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In 1962, the Sisters of St. Joseph responded to the request of Pope John XXIII that religious communities send ten percent of their members as missionaries to Latin America. They began as nurses in a military hospital in Lima, but being drawn to the poor of Peru’s cities and mountains, the sisters established themselves in ministries basic to human survival—daily food programs, health care, sewing classes and education at all levels.

Sisters of St. Joseph in Peru today live out “the option for the poor” as teachers, school administrators, catechetical ministers, social workers, and pastoral assistants.


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