The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph embraces the Gospel Charism of unifying love for the healing and transformation of the world. This Charism compels us to:
- Love God and neighbor without distinction, from whom we do not separate ourselves
- Pray, contemplate, and discern courageous action
- Respond to the needs of the world and oneness with creation
- Forge unity through respect, appreciation of diversity, and collaboration
These values continue to inspire and lead us in our ministries and in our actions. True to the dream of our foundresses, we continue to "divide the city, seek the ills and cure them." Sisters of Saint Joseph and their members can be found in soup kitchens, shelters, universities, schools, hospitals, courtrooms, prisons, retreat centers, offices, nursing homes, laboratories, studios, and hospices. We are educators, lawyers, doctors, nurses, family therapists, social workers, patient advocates, spiritual directors, parish ministers, theologians, psychologists, physical therapists, administrators, artists, authors, musicians, poets and a myriad of other things. We still seek to do, as our history tells us, "whatever is possible for women to do" and in our present society, we know this is simply everything.
The U.S. Federation continues to unite the congregations' response to the "needs of the world" with our collective voice and with collective actions. Part of that response is releasing Corporate Voice Statements, which use the Charism and Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph to speak about the most pressing issues of our times. We also provide resources, workshops, and education around important topics, including:
- Civic Engagement
- Climate Change
- Human Trafficking
- Restorative Justice
- Rights of Indigenous Peoples
U.S. Federation Justice and Peace Projects:
Change for Global Change
Since 2006, Change for Global Change has been able to fund clean water and sustainability projects in 15 countries where Sisters of Saint Joseph and/or Associates are serving our dear neighbors in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.The needs of the people whom Sisters of St Joseph minister to in these parts of the world are immense, and we want to be able to fund every worthy grant application we receive.
But we can only do it with your help!
Individuals like you, your community, your school, your associates group, or your parish organization can contribute to provide a life-saving gift. Our annual campaign runs during Eastertime the season of “new life.” However, we gratefully accept donations year-round! For example, some associates groups donate their “change” at their monthly meetings. To get started, please visit our website www.changeforglobalchange.org or click the links below where you can download printable brochures, prayer cards, container wraps, gift, and memorial recognition cards.
Our relationship with Haiti finds us both looking back and looking forward. It began shortly after the devastating earthquake in 2010 and a phone call from the CSSJ U.N. Representative with the plea that Sisters of St. Joseph needed to “do something.” The search to connect with Haiti began with the question of what to do and the desire to make a difference. This led to the past 10-year relationship with the people of Léogâne , Haiti. While we gifted ten girls with an education, we were also able to assist with certification for teachers and with the building of a new secondary school which had been destroyed in the earthquake. Léogâne is no longer another place in the world, but a place where we have made a connection and a difference...we with them and they with us.
That is also the message in the encyclical of Pope Francis, “Laudato Si” translated “On Care of our Common Home.” Perhaps, while we were helping the people of Haiti, they were expanding our view of being ONE… to hear both the cry of earth and the cry of the poor. You are invited in this 2022 calendar to reflect and be challenged by words of the “On Care of our Common Home.“ Blessings on your journey this Lent.
- Download the Mission Haiti 2022 Calendar
- All checks should be made payable to The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and include Mission Haiti on the check memo. At the end of Lent please send all checks to: The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 86-44 Edgerton Blvd, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432.
- This year, we are also offering an online option for people to donate to Mission Haiti. Please visit this form and be sure to select "Donation for Mission Haiti" on the form.
Thank You for sharing Lent 2022 with us and the people of Haiti. Your generosity has made education possible for the girl students for the past nine years. This year marks year 10! It is said and proven to be true that educating girls gives them the freedom to make decisions to improve their lives and lift their family and country out of poverty.