The Bridge

The Bridge is the official newsletter of the Corporation for Sponsored Ministries, published three times a year. All recent and present Board members, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, CSJ Associates, and all of the sponsored ministries receive The Bridge. The newsletter includes both current events at the ministries and ongoing education in CSJ Core Values.

The Bridge Theme 2016-2017: Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)

Our themes for The Bridge since 2014 have been based on the words of Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), and the Encyclical, Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home). This year, Pope Francis has given us another Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). We may look upon these writings as a trilogy that begins with us as preachers of the Word; caretakers of our earth and the universe; and now as small gestures of love in our world.

The Exhortation is especially timely in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. First  because it represents an invitation to Christian families to value the gifts of marriage and the family, and to persevere in a love strengthened by the virtues of generosity, commitment, fidelity and patience. Second, because it seeks to encourage everyone to be a sign of mercy and closeness… (Paragraph 5)

In light of CSJ Spirituality being carried out in our ministries, we are challenged to have mercy and compassion, live the CSJ Core Values and look to the Created Trinity, Jesus, Mary and Joseph as our model of love which can “transcend and overflow the demands of justice, ‘expecting nothing in return’ (Lk 6:35) and the greatest of loves can lead to ‘laying down one’s life for another (cf. Jn 15:13). Can such generosity, which enables us to give freely and fully, really be possible? Yes, because it is demanded by the Gospel…”

Assist all with love.
Seek no reward for helping,
except pleasing God.
(Maxim 55) Sister Frances Agnes Blake, CSJ

We will publish three issues of The Bridge, November, March and June. Your articles and pictures are welcomed before the due date when possible. You may invite your colleagues, students, residents, or parents to write or make a contribution to the article. I ask that you allow the administrator to read the article before you submit it. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all who receive a hard copy of The Bridge and with those who read it on our website.

Fall  Articles and Pictures: Due Date on or before Monday, November 14, 2016
Winter/Spring Articles and Pictures: Due Date on or before Monday, March 13, 2017
Spring/Summer Articles and Pictures: Due Date on or before Monday, June 12, 2017

2016-2017 Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)

Fall 2016: Peace and Justice in Our Daily Ministry
Consequently, love can transcend and overflow the demands of justice, expecting nothing in return (Lk 6:35). ..Can such generosity, which enables us to give freely and fully, really be possible? Yes, because it is demanded by the Gospel. (paragraph 102)

  • When does your ministry show a self-sacrificial commitment to peace and justice, mercy and compassion?
  • How/Where have you, your colleagues, residents, students or parents experienced the virtues of generosity, commitment, fidelity and patience?

Winter/Early Spring 2017: Our Neighbors Near and Far without Distinction

The family is the primary setting for socialization, since it is where we first learn to relate to others, to listen and share, to be patient and show respect, to help one another and live as one. (paragraph 276)

  • How/when does your ministry form people to see the world as a family, as a community, as a home?
  • How does your ministry extend gracious hospitality to newcomers, visitors, and immigrants?

Spring/Summer 2017: Oneness with All Creation

Each of us, by our love and care, leaves a mark on the life of others…not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God….Social love, as a reflection of the Trinity, is what truly unifies the spiritual meaning of the family and its mission to others…The family lives its spirituality precisely by being at one and the same time a domestic church and a vital cell for transforming the world. (paragraphs 322, 324)

  • When does your ministry use prayer or action to open hearts to receive the Holy Spirit of God’s love in tending to the needs of the neighbor and/or all of creation?
  • In this paschal season of new beginnings, how has your ministry guided and shaped the lives of those around you?
  • How do you remember and recognize those who will be moving on from your ministry?
Past Issues of The Bridge
2016-2017 Issues
Fall 2016
Winter Spring 2017


The Bridge Policies

The Bridge is the official communication of the Office of Sponsored Ministries to inform, educate, and inspire the community linked to CSJ Sponsored Ministries. The Bridge is published three times a year.  A hard copy is distributed to all current Board members, CSJ Associates, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, local ministries, and Brighton employees.  An electronic copy of each issue and an index of all articles are available on the Sponsored Ministries website.

The Office of Sponsored Ministries has an expectation that all Sponsored Ministries will contribute an article to each issue.  We welcome all article submissions and pictures from the Sponsored Ministries.  All submitted articles must have the approval of the local ministry administrator.  All articles are subject to editing by the Sponsored Ministries staff.

Suggested length is 400-500 words.  Microsoft Word format is required.  Pictures should be submitted as an attachment, not embedded within the document.  Be sure to clearly indicate article title, author’s name and position at the ministry.

Two to four photos should accompany each article.  Please include pictures that reflect the diversity of your ministry.

Digital photos are strongly preferred.  Please submit digital photos as jpegs with a resolution of at least 150 dpi. Please do not submit photos from your iPhone as the resolution is not strong enough to enlarge and reproduce a quality printed photo.

Non-digital photos will be scanned and returned (please include a mailing address).  Please do not write on the back of photos.

Please label the photos with the ministry name (BHCC, BHP, FA, JS, RC, SJPHS, WPMS) and identify all people in the picture separately.  Appropriate photo release forms should be on file at the local ministry.