Sisters of St. Joseph Food Drive Celebrates Religious Life
The Sisters of St. Joseph will honor the past, present and future of consecrated life by hosting a food drive to celebrate World Day of Consecrated Life on Sunday, February 5th, at the Motherhouse, 1020 State Street in Baden. Sisters will be available to accept items between 9 a.m. and noon at the chapel and reception area of the Motherhouse. The Sisters also invite the public to join them for 10 a.m. Mass.
“Our hope for the project is to not only welcome people into our motherhouses as a way of celebrating the gift and call of consecrated life, but to also provide an opportunity, through the food drive, to welcome people into our mission and ministries, as well,” said Mary Pellegrino, Congregational Moderator for the Sisters of St. Joseph.
The Sisters’ participation in the tri-county food drive is a collaborative effort of Catholic Sisters of Western Pennsylvania, with onsite collections at 13 participating congregations of women religious. Items collected will be distributed to local food banks and pantries. The Sisters of St. Joseph will present all contributions to The Ladle in Ambridge.
“Providing opportunities for people who are our concerns and care for others is also an important part of how our sisters accomplish our mission; so linking a food drive with the Church’s celebration of our lives is an opportunity for the sisters to not only respond to the desperate need for food among many of our neighbors but also to invite others to join us in the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors.”
In addition to the collaborative food drive, the chapel bells will toll at noon on Sunday to honor the men and women in religious communities. During Consecrated Life Week, women religious communities and their friends will be distributing black and white ribbons that may be worn in support of religious life. A prayer of gratitude for the past, present, and future of consecrated life will be distributed with the ribbons.
For more information or a list of suggested items for The Ladle, visit www.stjoseph-baden.org.