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.

As women committed to nonviolence, we are heartbroken by the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh. We condemn this horrific act of violence and call on our nation and public officials to confront the epidemic of gun violence that is sweeping the nation. Such an appalling and hateful act touches the lives of all of us.

May our witness of prayer and solidarity be a source of compassion, healing, and unifying love in the wake of this tragedy. May our prayer lead to action on behalf of justice that is inclusive of all. May we work together to bring healing, unity, and peace to our broken world.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston is a religious community of vowed apostolic women with a contemplative stance toward life, whose mission is to realize the prayer of Christ that all may be one. Their special focus, their mission, is to work for unity and reconciliation where there is brokenness, to help people become whole and holy, individually and together. Since arriving in Boston in 1873, they have staffed more than 130 educational institutions, worked in more than 30 healthcare ministries and participated in more than 85 service ministries within the Archdiocese of Boston. You will meet Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston in schools, parishes, hospitals, nursing homes, retreat, and campus ministry centers, refugee services, literacy programs, shelters, food pantries, and more. In community and prayerful contemplation, they listen to the Spirit and move always toward profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction. For more information visit

Contact: Joanne Gallagher, CSJ, Director of Communications,  617.746.2110