“Called to Be…” – The Holy Union Podcast
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What is the Holy Union Podcast?
The Holy Union Podcast was created as a way to share discussions with interested listeners on an array of topics between and among the Sisters and Associates. Every discussion is based on the perspective of Holy Union spirituality and features different combinations of sisters talking about specific topics. Our hope is that you find these conversations helpful, inspiring, entertaining, or just plain interesting. Taken together, they are meant to help us all grow in faith as we continue our journey together.
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Episode # 13 – Mary (1-01-2023)
The Virgin Mary has been an important part of our Catholic faith since the early days of the church. This discussion, between Sisters Rita Theresa Goulet, Barbara Kirkman, and Holy Union Associate, Judy Corliss, is led by Sister Fran Cavey, and explores Mary’s role in the church and in our faith. As a woman, and the mother of Jesus, Mary’s perspective is unique. The discussion fleshes out how the Sisters relate to Mary, how Mary impacts their prayer, and Mary’s role in bringing people to her son, Jesus.
Episode # 12 – Christmas Across Cultures (12-15-2022)
We are dedicating this special Christmas episode to the loving memory of Sr. Ann Boland, who envisioned it and planned to moderate it. May she rest in peace. In Sr. Ann’s place, Sr. Nancy Stiles moderates this discussion among Holy Union Associate, Margaret Agbese from Nigeria, Holy Union’s Office Manager for over twenty years, Alina Pieprzycki from Poland, and long-time Holy Union friend, Teresa Aiello from Honduras. They each discuss the customs and traditions of Christmas in their home countries. We all have our own unique ways of celebrating the coming of Jesus at Christmas. We hope you find this discussion fascinating. joyful, and at times, touching. Our Sisters wish you and yours a most blessed Christmas!
Episode # 11 – Finding Joy in the Season (12-1-2022)
We are dedicating December’s episodes in loving memory of Sr. Ann Boland, who envisioned them and planned to moderate them both. Her intent was to discuss how to more fully embrace the joy of the season through simple reminders of what we are really celebrating. The Church calls this “Living Liturgically”. Sr. Barbara Walsh now moderates this discussion with Sr. Alice Michael and Holy Union Associate, Tina Silvestro about the season of Advent and the feasts of Christmas and The Epiphany. We hope this discussion inspires you to experience this season in a richer, more meaningful way and avoid being swept into the hectic swirl that can often overtake us at this time of year. Thank you Sister Ann. May you rest in peace.
Episode # 10 – Establishing the Brockton House of Formation (11-1-2022)
Sr. Alice Arsenault moderates a discussion among Sr. Rita Beaudoin, Sr. Marilyn Bearne and Sr. Ann Kernan about the establishment of a Holy Union House of Formation in Brockton, MA in the 1980’s which was meant to support both the Fall River and the Groton Provinces. The number of ministries and works which grew out of this project were numerous, eventually leading to uniting the two provinces into the US Province of today..
Episode # 9 – Ministering to Those on the Margins – Rikers Island, NY (10-1-2022)
Sr. Fran Cavey moderates a discussion with Sr. Peg McCabe about her experience over more than three decades ministering to men and women incarcerated on Rikers Island in New York City. Sr. Peg shares some surprising stories and experiences from her time ministering to those who have found themselves on the wrong side of the legal system. Her primary message has never changed: God loves you.
Episode # 8 – Transformational Experiences: Ministering to Those With Special Needs (9-1-2022)
Sr. MaryEllen Ryan moderates this discussion with Sr. Ann Boland and Holy Union Associates Pat Healey and Kathleen Jeffra about their experiences ministering to those with special needs. This moving discussion recounts several occasions where they were inspired by those who had been given a cross to bear, and who carried it with such grace and dignity as to turn it into a blessing for themselves and those around them.
Episode # 7 – Holy Union in Cameroon – Part 2 (7-1-2022)
Sr. Fran Cavey moderates our second discussion about Holy Union in Cameroon with Sr. Jane Newcomb and Sr. Marilyn Gignac. Their conversation covers overcoming the challenges of establishing a house of formation, setting up a new Holy Union mission in the remote village of Moloundou, and the amazing “rabbit project”! The story of our work in Cameroon is still just beginning. There will be several more episodes on this wonderful group of Sisters doing God’s work in Africa.
Episode # 6 – Holy Union in Appalachia – Part 1 (6-1-2022)
Sr. Nancy Stiles speaks with Sr. Lorraine Sirois and Sr. Barbara Walsh about the decades they spent ministering to the good people of Appalachia, a unique, and often poor, region of our country. They reflect with joy on their experiences and those they worked with. This is the first of several episodes on Holy Union in this region. We hope you enjoy it. Producer’s Note: Twice in this episode Mr. Mike Morrissey is accidentally referred to as “Jack”. Our apologies to Mr. Morrissey.
Episode # 5 – Prayer (5-1-2022)
This episode is an extended discussion on the topic of Prayer. Sr. Alice Arsenault moderates a discussion which features Sr. Rita Theresa Goulet, Sr. Kathleen Corrigan, and Holy Union Associate, Nelda Jardin. They discuss what prayer is, why we pray, God’s answers to our prayers, and various kinds of prayer. This episode is longer than most, but the topic is so compelling, we’re certain we will do additional episodes on this topic. We hope you enjoy it.
Episode # 4 – Holy Union in Cameroon, Africa – Part 1 (4-1-2022)
Sister Fran Cavey moderates a discussion with Holy Union Sisters, Roberta Desjardins, Marilyn Gignac, and Terri Theroux about Holy Union’s early years in Cameroon. Over many decades, our Sisters established orphanages, clinics, schools, and houses of religious formation. Today, as a result of their efforts, and those of others, we have more Sisters in Cameroon than in the US. Please watch for future episodes on this topic.
Episode # 3 – Living the Holy Union Charism as an Associate (3-1-22)
Sister MaryEllen Ryan moderates a discussion with Holy Union Associates, Margaret Admirand, April Lewis, and Myrna Badillo about what it means to live the Holy Union Charism as an Associate. All three of these women are New York Associates and each shares her experiences as a part of the Holy Union Associate community, and discusses why they became Associates, and the works they have been involved in.
Episode #2 – Living the Holy Union Charism Today (2-1-22)
Sister Fran Cavey moderates a discussion between Sisters Alice Arsenault, Lorraine Sirois, and Nancy Stiles about how they live out the Holy Union Charism now that they are no longer in the classroom. All have spent years in new roles with new focuses, proving God’s love can be revealed in many ways depending on the needs of the time and the time of life.
Episode #1 – Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves (1-1-22)
Join Holy Union Sisters Ann Boland, Mary Catherine Burns, Pat Mulryan, and Barbara Walsh, as they embark on our introductory episode. We discuss our congregation’s founding, how and why we came to the U.S., as well as the original ministry to which we dedicated ourselves: Catholic education. We discuss several of the schools where we taught or were administrators, and even touch on what things are important for parents looking for a school for their children today.