Sisters of St. Joseph celebrate golden jubilees
(Photo courtesy of the Sisters of St. Joseph)
HOLYOKE – A group of Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, who entered religious life 50 years ago, celebrated their anniversaries with a jubilee celebration on Sunday, Sept. 15 at Mont Marie, the congregation’s motherhouse, here.
Nine Sisters marked the occasion with a Mass and private gathering. During the ceremony, the jubilarians renewed their vows, which include “to live simply and to work for a more just society, to love deeply in uniting neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God”
The Mass was celebrated by Father Mark S. Stelzer, who said, “To recall the individual ministries of the nine sisters … is to remember ways in which they have collectively challenged so many of us to realize that the status quo is not God’s plan, that God is on the side of the oppressed.”
The theme of the gathering was friendship, touched upon in the group’s statement, “… by word and deed you have touched us with God’s great love – you have called us friend.”
The sisters celebrating their jubilees were:
Sister Elizabeth Broughan (formerly Maureen John) was born in Greenfield and entered from Blessed Sacrament Parish there. She taught at St. Mary High School, Milford, Mass., and St. Mary School, Westfield, where she also served as principal. She was dean of students and later dean of admissions and financial aid at Elms College, Chicopee. She served in campus ministry at the Newman Center at UMass Amherst and later worked in pastoral ministry at both St. Michael Parish, East Longmeadow and St. Patrick Parish, Springfield. She lives in Chicopee and serves as pastoral associate at St. Michael’s, East Longmeadow.
Born in Newport, R.I., Sister Constance Cawley (formerly Dorothy Raymond) entered from St. Joseph Parish there. She taught at Sacred Heart School, Gardner, Mass., and St. Patrick School, Chicopee. She was later principal of St. Patrick School and then the former Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Springfield. She also has served as pastoral minister at St. Patrick Parish, Chicopee and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish, Springfield, where she continues her work as pastoral minister. She lives in Chicopee.
Sister Maureen Charest (formerly Marie Edward) was born in Holyoke and entered from St. Jerome Parish there. She taught in a number of schools in the Springfield Diocese, including the former Our Lady of Hope and Holy Family schools in Springfield. She served as a physical therapist at Mont Marie and a physical therapy assistant at Olsten Health Care Services. She was a driver for the transportation services at Holyoke Geriatric Authority and currently works in the transportation service of the Holyoke Council on Aging. She resides in Holyoke.
Born in Holyoke, Sister Elizabeth Matuszek (formerly Stanley Pauline) entered from Mater Dolorosa Parish there. She taught at St. Mary High School, Milford, St. Joseph Central High School, Pittsfield and Cathedral High School, Springfield. She was director of religious education and later pastoral minister at the former St. Joseph Parish, Springfield. She lives in Springfield and continues her work as pastoral associate at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Springfield, where she has served for 22 years.
A native of Holyoke, Sister Maureen Griffin (formerly Nora Michael) entered from St. Jerome Parish, Holyoke. She taught in a number of schools in the Springfield Diocese, including St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Springfield; the former St. Michael High School, Northampton; the former Notre Dame-Immaculate Conception School, Easthampton; and St. Mary School, Westfield. She was principal at St. Mary School (now St. Mary Academy), Longmeadow and St. Mary School, Westfield. She later served as pastoral minister at St. Mary Parish, Longmeadow and St. Michael Parish, East Longmeadow. She lives in West Springfield and serves in pastoral ministry at Mont Marie, Holyoke.
A native of Westfield, Sister Jane Morrissey (formerly Anna Richard) entered from St. Mary Parish there. She taught English in the congregation’s formation program at Mont Marie, at Cathedral High School, and at Elms College. She then worked as coordinator of the Office for Justice and Peace at Mont Marie and in pastoral ministry at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Springfield. After a term as president of the congregation, she co-founded Homework House in Holyoke, where she continues to serve. She lives at The Gray House in Springfield.
Sister Catherine Ormond (formerly Regina James) was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., entering the Sisters of St. Joseph from Our Lady, Help of Christians Parish there. Among her teaching assignments were the former Holy Rosary School in Holyoke and St. Agnes School in Dalton. For many years she served in the guidance department at Cathedral High School and the former Holy Name School, both in Springfield. She later served as a counselor for Alcohol and Drug Services of Greater Springfield and as director of pupil services in the Springfield Diocesan Schools Office. Additionally, she was a counselor at the Brightside Mental Health Clinic and then served as coordinator of social services for Catholic Charities. She spent several years in the guidance department at Holyoke Catholic High School before assuming her current position as pastoral minister at St. Patrick Parish in South Hadley.
A native of Springfield, Sister Patricia Smith (formerly Joseph Bernice) entered from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Springfield. She taught for a time at Cathedral High School, Springfield and then began her many years of service to the church in Kenya, East Africa. She has served for the most part in Kisii, Kenya where she taught in Senbera Girl’s Secondary School and was women’s development coordinator in the Kisii Diocese. She also served in pastoral ministry at Jesuit Refugee Services in Southern Sudan and Tanzania. She has worked in Rome as a team member for a returned missioner’s program. From 2004 to the present, she has been working in spiritual direction, retreat accompaniment and facilitation of workshops, living in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa.
Sister Diane Tetreault ( formerly Edmond Katherine) was born in Greenfield and entered from Holy Trinity Parish there. She taught at St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Springfield and the former St. Mary Morning Star School, Pittsfield. She has been a history teacher at Cathedral High School for the last 42 years. In 2002 the Springfield Diocese honored her as an outstanding teacher for her work at Cathedral High School and in 2009 she received the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award. She lives in Holyoke.
The jubliarians pictured in the photo above are, from left, seated, Sisters Jane Morrissey, Maureen Charest, Elizabeth Matuszek and Patricia Smith; and from left, standing, Sisters Catherine Ormond, Diane Tetreault, Elizabeth Broughan, Constance Cawley and Maureen Griffin.