25 New Novices

??????????INDIA – Our Sisters in India welcomed 25 new novices earlier this summer. We hold these women and all the sisters in India in prayer in this privileged time. Read more….

Serving Refugees at the Border

EL PASO – Sisters of St. Joseph from several congregations gathered at the US-Mexico border to assist children and families fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries. Sister Sandy Straub (Saint Louis) offers reflections on her experience there. Read more….

Channeling Stillness

LOCHINVAR, AU – Michael O’Connor writes about the Living Waters Christian Meditation Centre, founded by Sister Carmel Moore of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Lochinvar as the home of the universal meditation community in Newcastle, where one can learn to find stillness and simplicity in a world of chaos and complexity. Read more….

Call To Action’s 2014 Leadership Award

MEMPHIS, TN – Sr. Elizabeth Johnson Accepts Invitation to Receive Call To Action’s 2014 Leadership Award. Johnson’s thoughtful approach encourages new and engaging ways to think about God, spirituality and the interconnectedness of all things.  Like Mary Magdalene, Sr. Elizabeth offers great news of transformation to the church you and I love. Read more….

Beekeeping and Eco-projects

BADEN, PA – Sister Lyn Szymkiewicz, director of grounds and eco-projects, takes care of beehives on the grounds of the Sister of St. Joseph of Baden. She uses honey from the bees to make soap, candy and other products that are sold in the motherhouse gift shop. Read more…

Chinese Sisters of St. Joseph

BEIJING – The need to assimilate the teachings of the Second Vatican Council on Consecrated Life is moving many congregations around the world to help religious communities in China. This includes courses in spirituality and Bible reading in Jiangsu, as well as assistance in drafting the first charters of the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph in Beijing, which was founded in 1872. Read more….

Sister of Second Chances

NEW YORK – Venita Pinckney grew up around Catholic schools and churches, and she thought she knew about nuns. Then a small, gray-haired Sister of St. Joseph named Teresa Fitzgerald came to fish her out of a Harlem crack house. Ms. Pinckney had been a drug addict for 23 years, a dealer and a prostitute, and had lost both of her children to foster care. She was high at the time. Read more….

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AUSTRALIA – Rahamim Ecological Learning Community’s recent community initiative was met with great enthusiasm, an idea that stemmed from its sustainability workshops that aim to promote an understanding of the planet, respect for humanity and reverence for creation, writes Sister Mary-Ann Casanova rsj, Executive Director at Rahamim. Read more…

500 Garden Project Unites Neighbors as it Beautifies the Area

CINCINNATI – From vacant unkempt areas to eye-popping, fresh smelling, food-producing gardens, the Sisters of St. Joseph living in Madisonville, Ohio, have joined the local citizens in improving their community, one garden at a time.  New signs advertising “500 Gardens  Madisonville” have sprung up along our streets.  Neighbors have joined the effort to teach and mentor new gardeners growing food. Their hope is to have 500 gardens help change the face of Madisonville in Cincinnati. Read more….

Catholic Press Association Awardbook

CHARLOTTE – At the annual Catholic Media Conference, Sr. Amy Hereford received a first place Catholic Press Association Award in her category for her recent publication Religious Life at the Crossroads. The citation stated:

One could come up with a long list of negatives about religious life in the 21st century, but Sr.  Amy has taken the higher road and convincingly portrays the possibilities inherent in communities founded and empowered by the Spirit. … Her future-oriented chapter on ‘New Forms of Religious Life’ should be required reading for everyone in consecrated life or contemplating it and very every bishop—and that includes Pope Francis. See book…

Sisters Move from Motherhouse

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The decision to move 30 retired Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from the Mont Marie Motherhouse, to other locations is to being done to free the main building for revenue-generating development, possibly as additional housing for seniors, according to the order. Read more…. And on the lighter side…

First Profession

SAINT LOUIS -Congratulations to Sister Clare Bass, CSJ who professed her first vows and commitment to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet! Check out the slideshow from today’s celebration. And, be sure to send your prayers, thoughts and congrats to Clare!

