World Series Challenge: CSJs St. Louis vs. Boston

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St. Louis Province Leader Sister Patty Clune receives a baseball signed by the Red Sox CEO from Sister Rosemary Brennan, leader from the Boston CSJs.

By Jenny Beatrice

The Sisters of St Joseph of St. Louis and Boston
Throwdown for a Cause

The World Series Gauntlet was thrown. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet of St. Louis were challenged by our “sister cousins,” the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, with a friendly wager of $101 (the age of Fenway Park) for the winner to give to the charity of their choice.

On the first day of the series, Sister Patty also received an email from Sister Rosemary Brennan, the head of the Boston Sisters of St. Joseph, with a picture of a rainbow over Fenway, claiming it was a “sign.”

“We were shocked because usually our experience of these sisters is that they are quite rational, loving women,” says Sister Patty Clune, member of the St. Louis leadership team.

At that time, Sister Patty was certain the Boston sisters were under the mistaken impression that their baseball team was going to beat the beloved Cardinals.

With Boston’s win, Sister Patty issued this statement on behalf of the St. Louis leadership:

“It’s not whether you win or lose but rather how you play the game. Both teams played the game well. Both teams brought a deeper sense of pride to their home cities. So as promised, we are giving our Bostonian sisters $101.00 to support the Bakhita House, a ministry in Boston for women who are trafficked. And, as promised, we will continue our prayers for them.”

The bet payoff occurred at the recent meeting of federation leaders in Albany,  but with a twist. While the St. Louis leadership gave $101.00 for Bakhita House, the Boston sisters presented St. Louis leaders with a number of consolation prizes: a check for $101.00 for our sisters in Gulu, Uganda, a signed baseball from Larry Lucchino, president/CEO of the Red Sox and a Red Sox pennant and cloth to wave.

It must be noted that all of the members of the St. Louis province leadership team signed on to this wager except for one— Sister Nancy Corcoran of Boston.

Read about the wager in the Boston Globe.


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