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.

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Rosalie Carven

Rosalie Carven

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Sister Rosalie Carven has been a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty-two years. So it’s no surprise that she is thought of as retired from the wide range of ministries she engaged in since 1954 – teacher, parish staff, peace and justice organizer, immigrant service provider and congregational administration From 1986 – 2000. Rosalie served as a member of the Congregations Leadership Team first as General Secretary and then as a member of the General Council.

Although Rosalie has no formal ministry affiliation now, she sees her daily life as a mission to participate in Christ’s own mission to bring fullness of life to all that God has created. She knows that her education in the fields of Sociology and Political Science has made her a keen observer of public life, a passionate critic of systems that deprive people of the human rights they deserve, and a compassionate advocate for reforms that lead to a more just society. Serving on the congregation’s Justice Committee over many years as member and chairperson, Rosalie is now its liaison with national and local coalitions of immigrant advocates. In this way she channels immigration information and calls to action and prayer to help the entire congregation stay faithful to its 2011Chapter Directive, namely, to become aware of the attitudes and policies that harm immigrant communities where members live and minister and to transform this reality so members welcome the stranger and work for systemic change.

Rosalie has presented workshops on immigration to help educate and motivate teachers, students and CSJ Associates so that they can participate actively in rejecting our broken immigration system and in making national and local communities welcoming and inclusive of immigrants. Several times a month, Rosalie publishes a newsletter aptly titled “Walking the Sacred Journey” which gives members specific reflection and guidance on current justice issues. The response from Sisters of St. Joseph is a striking witness that our immigrant brothers and sisters are not walking alone on the path to citizenship. Members and Associates are at their side.

Rosalie sees networking as the goal and strategy that fulfills the biblical promise to make “justice-seekers shine as stars for all eternity.” She readily joins her colleagues at public demonstrations and chants with conviction: “A people united can never be defeated.” On August 19, 2014, Rosalie was honored by Long Island Jobs with Justice for making the faith community such an integral part of organizational efforts to bring justice to individuals and communities on Long Island whose rights are not being addressed by local government, public providers or private employers. So Rosalie is retired in name only.

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