In 2007, seven independent congregations of Sisters of St. Joseph throughout the Midwest, all tracing their roots to the same foundation in 17th Century France, came together to form one Congregation of St. Joseph.
In celebration of these ten years, the Congregation organized two days of service across the Midwest. The first was Sat., Oct. 15 to coincide with the original founding in France and the next day will be April 29, 2017, closer to the Feast of St. Joseph.
McNicholas High School traces its roots to the Sisters of St. Joseph who founded St. Joseph’s Academy in 1915. St. Joseph would become McNicholas High School in 1950. According to John Norman, theology teacher at McNicholas, our community joined the service effort because of this connection to the Sisters of St. Joseph.
“The Sisters of St. Joseph are part of our heritage, and a fundamental part of this heritage is service to our neighbor, especially those in need,” Norman said. “McNick is committed to ‘love in action.’ This finds expression in many ways--the Service Club, the Century Club, the Appalachia and Nicaragua Retreats, and many unrecognized acts of service in our community.”
This past Saturday, about 70 students, 15 parents, six staff members, and six Sisters of St. Joseph cleaned and stacked food shelves at St. Leo’s Food Pantry, spent time with the residents at Salem Woods, and sorted donations for shipment to disaster relief efforts at Matthew 25 Ministries.