Religious communities have new delegate

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Members of religious communities and other forms of consecrated life in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have a new delegate to support their vocation and serve as a liaison to Archbishop John Nienstedt.

Sister Carolyn Puccio, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, was appointed to the part-time position Jan. 15. She replaces Sister of St. Joseph Mary Madonna Ashton, who retired in September after serving in the position for nearly three years.

“The ministry is primarily one of service — service to the archbishop, service to individuals in consecrated life and service to the archdiocese by supporting in every way possible the vocation of consecrated life,” Sister Carolyn said.

The delegate for religious works to maintain good relationships with both women’s and men’s religious communities in the archdiocese, said Sister Mary Madonna.

“You get invited to events like jubilees,” she said. “The sisters, especially in smaller communities, want to get to know you. They’ll invite you over to lunch, show you what they do and talk about what their hopes are.”

When religious communities have questions about serious matters affecting them, the delegate may assist by connecting them with the Church officials best suited to help, Sister Mary Madonna said.

The delegate attends an annual meeting of all the leaders of religious communities in the archdiocese, she said. The archbishop may consult with the delegate when religious communities from outside the archdiocese petition the archbishop to minister here.

“I’m looking forward to this and getting to know the people I’ll be working with,” said, Sister Carolyn, who grew up in North Minneapolis and attended St. Bridget parish.

Sister Carolyn brings a variety of ministry experience to her new job. During her 53 years as a Sister of St. Joseph, she has served as an elementary school teacher, parish minister and licensed psychologist. She also served as a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet’s St. Paul Province leadership team and as campaign liaison and mission coordinator for Carondelet Village, a shared ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Presbyterian Homes & Services, a senior housing facility in St. Paul.


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