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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 black and white photo of Sister Catherine Berissimo Monahan wearing a big in a living room setting.

A birthday card from JFK

Sister Catherine Berissimo Monahan received a special card from President Kennedy on her 100th birthday, the day after his assassination.

A group of six people find shade under a tree while the metal border wall looms behind them.

Report from the U.S./Mexico border

I am grateful for the opportunity during the month of September to be in the presence of hundreds of migrants every day while volunteering with the Kino Border Initiative. I was with four other sisters in a project called Catholic Sisters Walking with Migrants.

Group stands next to a Día de los Muertos altar.

Border Compassion: The Bridge to Compassionate Encounters

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Posada del Migrante Shelter in Mexicali, Mexico. This shelter provides a home for up to 300 migrants, many of whom have fled their countries due to threats of violence and are seeking asylum in the United States.

A Glimpse into the Archives

October is American Archives Month, so we’re putting a spotlight on our archivists at the Carondelet Consolidated Archives. They are responsible for preserving and sharing the history, spirit and memory of the congregation. To learn more about our archivists and the history stored within the archives, we asked each of our archives staff members to take a picture with their favorite artifact.

World Youth Day 2023 Pilgrims standing in a massive crowd.

Experiencing World Youth Day

Two of our sisters, Eileen McCann and Yoli Arribasplata, joined over a million people in attending World Youth Day in Portugal this August. They met with other pilgrims from all over the world and shared the joy of our charism and mission.

About us

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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