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Reflections

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.

Headshot of Maria Beck, CSJ Associate wearing a red shirt and infront of a blue background.

Utica’s Prayer Powerhouse

Associates promise to pray “individually and communally with the Sisters of St. Joseph.” Maria Beck takes that promise seriously.

Chairs in an empty classroom

Never Stop Learning!

What would it be like if all of us celebrated this Black History Month as a reminder that there is always more to learn and enjoy from the rich diversity of the Body of Christ?

Carrying love into the new year

Celebrating the New Year

Standing here, on the threshold of another year, gives me the opportunity to look both back at the past and forward to the future. I like to think about what I want to leave behind and what I want to carry into the future.

Two sisters hug

Working Toward Hope

My understanding of hope is based on theological and psychological understandings. Connecting the two is exciting and helpful. I have been exploring hope and changes in religious life, and most recently in relationship to COVID-19, our political reality and the many losses we are facing today.

A smiling group of a sister and three Black men.

I did not know what I did not know.

In light of the current Black Lives Matter Movement, many memories flooded back from my experience of the 1965 Watts riots. This was a time of awakening and conversion for me. Until the riots, I did not know what I did not know.

One Day with the Migrant Caravan in Tijuana

God granted me a 24-hour trip to San Diego and Tijuana on December 4. I was met on the San Diego side of the border by Amanda and Carly of American Refugee Committee from Minnesota. They were on “assignment” to find religious sisters working with the Caravan and refugees in Tijuana.

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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