Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada

sisters_stjThe Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada is both old and new. Sisters of St. Joseph around the world trace their origins to October 15, 1650 in Le Puy France. Fr. Jean Pierre Medaille S.J., and a group of six women responded to the miseries of their times. The charism of inclusive love, God’s great love for us, inspires Sisters to live in a spirit of unity and communion, desiring right relationship with God, with all people, and with all of creation. In the rich tapestry of the story of the Sisters of St. Joseph we have been, and are still, “reading the signs of the times”and responding to them with loving energy and in new ways. We have many Associates and Companions who share this charism.

With a passionate commitment to our ongoing mission and for new life the Congregation recently chose a new beginning when the Congregations of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Dioceses of Hamilton, London, Peterborough and Pembroke amalgamated to become the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada on November 22, 2012. We currently have 277 Sisters. We joyfully welcomed two novices in October, 2014.

Rooted in prayer and active in loving service, Sisters have ministered throughout the Hamilton Diocese since 1853 in education, health care, parish and social ministries and many other forms of service that reflect the love of God and love of neighbour without distinction They currently have a presence in Kenilworth, Guelph, Kitchener, Brantford, and Hamilton. Sisters are in ministry across Canada (Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Colombia, and Northwest Territories) as well as in the United States and Peru.

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