Evolutionary Living

SSJ Mission Corps

PHILADELPHIA – The SSJ Mission Corps is a smaller program with 4-6 volunteers living in community in the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The “smallness” of our program allows for a unique individual experience for each volunteer. One unique thing about the SSJ Mission Corps is that we are all women so we have a focus on working with women to recognize the unique role they play in bringing about justice in our world and working for social change. We are located in the city of Philadelphia where our volunteers live in community in the Kensington neighborhood, Philly’s poorest neighborhood. We are an urban, poverty/justice focused program. Additionally, in 2014-2015 we have applied for CVN AmeriCorps funding. Pending approval, we will be able to offer a $5,600 education award at the end of our yearlong service program to be used towards existing loans or future education.

We are still looking to fill several positions for the 2014-2015 program year. We are looking for a full-time Physical Education teacher and After-Care coordinator at LaSalle Academy in Kensington, Philadelphia as well as an ESL teacher and After-Care coordinator at Visitation BVM School in Kensington, Philadelphia.  We also may have placements available as an ESL teacher and aide at the SSJ Welcome Center, a resource center for new immigrants in Kensington.
We will be accepting applications until August of 2014. To apply or learn more please visit our website:  http://www.ssjmissioncorps.org/.

See also a posting from this year’s volunteers on the Feast of St. Joseph.

Becoming Agents of Evolutionary Change

LONDON, ONTARIO – July 4-5, 2014

Would you like to deal differently with polarization?
Engage conflict in new ways?
Learn to live differently?
During this symposium, Carter Phipps, Sue Wilson and all of us will explore the frontier of what is being called integral spirituality and integral politics. We will explore both the challenges we face in our lives and also the expanded inner consciousness needed to meet them in new ways. More information….


ST LOUIS – Srs Susan Wilcox and Amy Hereford are part of the team organizing and leading the first gathering of sisters in their 40s and 50s in Summer of 2014. Online and on-ground in St. Louis, MO. July 5-7, 2014, the event will be a self-organized, inter-congregational conversation on religious life and it’s evolutionary future. Read more….

Sr Pat Bartley rsjChanging Church in a Changing World

ARMDALE, AU – Sister Pat Bartley rsj looks back at 60 years of her vocation and finds that a phrase from among her Jubilee greetings encapsulates the joys and challenges in the story of her religious life.. Leer mas….

Hope Rising

CLEVELAND – Each and every day we can expect to be surprised, gifted, challenged and transformed through our belief in God’s Great Love pulsing through every soul and all creation.  And, each and every day we are called to embody the optimism of God’s love, to live fully, to love and to serve in a world of both joy and disappointment, to bring hope to our dear neighbors who need it most. Read more….

Gospel of Joy

ORANGE – Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, “The Joy of the Gospel” is examined here by Sister Nadine McGuinness, CSJ in a series of videos originally presented to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.  Visitors may also download PowerPoint documents to follow along with the video.  They are available in PRINT (fewer pages) and VIDEO (more pages) versions, though the content is the same. Click here….

Gardening with Soul

WELLINGTON, AU – As the main gardener at the Home of Compassion in Island Bay, Wellington, Sr Loyola’s daily tasks include heavy lifting alongside vigorous spade and wheelbarrow work, which she sometimes performs on crutches. Sr Loyola and the other Sisters of Compassion follow the vision of Mother Aubert to ‘meet the needs of the oppressed and powerless in their communities’.. Read more….


Helping Victims of Trafficking

A Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 42 years, Sister Gladys has spent much time working with the poor and oppressed in her native Peru. When she moved to St. Louis 20 years ago, she worked as a doula and a massage therapist. Now she’s transitioning into a new phase of her life as “Grandma Laly,” a volunteer grandmother figure for the Covering House in St. Louis, a new St. Louis-based organization that provides refuge and healing for girls who have become victims of sex trafficking. Read more….


St. Joseph’s Day

Sister Receives Human Rights Award

PERU - Sister Maria del Carmen Gomez Calleja, of the Congregation of St. Joseph, received the National Award for Human Rights 2013, whereas the priest Gerald Veilleux was nominated for the Special Award given annually by the National Commission of Human Rights of Peru. The awards were presented on the occasion of the Universal Day of Human Rights, as an act of recognition for those who work in defense of fundamental rights in Peru. Read more….

