Ryan P. Murphy is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and works as Director of Service-Learning at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Ryan is also a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Temple University where he is researching the experiences of American Women Religious in the years of renewal after Vatican II.
In a world where we are constantly connected through technology and smartphones, the boundaries between our personal and professional lives are fluid and often become blurred. I find this a great metaphor for Associate life, because this commitment is not intended to be something I turn off and on in certain situations, but rather, try to fully incorporate into all parts of my life.
Each morning when I sit down to my desk at work, before I check voicemails or emails, I flip over a page on my de facto daily calendar. Just to the right of my computer and telephone sits this small, spiral-bound book containing all 100 Maxims of the Sisters of St. Joseph.