GNSH Happenings – May 2023

Written on: June 6, 2023

GNSH Associate News: Associates met in person and by Zoom in May. The monthly Zoom meetings for Associates from all areas will continue to be held on the second Saturday of each month. The next Zoom area meeting is Saturday, June 10, 10:30-noon.  At that meeting, Associates will share personal reflections on St. Joseph and other fathers. In July, the Alaska Associates will join in, so the meeting scheduled for July 8 will be 1 pm – 2:30 pm to accommodate the time difference. The Philadelphia area in-person meetings are tentatively scheduled to start up again in September at Holy Redeemer Lafayette. All are welcome, both to the Zoom meetings and in-person. Please contact Angel Conicelli for more information at 215-208-5798 or email at

Sisters Mary Karen Kelly and Anne Zita Crudden continue their singing careers with the Centennial Singers. They performed for the residents at Lafayette Redeemer in May and will have their final concert for the Spring at Log College in June. Congratulations, Sisters. May you keep spreading joy to others with your voices!

Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center will honor the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart on the feast of the Sacred Heart.   On that day, Sisters Bridget Connor and Diane Bardol will be present with Grey Nun Associate, Fru Finn, for the opening of the St. Marguerite D’Youville Food Pantry, which will provide relief to hospital caregivers in need.  Photos and more on this story will appear in a future NewsNotes.

A Farewell, Not Goodbye – Submitted by Maryellen Glackin

On May 16, a lovely luncheon was held at La Voglia Mediterranean in Huntingdon Valley in honor of my impending retirement. It was perfect in every way, from the company, to the flowers and photos, the food, and especially the yummy cheesecake.

My years with the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart have been a wonderful experience. As I transition out of this position, I’m realizing exactly what Institutional Knowledge means! I hope I am able to impart what I have learned as well as Sr. Barbara Harrington imparted what she embodied to me! I have felt loved and cared for in numerous ways throughout my years here and I hope that you have sensed my love and care coming back to you, too.

They say that life is what happens when you are busy making plans, but I’m not a planner by nature. Through the GNSH though, I learned that I am in good company. I’ve learned that like St. Marguerite, I trust in Divine Providence. It has served me well in life and in ministry. So, thank you for putting a name to what I felt interiorly. And, thank you for being patient while I often waited for direction from above! If I could, I would thank each of you individually since you have all contributed something to the closeness I feel to this Congregation, and for the true friendship I have felt as I went about my work. You have made my life more interesting, more engaging, more fun and just MORE! Thank you, I love each of you, and I will always remain grateful for the opportunities you gave me to stretch, to grow and to become a better self.

More luncheon photos are here!

   Celebrating You!

Wishing the following Sisters and staff a very happy birthday:


Sister Maria Christi Drysdale (Corpus Christi), Sister Jean Marie Liston (9), Eileen Dickerson (10), Sister Sally White (12), Sister Jean O’Shaunecy (14), Sister John Helen Main (15), Sister Dolores Fitzpatrick (22), Sister Donna M. Lord (22), Sister Nora Friel (29)


Sister Barbara Schiavoni (3), Sister Josephine Patti (5), Sister Mary O’Connell (15), Sister Anne Boyer (17), Bob Creely (18), Sister Joan Marie McCann (22 FD), Sister Elizabeth Dawn Gear (24), Sister Bridget Mary Connor (26)

May God’s love protect and bless you in the year ahead!

Marguerite’s Pantry at OLF continues to focus on the needs of new mothers and babies.  This weekend we were able to reach out to new moms living at two different shelters in the neighborhood.  Through the efforts of several volunteers both mothers received much needed food and baby supplies.  Thank you to all who remember to pray for and support all at Marguerite’s Pantry.

– Submitted by Sr. Anne Marie

The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart invite you to the showing of the film, The Letter. It tells the story of various frontline environmental leaders and their journey to Rome at the invitation of Pope Francis, to dialogue with him about their work and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. Together they explore issues including Indigenous rights, climate migration, and youth leadership in the context of action on climate and nature. It will be shown at 6 p.m. on June 27 in the RCR at Lafayette Redeemer (83 min.)

LCWR Region 3: Update Submitted by Sr. Barbara Schiavoni, GNSH

GNSH Leadership are active participants in LCWR Region 3, which spans Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. At the May ‘23 gathering, Sr. Michelle Lesher SSJ, novice director for the US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, shared a vision for initial formation for the 21st Century that centers on the nonnegotiables of religious life.

For her dissertation, Michelle interviewed younger/newer members as well as seasoned members of several congregations. Both groups identified as nonnegotiables the call to religious life, prayer and spirituality, mission, community life and the vows, each lived out through a congregations unique charism. Michelle suggested that these fundamentals need to be continuously reexamined and rearticulated by each sister in order to embrace transformation and welcome new members.

At this gathering, Region 3 members continued small group conversations on topics of interest with the goal of exploring areas where congregations in our area might collaborate. We also worked with input provided by the National LCWR on Transformative Justice, exploring the intersections between racism, forced migration and the climate crisis. Region 3 is now in the second year of a threeyear commitment to provide financial support to two locally based nonprofits that promote Laudato Si goals: Waterspirit and PennEnvironment.

A sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Waterspirit is a center of ecology and spirituality that fosters deepening consciousness of the sacredness and interconnection of all of life with a focus on water. PennEnvironment advocates for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate.

GNSH have a long history of service to Region 3. Sr. Barbara Schiavoni currently serves as region CoChair, having succeeded Sr. Eileen White who served as Chair from 20192021. Sr. Diane Bardol serves as Justice Promotor. In recent years, Srs. Mary Elizabeth Looby and Mary Lee Farrell held leadership roles in the region, as well.

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