By: Sr. Patty Johnson

A break between sessions

The first semester has ended. The novices have prepared a video to share some of their experience. You may remember initially meeting them in August when they shared their first video.

They have been living in a local community of 9 (6 novices, 2 directors, and one professed sister).  Sr. Tram Nguyen grew up in a big family so it wasn’t too much of an adjustment.  She said, "I’m enjoying being with my peers. Great learnings of give and take." Sr. Sally Koch noted, "We get along so well it was an easy adjustment."  Sr. Sarah Simons offered, "I enjoy being with everybody.  We melded really well together."

Discussing the first semester of the 2018-2019 US Federation novitiate.So what are they learning? Sr. Joanne shared, "I don’t see the life surviving without communal prayer. It is what makes the life unique from doing this as a single person. It is a very special treasure of religious life. I have been surprised that it is such a place of unity that we share." Sr. Chizuru Yamada chimed in that communal prayer is "binding us stronger." Sr. Jennifer Berridge said, "Communal prayer is the foundation…it feeds me."

The classes have really challenged them as they have learned more about scripture, liturgy and the sacraments, and the vows.

Discussing the first semester of the 2018-2019 U.S. Federation Novitiate.They have found time for fun too.  One of their favorite group activities is having silent discos.

They will return to their homes for a short break but be back in January for an intensive few months on the history and spirituality of the Sisters of St Joseph.

[Sr. Patty Johnson is a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet-St. Louis and executive director of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph]