How to find our new novitiate pages, including our "Read with the Novices" blog

Our 2018-2019 Rochester Novitiate is officially in full swing. You can read all about the novice's orientation, which took place at the beginning of August. We also have on our site one of the prayers the novices used during orientation, along with some more photos of our novices. Each of the novices took some time out of their orientation to introduce themselves, giving the Federation a chance to get to know each of them a bit better. We also have a behind-the-scenes tour of the new novitiate building in Rochester.

One of the exciting new features we're offering during this novitiate is a chance to stay up-to-date with what our novices are learning and studying. While this gives the entire Federation an intimate look into the novitiate's upcoming topics, it also represents another opportunity for our novice's home congregations to stay engaged with their novices.

One of the new features is an "Upcoming Topics" section which introduces some of the speakers and topics that the novices will be studying. Another brand new feature on our website is the "Read Along with the Novices" blog, an interactive section of our website where our sisters can reflect and comment on the same readings the novices are currently studying. As the novices are assigned a new reading, we will post a link on the "Read Along with the Novices" blog to the book or chapters they're reading. It will include a short synopsis of the book and the pertinent chapters or sections the novices will be studying. We will also put up links in case sisters wish to purchase the books. After reading the selection, we are encouraging sisters to respond in the comments section for the benefit of the novices.

Some questions to spur your reflection:
• How does the assigned reading relate to your lived experience?
• What wisdom would you like to share with the novices regarding the reading?
• How do you hope to implement these words in your own life?
• How is this reading valuable for the whole Federation?

Where to publish your comments on the new "Read Along with the Novices" blog

Sr. Patty Johnson, executive director of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, has already posted her reflection in the comments section for the first reading, a chapter written by Sr. Thuy Tran (Orange) in "In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World," a book edited by Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ, and Sarah Kohles, OSF. You can use Sr. Patty's comment as a guide to your own thoughts.

Commenters can either post their comment by logging into their cssjfed.org account or they can post as a "guest" by filling in their name in the comments section. We ask that you post your full name when commenting. Please keep in mind that the novices are not expected to respond to the comments, rather it is a place where we can continue to show the novices our support while giving everyone back home a chance to know what they are learning.

Although we will be updating the blog according to the novices' reading order, you can comment on whatever readings you choose, in whatever order. The next reading, "The Compassion Connection: Recovering Our Original Oneness" by Sr. Cathy Nerny (Chestnut Hill), is also available for commenting at this time.