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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.

A group of children and adults painting at a long table.

My Mexicali Border Experience Changed My Life

My experience at the shelter in Mexicali, Mexico has changed my life. I am now looking at everything and everyone with different eyes. The experience was not anything I had expected! I thought there would be a building surrounded with a yard where the children could play and we would paint in small groups. Instead, we arrived at a crowded shelter with 215 immigrants—110 adults and 105 children.

a group of people sits outside in a circle of green plastic chairs. One person is writing in an open notebook

A bridge from the U.S. to Kenya

Growing Community Roots invests directly in water catchment systems that provide safe water for drinking and bathing, fencing for community gardens that ensure children have nutritious meals at school and tree farms that help address the critical deforestation problem that exists in Homa Bay.

A large group of sisters gathers with a bishop after Eucharist

Celebrating 60 years in Peru

In August, the occasion of our anniversary celebration of the arrival of our sisters to Peru brought us many blessings both virtually and in person as we gathered to celebrate with our sisters, associates, collaborators and other friends of the sisters.

Sister Doreen Glynn working with a student in Peru

Life in Peru

In both local communities, I experienced meaningful daily common prayer, delicious typical Peruvian dishes prepared right at home and an occasional outing. So, pass the days and the weeks, very ordinary, but never dull.

Sister Donna Gibbs working with a group of students

Reflections from Texas

“Where one of us are, all of us are.” With this in mind, “we” were in San Antonio, Texas the last two weeks of November helping 80 Afghanistan refugee families settle into their new lives. Here are four snapshots of our time there.

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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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