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Become a Sister
The U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph brings together numerous congregations of St. Joseph Sisters in this country. We share a spirit that began with our foundation in 1650 in Le Puy, France, where six women came together to take care of the most vulnerable of their neighbors. Later, sisters were sent to the U.S. to start a mission in St. Louis, MO, at the invitation of the bishop, to help meet the great needs in his diocese that reflected those of the developing nation. Now, Sisters of St. Joseph throughout the U.S. continue to seek to unite neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God by their life together and their many ministries. If you would like to know more about the Sisters of St. Joseph in the U.S., contact email@example.com or call Sr. Celeste at 708-482-1207. For upcoming discernment and vocation events click here.
The Congregation of St. Joseph
The Congregation of St. Joseph, one of the members of the Federation, was founded by seven formerly independent communities in the Heartland region of the United States. In coming together, its members made four promises to help fulfill its mission. These promises, in brief form, are:
- To surrender our lives and resources to work for specific systemic changes that will feed the hungers of the world
- To take steps to heal, strengthen, and renew the face of the earth
- To network with others so as to shift the global culture from institutionalized power and privilege to inclusivity and mutuality
- To be mutually accountable and responsible for leadership in the congregation.
Sr. Paula Therese Pilon, CSJ, recently professed final vows in the congregation at Nazareth Center in Kalamazoo, MI. She shares the following reflection on how these promises have impacted her life and her ministry in the Borgess Health Care System:
Our Generous Promise calls us to mutual responsibility and accountability for leadership in the congregation. For me, this call extends beyond our congregation into our hurting and searching world. We are called to be the voice for the voiceless; to stand with and for those who are vulnerable, marginalized, disregarded in society. We are called to be an agent of change and so we must share our leadership gifts wherever we live and minister. As Coordinator of Workplace Spirituality for a health system I am called to empower our associates to see how the work they do and the care they provide is vital to the healing and wholeness of the vulnerable neighbors who come to our hospitals and clinics, especially those with little or no insurance.
Links – to websites of interest
- Catholics on Call:http://www.catholicsoncall.org
- Catholic Volunteer Network:https://www.catholicvolunteernetwork.org
- VISION: http://www.vocationnetwork.org
- Busted Halo:http://bustedhalo.com/