RESPONSE FROM THE CONGREGATIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM TO
THE “FINAL REPORT” ON THE APOSTOLIC VISITATION
December 16, 2014
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are an international congregation of women religious, ministering in the United States, Peru and Japan. The four provinces and one vice-province located in the U.S. were included in the Apostolic Visitation which was announced in 2009 and completed by the release of the final report in December 2014. The on-site visit to the congregation occurred in the province of St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Sisters are grateful that the final report appears to have affirmed the quality of our commitment to religious life and our sincere desire to continue the mission of Jesus through our ministries in education, health care and social services. The initiation of the Apostolic Visitation five years ago caused distress and anger for many Sisters; however, working through the process led us as a congregation to a deeper understanding and appreciation of our mission and identity. It also provided an opportunity for greater solidarity among women religious across the country.
We look forward to studying the full report and to gathering any insights which will be helpful for future planning. It is our prayer that the attentive listening and respectful dialogue which characterized the visitation process will continue as we engage in further conversations about the implications of the final report.