Kansas City Celebrates 145 Years with Benefactors

Procession at the CSJ Kansas City Society of Benefactors Mass. Click here for more photos of the event.

Society of Benefactors Mass and Reception 

Friendships were celebrated and renewed as over 150 guests gathered on Sunday, March 6 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet's Society of Benefactors Mass and Reception.  The event was in observance of the sisters 145 years of service to their dear Kansas City neighbor, as well as to honor their gracious benefactors. Visitation Parish provided a glorious setting for this day. A Mass was concelebrated by Father Patrick Rush, pastor, and Father Thomas Curran, president of Rockhurst University.

After the Mass, guests gathered in Tighe Hall for the reception and the opportunity to socialize and reminisce. Mario and Kathy Scaglia, longtime CSJ benefactors and owners of Twenty 20 restaurant, graciously catered the reception. Entertainment was provided by the St. Teresa's Academy singers and pianists Lillian and Mimi Wayne. Photos of the sisters and highlights of their ministries throughout years in Kansas City were displayed for all to enjoy. Sponsored institutions Avila University, St. Teresa's Academy, St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf and the CSJ Associate program provided exhibits so that guests could learn more about their programs.

An Anniversary Message from the Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph

For nearly 150 years the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have served the faithful of Northwestern Missouri with deep faith and joyous dedication: first in the Diocese of their namesake, St. Joseph; in Kansas City Diocese; and in the current Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Through the apostolates of Catholic education and health care they have touched the lives of thousands and thousands of God's people. They have administered and taught in schools of every grade level, from early childhood to university. Our Catholic hospitals continue to be guided by their sponsorship. Today they live and even more diversified service in new apostolates. Their lasting grace-filled effect cannot be measured. It is known fully to God alone.

On behalf of the Faithful of the diocese, it is an honor and a joy for me to congratulate and thank the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on this milestone of 175 years in the United States. May God bless you with faithful vocations, and deep peace. Ad Multos Annos!

Most Reverend Robert W. Finn
Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph

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