Below, Carol Zinn, SSJ, reflecting on "The Sisters of St. Joseph Charism - The Call to the More."
You will meet us in shelters, food pantries, parishes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, retreat centers, refugee centers, colleges, literacy centers, shelters for the homeless, companions, and more, that is, wherever we find brokenness and need for unity and reconciliation. We are educators, lawyers, nurses, family therapists, social workers, patient advocates, spiritual directors, parish ministers, hospital chaplains, theologians, psychologists, physical therapists, technology specialists, administrators, artists, authors, musicians, poets and a host of other professions.
Seized by the energy of God's profound love and impelled by the spirit and courage of our founding sisters, we move with humility, fidelity and courage, living a spirituality with our "feet in the street", that is attentive to the Spirit nurtured in contemplation on the mystery of God active in our lives. It was the desire of Jean Pierre Médaille, SJ, and our founding sisters that we have no special work other than the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, to do "whatever is possible for women to do."
Therefore, we strive in every aspect of our lives, to be on fire with the gospel, to be for others a visible sign of God's presence and inclusive love, devoted to the needs of ordinary people. Since our arrival in Boston in 1873 we have staffed over 130 educational institutions, worked in over 30 health care ministries, and participated in over 85 service ministries within the Archdiocese of Boston as well as New Mexico and beyond.