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Edition No. 19   September 22, 2016  
9th Annual
Swing for the Sisters
Flatbush Golf Course
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 
September 17, 2016

One hundred forty-four golfers, along with sisters, volunteers, friends and staff gathered at the picturesque Flatbush Golf Course in Littlestown, Pennsylvania on Saturday, September 17, 2016 for the 9th Annual Swing for the Sisters Golf Tournament.

This tournament has become a much-loved and well-attended event over the years and this year was no exception. The committee provided over 40 beautiful gift baskets and prizes. Volunteers were on the scene working from sunrise to the closing luncheon. There were smiles all around as everyone spent time with old friends and new friends, sisters and family.

After 19 holes of golf, prizes were awarded to first place men’s, women’s and mixed foursomes, the man and woman who were closest to the pin and the oldest and youngest players.

At the luncheon following the tournament, Sister Anne Myers SSJ thanked everyone on behalf of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. “I want to thank all of you for being here and participating in the golf outing today that benefits retired Sisters of Saint Joseph. We are truly grateful to you for your presence here and for your steadfast support. This tournament was a sell-out because so many of you chose to attend. That is a real tribute to you and to your love and connection to the sisters in this area, and I want to say thank you so much. A special thank you to the committee which worked very enthusiastically with great dedication, especially the chair of the committee, Chuck Glessner, committee members, volunteers, sisters and lay friends who have helped.

Thank you for being with us and for the great help you are to the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Our retired sisters really count on you and count on this event to support our retirement efforts. Currently, we are in the process of renewing and revitalizing our Villa in Flourtown. This event contributes greatly to that endeavor. Thank you so much and please stay with us. God bless you.”

Special thanks to the Swing for the Sisters Committee for their time, energy, love and support: Mary Elizabeth Gebhart SSJ, Charles Glessner, Jean Holtz SSJ, Jan Horvath, Rosanne Karmazin SSJ, Jane Keller SSJ, Bonnie Kozemchak, Jane Lawrence SSJ, Patty Loughrey SSJ, Kathleen Pales SSJ,
Jane Small SSJ, Mary Starks, Jackie Staub SSJ, Marian Corde Stilwell SSJ, Mary Unger SSJ, Ann Marie Wierman SSJ, Barbara Worley SSJ and Nicole Schlein.

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Save the Date
10th Annual Swing for the Sisters Golf Tournament ... September 30, 2017.

Saint Joseph Guild
Welcome  Sister Eileen Lynch SSJ 

by Frances DeLisle SSJ

Saint Joseph Guild, like Saint Joseph Villa, begins its 49th year! The Guild’s Mission is two-fold: first, to extend the Ministry of Prayer of our Villa Sisters to all who turn to them for spiritual support; secondly, to provide financial support for our beloved Villa Sisters through the sale of all occasion cards.

As we anticipate the 50th Anniversary of the Guild in 2018, we are delighted to introduce Sister Eileen Lynch SSJ, who is assuming the role of Coordinator of Saint Joseph Guild. Sister Eileen follows in the footsteps of Sister Thomas Ignatius SSJ (1968-1980), Sister Anne Marguerite SSJ (1980-2000) and Sister Frances DeLisle SSJ (2000-2016). Sister Eileen eagerly awaits the opportunity to enhance the mutually beneficial relationship between our Villa Sisters’ prayers and all God’s people and their needs.

As we welcome Sister Eileen, we bid a grateful farewell to Sister Joan Frances St. Clair SSJ for her 48 years of dedicated ministry in the Guild. When the Guild began in 1968, Sister Joan was teaching. She began volunteering on Saturdays and in the summer. In 1970, Reverend Mother Alice Anita SSJ assigned Sister Joan to assist Sister Thomas. As the Guild expanded and became computerized, Sister Joan kept up with all the trends.

To celebrate Sister Joan’s retirement, she was honored with an Ice Cream Social and joined by the Sisters on the fifth floor. Sisters Kathleen Pales SSJ, Barbara Farrell SSJ and Rosemarie Lorenz SSJ joined the party to thank Sister Joan for her considerable contribution to the Guild and the Development Program.

We invite you to become part of our circle of friends:
view our card selection at
contact us:  215-248-7838,


The General Council of the Sisters of Saint Joseph is pleased to announce that as of September 19, 2016, Ernestine Hunter will join the Motherhouse staff. Ernestine has been appointed as the new Executive Assistant to the Council.

Ernestine shared a little about herself: “This is my first week with the Sisters of Saint Joseph, in the position of Executive Assistant, supporting the General Council. In this position, I expect to interact and work with many of the Sisters in the Community.
My previous work experience includes supporting the Director of Operations for the Department of Medical Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University; Community Outreach Coordinator for Women of Faith and Hope, Inc., a breast cancer support group; and, Administrative/Editorial Assistant to the publications manager at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

I am the mother of four adult children and grandmother of five. High on my list of priorities is spending time with my extended family, which also includes my mother, six siblings, their spouses, children and grandchildren. Because my sister and a long-time friend are breast cancer survivors, I lovingly serve as a member of the board of directors for Women of Faith and Hope, Inc. For over 10 years, I have taught Christian Education at my church, and find that the more I teach, the more I learn. Reading is my favorite activity.”

We extend a warm welcome to Ernestine!

“As we desire to walk with Jesus in poverty, we make the gift of our person, our time, our talents, our possessions, in union with him for others in love. We can thus further our mission of unity by sharing fully what we have and what we are with one another and with all persons.”

— SSJ Constitutions #74
Editor, Sister Carole Pollock SSJ | 215.248.7269 | |