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Our charism is rooted in our spirituality. We invite members of the family of Joseph to share their personal reflections about spirituality and mission to inspire, uplift and educate.

Reflections from Peru

Lilianis, her husband, and her children left Venezuela out of necessity, not because they wanted to.  Economic and political life was in crisis in their country and they could not support themselves as a family.

Someone at a rally holds up a sign with the word "violence" in a red circle with a strikeout line through it

Violence in our lives

I am angry, saddened and disturbed by the weeks of violence that have been forced into my life. Uvalde, Buffalo, Costa Mesa…and nightly in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia…. I can go on and on.

Reflections from Afghanistan

I learned not just about how an Afghani family lives, what foods they eat, how they arrange their furniture, why they leave their shoes outside on the porch and how marriages are performed, I also received a warm welcome from each family member when I entered the home. In short, I felt very comfortable being with an Afghani family of the Muslim faith.

Teresa Avalos, CSJ

The Art of Letting Go

Letting go. Though the reasons may vary, as these sisters from across the congregation share, it is something we all must learn to do.

A variety of fruits vegetables and some meat around a chalkboard with the word "Flexitarian"

Maybe I am a flexitarian?

As I continue to contemplate the impact that my lifestyle is having on the planet, I think I have finally found something that will work for me. I am now eating as a vegetarian for breakfast, a vegan for most lunches, and trying to make choices at dinner for the health of the planet.

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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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