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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Province's 70th Anniversary

Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny
Celebrate 70 Years of Missionary Discipleship

July 15, 2018 70th Anniversary Mass
Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Salve Regina University

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Province of the USA & Canada, celebrated their 70th Anniversary of Missionary Discipleship. On July 14th the sisters gathered in Newport with Affiliates, Associates, friends and benefactors for lunch and the sharing of prayer and Cluny stories. On Sunday, July 15, the Feast of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey, they continued the celebrations with the Mass of Anne Marie Javouhey at the Salve Regina University Chapel followed by a delicious dinner at La Forge Restaurant, Newport. The celebrations also included celebrating the 65th jubilee of Sister Eugenia Brady and the 60th jubilee of Sister Rachel Philippe Racine.

Sister Luke Parker, Provincial, addressed the assembly with a remembering of the Province’s beginnings.  “In September of 1947, our present North American Foundation began with the establishment of Our Lady of Lourdes Community in Philadelphia, PA.  Our Founding Sisters were, Claire Whelan, Margaret Mary Rigney, Immaculata Murphy, Catherine Finn and Philomena McCann. They joined the Holy Ghost Fathers serving in Saint Joseph's House on 16th & Allegheny Avenue in Philadelphia for Homeless and Industrious Boys. Though these Founding Sisters have died and the ministry for the homeless boys in Philadelphia has closed, our Province of the U.S.A. & Canada, seventy years later, continues to ‘Bringing Hope and Compassion to an Anguished World’.”

Continuing the mission of Jesus today, the Cluny Sisters in the Province of the U.S.A. & Canada, serve in Newport and Middletown, RI; Norwich, CT; San Pedro, CA and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. We collaborate with our Cluny Sisters throughout the world to sustain poor and needy Cluny Missions, especially in Haiti, West Africa, Congo, Tanzania, West Indies, India, Philippines and South America.

Congratulations, Sisters!

Prayer from the Mass of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey,

Foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny


Lord, you enabled Blessed Anne Marie to consecrate herself to

doing your will in everything, and gave her

the strength and soul of an apostle.

Grant that we may imitate her patience and her charity

so as to work perseveringly in your service.

We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever.


For more photos from the event visit our Congregational Website