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“Go deeper. Journey farther. Respond boldly. Dare to be prophetic.”

2019 Congregational Acts of Chapter

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet work to bring loving unity to a divided world. Urgent needs call us, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, our associates, consociates, ‘ohana, amigas and familia de San José, along with our partners in mission, to bold conversation and prophetic action.

We educate, advocate and take action to promote social justice. Our work is rooted in the Gospel call to social justice and the struggle to be prophetic signs of unity in our world.

Striving to be beacons of hope, we commit to:

  • Respond to the crisis of Earth and global warming,
  • Deepen awareness of our complicity and work toward dismantling interlocking systems of oppression,
  • Articulate and authentically live our vows in ways that witness and speak to today’s realities,
  • Walk with women as we claim our voice and work toward an inclusive church and society,
  • Use our collective voice to accompany others in speaking their truth.

Our priorities

These three concerns especially guide our justice work:

Care for creation

As Sisters of St. Joseph, connectedness and relationship are at the heart of who we are. Foundational to our justice work is the belief that everything is interconnected and that creation is a sacred trust given to the whole Earth community. We recognize that all aspects of justice and survival intertwine with all creation – nature, humanity and organizations. We commit, individually and communally, to recognizing how our decisions impact the Earth community; to raising our awareness and changing behaviors; to acting with urgency to protect Earth’s stability and integrity; and to celebrating her beauty wherever we are.

Everything is Connected

Everyone is Included

Dismantling discrimination of race, class, gender and religion

Foundational to the principles of Catholic social teaching is our belief in the sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of the human person. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers; we are one human family. We are in solidarity with one another. In our Catholic Social Teaching, that means loving our neighbor “without distinction” has global dimensions. In our circle, everyone is included.

Promoting the rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees

In these complex times, we commit ourselves to both deepen and broaden our understanding of the interlocking issues that impact both people and governments. While recognizing the complexity, we acknowledge the simple truth that the right to seek asylum is a human right, and migrants are our sisters and brothers worthy of being treated with dignity and respect.

Everyone is Sacred

We commit to use our collective voice to accompany others in speaking their truth.

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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.

Eco-Challenge: Engage in the Season of Creation

During this Season of Creation, there will be many opportunities to choose outward manifestations of your inner ecological conversion.

Reflections from Texas

“Where one of us are, all of us are.” With this in mind, “we” were in San Antonio, Texas the last two weeks of November helping 80 Afghanistan refugee families settle into their new lives. Here are four snapshots of our time there.

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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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