BAGUA – Sor María del Carmen Gómez Calleja, de la Congregación de San José, ha recibido el Premio Nacional de Derechos Humanos 2013, mientras que el sacerdote Gerald Veilleux ha sido nominado para el Premio Especial otorgado anualmente por la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos de Perú. Los premios han sido entregados con motivo del Día Universal de los Derechos Humanos, como un acto de reconocimiento a aquellos que realizan un trabajo duro en defensa de los derechos fundamentales en Perú. Leer mas….

RSJ Celebrates Life Commitment

SYDNEY – All roads led to the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel on 25th January as family, friends and Sisters arrived to celebrate with Sister Anne-Marie as she made her life commitment as a Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. Read more….

Sr Mary Meets the Pope

OCEANIA – Sister of Saint Joseph, Mary Leahy, Oceania Regional Coordinator for the Apostleship of the Sea, met Pope Francis when he addressed the Regional Coordinators of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) Congress in Rome. Read more….

St. Joseph Worker Program Accepting Applications

WICHITA – We INVITE women ages 21-30 to become St. Joseph Workers to participate in a volunteer-service program for one year from August – June in Wichita, Kansas
The program includes training in 4 key areas: LEADERSHIP -Developing leadership styles as women; SPIRITUALITY -Sharing the spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph-loving God and neighbor without distinction; COMMUNITY AND SIMPLICITY – Forming small intentional communities focusing on living simply and building respectful relationships; and, JUSTICE – Serving the needs of the poor and marginalized in a variety of work sites
The St Joseph Worker Program empowers women to respond to the needs of the times in the tradition of the Sister of St Joseph. Applications must be submitted byApril 1, 2014 to begin a year of service this coming August.
If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact Sister Lois O’Malley, CSJ at 316.689.4029 or email Sister Lois at lomalley@csjoseph.org.

National Catholic Sisters Week

ST PAUL – During National Catholic Sisters Week – March 8-14, 2014, we remember the contributions of religious women who are no longer living, we celebrate the unique contributions of those whose stories are still unfolding and we invite those who have stories to tell.  Join us in celebrating women who have followed what God and the Gospel called them to do and continue to make vital contributions in education, health care, social justice, theology, the arts, and even politics. See video…

Maxims Make-over

BRENTWOOD – Sr. Susan Wilcox worked with students at St. Joseph’s College to give a modern flavor to the Maxims. Enjoy the fruits of their labors here….

International Centre

LE PUY – View the International Center’s new website here…. and check out its new programing here….

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AUSTRALIA – Sister Kay McPadden works with Aboriginal Elders when seven Aboriginal elders separated as children from their parents and placed in dormitories at Cherbourg shared their stories with students at an event held at Mt Alvernia College, Kedron. Read more….

Refugee Action Network

AUSTRALIA – Srs Jenny Gerathy OP and Annie Laurie RSJ invite people of goodwill to join them during the six weeks of Lent to stand in solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers. Read more….

From a Reader:

UK – Hi to you and your team I’d like to say MANY THANKS FOR ALL THE WORK INVOLVED  – you do a superb job and I am trying to get our sisters to join and read and who knows may be contribute  more?  in the meantime   It is such an empowering thought to realise we CSJ’s everywhere are united every year on St. Joseph’s day renewing our vows together too.  Bon Courage and Bonne Route too.

–ellen of Annecy branch in UK.

Thanks Ellen. And thanks everyone for building communion among the worldwide community of Sisters of St. Joseph.

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Sleeves rolled up….

Reflections on Health Care

LOS ANGELES – What if one of our sisters had to use crazy glue to keep her dental plate together? Would I be able to sleep in a car from midnight till 5 a.m. in the parking lot, then line up with hundreds of others in the hopes that when I get to the front of the line, there will be a ticket for me to see the dentist? What would it feel like to get my first pair of glasses at age 60 when I have needed them for 20 years or more? Read more….

St. Joseph Hostel

TANZANIA – It’s close to the end of the school year and soon St. Joseph Hostel in Songea, Tanzania will close for an extended break from school and for the Christmas holiday. Just like many of you, this is a time for Sr. Eliana and me to reflect on the progress and “challenges” (aka problems) of 2013, as well as our dreams for 2014…. Read more….

