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Federation Organizational Structure

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE The Federation is governed by the Leadership Assembly which is composed of the Leadership Teams of all the Congregations. This group meets annually in November for direction setting and corporate responsibilities. The Leadership Council is the elected leadership team of the Federation. It is made up of 10 members plus the Executive Director and the Treasurer. This group meets several times a year to forward the purpose and direction of the Federation, plan the annual meeting, and carry on business. Co- chairs provide leadership and relate between meetings with the Executive Director.

  • Ginny Maitland, SSJ, Springfield, Atlantic Region Representative- Co-chair
  • Michele Beiter NY, Lakes Representative
  • Judy Stevens, CSJ, Concordia, Heartland Representative
  • Theresa Kvale, CSJ, Los Angeles, CA, Pacific Rim Representative
  • Helen Kearney, CSJ, Brentwood
  • Meg Gillespie, CSJ, St. Paul, MN
  • Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ, Orange- Co-chair
  • Ann Kane, CSJ West Hartford, Chambery
  • Eileen McCann, CSJ Albany
  • Peggy Sullivan, CSJ, Boston
  • Therese Blecha, CSJ, Concordia, Treasurer
  • Patty Johnson, CSJ, Exec. Director, St. Louis

The Finance Committee serves the Leadership Assembly in the management of the operating budget and investments. It meets 2 - 3 time annually with the Treasurer to monitor finances, oversee investments, develop budgets, prepare finance reports for the Leadership Assembly. Other Leadership Assembly Committees serve as needed. The Regions are now a part of the formal governance structure. Business and information can flow between the regions, the Leadership Council, Executive Director, etc. Currently there are four Regions:

  • The Atlantic Coast (Boston, Brentwood, Philadelphia, Springfield, St. Augustine, West Hartford, and Winslow)
  • The Lakes (Albany, Baden, Buffalo, Erie, Rochester, and Watertown)
  • Heartland (Carondelet Center, Concordia, Congregation of St. Joseph, St. Louis and St. Paul)
  • The Pacific Rim (Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Orange)

The Central Staff includes:

  • Executive Director Patty Johnson, CSJ (St. Louis)
  • Administrative Assistant Joe Favazza
  • Assistant Director Debbie Timmis, CSJ (Albany)
  • Therese Blecha, CSJ, (Concordia)

The Federation sponsors several Projects. These are collaborative efforts, which involve substantial commitment of time on the part of project staff. Current projects include:

  • Canonical Novitiate Program - Bernadette Dean is the Director, Anne Davis is the Assistant and it is currently housed in Chicago, Il.
  • Archives are currently maintained in Wichita KS.
  • International Centre

This is collaboration among the worldwide federations and congregations of St. Joseph. It is a center for promotion of the charism and mission, international in focus and experience, located in LePuy, France Much of the work of the Federation is carried on by Committees which are established by the Leadership Assembly/Council to promote the goals and purposes of the Federation. Membership includes sisters, associates, staff colleagues, and the meetings are hosted by congregations/provinces around the country. Some committees plan and run programs; others carry out specific tasks for us all. Committees and Programs:

  • Initial Formation
  • Gathering the Daughters - a program for women in ititial formation, women in the process of transfer, and those recently professed (bi-annual)
  • Canonical Novitiate Program (annual)
  • Vocation/Formation Personnel Program (bi-annual)
  • Ongoing Formation
  • Charism Now - Living and Working in the Neighborhood (bi-annual)
  • Federation Retreat (bi-annual
  • Associate Directors (bi-annual)
  • Global Coordinating Group
  • Together in Mission Vol. 1
  • Together in Mission Vol. 2
  • Together in Mission Vol. 3
  • Research
  • The writing of the US history of the Sisters of Saint Joseph

Interest Groups are self initiated and sustained. They link persons from the various communities around similar interests, ministries, etc. Current Interest Groups include:

  • Treasurers
  • Development Personnel
  • Communications Personnel
  • Justice and Peace Personnel
  • Associates Though they are not members, Associates are closely connected to the Federation by virtue of their relationships to their congregations/provinces. They participate in Federation programs and serve on committees as appropriate. They run their own Associates Event periodically. Finances The Federation is supported by:
  • Membership Dues
  • Gifts
  • Investment Income
  • Gifts in Kind: office space and support, hospitality, personnel, service, expertise, etc.

Legal Status

  • The Federation is a Civil Corporation, incorporated in Missouri and a Canonical Juridic Person.

We relate to the Canadian, French, and Italian Federations. There are Sisters of Saint Joseph in over 53 countries.