement, she was responsible for the maintenance of all units, and she still gives 30 hours per week to the upkeep of the facilities. She has also been a board member of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Community Program, Inc., a non-profit in Adams and York Counties which oversees senior and low-income housing projects, for nearly 20 years.

Congratulations, Jane, on this well-deserved honor!
Sister Jane expresses her gratitude as she accepts her honor.
Pictured from left: Evelyn Danks SSJ, Jane Small SSJ and Vickie Staub SSJ.
Jane celebrates with her family.
Pictured from left: Jackie Staub SSJ, Jane Lawrence SSJ and Patty Loughery SSJ.
Principle LaRocca presents Jane with her plaque.
"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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