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What led you to CSJ?

I first learned about the CSJ Associates through my work at Bethany Health Care Center. Bethany is holy ground and is filled with the CSJ charism. Staff, sisters and lay residents touched my life in so many ways that even years afterwards they continue to be guides and a great gift to me.

The long and rich tradition of the CSJs rooted in Ignatian Spirituality enhances my life and strengthens my call to prayer and service. Reflecting on the charism and mission, I continue to support the mission of the founders and strive to work towards unity and reconciliation; the desire for union with God and the “dear neighbor” without distinction.

Celebrating 35 Years:

a wealth of stories and friends


Watch highlights of our 35th associate relationship ceremony.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does commitment

to the CSJ Associate relationship involve?



After associates make commitment, they are expected to participate in monthly Associate gatherings as often as possible, and are encouraged to participate in Congregation celebrations, meetings, and gatherings.

In addition, associates are encouraged to deepen their prayer life, take time for quiet reflection, seek prayer opportunities in person, on-line and in local parishes, and, perhaps, participate in a day, weekend, or weeklong retreat.

Associates are also urged to learn about CSJ Congregation ministries and sponsored ministries, and are encouraged to offer support for these ministries when opportunities arise. This could include financial and/or volunteer support for the ministry. Associates are expected to share in the mission of the sisters ‒ God’s Unifying Love ‒ in every-day life, at work, at home, with family, with friends, and with the “dear neighbor without distinction.”


Q: How long lasting

is the Associate commitment?



Associates make a one-year commitment. The commitment is renewed each year in May during a liturgy commemorating the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

Q: Who can become

a CSJ Associate?


A: The Associate relationship

is open to all who desire to deepen their faith life, share that prayer life with others, and spread the mission of God’s Unifying Love in everyday life. CSJ Associates welcome women and men of all faiths, all cultures, all backgrounds ‒ the “dear neighbor without distinction.”


Q: Do CSJ Associates assume

a financial obligation to the Congregation?



Associates are non-vowed partners who do not undertake financial or legal commitments to the Congregation. However, associates do offer their time, talent and financial support, as they are able.


Q: Why become a CSJ




Associates strive to live the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph in their lives. All of their relationships should be marked by inclusive love and care of the “dear neighbor without distinction.”

Additional reasons to become an associate might include: to develop a more intentional spiritual practice; to seek opportunities to pray and share with others of similar desires; to deepen the search for a more meaningful life; to heighten awareness and participation in social justice challenges.


Q: What is involved in leaving

the Associate relationship?



An associate who wishes to leave the Associate relationship simply communicates this decision to the Director and does not renew the commitment.


Q: How many CSJ Associates

are there? Where do they live?



Sixty associates live in the Boston area and other cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts; some have retired out of state. Another forty associates live in Albuquerque, Santa Rosa, and Clovis, New Mexico.


Q: What is charism?



Charism is the grace that a person receives from God to carry forward a mission.


Q: What is the CSJ charism?



The Charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston is Unifying Love.


Q: Where can I get more information?



Contact Mary Ellen O’Connell, CSJ: 617.746.1670;

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