As Sisters of St. Joseph living in the 21st Century, we believe in the power, presence and love of God working through an evolving universe and in God’s self-communication through Jesus Christ. As women of the Church, we recommit ourselves to Jesus’ mission as we move with the Spirit to bring about God’s reign and seek to promote justice, to live lives of non-violence and to respond to the needs of our time.

Chapter 2011 Direction Statement
In 17th century France in the small village of LePuy, six courageous women envisioned a community rooted in the ‘great love of God and neighbor without distinction.’ Living among the people and moved by this love, these ‘sisters of the neighborhood’ responded to whatever were the needs of the times.
In the spirit of their founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph continue to work tirelessly to bring God’s inclusive love to schools, hospitals, orphanages, health care centers, educational programs for immigrant women, the imprisoned and the forgotten, as well as supporting social justice and eco justice issues.

CSJ Dinner Dance Journal 2014

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CSJ Dinner Dance Journal 2014

Daily Prayer

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Meet Us

Sister Gloria Cruz

Sister Gloria Cruz

Sister Gloria Cruz Espinosa is from the town of Lajas, Puerto Rico. Having met Sisters of St. Joseph who ministered in Puerto Rico, she came to Brentwood and entered the congregation.

Sister Gloria holds degrees in both Education and Social Work. She has served in Puerto Rico as a teacher and then as a Principal in a K-12 school. During the time when the congregation had a Novitiate in Puerto Rico, she was in charge of the Novices and the sisters with temporary vows.

Sister Gloria served as Secretary of the Conference of Religious Men and Women in Puerto Rico and then as Vice President. The Sisters in Puerto Rico elected her to Leadership as the Vicar of all the Sisters of Saint Joseph on the island. She served in that position for eleven and one half years. During her term as Vicar, she served as Treasurer of the Organization of Sisters of St Joseph of Latin America.

Since 1993 Sister Gloria has been working in the Sor Isolina Ferre Center, a non-profit organization that dedicates its efforts to transforming and revitalizing the Villa Espana Public Housing Community through education, advocacy and leadership training. It provides tools to help the whole family to discover each one’s talents for achieving development and fulfillment. Persons in the housing project are trained as leaders for the community. Its vision is based in the integral development of human beings and its mission is to promote this development with justice, dignity, respect and love. The task is to discover people’s needs and to transform, revitalize, and educate the community so the people can have a better life.

Reflecting on her 20 years of work in Villa Espana, S. Gloria says that these years have been her most wonderful time of service as a Sister of Saint Joseph. Every year the needs are different but very challenging. S. Gloria feels that the people she has served have become family to her. She has seen the growth and development of the children into wonderful persons who are learning to contribute to a new society. The road is hard and difficulties are always present, but she believes God gives her the strength to continue the giving of herself to her neighbors.

Nourished by prayer, supported by community and energized by ministry, we are constantly addressing the needs of these times.