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Sat, 25 Aug 2018 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM HST

Mass Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelete

  • When:
  • Sat, 25 Aug 2018 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM HST
  • Where:
  • Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa
    712 North School Street
    Honolulu,HI 96817-3030

With gratitude for the extraordinarily warm welcome from the communities they have served, the Sisters will commemorate the 80th Anniversary of their arrival on Saturday, August 25, 2018,  with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. celebrated by Bishop Larry Silva at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

For more information about the celebration, please contact Dierdre Wong at 808-373-8801 or dwong@csjla.org

(Honolulu, Hawaii) –In 1938, a group of nine Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) voyaged to Honolulu to teach in Hawaii’s growing Catholic School system. That was the start of a mission of ministry that over the last 80 years has spanned across the islands in schools, parishes, diocesan offices, state agencies, non-profit organizations and ministries serving the youth, elderly and the poor.

CSJ Sisters have taught at schools on Oahu (St. Theresa, Holy Trinity, Star of the Sea, St. Patrick, St. Joseph in Waipahu, St. Anthony in Kailua, Holy Family Catholic Academy, Sacred Hearts Academy and Damien Memorial School) and three others on Maui (Holy Rosary, Christ the King and St. Anthony in Wailuku).  They taught and worked in campus ministry at Chaminade University and worked in many parishes offering religious education, administration, liturgy and music ministries. The Sisters also staffed diocesan offices in Social Ministry, Religious Education, Youth Ministry and the Catholic Schools Department; one served as Vicar for Religious. 

 With a charism to serve the dear neighbor without distinction, the Sisters also worked in the Head Start, programs for foster children as well as with the elderly and victims of domestic violence. They have also been involved in community organizing, dealing with homelessness and tenants’ rights.  For many years, a few of the Sisters lived and ministered in low-income housing in Honolulu.

During the past 80 years, a total of 52 women joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Hawaii. Over the years, some of those local Sisters have been missioned to other areas of the world, including Chile, Peru, Japan and Kenya, sharing their love for the dear neighbor as well as the spirit of the islands in other cultures. Today, 21 Sisters continue to serve Hawaii in schools, parishes, in prayer ministry as well as with interfaith and ecumenical groups.