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 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

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This Season of Creation, we encourage you to calculate and reflect on your carbon footprint.

As individuals and as an organization, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are challenging ourselves to reduce our carbon output by doing things like reducing our electricity consumption and switching our car fleets to electric. We are also investing in projects to offset our carbon emissions, like our new program in Peru, where our sisters have ministered for 40 years.

The Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet in collaboration with the Fe y Alegría (Faith and Joy) School in Tacna, Peru have created a tree-planting program in this desert area: Trees for Tacna. The program will have three components:

  • Planting trees: High school students and their parents will plant and care for new trees outside the school and in the neighboring community.
  • Creating green space: Grade school students will work to improve the gardens in the school and renew the trees that are in the school garden. Students from a nearby university are working with the Fe y Alegría students to create a green space within the school in an area that is now just hard-packed dirt.
  • Environmental education: Working with two science teachers and a math teacher, the whole school, parents and the local community will learn about the project’s impact.

We are partnering with Catholic Climate Covenant’s Catholic Climate Action Projects to offer you a way to calculate and counteract your transportation footprint while contributing to Trees for Tacna.

Read more about the program

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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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