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We were so blessed to have Sister Josephine near by in Texas. She was a joy to be around and a blessing to the ministry. She supported us and blessed us with her presence even on our Team retreats. I remember her leading us in prayer on the beach -- welcoming the morning with the Native American Prayer to the Four Directions. Others walking the beach certainly had a sight to behold -- Sister Josephine in her moo-moo and the rest of us with our arms raised in prayer to the N/S/E/W. I'm glad I knew you, Josephine. Karen K, Houston Episcopal BE Team
What an amazingly special and saintly person you were Josephine. I first met Josephine on the first BE weekend in New Zealand held in Christchurch on the clifftops overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I was one of two cooks whose task it was to ensure all participants were fed and watered. I went on to be a participant and later a facilitator. I have many memories of Josephine that capture her courage, sense of fun and such a big heart. One of those memories was myself, Shirley and Josephine went camping out to a favourite place in North Canterbury(usually quiet and secluded). It was a hot day and as no one was around we decided to go 'skinny-dipping'. We enjoyed the seeming solitude of the cooling waters until we heard some people coming, so Shirley and I rushed out of the water to put some clothes on. Alas, Josephine was not quite as quick and was 'stuck' in the water. We kept hoping the males would disappear but they lingered on. Time went by and we could see Josephine was very cold so after many fumbling attempts we managed to get her moving downstream and wrapped her in a blanket to get her out of the water. After warmup time and the visitors departure we collapsed laughing. Each time we got together we would recall that hilarious time. Rest in peace Josephine knowing you touched so many, many peoples lives. Joan Brown. Christchurch.
Thank you Sister Josephine for saving my life then giving me a new life. The love you spread around the world will never be forgotten. Gene Diel
The first time I met Sister Josephine was 2006 in the hot tub in Winnepeg, Canada at the International convention. Two days later I met my future husband who was a member of the International board, Gene Diel. Thank you Sister Josephine for giving my life back to me and then for bringing the two jeans together. In appreciation and love, Jean Diel
The first time I met Sister Josephine was 2006 in the hot tub in Winnepeg, Canada at the International convention. Two days later I met my future husband who was a member of the International board, Gene Diel. Thank you Sister Josephine for giving my life back to me and then for bringing the two jeans together. In appreciation and love, Jean Diel
My life has been forever changed from my very first BE Weekend in Phoenix. I can't imagine the direction I might have taken without it. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work with her on the International Board and with BE and the Youth programs. I have been blessed to receive her generous gifts of joy, wisdom and love. Ann Carter, Phoenix, AZ P.S. Say hello to Jesus for me!
Sister Josephine, appreciation & gratitude from the bottom of my heart, the day you came into my life & home, I knew you were very special, your smile & loving hug. I did not know at the time, the BE gift you were sharing in Sacramento would be what I would need years later to survive divorce. The Beginning Experience ministry contributed to healing my fractured heart & spirit. I was guided thru to my healing process and to become free to love again. God, myself & others! It is true that by the Grace of God, you crossed my path for a greater purpose! My gratitiude to you & Jo for your courage & Love that you shared endlessly for the greater good of so many others. A few years ago at your book signing luncheon, your loving smile & hug had not changed at all. Loving you for all that you are, Thank you, Until we meet again, Roberta M., Sacramento, CA.
God's Blessings to Sr Josephine and family. Beginning Experience in Perth Western Australia changed my life and brought me the blessings of seeing others transformed as I became a team member. I will always remember Sr Josephine and those who worked with her and her programs in my prayers. Gordon Lyall, Queensland Australia.
Oh my!! What an inspiration Sr. Josephine was. She touched and changed so many of our lives, each with our own B.E. Experience. Some of us knew her on a personal level and will miss her wisdom and humor. A very special lady and messenger of love and goodness, so sweet and always willing to share. The San Angelo, Texas B.E. Team will miss her!!
Warm heart felt wishes to Sister Josephine's family and community. I am ever so grateful to Sister Josehine and Jo Lamia for the creation of Beginning Experience. May your spirit live on through this healing program. BE Hugs, Lise Desrochers - Winnipeg Beginning Experience, Canada
My sons and I join with our Beginning Experience Family around the world grieving the loss of the touch of Sister Josephine. As we pray for the repose of her soul, we believe the work she was called to begin will continue as she leaves the Church Militant entering God's next role for her in the Communion of Saints. Her book, "Letting Go: The Way into Abundance: The Personal Story of the Founder of the Beginning Experience" gives insight into the power inspiring this courageous servant of God. May her soul rest in peace. Simply, Mary Rochester/Southeastern MN
I am Sister Josephine's niece and Goddaughter - it has been such a blessing reading all of your comments. She was always special to me and now I understand how truly remarkable she was - Thank you!
I feel the loss of a good friend since the onset of the BE I was on the first team and a personal friend of Sr. Josephine. I feel very sad because she was instrumental in nurturing me through a divorce and annullment with 3 children 4yrs, 2yrs and six weeks to raise on my own. We were planning to get together after her eye surgery for a visit but her health went downhill from there and we did not get together. Found out about funeral arrangements to late so I missed that too. We loved each other and she knew it. She was a very special person, Peggy Penning, Dallas, Texas
I attended the Beginning Experience twice, many years apart, and when I ponder the work Sister Josephine did with the Beginning Experience, I can’t help but also think about some of the changes being discussed in Rome since the election of Pope Francis. I believe there is some consideration being given to the possibility of Rome embracing a practice found in the Orthodox Church ... the permissibility of a second sacramental marriage after a divorce (with no necessity for an annulment). I don’t know what the criteria are, but I believe that when the first marriage takes place before the maturity of the spouses, the Orthodox Church allows divorce and a second blessed marriage. I believe the second marriage is a sacramental marriage and takes place during a somewhat penitential service in which the divorced party /parties ask for forgiveness and set out a bit more soberly on their second marriage. (At least this is my understanding; I may need correcting.) If my understanding is correct, it seems to me that the adoption of this practice by Rome would be a tribute to the healing work of the Beginning Experience and Sister Josephine, though she and I never spoke about it. Susan Carney
I had the joy of meeting Sister in Nashville in 2002. I fell in love with the tiny, dynamic lady who loved everyone she saw. Her hugs were the best! I am forever grateful to her and to Jo for giving us a chance at life once again. When my marriage ended I didn't have hope or the strength to move on. The weekend, the BE family, and writing all those talks as a Team member helped me to find the Ada I had lost and to heal. My faith deepened as a result. I have now remarried and have the life I dreamed about but felt was not possible for me. Thank you Sister! Enjoy your reward in heaven. We will meet again! Much love form your BE sister, Ada Thornton
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