We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, have worked with and for immigrants since our arrival in Boston in 1873.

Invited to Boston to teach the growing immigrant population, we have expanded our educational efforts to meet the needs of current immigrants. Through our Congregational ministries, The Literacy Connection and Casserly House, ESOL, literacy, GED and citizenship classes are meeting current needs.  During the Covid-19 pandemic, more basic needs, such as food insecurity  and job loss were addressed. Through our advocacy efforts on the national and state levels, we lobby for justice for asylum seekers, migrants, refugees, and immigrants. We are active members of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).

The Office of Justice and Peace supports the Lift Our Communities Act.

We collaborate with the CSSJ Federation to use our corporate voice in public statements and actions to support immigration reform.

The Sisters are proud supporters of the Safe Communities Act (SCA). Sister Betty Cawley is on the coalition. Click HERE to access a fact sheet about the SCA and HERE to learn more on

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