CSJ 70th Jubilarians of 2009
At the beginning of 2009, the Congregation looked forward to celebrating with three of our Sisters who would mark 70 years as Sisters of St. Joseph. However, God had other plans and one of our Jubilarians, Sr. Claire Bradley, was called home on Feb. 4 to be with her Maker. She will be celebrating her Jubilee from her place in heaven. Having allowed for the geographical adjustment, the Sisters of St. Joseph are still celebrating with all three of our 70th Jubilarians.
Sisters Monica Downey, pictured top left, and Editha Galvin, pictured right, entered the Congregation as Postulants on Sept. 8, 1938. Sr. Claire Bradley entered six months later on Feb. 11, 1939. Monica and Editha received the habit on March 19, 1939 and Claire on Aug. 15, 1939. The period for the Novitiate was two years so the first two made their First Profession on March 19 and the third on Aug. 15, all in 1941. But all three participated in the same Final Vow Ceremony three years later on Aug. 15, 1944.
Sisters Monica and Claire both spent the first part of their active ministries as teachers in Ontario. Sr. Monica taught in Toronto, Oshawa and St. Catharines. Sr. Claire taught in Toronto, Barrie and St. Catharines. Both taught at the elementary and secondary levels. Sr. Editha spent her active ministry years doing secretarial and clerical work in our health care institutions (St. Michael's Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, the House of Providence and St. Joseph's Infirmary) all in Toronto.
After retiring from her first ministry, Sr. Monica spent 10 years at St. Joseph's Residence in Winnipeg as a receptionist then three years in Terrace, British Columbia, doing pastoral work and four years at Invermara in hospitality ministry. Since 1992 she has been living at Morrow Park engaged in community service within the Congregation. After 33 years of teaching, Sr. Claire retired from her first ministry of teaching only to spend the next 13 years as an Instructor of Cases at the Toronto Regional Marriage Tribunal. In 1986, after 44 years of service in secretarial work, Sr. Editha continued to be active in her prayer ministry at St. Joseph's Hospital and later at Morrow Park.
During their active years, our three Jubilarians followed different ministerial paths from each other. However, in recent years they have shared a ministry common to all our senior Sisters as articulated in our Constitutions. "Each of us shares in the mission of the congregation by her prayer, by the quality of her presence, and by her loving support of her Sisters. If at times our ministry entails suffering, weakness, or failure, we desire to accept this experience as a privileged sharing in the mission of Jesus." May God richly bless our 70th Jubilarians with joy and peace.
By Theresa Rodgers CSJ
Pictures by Conrad Lauber CSJ