Prayer in the CSSJ Spirit

Laudato Si’ – The Common Good Extends to Future Generations

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’), Pope Francis’ first encyclical emphasizes that everything is interconnected. This includes nature and culture, as well as the people of today and future generations. Pope Francis urges us to cooperate with God’s design in our relationship with one another and with the…

Laudato Si’ – God, Neighbor, Earth

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

Sisters of Saint Joseph – Beginnings in France

In mid-seventeenth century France, all circumstances were ripe for new birth in the Church. Because Father Médaille’s original letter to the superior of the Jesuits has not been found, the only thing we know for certain is that Médaille went beyond the activities prescribed for the Jesuits on mission by…

Jeanne Fontbonne and our sisters in Lyon

Much of the history of the first century of the Sisters of St. Joseph is hidden in the shadows of the major events that took place in the period before the French Revolution. After the Revolution, Cardinal Fesch, Archbishop of Lyon and Napoleon’s uncle, heard of the work of the…

Arrival in the New World — St. Louis, MO

These women, who made it possible for Sisters of Saint Joseph to grow and flourish in America, were zealous women.

CSJ Beginnings in Boston – 1873

When the first Sisters of Saint Joseph arrived in Boston, they found a city filled with new immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe who had joined the Irish immigrants, the major immigrant population of the city,

The Emerging Future: Boston and Beyond

When we participate in the pursuit of new possibilities, we participate also in God. We are born into a web of life and are part of a web of life. …Deep within we long for unity because, at the most fundamental level, we are already one.

01/04/1836 Six sisters leave Lyon, France, FOR THE New World

The original purpose has endured to this day. The mission of the contemporary St. Joseph community is to be an agent, an active force, for bringing hearts together. We work that others might experience personal integrity, communion with one another and with God in the mystery of life.

December 13, 1651 – Act of Association

On this day Francoise Eyraud, Clauda Chastel, Marguerite Burdier, Anna Chalayer, Anna Vey, and Anna Brun signed the contract of association, allowing them to hold goods in common. This approximates the vow of poverty. Prior to this, vows taken by religious women were solemn vows of those living a cloistered…