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Edition No. 94 — May 6, 2019 
Earth Day
Mount Saint Joseph Convent
April 22, 2019
Earth Day was originally conceived by environmental activist John McConnell back in 1969. But it was U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson who founded it as an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970. Many people consider this event the birth of the “Going Green” movement. Observed every year on April 22, this day of environmental awareness has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 48 years. From the historic 2016 signing of the Paris Climate Agreement to the 2017 March For Science, it has become a day of great significance for eco-activists. Coordinated by the Earth Day Network, there are now annual events held in 193 countries around the world to promote the idea that we, as humans, should protect the environment.

On April 22, 2019, sisters and staff from Mount Saint Joseph Convent gathered around a newly planted Sorrel Tree to pray for and celebrate Earth.

“Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.”   Laudato Si’ 42
Celebrate St. Joseph the Worker
Mount Saint Joseph Convent
May 1, 2019
On May 1, 2019, sisters and staff at Mount Saint Joseph Convent celebrated the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker with breakfast, prayer and sharing.

Sister Jean Laurich SSJ led the prayer with these thoughts: “Joseph is known as the ‘hidden saint.’ We look to Joseph our patron, for God had a reason for choosing Joseph as the foster father of Jesus. He not only taught Jesus how to be a carpenter, but how to live a life of virtue. And so, we pray today that God would give us the success of the work of our hands, our hearts and our minds.”

Bring great love to whatever life presents today, great and small things alike. -Maxim 90
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Saint Joseph Villa
May 1, 2019
Cinco de Mayo is a huge festival day among the Mexican-American and Hispanic peoples living in the United States of America. It is the commemoration of the Mexican victory over the much more powerful French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods.
 
On May 1, 2019, sisters and staff from the 4 th floor at Saint Joseph Villa gathered for their own celebration of Cinco de Mayo.  Sisters Mary William Herron Lourdes Kennedy and  Pauline Plefka prepared a wonderful celebration of games, music and activities which every sister thoroughly enjoyed.
New Latte Named for Sister Carol Jean Vale SSJ
Poppy's Cafe
April 26, 2019
Photo courtesy Linda Johnson
Poppy’s Café, in the Market at the Fareway, unveiled its newest drink, the “Sister Carol Jean Bean,” a red velvet latte named after Chestnut Hill College’s long-standing president, Sister Carol Jean Vale 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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