Press Releases

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Calls for the Welcome and Humane Treatment of Arriving Migrants

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Calls for the Welcome and Humane Treatment of Arriving Migrants

October 31, 2018: As women religious, we reject the rhetoric of fear and policy of division that poisons our politics today. We choose instead to embrace an America that is filled with hope for a nation united for the common good. We stand with Pope Francis who calls us to, “promote the dignity of all our brothers and sisters, particularly the poor and the excluded of society, those who are abandoned, immigrants and those who suffer violence and human trafficking.”

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Pray in Solidarity with our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Pray in Solidarity with our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

Oct. 30, 2018: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, together with our associates, join with our Jewish brothers and sisters in in praying for the victims and their loved ones, the residents of Squirrel Hill, local first responders, our many dear neighbors in the Jewish community of the Boston area, and all those affected by this senseless act of violence.

U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Resolution to Action During This Election Season

U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Resolution to Action During This Election Season

October 25, 2018: We, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph join with NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), and other faith-based advocates in seeking federal policies that reflect gospel principles. Our mission of unity calls us to the realization that an economy and a society of inclusion depends on good policy…read more

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph  Calls for the Protection of Immigrants

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Calls for the Protection of Immigrants

September 27, 2018: We, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in strongly opposing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed changes to the public charge regulation. As Sisters of St. Joseph, committed by our heritage to embrace the Gospel message of unity and reconciliation, we urge people of faith to call for the protection of immigrants, especially those who are most vulnerable and to register their objections to this unreasonable and mean-spirited proposal during the 60-day comment period. Click title to read the full statement…

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Opposes the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Opposes the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule

August 24, 2018: We, the U. S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, compelled by the Gospel and by our heritage to be responsive to the “dear neighbor” without distinction, are concerned for all of God’s creation and our sisters and brothers everywhere.
We stand with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in our deep concern about the release of the Trump Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule. The proposed rule would significantly weaken the Clean Power Plan (CPP) which sought to speed the closure of coal-burning plants and the conversion to clean energy in order to reduce carbon pollution, mitigate climate change, and protect the health and welfare of all people, especially the most vulnerable. Read more…

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Recommits to Addressing Racism

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joins the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in their deep concern about the growing repression and state-sanctioned violence in Nicaragua. As a country that Sisters of St. Joseph have served in, we are horrified to hear of the injustices occurring against our “dear neighbors” in Nicaragua.

The Women’s Table Welcomes You!

The Women’s Table Welcomes You!

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joins the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in their deep concern about the growing repression and state-sanctioned violence in Nicaragua. As a country that Sisters of St. Joseph have served in, we are horrified to hear of the injustices occurring against our “dear neighbors” in Nicaragua.

The U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph Objects to Supreme Court Decision Upholding Administration’s Travel Ban

The U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph Objects to Supreme Court Decision Upholding Administration’s Travel Ban

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph is extremely disappointed with the June 26, 2018, United States Supreme Court Decision in Trump vs. Hawaii, commonly referred to as the travel ban. en. We believe that this travel ban intentionally targets Muslims and that the Court’s decision adds to the climate of fear of Muslims and fuels the flames to anti-Muslim sentiment in the country. As Catholic sisters, our mission is one of unity. We are grounded in a loving relationship with God and neighbor. We live the Gospel values and view each person, regardless of their race, religion, or nation of origin as our dear neighbor, whom we love without distinction. [click above to read full statement]

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Council Decries Human Rights Violations at U.S. Border

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Council Decries Human Rights Violations at U.S. Border

JUNE 20, 2018: We join with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Sr. Theresa Maya, the President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), and members of many faith traditions in calling for an end to the separation of children from their parents at the border where they are seeking asylum. In May 2018, the U.S. Government began prosecuting migrants who illegally crossed the United States border from  Mexico.  Their children are then detained separately from their parents.

Sisters of St. Joseph name Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, the new Executive Director of the Corporation for the Sponsored Ministries

Sisters of St. Joseph name Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, the new Executive Director of the Corporation for the Sponsored Ministries

JUNE 6, 2018, Brighton, MA: On Monday, June 4, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Corporation for the Sponsored Ministries [CSM] of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston unanimously approved the decision to offer Sister Mary Anne Doyle, CSJ, the position of Executive Director of the Corporation for the Sponsored Ministries. This appointment was affirmed by the CSJ Leadership Team and will be effective in August 2018.

The Literacy Connection, A Ministry of The Sisters of St. Joseph, awarded $100,000

The Literacy Connection, A Ministry of The Sisters of St. Joseph, awarded $100,000

BRIGHTON,  June 4, 2018 – The Literacy Connection, a ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, is one of the 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s 100k for 100 program. The Boston-based organization was chosen from a total of 597 applicants, during a competitive review process.

