Religious Vocations

Diocese of Cleveland

Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph


Founded in 2007 uniting seven independent U.S. congregations of Sisters of St. Joseph for the sake of the mission, all of them with roots in the founding of the original Sisters of St. Joseph of Le Puy en Velay, France, established in the year 1650 by Fr. Pierre Medaille, SJ.  Sisters of St. Joseph came to the Cleveland diocese in 1872.

Charism of the organization: “That all may be One” — We live and work to bring all people into union with God, with one another and with all creation.

Motto:  All is One

Ministry or ministries of the Congregation:  Serving and empowering all people(the “dear neighbor”) as social and parish workers, counselors, authors, educators, pastoral ministers, chaplains, spiritual directors, administrators, bereavement specialists, nurses, environmentalists, artists, advocates for peace and justice, and more. Through CSJ Ministries, Inc. we currently sponsor more than 25 ministries in education, healthcare, housing, social services and spirituality as a means to express and extend our 360 year old mission.  In Cleveland, this includes our 125 year old Saint Joseph Academy and River’s Edge, a place for contemplation and action.  Peace and justice initiatives to eliminate the horrors of human trafficking, to eliminate the death penalty, to achieve immigration reform, and to take steps to strengthen, heal and renew the face of earth are an important focus of our action and advocacy efforts.    In 2014, the Congregation established CSJ Initiatives to respond to the emerging senior care and living services needs of religious congregations, our neighbors, and the world. The Congregation also partners with other non-profit groups through our grant making bodies that extend the congregation’s mission.

Locations with a significant presence:  Cleveland and Cincinnati, OH; Detroit, MI; La Grange Park, IL; Minneapolis-St. Paul and Crookston, MN; Nazareth (Kalamazoo) and Detroit, MI; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA; Tipton, IN; Wheeling WV; Wichita, KS; and Kyoto, Japan.

Unique aspect of community:  All members are mutually responsible and accountable for leadership in the congregation.  We take the risk to surrender our lives and resources to work for specific systemic change in collaboration with others so that the hungers of the world might be fed.


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