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Pastoral Services

Our mission as Sisters of St. Joseph flows from the purpose for which the congregation exists: We live and work that all people may be united with God and with one another. It is rooted in the mission of Christ, the same mission which continually unfolds in his Church: “That all may be one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you: I pray that they may be one in us.” (John 17:21)

To bring about this unity, we undertake whatever works may best meet needs and show forth the glory of God. We encourage and assist those who desire to follow Christ more closely, and we work to alleviate the conditions which cause poverty, suffering and oppression.

Many sisters engage in ministries that assist others on their spiritual journeys and quest for God. Our retreat centers and houses of hospitality welcome persons to spend time in personal reflection where we provide spiritual direction and offer private or directed retreats.

Sisters also serve as hospital chaplains and parish associates who direct religious education and outreach programs such as visiting the sick and managing food banks. Other ministries include teaching, nursing, social work, spiritual direction, pastoral care, providing shelter for those who are homeless, grief support, counseling and psychological services, massage therapy, outreach to the elderly and those with great physical and material need, and numerous other services.

Some ministries are less structured, and when active ministry is no longer possible, our sisters continue to minister through prayer and support services wherever they live.