By: Kristen Whitney Daniels

Bus Tour FlyerIn May 2019, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph will go on tour — retracing the steps of Mother Delphine Fontbonne from St. Louis to Philadelphia to Toronto.

This bus pilgrimage, which will take place from Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19, will feature Sr. Mary McGlone, CSJ, author of Anything of Which a Woman is Capable. Sr. Mary will help participants tap into our U.S. roots tracing the steps of Mother Delphine Fontbonne starting with her arrival at Carondelet from France, her eventual departure to Philadelphia, and finally to Toronto.

Each day Sr. Mary will offer reflective talks about our CSSJ history, including behind-the-scenes and sideline stores that weren’t published in Anything of Which a Woman is Capable. This week-long tour is packed with visits to CSSJ historic sites. In St. Louis, participants will be visiting the Old St. Louis Cathedral Church and Museum, the old church in Cahokia, Illinois, and historic Carondelet where Mother Delphine held her first role as superior.

On the way to Philadelphia, we will be stopping in Wheeling, West Virginia, McSherrystown, PA, and the Gettysburg Military National Park, where we will learn about the Sisters of St. Joseph's role in the Civil War. Once we arrive in Philadelphia, participants will visit the Liberty Bell and the Independence Mall. We will also visit the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia’s Welcome Center and tour Mother St. John Fournier’s grave at their motherhouse. A public talk and reception will be held at Mount St. Joseph Convent.

In Toronto, we will tour St. Michael’s Cemetery, where Mother Delphine is buried. We will also learn about Sr. Martha Bunning and tour Fontbonne Ministries, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. A public talk and reception will be held at Loretto College.

In addition to these CSSJ-centered sites, the pilgrimage will also feature daily prayer, shared reflections, and even some free time to enjoy the scenery.

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The pilgrimage is open to all — sisters, agrégées, associates, partners in mission, St. Joseph Worker community, family members, people curious about the sisters, even general history buffs. However, we are limited to only 50 participants. You can reserve your spot here:  https://www.nixmeetings.com/MotherDelphineBusTour2019. The U.S. Federation is offering special reduced prices to members of the Federation. Members of the U.S. Federation will pay $1200 for a double room and $1450 for a single. Non-members of the Federation pay $1350 for a double room and $1600 for a single.

As you may recall, the U.S. Federation recently expanded its membership from solely sisters to now include agrégées, associates, partners in mission, and the St. Joseph Worker community. People belonging to these expanded membership categories, and would like to attend the pilgrimage, can get their reduced pricing by signing up for membership here: https://cssjfed.breezechms.com/form/913b6a39. After signing up for membership with the Federation, participants can then register using the above “Mother Delphine Bus Tour 2019” link.

We are also offering the option for participants to add on additional evenings before and after the pilgrimage. Participants can add hotel stays Sunday, May 13 and/or Monday, May 20 for $70 (double) or $140 (single) per night. These nights can be added on during registration.

A note to all participants, a passport is required when we enter Canada. Please check your passports now and ensure that your passport has not expired. If you do not have a passport or it is expiring before or during the trip, we encourage you to start the process of acquiring or renewing your passport as soon as possible. It can take some time for the government to process these requests.

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[Kristen Whitney Daniels is the assistant director of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph]