PHOTO GALLERY: From the 2009 ‘Bearers of the Tradition’ — 1

July 20, 2009 by

The “Bearers of the Traditions” institute at Manna House of Prayer brought together 37 Sisters of St. Joseph representing eight countries and nine U.S. states. Joining the sisters were four laywomen — one CSJ associate, one agrégée candidate and two employees of the Concordia congregation.

The 41 women spent the month studying the origins and history of the Sisters of St. Joseph, as well as the spirituality that began the congregation in France in 1650 and how it has developed over time.

This is the first of four photo galleries that capture the presenters and participants throughout the institute, from June 16 to July 16 at Manna House in Concordia.

The class photo for the 2009 Bearers of the Tradition institute includes all those participating as well as staff from Manna House of Prayer in Concordia.

The "class photo" for the 2009 Bearers of the Tradition institute includes all those participating as well as staff from Manna House of Prayer in Concordia.


Sister Anne Hennessy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, Calif., was the first presenter, focusing on the history of France in the 17th century.

Sister Anne Hennessy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, Calif., was the first presenter, focusing on the history of France in the 17th century.


She spent five days explaining aspects of life in the 17th century, including the social structure, the church, the role of women and the spirituality that was developing — all as context for the founding of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1650.

She spent five days explaining aspects of life in the 17th century, including the social structure, the church, the role of women and the spirituality that was developing — all as context for the founding of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1650.


She provided the same kind of research thats been done on the social context of the first century of the Christian era, to create an understanding of who Joseph was.

She provided the same kind of research that's been done on the "social context" of the first century of the Christian era, to create an understanding of who Joseph was.


Sister Jasleen Michael of the India Province of the Lyon congregation was one of several sisters who agreed to a videotaped interview to talk about her ministry.

Sister Jasleen Michael of the India Province of the Lyon congregation was one of several sisters who agreed to a videotaped interview to talk about her ministry.


Sister Jasleen, who was born and raised in the Tamil Nadu state of southern India, is part of a new mission to the Czech Republic, where she is working and living with the Roma (or gypsies) in the city of Pilsen.

Sister Jasleen, who was born and raised in the Tamil Nadu state of southern India, is part of a new mission to the Czech Republic, where she is working and living with the Roma (or gypsies) in the city of Pilsen.


While attending Bearers, Sister Griselda Martinez-Morales of the Mexico Province of the Lyon congregation, learned that she had been appointed as the United Nations consultant on behalf of all 14,000 Sisters of St. Joseph worldwide.

While attending Bearers, Sister Griselda Martinez-Morales of the Mexico Province of the Lyon congregation, learned that she had been appointed as the United Nations "consultant" on behalf of all 14,000 Sisters of St. Joseph worldwide.


Sisters Griselda Martinez-Morales, center, and Beth Stover, right, were the subjects of an early-morning local radio talk show with host Roger Nelson. Sister Beth, a member of the Concordia congregation, talked about the sisters' 125-year history in Kansas, while Sister Griselda explained her new role with the UN.

Sisters Griselda Martinez-Morales, center, and Beth Stover, right, were the subjects of an early-morning local radio talk show with host Roger Nelson. Sister Beth, a member of the Concordia congregation, talked about the sisters' 125-year history in Kansas, while Sister Griselda explained her new role with the UN.


Sister Barbara Baer of the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wichita, was the second presenter, focusing on the history of the congregation from the 18th century forward.

Sister Barbara Baer of the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wichita, was the second presenter, focusing on the history of the congregation from the 18th century forward.


Her lectures included the congregations arrival in the United State in 1836 and the impact of Americanization through the next century.

Her lectures included the congregation's arrival in the United State in 1836 and the impact of "Americanization" through the next century.


Sisters Bette Moslander, standing, and Celia DuRea listen to Barbara Baers presentation.

Sisters Bette Moslander, standing, and Celia DuRea listen to Barbara Baer's presentation.

Sister Sara Kane of the Los Angeles Province of the Carondelet congregation ponders a question.

Sister Sara Kane of the Los Angeles Province of the Carondelet congregation ponders a question.


