Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletSeptember 25, 2017

Sisters' Stories


Sister Maria Jude LaPoint, CSJ
The question is: How did I come to know about the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet?

Sister Peg Keddell, CSJ
When I was in kindergarten, the Sister who taught us at the Catholic school I attended asked the girls in the class to raise their hands if they wanted to be Sisters when they grew up.

Sister Rose Miriam Schillinger, CSJ
When I was in fourth grade, a religious sister, superintendent of schools, came to visit our classroom and asked how many wanted to be priests and how many wanted to be sisters.

Sister Chris Pologa, CSJ
My first encounter with the Sisters of St. Joseph (CSJs) occurred when I enrolled at St. James Grammar School in Albany, New York.

Sister Mary Catherine Barron, CSJ
When I was in the third grade, I came home from school one day very perturbed.

Sister Grace Bacon, CSJ
My life began in the Village of Clinton, NY. I was born at home to Margaret Grace Spencer and William Bacon.

Sister Mary Rose Fox, CSJ
My vocation story starts in my home parish of St. Mary's in Coxsackie, New York.

Sister Laura Bufano, CSJ
Listen to Sister Laura give her thoughts on her vocation.

Our CSJ Wisdom Figures
Read and/or listen to the vocation wisdom from some of our Senior Sisters!

Sister Rose Margaret Noonan, CSJ
It is a day in March 1934. I am 16 years old, a senior at Catholic Central High School in Troy, and in the midst of our senior retreat.

Sister Giovanna Marie Marcoccia, CSJ
God's ways are mysterious. I attended St. Vincent de Paul School in Syracuse, New York, from fifth grade through high school.

Sister Patricia Grasso, CSJ
Associate Professor, Albany Medical College

Sisters' Immigration Stories
Read some of the immigration stories written by our Sisters.

Sister Patricia Poulin, CSJ (Sister Miriam Clare)
To say that faith is a big factor in the lives of the Poulin family would be an understatement: of six children in the family, four entered religious life.

Sister Karen Gaube, CSJ
According to Father Anthony Gittens in his book, Called to Be Sent, there are three common elements for becoming a disciple.

Sister Betsy Van Deusen, CSJ
"Now there was a woman suffering from a hemorrhage for the past twelve years, whom no one had been able to cure."

Sister Rose Margaret Noonan, CSJ (from The Catholic Sun)
Sister Rose Margaret Noonan, 92, was born in Glens Falls and attended schools in Troy where she graduated from Catholic Central High School.

Sister Rosemary Casaleno, CSJ
When Sister Carol asked me to write an article about being a Sister of St. Joseph, I prayed about what to write.

Sister Jeanne Marie Gocha, CSJ
"Jeanne Marie, go with the flow!" Those were God's words to me as recounted in the summer of 1999 by a second grader in the school I was leaving to become a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Sister Betty Giarrusso, CSJ
Since I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1967, I have been surprised by God many times, in many ways!

Sister Danielle Bonetti, CSJ
You Belong Where You are Needed. That was the title of a book on the shelf of my high school guidance counselor. I never actually read the book, but the title has never left my consciousness

Sister Joan Harrington, CSJ (Sister Mary Howard)
Let's go back to 1943 when I was nine-years old. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Sister Diane Schoff, CSJ
My name is Diane. I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1972 at the age of 21.

Sister Rose Regina Smith, CSJ
The first two verbs I learned to read in the old Cathedral Basic Reader were "see" and "run."

Sister Mary Rose Noonan, CSJ
I suppose my vocation story began when I was born, but my first recollection of considering religious life was in high school.

Sister Anne Tranelli, CSJ (Sister Anne Eugene)
In reflecting on my vocation story, I can summarize it by saying that since the very beginning, it has been for me a journey of faith.

Sister Francis Ann Gilchrist, CSJ
The prophet Hosea speaks of God drawing us with human cords. I can see how this happened to me.

Sister Rita Haber, CSJ (Sister Mary Rosina)
The time is uncertain, but I was about ten years old in a religious-instruction class taught by a Sister of Mercy who I thought was a Carmelite and a direct descendant of St. Therese.

Sister Dolores Stevens, CSJ (Sister Margaret Philomena)
Having responded to the words "Come and See,"I want to tell you of my "Good News."

Sister Maureen D'Onofrio, CSJ (Sister Mary Eileen)
I became a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet because I wanted to dedicate my life to God through the Church in a special way.

Sister Lamese Farhart, CSJ (Sister Marie de Montfort)
My first encounter with women religious was when I enrolled at The College of Saint Rose in the early 1940s.

Sister Ellen James Spellman, CSJ
It is a gift for me to have this opportunity, to the time to reflect and to remember how it all began. I wonder? Can I go back that far?

Sister Joan Sauro, CSJ (Sister Joan Stanislaus)
As grace would have it, I stepped into kindergarten at St. Brigid's School in Syracuse at the same time that Anne Frank stepped into a secret annex in Holland.

Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ
I was 4 1/2 years old and had started kindergarten at St. Brigid's Catholic School in Watervliet, NY.

Sister Phyllis Wulforst, CSJ
As the time for my retirement from the attorney general's office in New York City approached, I had many decisions to make.

Sister Linda Vendetti, CSJ (Sister Ann Lewis)
Once upon a time there was a girl of seventeen named Linda. Linda was active in her parish.

Sister Clare Therese Pelkey, CSJ
I started my school life as a "publican." In other words, I was a public-school student from Kindergarten through seventh grade.

Sister Mary Ellen Curtin, CSJ (Sister Marie Adele)
I was born and raised in Syracuse, NY, the second oldest of nine children.

Sister Rosaire Anne DeMare, CSJ
I have been a Sister of St. Joseph for 53 years, and it seems like only three years!

Sister Fran Eustace, CSJ (Sister Francis Regis)
There is a saying that "God writes straight with crooked lines."

Sister Marguerite Edward Donovan, CSJ
How do you know if you have a vocation to the religious life?

Sister Renee Adamany, CSJ
I think that most of life is struggling to blend and balance the heart and the head. Perhaps I say this because at my age, I am in the middle of this balancing act!

Sister Katherine Arseneau, CSJ (Sister Christopher Helene)
Believe it or not, I was a sophomore in high school when I first considered becoming a Sister of St. Joseph.