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 Elizabeth Looney

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In her early years of ministry, Sister Elizabeth was a teacher in elementary school and later in high school. She also developed a catechetical program for children with special needs.

During that time, S. Elizabeth earned a Masters Degree in Nuitrition and Dietetics at New York University. She then began a traineeship at Calvary Hospital, a specialty hospital dedicated to palliative care for advanced cancer patients. This was a pre-requisite for membership in the American Dietetic Association and the accomplishment of her professional goal of becoming a registered dietician. At the end of this period, S. Elizabeth became a clinical dietitian at Calvary Hospital. .For five years she worked in this capacity providing nutritional care and striving to meet the physiological and psychological needs of her patients.

In 1981, she became the Director of the Nutritional Services Department at Calvary and served in that position for twenty years. During this time, S. Elizabeth also served as the President of the Hospital Food Administrators Association of Greater New York for two years.

In 2001, she was offered the opportunity to establish the Nutritional Services Department at Maria Regina Skilled Nursing Facility in preparation for its licensure by the New York State Department of Health. Presently, she continues to minister there as Director of the Department, directing and motivating her staff ro recognize the importance of nutritional care in maintaining the individuality each resident, and the dignity, and independence which contribute to the person’s comfort and quality of life.

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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