The St. Joseph Worker Program creates a year-long service opportunity for women in preparation for a life-long commitment to social change and personal transformation. Individual growth and development are built on the values of leadership, spirituality, social justice, and intentional community grounded in living simply and sustainably. Rooted within the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Joseph Workers live the mission: “Love of God and the dear neighbor without distinction.”

“The St. Joseph Worker program has given me so many opportunities and experiences that I believe I would’ve never gotten had I not been a part of this program – from networking with incredible people to lobbying at the capitol to retreats in California to immersion experiences with those who’ve experienced homelessness. Whether you’re completely clueless as to what your next steps in life are or you know exactly what you want to do – this program is for you. The St. Joseph Worker Program gives you endless opportunities to recognize and build on your leadership, your skills, your passions, your gifts, and your talents and blesses you with an amazing network of communities to support you through it all.”

Ceara Curry, SJW 2019-20

Women ages 21-30 are welcome to become St. Joseph Workers. Every volunteer is matched with a placement, where they spend a 36-hour workweek. One night a week is designated for Sharing of the Heart, in which each household spends an evening with spirituality, listening, and learning from one another. In addition, the program includes weekly community nights, multiple retreats, social justice opportunities, and other development activities to make the year a truly transformative experience

For information about a St. Joseph Worker Program near you, contact one of the sites below:

Our St. Louis Province offers a shorter-term volunteer program called CORE, for Charism, Outreach, Relationship Experience. The CORE volunteer program provides opportunities for young women, ages 20-35, to engage with Sisters of St. Joseph and CSJ associates, and to share in their mission and ministry. It also offers the experience, space and time for a young woman to discern her next step. read more