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The Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph

February 2018 Newsletter

Annual ACSSJ's Board Meeting
The Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph held their annual board meeting in Washington DC.  Five of the nine board members attended in person (pictured above) and three board members attended by video conference. 
Colleagues Connect in Washington DC
ACSSJ colleagues came together on February 2 - 5 to meet and network in Washington, DC as part of the Annual Meeting sponsored by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. ACSSJ sponsored a happy hour reception during the meeting. 
Meet Our Spring Semester Exchange Student
ACSSJ's Student Exchange Program allows our students to travel to a different part of the country and spend either a semester or year at any one of our member campuses.  Students in this program embrace the opportunity to travel, experience a new environment, and grow as a scholar.
Meet Danielle Fieseler, a senior from St. Joseph's College (Long Island Campus, New York) who is spending this semester at The College of St. Rose (Albany, New York)


Q: Tell me a bit about yourself.  What do you plan to study?  What are your passions?
A:  I am a double major in mathematics and computer science. I want to make a difference in the world by working for one of the United States government departments. This past summer I interned at Brookhaven National Laboratory, which is funded by the Department of Energy, doing mathematical research. In the future, I hope to continue to dig deeper and make an impact in the stem field for mathematical research.

Q: Who or what inspired you to study on another campus?  What drove you to seek change?
A: I was inspired to attend The College of Saint Rose for the Spring 2018 semester after being informed about this program by a professor on my campus. Once I was told about this program I went to the college to see if I liked the campus, and once I stepped foot on the campus, I fell in love. I felt like it was my home away from home. I am an adventurous person and I was seeking a change in scenery.

Q: What are you most excited about as you transition to a new campus?
A: The thing I am most excited for is to meet my roommate. We have been talking non-stop and we can't wait to meet one another. My home campus doesn't have dorms, so going away through this program I am going to be able to get the full college experience. 
St. Kate's Students Travel to Le Puy, France
We are pleased to introduce Emily Carman and Amanda Williams, two students who will represent St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN) on ACSSJ's pilgrimage to Le Puy, France this June.  We asked them to reflect on their upcoming journey. 

Q: Who or what inspired you to apply for ACSSJ’s Le Puy Pilgrimage? 
Emily: I was inspired to apply for this Pilgrimage because I felt like I was missing something from my education at St. Catherine University. I felt like I wasn't living out our school's mission statement of social justice and that my knowledge of the Sisters of St. Joseph wasn't complete. I have met some of the Sisters here at St. Catherine University when they had come to our volleyball games this past fall to say a prayer with us before the match, and then they stayed and got to see us play. I learned then about their care they have for the students and I was curious to learn more. 
Amanda: Last spring, I fulfilled my Theology credit by taking a class called “The Mystery Called Church” taught by Professor Rhodora Beaton, who is no longer teaching at St. Catherine University, but her class taught me a great deal about Catholic Social Teachings. It particularly sparked my interest in the Catholic Worker Movement leading me to the Catholic Worker House in Minneapolis to share a meal in community with a kitchen full of strangers. These strangers spoke about the pillars of the Catholic Worker Movement – the foremost pillar being hospitality which they enact by opening their home to strangers in need of shelter without question. When I saw the application for the ACSSJ’s Le Puy Pilgrimage I talked about it with my good friend Liz Allen – we decided to apply together. I almost didn’t finish my application, because I thought I wasn’t deserving of this amazing opportunity, but Liz pushed me to finish. I am incredibly thankful for her selflessness and for believing in my abilities. Since my senior year of high school, I have kept Mother Teresa’s poem “Do It Anyways,” with me because my great-grandmother had given it to me. I suppose my friend Liz believed in the poem’s sentiment if she knew it or not. 


Q: What are you most excited about as you prepare to embark on the Le Puy Pilgrimage? 
Emily: I am excited to meet everyone that will be apart of this trip and to get to know more about the different schools that are going. I am also excited to immerse myself in a new culture. I feel blessed to have been chosen to represent my University and to bring back all that we have learned. 
Amanda: St. Catherine University remarkably embodies loving our neighbors without distinction – this value is held with such deep care and respect within our institution that my peers and I exemplify it wherever we may go. However, our institution falls incredibly short in caring for God’s creation – we must innovate our sustainable practices to become better stewards of our fragile Earth. I am excited to meet students from other ACSSJ institutions to learn about how they fulfill and live this Catholic Social Teaching. Additionally, I am interested to learn about how the CSJ’s and other Catholics in Le Puy interact with France’s secular government. For instance, do they believe the Church has an obligation to take a stance where social and political issues meet? Finally, I am excited to travel to Le Puy, France to hear the experiences of those who I will meet through the pilgrimage and bring the lessons I will learn back to St. Catherine University.  
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