CSJs Participate in National Day of Service

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Associates Mary Kay Christian, province liturgist, Diana Oleskevich, justice coordinator, and Sister Mary Louise Basler hold the CSJ banner in the MLK parade in St. Louis. See the photo slideshow.

CSJs Let Their Light Shine on the National Day of Service

About 30 Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates "let their light shine" on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by participating in the National Day of Service in three ways.

The day began with a prayer service at the historic Carondelet Motherhouse where the sisters and associates recommitted themselves to their mission of service to each other, the neighbor, the Church and the world.

They kicked off the "Let Your Light Shine" collection of energy efficient light bulbs for the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation, a neighborhood organization working for the betterment of the Carondelet community. These bulbs are often too expensive for families in need to buy and they cannot be purchased with food stamps.*

Members of the group then went to the Old Courthouse in St. Louis to join in the MLK march. "It was a really cold and very long walk," says Mary Kay McVey Christian, CSJ associate and province liturgist. "But my daughter reminded me as I grumbled that is is only right to have a difficult march because it is nothing compared to the fire hoses that others suffered for the cause of racial equality and justice."

"I hope to build upon the event next year," says Christian. "It's one way the Sisters of St. Joseph model service to the neighbor to others."

 *Join the "Let Your Light Shine" energy efficient light bulb collection. Bring bulbs to the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation office at 6408 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111 by March 15.

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