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The Sisters of St. Joseph (CSJ) also known as the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph (CSJ) or (SSJ), is a Roman Catholic religious congregation of women founded in 1650 in Le Puy-en-Velay, France. This Congregation has approximately 14,000 members worldwide: about 7,000 in the United States; 2,000 in France; and are active in 50 other countries.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph comprise 3 international congregations (Lyons, Chambéry, and Annecy) and 4 federations (French, Italian, US, and Canadian), representing more than 14,000 Sisters worldwide.

Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon

(includes the merged Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Bourg) nearly 1,000 sisters serving in 4 provinces (Maine, Mexico, India and Europe) in 15 countries. The Sisters operate many Catholic schools and hospitals in France, the United States, Canada, Japan and England, and hospitals, homes, and orphanages in India.

Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambéry

centered in Rome, other Provinces and Regions are located in Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Italy, Mozambique, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden and Tanzania. The order has approximately 1,800 sisters in 18 countries.

Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy

international congregation of about 500 sisters serving in the Congo, England, France, Gambia, India, Ireland, Senegal, Switzerland, Tanzania and Wales.

US Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph website:

  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (4 provinces (Albany, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and St. Paul) and 2 vice provinces (Peru and Hawaii) website
From their first days in Arizona, education and health care, including for their beloved Native Americans, merged naturally into ministries including parish service, adult education, spiritual direction and retreat work, direct service of the poor, and justice activities. Ministry continues at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in San Diego, Carondelet High School in Concord, CA, St. Joseph High School in Lakewood, CA (philosophical sponsorship), St. Joseph Joshi Gakuen in Tsu, Japan, St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood, CA, Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, and St. Joseph Center in Venice, CA. Other works include A Friendly Manor, Alexandria House, Circle the City, Get on the Bus, House of Yahweh, and Villa Maria House of Prayer.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia
Most of the nearly 750 members in full or partial retirement, the sisters minister to Saint Joseph Academy in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania; Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, Pennsylvania; Villa St Joseph; Saint Mary By-The-Sea Retreat House in Cape May Point, New Jersey; Norwood-Fontbonne Academy; Holy Family Academy in Bayonne, NJ; SSJ Center for Spirituality in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia; Bethlehem Retirement Village in Flourtown, PA; Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center, Philadelphia in Kensington, PA; and Chestnut Hill College in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, New York
The sisters minister to Saint Joseph's College in New York, St. Joseph High School in Brooklyn, The Mary Louis Academy, Fontbonne Hall Academy, Sacred Heart Academy in New York, Bishop Kearney High School in New York City, and Academia Maria Reina.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania
Nearly 200 sisters are chaplains, foster parents, and pastoral ministers, an attorney, drug and alcohol interventionists, counselors, retreat directors, and college professors. The community has sheltered refugees from Cuba, Haiti, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Bosnia, and Kosovo, and helped them find homes in this county. Their ministry also established a separate non-profit corporation to operate Villa St. Joseph, a non-sectarian, 120-bed, long-term care facility with a specialized unit for Alzheimer's patients.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston
The sisters opened, staffed, and/or sponsored over 125 educational institutions, including schools for children with special needs. Ministry is provided to Bethany Health Care Center and Bethany Hill School, both in Framingham, Massachusetts; Fontbonne Academy in Milton, MA; Jackson School and Walnut Park Montessori School in Newton, MA; Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Literacy Connection Literacy Connection in Brighton, MA; Merrimack Valley Montessori School Merrimack Valley Montessori School in Haverhill, MA; Regis College in Weston, MA; Casserly House in Roslindale, MA; and Saint Joseph Retreat Center in Cohasset, MA.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Buffalo
Sisters minister to Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Buffalo.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, New York
Sisters minister to Nazareth Schools; St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center; Daystar; the Sisters of Saint Joseph Volunteer Corps; St. Joseph's Northside Outreach and Prayer Ministry.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania (Erie)
