Our mission as Sisters of Saint Joseph flows from the purpose for which our Congregation exists. We live and work so that all people may be united with God and with one another.
Rooted in the mission of Christ, ours is the same mission which continually unfolds in the 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.” (Jn 17:21) (Constitutions 16-17)
What is the Spirituality of the Sisters of Saint Joseph?
Spirituality is a way of being and acting in the world that flows from one’s God experience. Sisters of Saint Joseph experience God as All-Embracing Love—a Love that is wholly inclusive and selfless in never ceasing to weave all into one. This core and intimate experience of God calls forth from us a deep desire to give our lives over to the ever-evolving, unifying movement of God.
Participation in this Divine Movement requires that we faithfully nurture a discerning heart; that is, that we be intentional about noticing the ways in which God’s Indwelling Spirit invites us daily to take the next best step within God’s unfolding design. Such attentiveness of heart leads us into deepening union with God in and through our loving service to the “dear neighbor”, especially to those who are most vulnerable. Thus, we use our gifts to do all we can to meet the unmet physical and spiritual needs of others, including those of our dear neighbor Earth.
Yet, even as we respond through works of service, we recognize that as Sisters of Saint Joseph, it is the manner of our relating that fosters a sense of oneness and nurtures the interconnectedness inherent throughout all creation. Having experienced the all-embracing, inclusive love of God ourselves, we are impelled to move toward others in the same way. We serve the dear neighbor with a presence that is welcoming, loving and compassionate towards all without distinction. The spirituality of the Sisters of Saint Joseph calls us to relate as God relates!