Leadership of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield was transferred to a new team of officers Sunday, June 25, during a congregational gathering at Mont Marie in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The new team members, Sister Joan Ryzewicz, President, Sister Angela Deady, Vice President, and Sister Patricia Smith and Sister Shirley Anne Campbell, will remain in office though June 2022.
The new leaders replace Sister Maxyne Schneider, President, Sister Elizabeth Sullivan, Vice President, and Sister Lillian Reilly, Sister Carol Hebert and Sister Virginia Maitland.
The election process began last fall, when the Congregation gathered to set new goals and choose new leaders in a process known as Chapter. The months-long session includes reflection and planning for the community’s life in mission together.
Following today’s ceremony, Sr. Joan said, “Our commitment for the next five years is to build relationships, make connections and bring compassion and a healing presence to the people we encounter each day, whether that be in a classroom, a retirement community, a parish or a prison. Our hope is to continue to collaborate with others to create a climate that brings greater civility, reverence, and harmony to our world.”
Sister Joan, a native of Springfield, has served as program director at Providence Place Retirement Community and as pastoral minister at St. Jerome Parish in Holyoke.
Sister Angela is a native of Chicopee and taught at Holyoke Catholic High School before becoming a pastoral minister at All Saints Parish in Ware.
Sister Patricia, a native of West Springfield, taught at Cathedral High School and ministered in Africa for 42 years. She recently ministered at Genesis Retreat Center.
Sister Shirley Anne, born in Montreal, recently worked as a case manager at Baystate Noble in Westfield. She worked for many years in the mental health field and was co-founder and co-director of Weston Rehab in Holyoke.
Outgoing President Sr. Maxyne Schneider reflected on her tenure, “As I look back on these six years I see the challenges that were presented to our Congregation as we dealt with our financial need, but more than that I see that as a Congregation we stood together in facing the challenges. As we did so we were met with exceptional generosity wherever we turned for help. I believe that our new Leadership Team has all the energy and skill needed to lead us into our new future together.”
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