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We invite you to read stories about the ministries and lives of our sisters, associates, partners, dear neighbors and others in our community.

Sisters in the Motherhouse courtyard practicing the dance for an art exhibit

Performance Art at the Motherhouse

In the summer of 1996, artists Michael Townsend, Erica Duthie and Debbie Abramson ran an art outreach program that concluded with a multimedia exhibit of music, dance and sculpture held in the courtyard of the Carondelet Motherhouse.

A group of eleven sisters posing for a group photo outside the Holy Family Log Church

Visiting the Log Church

While in St. Louis for the Kakehashi gathering, some sisters had the opportunity to visit the Holy Family Catholic Church in Cahokia, Illinois. The log church that stands there is the same church that the first Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet worked, ministered and prayed in when they arrived in America.

Sister Barbara Moore in a chair, surrounded by the cast of The Black Rep's "Hold On!"

Standing Ovation for Selma Marcher, Sister Barbara Moore, at The Black Rep’s “Hold On!”

I recently attended The St. Louis Black Rep’s production of Hold On! with Sisters Nancy Corcoran, Barbara Moore and Joan Filla. Hold On! is a play written by Paul Webb that depicts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic voting rights marches in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 and inspired the 2014 feature film, “Selma.” I knew the play would be moving and that Sister Barbara Moore had been to Selma and marched with Dr. King.

A person holds at least eight rolls of toilet paper haphazardly in their arms

Eco-Challenge: Pick sustainable paper products

Tissue products such as toilet paper, paper towels, paper napkins and facial tissue are found in many households. They are cheap and convenient. These products are manufactured from trees that have been growing for centuries and are turned into items that we use for seconds before we throw them away.

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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are a congregation of Catholic sisters. We, and those who share our charism and mission, are motivated in all things by our profound love of God and our dear neighbors. We seek to build communities and bridge divides between people. Since our first sisters gathered in 1650, our members have been called to “do all things of which women are capable.” The first sisters of our congregation arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in 1836, and we now have additional locations in St. Paul, Albany, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Japan and Peru. Today, we commit to respond boldly to injustice and dare to be prophetic.

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