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AS174 Ask Sister - Motherhouse Road Trip with the Congregation of Saint Joseph in LaGrange Park, Illinois

Podcast Recorded: June 11, 2015

AS174 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on June 11, 2015. Sponsored by Ministry. Motherhouse Road Trip with the Congregation of Saint Joseph in LaGrange Park, Illinois.  

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Show Notes
  • Living into the commitments we make
  • Subtle (and not-so-subtle) invitations to religious life
  • The seven founding communities of the CSJ sisters
  • Life as a second-year novice
  • Ministry to refugees
  • Ministry in congregational leadership, in service to the community
  • The CSJs' "Four Generous Promises"
  • Internet plays a role in vocation journey
  • Listener question: Is it common to feel sad about the idea of making a commitment
  • Vulnerability, imperfection, and strength
  • The power of congregational life 
  • Visit the Congregation of Saint Joseph online at
About our Guest

Sister Nancy Conway has PhD in Organizational Development and has worked as a teacher, social worker, and consultant for women's religious congregations. In the early 2000s, the Cleveland Congregation began to explore coming together with seven (eventually six) other CSJ congregations to form one new congregation. Sister Nancy was on the steering committee for that adventure. She says, "It was exciting and rewarding work and led me to be open to serving on the first leadership team of this new congregation, which began in 2007." She is currently serving on the second leadership team for the congregation.

Sister Erin McDonald has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work. She has worked as the Director of Service and Social Justice, coordinating student volunteers, campus advocacy campaigns, service immersion trips, and Catholic Social Teaching. She was also the National Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Rwanda for two years, working as a humanitarian aid worker in refugee camps in Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is a second year novice and hopes to take first vows sometime this fall.

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