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.

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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.

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Sister Regina Coll

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On March 7th of this year, 40,000 marchers verged on Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march for civil rights led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Among them was a young Sister of St. Joseph who was a math teacher at Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, NY.

Sister Regina Coll was then known as Sister St. Thaddeus. She and her companion, Sister Eucharia (Alice Meehan deceased), were members of the Interracial Council on Long Island. They were inspired by the Second Vatican Council and the Civil Rights Movement. It was this conviction that gave them the courage to respond to the call for religious leaders to go to Selma and by their presence to make a statement about the oppression and injustice involved. In Sister Regina’s words:

“We were somewhat unprepared for some of the insults shouted at us and the angry faces trying to push into our faces in the airports and on the streets even before we arrived in Selma. We knew there was some chance of violence since the Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian Minister, had been savagely beaten to death a few days before. It made us aware that religious garb would not necessarily protect us. We were given instructions on how to respond nonviolently to what might happen. The hatred and violence were palpable. It seemed we could breathe it in. We sang “We shall Overcome” over and over.

Sister demonstrators were given hospitality in local homes. Alice and I were assigned to sleep in the home of a white couple. They were the courageous ones. After we left, they had to stay among neighbors who knew they had welcomed us. When we came home, Alice and I went on talking tours trying to spread the message. We received many letters, many of them supportive but others condemning us.”

The Sisters of St. Joseph are grateful to Sisters Regina Coll and Alice Meehan for being present in the name of our congregation at this historic time.

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Enriched by the diversity of persons and gifts, and united in faith and prayer, we find the strength, support and courage we need to speak words of peace and healing to our world.
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