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Federation Novitiate

Meet The Novice

Sr. Erin McDonald is a novice in the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph.  She is currently participating in the US Federation in a unique way since she is the only novice in this year’s class.  She has been attending programs at the Chicago Inter-Congregational Novitiate, and participating in small group presentations with other sisters for the typical Sisters of St Joseph Federation classes.

Here is a little more information about Erin:

During the summer of 2000, Erin came to Wheeling, W. Va., from Massachusetts and connected with the Sisters of St. Joseph when she participated in the Volunteers in Mission Program. She later moved to Wheeling to complete her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Wheeling Jesuit and then received her Masters of Social Work degree from West Virginia University.

Erin returned to Wheeling last summer after two years of ministry in Rwanda with Jesuit Refugee Services and worked for Catholic Charities, West Virginia in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. “After serving two years as a humanitarian aid worker with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rwanda, I have seen and experienced, first hand, the brokenness in our world that is crying out for unity and reconciliation. As an aspiring Sister of St. Joseph, I am called to be a catalyst for positive change and healing in our wounded and fractured world,” she said.