Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph

April Newsletter
Mount Saint Mary's University Campus Visit
Executive Director, Martha Malinski had the opportunity to visit Mount Saint Mary's University. Some of the trip's highlights included: reconnecting and meeting new colleagues, attending a joint concert of the Mount Saint Mary's University and St. Catherine University's choirs (photo above, top left), attending The Report on the Status of Women and Girls (photo above, top right), joining in on conversations between Mount Saint Mary's University and St. Catherine University's faculty and staff on being a women's college (photo above, bottom left) and enjoying the beautiful Chalon campus. 
ACSSJ's National Catholic Sisters Week
National Catholic Sisters (NCSW) Week takes place every year in March. This year, all campuses participated in events and many connected NCSW events with existing Mission and Heritage Week events. Nearly 900 people attended the events. Each campus promoted the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph and emphasized the "loving the dear neighbor"  Thank you to National Catholic Sisters Week who helped fund events on all nine member campuses. 

Avila University
Avila University hosted a Dinner and Dialogue with Journey to New Life, an organization founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph.  The event inspired the college community by hearing from the experiences of people who were recently released from prison and how the CSJ community helps them start new lives for themselves. Two women shared their  personal experiences of incarceration. Around 25 people attended this event.
Chestnut Hill College
Chestnut Hill College had over 110 people attend their event, A Way Out Stopping Modern Slavery, that focused on human trafficking.  Dawn's Place supports women affected by commercial sexual exploitation. Sister Kathleen Koll, SSJ, the co-founder of Dawn's Place, gave a powerful presentation.  Anne Marie Jones, a peer mentor and survivor of human trafficking also shared her story. 125 people attended this event.
College of Our Lady of the Elms College
Elms College hosted an event entitled, Sisters and Social Justice.  Several Sisters of St. Joseph, including the former president of Elms College, Sister Kathleen Keating, came to campus to reflect on how the Elms College's mission was born out of the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph.  Sisters Kathleen Keating, Denise Granger and Roberta Mulcahy discussed the SSJs’ current work and outlook on the future. They also spoke about the history and legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph, as well as the congregation’s influence on the college. Over 30 people attended these events. 
Fontbonne University
Fontbonne University had a successful week-long celebration. Rockin’ with Sisters had students join the Sisters of St. Joseph in conversations in rocking chairs. A Watering the Family Tree Mass celebrated the gift of creation, a day of service with the CSJs, a heritage wall display to show their appreciation of CSJs around the United States and I have a career....and I'm a CSJ panel.
Mount Saint Mary's University
Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles hosted multiple masses and events highlighting the Sisters of St. Joseph and “loving the dear neighbor” in their many ministries, particularly those persons who are experiencing homelessness. Students, staff and faculty participated in a campus wide food and toiletry drive.  A highlight of the week included the CSJ Appreciation Day celebrating the over 50 Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet in attendance.  Over 100 people joined in the celebration.  A student undergraduate team highlighted the work of the CSJ ministries in Los Angeles and the student learning during their alternative spring break with people experiencing homelessness. 
Regis College
Regis College celebrated the week by showing appreciation for CSJs Boston and the work that they do to inspire multicultural and under served people with a pathway to a better life, including US citizenship.  A luncheon of students and Sisters was then followed by a "meet and greet" on the Sisters of St. Joseph's ministries.  This program raised awareness on the organizations and volunteer opportunities for students.  This was followed by a forum featuring four ministries -- The Women's Table, Casserly House, Bakhita House, and The Literacy Connection -- only Bakhita House is not a direct ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph.  Regis College also celebrated their Heritage week and 90th anniversary. 
St. Catherine University
St. Catherine University facilitated a Sisters, Students and Sustainability panel of CSJ sisters that highlighted the importance of living sustainability and each panelist shared how they personally practice it in their lives. Around 50 people attended this event.  A student-led project to plant native grasses that are bee friendly around campus with educational signs was funded to integrate sustainability throughout campus. Student leaders also were able to have an on-campus lunch with Sisters of St. Joseph. Lastly, a Habits and Hijabs program brought together sisters and Muslim students to share similarities and celebrate differences of wearing habits and hijab. Around 75-80 students, faculty, staff and community members attended this event.
St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph’s College held an Earth, There is No Place Like Home event to address and support sustainability efforts of the Sisters of St. Joseph Brentwood. This event engaged students and as a result, St. Joseph’s College has seen an increase in the number of students eager to volunteer with their organic farm. Other events included a The Dear Neighbor lunch and learn, the creation of the LePuy kitchen, as well as a St. Joseph's Day Mass. Over 100 people attended the events.  
The College of Saint Rose
The College of Saint Rose celebrated Mission & Heritage Week with a Heritage Liturgy, Service to the Dear Neighbor activities, a lunch and other events highlighting the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Unfortunately due to snow, the Nuns in Jail program and film showing will be rescheduled for the fall.
Student Exchange Program
We are pleased to announce that two students from Mount Saint Mary's University will be studying at St. Joseph's College and two students from Chestnut Hil College will be studying at Mount Saint Mary's University this fall semester. Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2018. 
ACSSJ Summer and Fall Internships Available
Do you know a student that wants to be part of a small team of people committed to making a difference and developing their professional skills through meaningful work? Encourage them to apply for an ACSSJ internship in Marketing and Communications, Social Media or Website Design. Students can send their resume and cover letter to Martha Malinski at Visit our website for internship postings. 
ACCU Offers Small Research Grants
ACCU is offering research grants to facilitate projects that advance understanding of Catholic higher education in the United States. Grants for individual projects may be valued up to $2,500.  Applications are due by May 1, 2017.  For application requirements and more information, see the Small Research Grants Program page on the ACCU website.
The  2017 ACCU Mission Leadership Institute will be held July 30 - August 2, 2017, at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.  For more information please visit the Mission Leadership Institute website.  Mission Officers and other senior administrators are encouraged to attend.
The Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges (ASACCU) Conference's registration is now available until July 6th.  This year the conference will be held at Neumann University, just outside of Philadelphia. The theme of this year's conference is: "Journey for the Dream: Catholic Higher Education as a Compass for Students." Program proposals for ACACCU's annual conference are due on April 30th. ACSSJ encourages campuses and colleagues to join. 
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