Meet our Generosity of Joseph Honorees

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province honors individuals and/or projects whose life and service exhibit one or more of the following qualities as expressed in our CSJ Constitution and Mission Statement.­­­­

  • Heals and reconciles
  • Serves all persons without distinction
  • Enables others to assume a more active responsibility for continuing the mission of Jesus
  • Recognizes and defends the human dignity of all
  • Cares for creation
  • Promotes justice with a particular concern for the poor

The Generosity of Joseph Honor publicly acknowledges and celebrates those whose generosity positively influences and contributes to the betterment of society and encourages others by example to practice life altering generosity.

The event will be held Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Kemoll’s Top of the Met 1 Metropolitan Square, Saint Louis, MO 63102. For more information please contact of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Generosity of Joseph Honorees

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Generosity of Joseph Honoree | Angel Outreach

Angel Outreach: St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Louis
Serves others without distinction

The St. Joseph’s Academy Angel Outreach brings the saying “touched by an angel” to life for so many in need in the St. Louis area.

In 2006, social studies teacher Jane Garvin founded the extra-curricular club as a way for the SJA students to live out the Sisters of St. Joseph’s call to “practice of all the spiritual and corporal works of mercy of which woman is capable and which will most benefit the dear neighbor” (CSJ Constitution).

Angel Outreach provides many opportunities for the students to serve those in need in the St. Louis area, including “St. Joe Serves on the Second,” where Angels and their families make food and bring it to Sts. Peter and Paul Homeless Shelter and Meals program.

Many students walk across campus to serve their next-door neighbors at Shriner’s Hospital to spend time with children struggling with health issues.

 “In their mission of educating women, they stretch beyond the classroom and seek to create women who will be active advocates for causes of justice,“ says Sister Donna Gunn, CSJ. “They are faithful to Catholic Social Teaching and empower young women to act as true Ecclesial women -- doing all of which woman are capable.”


Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Generosity of Joseph Honorees | Peter and Clare Genovese

Peter and Clare Genovese: St. Louis
Enable others to continue the mission of Jesus

“If you have more, you give more,” is the motto of Peter and Clare Genovese, who believe “wealth” of all kinds—resources, knowledge, experience, family and faith—must always be at the service of God’s people. And their service has been overflowing for many years in the St. Louis area.

The Genoveses live the Gospel by giving of themselves for others, strengthened by the faith and love they share with one another.  Over the years, they have worked together to make a positive difference in many religious, educational and non-profit organizations, such as Boys Hope/Girls Hope.

Peter puts the public face on their joint commitment, serving on the Board of Directors of many organizations, including the Archdiocesan Finance Council, the Arts and Education Council, Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, Fontbonne University and the Incarnate Word Foundation, to name only a few.

Well known throughout St. Louis for their outstanding service, Peter and Clare remain faithful servants doing much of what they do humbly and quietly. Sister Mary Ann Nestel, CSJ, who has experienced their generosity through her work as director of the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation, says, “What they do, they do quietly and without fanfare because that’s how Jesus would do it.”

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Generosity of Joseph Honoree | Reverend Monsignor Robert

Reverend Monsignor Robert “Father Bob” Gettinger
St. Augustine Parish, St. Louis
Promotes justice with a particular concern for the poor

Father Bob Gettinger may be the pastor of St. Augustine Parish, but considers anyone in need a part of his flock. "The more you involve yourself in people’s lives, the more you become aware of your own blessings," he says.  “Who wouldn’t want to be around Jesus’ special friends?”

Ordained in 1964, Msgr. Gettinger has served in North St. Louis parishes since 1972 and has been at St. Augustine since 1992. He believes strongly in the  Northside and he has a great love of ministering with the African-American community. 

As a priest, he is consumed with working with and for the poor in the community. He feels very privileged to help people who are less fortunate. Fr. Bob conducts an emergency outreach program helping people with their utility bills, prescriptions, tuition and even funeral expenses. He supports the Wellston Center’s food pantry and thrift store, as well as a health clinic operated by St. Louis University which is open every Saturday to anyone in need.

HIs commitment to continually care for the poor and the dear neighbor without distinction are well known and he is much loved and respected.  “Father Bob is a man of the Gospel and there is no one who is denied his touch,” says Sister Helen Flemington, CSJ. “He is a reflection of the great Love of God in his daily life.”

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