Sister Ingrid Honoré-Lallande, left, of the Los Angeles Province of the Carondelet congregation listens to Barbara Baers presentation.

Sister Ingrid Honoré-Lallande, left, of the Los Angeles Province of the Carondelet congregation listens to Barbara Baer's presentation.


Sister Alejandra Ortiz Padilla of the Mexico Province of the Lyon congregation talked in a videotaped interview about her work with youth in Mexico City.

Sister Alejandra Ortiz Padilla of the Mexico Province of the Lyon congregation talked in a videotaped interview about her work with youth in Mexico City.


Sister Alejandra is studying for her bachelors degree in theology.

Sister Alejandra is studying for her bachelor's degree in theology.

Sister Jean Befort, foreground, of the Concordia congregation asks a question as Alejandra Ortiz Padilla looks on.

Sister Jean Befort, foreground, of the Concordia congregation asks a question as Alejandra Ortiz Padilla looks on.


Sister Patricia Bryne of the Baden, Pa., congregation, explained the primitive documents from the 17th century that form the foundation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Sister Patricia Bryne of the Baden, Pa., congregation, explained the "primitive documents" from the 17th century that form the foundation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.


Sister Laura Bufano, a member of the Carondelet Congregational Leadership Team who lives in St. Louis, right, takes notes as Pat Bryne reviews the translations from French to English of the early documents.

Sister Laura Bufano, a member of the Carondelet Congregational Leadership Team who lives in St. Louis, right, takes notes as Pat Bryne reviews the translations from French to English of the early documents.


Sisters Pat Bryne, left, and Carolyn Teter of the Concordia congregation chat during a break between lectures.

Sisters Pat Bryne, left, and Carolyn Teter of the Concordia congregation chat during a break between lectures.


Sister Marsa Zakaria of the Egypt Province of the Lyon congregation, left, and Sister Janet Speth of the Toronto congregation are part of a small-group discussion.

Sister Marsa Zakaria of the Egypt Province of the Lyon congregation, left, and Sister Janet Speth of the Toronto congregation are part of a small-group discussion.


Before the days session begins, participants spend a few minutes with the Concordia congregations quarterly newspaper, The Messenger.

Before the day's session begins, participants spend a few minutes with the Concordia congregation's quarterly newspaper, The Messenger.

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9 Responses to “PHOTO GALLERY: From the 2009 ‘Bearers of the Tradition’ — 1”

  1. marcia Allen on July 23rd, 2009 7:48 am

    How I love to look at all these faces! thank you, Sarah, for keeping this photo record for us. It was truly a wonderful – wonder – full experience. I treasure every moment of it.
    Thanks, too, to all of you who came to participate. Let us continue the Bearers’ tradition with the passion and zest we felt this past month at the Institute. My prayers for you all!
    Marcia

  2. Karen on July 22nd, 2009 4:20 am

    Thank you .. thank you these are a great memory

  3. Karen on July 22nd, 2009 4:20 am

    Thank you … thank you .. these are a great memory

  4. Missy Ljungdahl on July 21st, 2009 5:28 pm

    Sarah, Thanks for this great presentation. You really are amazing. I love the candid shots.

  5. Baya Clare, CSJ on July 21st, 2009 1:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing these photos. Nice to see who was there and get a little of the flavor.

  6. MaryAnne Huepper, CSJ on July 21st, 2009 11:29 am

    Sarah, the pictures are wonderful. You have captured the energy of the days very well. Thank you so much.

  7. Ann Ashwood on July 21st, 2009 10:54 am

    Sarah, TERRIFIC photos of a magnificently mind-expanding month! Thank you for using your gifts for God’s work! Ann

  8. Bette Moslander on July 21st, 2009 9:27 am

    Sarah, These pictures are beautifully done. and begin to tell the story of the 2009 Bearers of Tradition.I am looking forward to seeing all of them. Is there someway they can be preserved for archival purposes?

  9. Jean Befort on July 21st, 2009 8:31 am

    Sarah, what a wonderful review of our month of the Bearers of Tradition. Thank you very much!

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