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We are called together to serve a world in need

Our world is waiting. Urgently calling Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to bold conversation and prophetic action. We stand in communion with all who share our passion, charism and mission.

CALLED by the Spirit, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have witnessed to and shared the great love of God since 1836.

TOGETHER in community, we share our lives, our hearts, and our ministry.

TO SERVE the dear neighbor without distinction–this mission has flowed from our charism of loving unity, shared by the Sisters of St. Joseph worldwide for 370 years.

A WORLD IN NEED beckons us to a life of service, using our gifts and skills to do all that we are capable of.

Sisters Lucia, Mary Alice and Diane

We are ordinary women who do together what we could not do individually—give communal and corporate witness to God’s love. Through our religious vows, we profess lifelong conversion and witness. We listen attentively, we love freely and we live simply.

If you are looking for a way to share deeply in loving God and loving your neighbor, you have found the right place as we continue this mission of Jesus!

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The formation process

Some of our youngest members in 2019

Living simply, loving freely and listening attentively: Reflections on our vows

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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