Feb 18, 2014

Sisters of St. Joseph express gratitude for parish collections



(Iobserve file photo/Fred LeBlanc)

Staff report

SPRINGFIELD -- In a response the Sisters of St. Joseph called “remarkable,” parishioners throughout the Springfield Diocese last November donated more than $625,000 to the sisters’ Retirement Fund.

The special collections, taken up in parishes during Masses, were the result of a plea from the sisters for financial help to allow them to continue their ministries and care for the elder sisters.

“We are truly overwhelmed and deeply grateful to all of you for your generous response,” Sister Maxyne Schneider (pictured at podium, above), president of the Sisters of St. Joseph said in a Feb. 18 press release.   

The congregation of Catholic sisters also expressed thanks to Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell for his support "at a critical time in their history and to the diocesan clergy for their encouragement and friendship." 

“For the past 130 years we have been honored to serve the people of the Springfield Diocese," Sister Schneider said in the press release, "and we are truly grateful now to receive their outpouring of generosity towards us.”