Doing What Needs to be Done

Sister Maureen Kervick has been in Jamaica for the past four years.JAMAICA – Sister Maureen Kervick’s ministry in Jamaica has put her in touch with so many people from so many walks of life. First are the Jamaican people she serves, of course. “Jamaica is a very poor country, yet they are a faith-built people. You ask a Jamaican, ‘How are you today?’ and the response is always ‘I am blessed.’”… Read more….

Message of Forgiveness

BADEN – We pray with and for our sisters in Baden as one of our sisters there was beat and raped on her way to Mass…. Read more….

“Here I Am God….

SYDNEY – Dianne with Sister Lianella Girardi, her Emmaus Mentor, and the Congregational Leadership Team processed in to begin the Eucharist in which Dianne was to make her first profession as a Sister of St Joseph. Read more….

Chapelle St MichelLePuy – Retreat

LEPUY – If you are feeling called to live more deeply the way of life described in The Eucharistic Letter, plan to join us in Le Puy for a 10-day contemplative experience: Meet Me in LePuy. August 24 – September 3, 2014. Read more…

 Lace-Making Retreat

CONCORDIA – This retreat, Making Lace for the 21st Century is designed to give individuals and experience of the practice of making bobbin lace in a contemplative setting. No previous experience in lacemaking is required. – June 17-24, 2014. Read more…

Fighting Human Trafficking

BRENTWOOD – Sr. Karen Cavanaugh leads the fight against human trafficking. She is especially focused on next month’s Super Bowl that is coming to the Meadowlands. Read more…

Restorative Justice

SPRINGFIELD – Two of our Sisters are among those featured in a recent Real-to-Reel story about Restorative Justice in the Hampden County House of Correction:

New Beginnings

WEST VIRGINIA – We are pleased to welcome Sister Pat Murray, a Franciscan Sister of the Sacred Heart who has decided to enter into the transfer process to become a Sister of St. Joseph. Pat Murray currently ministers as Executive Director of ABLE Families, a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph in West Virginia. Read more….

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Refresh & Renew

ROCHESTER – The Sisters of St. Joseph in Rochester invite their friends and neighbors to renew and refresh this holiday season with one of their enriching spirituality programs. Read more….
Coming up in December at the Motherhouse:

  • Prayer for Our Times Tues Dec 3, 7-8p
  • Looking to the Christmas Season, How are We Called to Something New? Sun Dec 8, 9:15a-10:45a
  • Will I have Catholic Grandchildren…and Does it Matter?  Wed., Dec 11, 7-8p

2013 Online Advent Calendar

INTERNET – Sr. Baya Clare offers us again the 2013 Online Advent Calendar. It begins December 1 at http://csjprayer.net with daily scripture, reflections & images.

Darkness is my mother. She comforts me.
Darkness is the mother of all things.
She hovered over the void at the dawn of creation. Read more…

Ministries reach “the least of my brethren” in today’s prisons

CHICAGO – Some 4,500 prison inmates around the country now have some beauty displayed in their cells with suggestions for daily spiritual contemplation, courtesy of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry of the Arts (MOTA). For years, MOTA has been donating overstock of one of its flagship products, its thoroughly colorful annual wall calendars, for prison chaplains to distribute. Now the ministry offers customers of its catalog business a chance to participate in the ministry by donating to a fund to print many more calendars for prisoners. For more information, go to www.csjoseph.org/imagineonemagazine and click on the magazine cover image. See the article on page 10.

On the next page, there’s a stunning story of how one strong supporter of the death penalty came to understand the need to abolish it. There’s also a review of the new book “Where Justice and Mercy Meet,” a collection of highly readable factual essays and personal testimony that educate readers about the history and grim reality of state executions and the devastating roles racism and poverty play in determining who lives and dies.

Toronto Sisters Recognized by Catholic Charities

TORONTO – On Oct. 6, 2013, a Mass celebrating the 100th anniversary of Catholic Charities took place at St. Paul’s Basilica. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto received a plaque with the following text: 100 years of helping – Catholic Charities…. Read more…

Fontbonne Ministries

TORONTO – Fontbonne Ministries responds to the needs of the day. The vision is to be a sustainable expression of the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, to be welcoming, inclusive and responsive to current needs. Read more….