Sisters minister to the Villa Maria Elementary School, Villa Maria Academy, Bethany House Ministry, The Heritage Apartments, Saint Vincent Health Center, Saint Mary's Home of Erie, SSJ Neighborhood Network, St. Patrick Haven, St. James Haven, and Faithkeepers Trail.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Watertown, New York
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas
Sisters minister to Nazareth Convent and Academy, and Manna House; operated Marymount College (1922-1989); hospitals and schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Dioceses of Marquette, Rockford, Kansas City, Omaha, Lincoln, and Concordia.
  • Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambery, West Hartford, Connecticut
Sisters provide ministry to schools in Connecticut and in other parts of the United States.
  • Congregation of Saint Joseph (7 merged congregations) about 500 Sisters website:
Sisters of Saint Joseph of Medaille (Baton Rouge, Cincinnati, Crookston, Minnesota, New Orleans, and the Twin Cities) ministry extends to houses, schools, hospitals, an orphanage, and services to the poor and suffering.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Cleveland, ministry in parochial schools, St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland, Ohio; River's Edge, Women's Outreach Center, Seeds of Literacy, WellSpring Bookstore and the CSJ Prayer Line.
Sisters of St. Joseph of La Grange, Illinois, ministry at the Catholic co-educational Nazareth Academy high school, the School on Wheels, Ministry of the Arts, and Christ in the Wilderness.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth, Michigan, ministry at the Dillon Complex for Independent Living, Transformations Spirituality Center, Ascension Health, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Middle School for Girls.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Tipton, Indiana, ministry at the Clare Oaks Retirement Community, Lourdes Hall of De La Salle Institute, Marymount Hospital, Regina High School, and Trinity High School.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Wheeling, West Virginia, ministry at SSJ Health and Wellness Foundation, the SSJ Charitable Fund, and a variety of programs under Holy Family Child Care & Development.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita, Kansas, ministry at mission houses and a mission in Kyoto, Japan sponsoring a kindergarten, day nursery, medical services for senior citizens, a disabled children's hospital, and a special education school.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, Florida
Sisters minister in education including deaf, blind, developmentally disabled, and handicapped students, in faceted aspects of health care, and they assumed work with the aging, unwed mothers, and migrants. Their sisters in Puerto Rico in schools ministry became an independent institute.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange (California) directory
Sisters provide education including elementary, secondary, university and other adult education, and extend their healing mission through acute care hospitals, rehabilitation programs, home health care, community education, primary care clinics, and wellness programs. Works of the Congregation have expanded, to include such things as helping new immigrants, feeding the hungry, giving shelter to the homeless, and fostering spiritual development. Mission work continues at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the Western American Province of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, École Notre-Dame-des-Victoires in San Francisco, and Rosary High School in Fullerton (1965–1976), Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, and St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon, Winslow, Maine
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield (Massachusetts)
(includes the merged Sisters of St. Joseph of Fall River (Massachusetts) and Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland, Vermont) about 250 Sisters serve through a variety of ministries, including Mont Marie Child Care Center, Mont Marie Health Care Center, Mont Marie Senior Residence, and Mont Marie Labyrinth. Sisters serve the Springfield community as well as Worcester, the Berkshires, Rhode Island, Louisiana and Uganda.


Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Canada (4 congregations)

  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton (Ontario)
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of London
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Peterborough
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Pembroke

Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie (Canada)


Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Italy

  • Sisters of Saint Joseph of Aosta
  • Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambéry
  • Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cuneo
  • Sisters of Saint Joseph of Pinerolo
  • Institute Sisters of Saint Joseph (Sisters of Saint Joseph of Novara, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Susa, & Sisters of Saint Joseph of Turin)


Sisters of St. Joseph of Saint-Vallier, 1903 moved to Quebec City, Canada from Saint-Vallier, France where it was instituted in 1683





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