Ely Castro Rosales to Speak at the Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse on Honduran Crisis

Ely Castro Rosales to Speak at the Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse on Honduran Crisis

The group’s U.S. tour is slated to the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s final decision expected Friday (May 4) to extend or end the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) in this country of some 57,000 Hondurans — and the administration’s actions in stalling entry for an estimated 200 Central American asylum seekers who arrived from a caravan Sunday April 29 at the San Ysidro port of entry between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Elect New Leadership Team

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Elect New Leadership Team

BRIGHTON — Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and associates gathered in at their Motherhouse in Brighton March 8-11, 2018, for the election of the six-member leadership team who will serve the congregation for the next five years. The members of the new team who will begin their term of leadership at the end of June are Sisters Lee Hogan, CSJ, President; Catherine Clifford, CSJ, Assistant President; Marian Batho, CSJ, First Councilor; Judith Costello, CSJ, Second Councilor; Betsy Conway, CSJ, Third Councilor; and Denise Kelly, Fourth Councilor.
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Mourning is Not Enough: LCWR Calls for Action to Prevent Gun Violence

Mourning is Not Enough: LCWR Calls for Action to Prevent Gun Violence

On February 14 a very troubled 19-year-old took an AR-15 assault rifle to Marjory Stoneman High School and opened fire killing 14 students and three staff members. The shooting was a horrible tragedy that has become all too familiar to students, teachers, and parents across the country.

Sisters of St. Joseph 100 Days of Prayer is back for 2018

Sisters of St. Joseph 100 Days of Prayer is back for 2018

Last year, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, California, ran a campaign called 100 Days of Prayer. It was a simple daily prayer that followed the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. 100 Days of Prayer traveled really far and they are doing it again, only a little differently.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to TPS Termination For Salvadorans

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to TPS Termination For Salvadorans

Brighton, MA: As persons of faith who embrace the Gospel value of respect for the dignity of each individual, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and our Associates are disappointed and saddened by the Trump administration’s decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status of more than 200,000 Salvadorans.

LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans

LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious strongly denounces the cruel decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration.

Impelled by God’s Inclusive Love– What is a General Chapter?

Impelled by God’s Inclusive Love– What is a General Chapter?

For those who are not part of a religious congregation, an aura of mystery often surfaces when they hear that the sisters who minister among them are meeting for “chapter.” Sisters have done this for centuries but, as the needs of our world evolve, so does the process of General Chapters.

Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Teams Circle the City with Love

Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Teams Circle the City with Love

As the Sisters of St. Joseph come together for this year’s Leadership Assembly, it is important for us to be united with others and join in prayer and action for our planet, for good jobs, in a clean energy economy and for the protection of vulnerable communities.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to DACA Decision

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to DACA Decision

As persons of faith who embrace the Gospel value of respect for the dignity of each individual, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and our Associates are disappointed and saddened by President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

CSJ Boston Statement on the US-DPRK Crisis

CSJ Boston Statement on the US-DPRK Crisis

Last week, while tensions between the governments of the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] quickly escalated, 700 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious meeting in Orlando, FL issued a public statement imploring President Donald J. Trump to engage in dialogue and negotiation.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to Charlottesville Tragedy

Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston React to Charlottesville Tragedy

As persons of faith who embrace the Gospel values of respect for the dignity of all persons and non-violent, peaceful resolution of differences, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and our Associates abhor the recent tragic events in Charlottesville, perpetrated by white supremacists.

Statement of Solidarity with the Native Peoples of Standing Rock

Statement of Solidarity with the Native Peoples of Standing Rock

As people committed to justice, nonviolence, unifying love and communion with the Earth Community, we, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, together with our Associates, stand in solidarity with our Native American sisters and brothers, especially of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

LCWR and CMSM Issue Joint Letter to President-Elect Trump

LCWR and CMSM Issue Joint Letter to President-Elect Trump

The Presidents of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) representing the elected leaders of more than 55,000 Catholic religious sisters, brothers, and priests sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump reminding him of the gift and responsibility of leadership.

Become a Volunteer Tutor with The Literacy Connection

Become a Volunteer Tutor with The Literacy Connection

The Literacy Connection, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, is in need of volunteer tutors for September. Volunteers meet one on one with adult residents who need ESOL, literacy, or GED/Hi-SET practice for a minimum of two hours a week.

NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus Is Coming to Boston!

NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus Is Coming to Boston!

NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus are hitting the road again – daring to call on elected officials and candidates to “Mend the Gaps” in income and wealth inequality in our nation. We will listen to the stories of the gaps that people are experiencing in our society and provide NETWORK’s proactive policy strategy that can bridge those divides.

LCWR Statememt: Let Us Welcome the Syrian Refugees

LCWR Statememt: Let Us Welcome the Syrian Refugees

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is horrified at the violence we witness in our world and appalled by the recent acts of bloodshed in Paris, Beirut, and throughout the Middle East. We continue to pray for all who suffer as a result of these senseless acts of terror.