Refresh & Renew

ROCHESTER – The Sisters of St. Joseph in Rochester invite their friends and neighbors to renew and refresh this holiday season with one of their enriching spirituality programs. Read more….
Coming up in December at the Motherhouse:

  • Prayer for Our Times Tues Dec 3, 7-8p
  • Looking to the Christmas Season, How are We Called to Something New? Sun Dec 8, 9:15a-10:45a
  • Will I have Catholic Grandchildren…and Does it Matter?  Wed., Dec 11, 7-8p

Education Network Forming

ST LOUIS – Pat Dunphy, a Sister of a St. Joseph of Carondelet of the Saint Louis Province, is forming a secondary education association. The Association which is named CSSJEA stands for Congregations and Sisters of Saint Joseph Education Association. Pat sent out a survey to 30 schools associated with the Sisters of St.Joseph throughout the United States. Nineteen schools responded with an interest in forming this Association. The Mission and Goals of the Association are:

As an Association, our Mission would be to initiate programs and provide services enabling its member schools to sustain and support the spirit and spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph as well as our Catholic Identity, as we continue to MOVE TOWARD the MORE in SERVING the DEAR NEIGHBOR without DISTINCTION.
Our goals are:

  1. Promote the Spirit and Spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph and our Catholic Identity within our member schools.
  2. Encourage and support a collaborative partnership within our member schools.
    • Initiate programs and services that allow the sharing of Best Practices and Common Core Curriculums.
    • Implement technology programs that offer online courses to its members. A CSSJEA Virtual Academy.
  3. Create and offer programs and services that enable member schools to fulfill the CSSJEA Mission.
  4. As an Association, become known, respected and sought after for what we do.

If you did not receive this survey and would be interested in participating please contact Pat Dunphy: dunphycsj@att.net

Religion with its Sleeves Rolled Up

LOCHINVAR, AU – In a chance encounter whilst shopping, I ran into Sister Cabrini Boyle. Sr Cabrini was a teacher at my Catholic Primary School at Belmont and I met her in 1988, when I was in Year 3. Sr Cabrini is a force of nature. She zooms around the room at a million miles an hour, always working, always moving, ever-faithful and devoted to service. Read more…

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On Mission

NEW YORK – The Nov. 8 issue of NCR is going to have a thematic book review of Occupy.  There are 3 Occupy books related to spirituality and religion that have recently been published.
One, is Occupy Religion, Theology of the Multitude which Sr. Susan Wilcox wrote the review.  There is also Mathew Fox’s Occupy Spirituality and Thank You Anarchy, Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse by Nathan Schneider. In the last book, Thank You Anarchy, Sr Susan Wilcox, CSJ is mentioned a number of times. The Susan’s work and occupy spirituality is also mentioned in Religious Life at the Crossroads by Sr. Amy Hereford.

Rowing with the Dear Neighbor

HOLYOKE MA – Sr. Jeanne Branchaud is featured in a video news segment. Connecting the dear neighbor on the waters of the Connecticut River.


PHILADELPHIA – Sr. Michele Lesher is featured in this film about faith and hope, love and death, seen through the eyes of five women who have committed their lives to the service of others in the deepest way. Without narration, their stories are told in the honest words and actions of the women themselves. It’s about one hour – Enjoy!

Sisters from Robert Gardner on Vimeo.

Encuentro de la Comisión dela Red

MEXICO – Construyamos juntas el tejido de una Red de Comunión, fuerte, solidaria y sostenida
Esta vez la Comisión de la Red de Hermanas de San José de América Latina y Caribe se reunió en México, del 5 al 8 de setiembre. Leia mais…

150 Years of Education

St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School in Toronto celebrated a major milestone the weekend of October 18 and 19, 2013. Established in 1863, the school celebrated its 150th anniversary. Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto taught at the school for many years. Read more….

Novices Settle In

CHICAGO – “Have for God an expansive love which includes all that love is capable of and all that a heart can love in God and for God.” With these words of Jean Pierre Medaille, the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph, before them, four women began their eight month journey at the US Federation Novitiate in Chicago, Illinois. Read more….

Rowing with the Dear Neighbor

ALBANY NY – Billboard magazine names the College of Saint Rose, Albany, N.Y., as having one of the nation’s top music business programs. Sister Mary Anne Nelson has directed the program since its inception as a major in 1981. Read more…