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Edition No. 47  July 10, 2017 
Sister Jean Faustman SSJ
Receives Highest Teaching Award
Congratulations to Sister Jean Faustman SSJ, D.M.L., associate professor of French and Spanish, as the recipient of The Lindback Award presented during the 2017 Commencement ceremony at Chestnut Hill College.

The Lindback Award is given every three years to an outstanding faculty member, recognized by students, colleagues and peers.

In accepting the award, Sister Jean commented, “I am beyond thrilled; it is such a great honor.”

We congratulate Jean for her dedication, service and love for the community of Chestnut Hill College. 
Sister Carol Jean Vale SSJ, President of Chestnut Hill College, presents Sister Jean Faustman SSJ
with The Lindback Award
Spirits on Fire
A Year-Long Formation Program for Lay
Leaders in the CSSJ Mission and Charism
June 20-24, 2017
Spirits on Fire is designed to assist lay leaders affiliated CSSJ Congregations and ministries to continue the influence of the Sisters of Saint Joseph’s mission, charism and values into the future. This integrated formation program consists of opportunities for leaders to engage in a transformative process of growing into and leading from the CSSJ charism. The Program builds on the call to mission; integrates the CSSJ story, core values and spirituality; and fosters deep, personal internalization. The formation program includes: input, participative processes and reflections, communal prayer, and time to be together with colleagues from across the country.

By the end of the program, participants are able to claim the following:

  • I recognize the charism in myself,
  • I can articulate it,
  • I can act out of it, can lead out of it,
  • I can recognize and name its presence and absence,
  • I can see it and call it forth in others

Two Philadelphia partners in mission were part of Cohort 2 (the second group of participants) at the Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham, New York, from June 20-24. Ally Monteiro from Norwood-Fontbonne Academy has been a Pre-Primary Teacher who is now moving to 6th grade as a STEM teacher. Michael Gambone is Theology Chair at Mount Saint Joseph Academy.

The experience clearly impacted Michael in a positive way. “I think one of the most significant take-aways from Spirits on Fire, for me, is how much the CSSJs trust laywomen and laymen to carry this mission forward. Gathering together for an experience like Spirits on Fire includes important presentations and discussions on topics like the charism, the context of the 1650 founding, the qualities needed for mission-driven leaders, as well as, time for prayer. I found these moments echoed in the joyful, insightful conversations I had with sisters and lay collaborators, some of whom work in very different apostolates.”

“The mission of unity does not belong to the Sisters of Saint Joseph alone,” says Sister Dolores Clerico SSJ. “Therefore, I am both excited and encouraged that we have such committed partners participating in Spirits on Fire. Together, with men and women throughout the country, they are leaven, bringing renewed energy and perspective to the movement that is always drawing all into one.”                     
Ally Monteiro and Michael Gambone 
"As far as possible we imitate Jesus in his untiring zeal and healing presence; Mary in her living faith and constant fidelity to grace; Joseph in the loving manner of his service and his cordial charity to all. "
                                                                                — SSJ Constitutions #10

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