Sisters Enter the Federation Novitiate

As students of all ages are heading back to the classroom, Sisters Mary Flick and Clare Bass join four other faith-filled women in Chicago for a different kind of education.

The Federation Novitiate, a common project of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the United States, is an eight-month concentration in the life, spirituality and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Rooted in the shared spirituality and charism of unity and active, inclusive love, the experience offers the novices the opportunity for greater peer interaction and support and to come to know themselves as part of a larger CSSJ family in the United States and beyond. 

“The novitiate program allows the women to explore the meaning and practical applications of our charism and spirituality in today's reality,” says Sister Patty Johnson, CSJ, executive director of the U.S. Federation.

Sister Clare was received into the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in July.  Born and raised in Biloxi, Miss., she moved to St. Louis in 2010 as a CSJ candidate to experience living and serving in community life. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University with both a bachelor's in political science and master's in public policy and administration. She currently serves as volunteer coordinator at Nazareth.

She is excited for, what she calls, the opportunity of a lifetime. “I am looking forward to this time of reflection, prayer, and deepening my spirituality as a CSJ.” 

This time of opportunity is also a time of great change for the novices. Sister MSisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Sisters Mary Flick and Clare Bassary, a life-long St. Louisian, left home ownership and a 24-year career at St. Louis University to commit to the novitiate and sees this as a time to enter into deep reflection. “It’s a challenging time and I count on God’s continuing presence and the community’s support.”  


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