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St. Joseph sister Pat Bergen elected to national leadership team

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
Sister Pat Bergen of the Congregation of St. Joesph in La Grange Park.

LA GRANGE PARK – Sister Pat Bergen of the Congregation of St. Joseph was reelected to the leadership team of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in early April.

More than 350 members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, including many from La Grange Park, elected their new leadership team at a meeting at Chicago’s Marriott–O’Hare last week. Bergen's new term begins in August and continues to 2018.

Sister Bergen is a lifetime resident of the La Grange/La Grange Park area. She holds a bacehlor's degree in education and philosophy, a master’s degree in pastoral studies and a doctorate of ministry. She is also a certified spiritual director. She has served as an educator in primary and secondary schools, adult education and deaconate/lay ministry. In addition, Sister Bergen is a retreat facilitator and presents workshops, retreats and classes on the spirituality of the new cosmology, interfaith dialogue and the peace movement.

From their founding in LePuy, France, in the year 1650, Sisters of St. Joseph describe the goals of their work as “generous promises” to serve the dear neighbor.  This congregation’s generous promises are:

To take the risk to surrender our lives and resources to work for specific systemic change in collaboration with others so that the hungers of the world might be fed. To recognize the reality that earth is dying, to claim our oneness with earth and to take steps now to strengthen, heal and renew the face of earth. To network with others across the world to bring about a shift in the global culture form of institutionalized power and privilege to a culture of inclusivity and mutuality. To be mutually responsible and accountable for leadership in the congregation.

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