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Justice & Peace

Justice & Peace

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:

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 or click the links below where you can download printable brochures, prayer cards, container wraps, gift, and memorial recognition cards.

Haiti Project

The Haiti Calendar this year takes a new approach. It uses the latest encyclical of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti (Brothers and Sister All). This social encyclical focuses on social and economic challenges of today, reaching out to others. The calendar offers a quote and reflection for each of the six weeks of Lent. It could be used as shared prayer group, group discussions, or as personal prayer. We welcome your ideas for its use.

  • As in the past, the information on page 2 under the introductory information can be edited to include your congregational name and address (please email the Federation for the Publisher format). If you wish your congregational address to be in the calendar, it can be inserted (instead of Federation Address) under Donations can be sent to.   
  • All checks should be made payable to The 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 US 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.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Our hope is that this information offers some help for participation in the Haiti project for this year. We are privileged to dream with our brothers and sisters in Haiti to build a better world. As Pope Francis says, "Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs, and conviction, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all."

Do not hesitate to contact one of us with questions or suggestions.

In peace and gratitude,

Jeanette Bussen (Baden) and Mary Ellen Gondeck (Congregation of St. Joseph)