From Sand to Rock

The Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine will host a concert in celebration of their 145th year in Florida at 3 p.m. this Saturday at St. Benedict the Moor in St. Augustine, Fla.

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The Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine will host a concert in celebration of their 145th year in Florida at 3 p.m. this Saturday at St. Benedict the Moor in St. Augustine, Fla.

In recognition of their ministry among us, we feature the 10-minute video: “From Sand to Rock.” In this segment of the diocesan produced “Reel to Reel” series, we enter a poignant moment in the sisters’ history. In the early 1980s, the community’s Superior, Sr. Christine Zimorski, confronted safety issues and decided to renovate the mother house and raze the old academy. We hear interviews with Sr. Barbara Cekosh, the architect and conceptual visionary as well as project champion and St. Augustine mayor, Eddie Mussalam.

Through the lens of this event, we hear the story of the sisters’ 1886 arrival from central France and their educational ministry among the children of freed slaves. These stories come alive in photographs from the time of their arrival and throughout the 1900s. During the course of 15 decades, the sisters expanded their educational ministry and answered our Lord’s call in healthcare, spiritual direction and retreat work. This Saturday’s concert will highlight French and American folk spirituals and recount the story of the original pioneering sisters.

Order this title during your visit to the Media Resource Center at www.orlandodiocese.org/en/ministriesoffices/media-center, or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher at 407-246-4895 407-246-4897.