In 2007, SSJ employees came together as a group to write the following employee mission statement:
“Inspired by the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the employees of the Sisters of St. Joseph establish an environment of unity and mutual respect which characterizes our daily interactions with each other, the sisters, neighbors, and all who visit here, thus reflecting the unifying love of God and neighbor.”
Each year since then, the SSJ employees celebrate Mission Day on May 1, the feast of
St. Joseph the Worker. It is an opportunity to reflect on how they are living the mission individually, and as a department. It also gives us an opportunity to acknowledge all of our employees and to express our appreciation for their dedication and faithfulness.
During Mission Day, employees are recognized for milestone years of service. In addition, one employee, nominated by his/her peers, is awarded “SSJ Living the Mission” distinguished employee award.
Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel this year’s celebration. Although we don’t have a distinguished employee award for this year, on August 18th, Sister Carol Morehouse awarded service pins to the following employees: Don Olson, 25 years; Stephanie Hall, 20 years; and Sue Ann Wisniewski, 5 years. I would like to acknowledge all of our employees from housekeeping, kitchen, maintenance, nursing, front desk, transportation, and administrative staff who minister to us, and with us, each day. I also would like to thank all the employees from our sponsored ministries who minister to the dear neighbor.
I have said many times and continue to say, the SSJ community is greatly blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives. This is what makes our SSJ Mission Possible.
Pictured above: Sr. Carol Morehouse presents a 25-year service pin to Don Olson.