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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Sister Kerry Handal

Sister Kerry Handal

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Sister Kerry Handal began her ministry in education as a teacher at St. Teresa’s School, Brooklyn and St. Francis de Sales School, Belle Harbor. She continued her ministry in education as a teacher and an administrator in St. John of God/Our Lady of Providence School in Central Islip. In the many daily encounters with her students, Kerry’s love of children and deep compassion were visible. As a teacher and principal, her firmness and courage have enabled her to deal with the varied situations that have surfaced. As principal of the Academy of Saint Joseph, her support was essential for the students when the Academy needed to be closed in 2009. The students have always been of primary interest to S. Kerry. She continues to be in contact with many of her former students and staff via Facebook.

Her work with High School students has continued through the years and S. Kerry has engaged with other High School teachers in fostering these ideals in their students. She has been part of the program to develop leadership in young women within the spirit and charism of the CSJ schools.

As an administrator of the community retreat/vacation house, St. Joseph Villa in Hampton Bays, her sense of hospitality and welcome has opened it to various groups as a place of peace, respite, and enjoyment.

As part of the congregational Office for Institutional Advancement, S. Kerry put her experience and talents into the programs and efforts to raise awareness of the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph and securing the funds to continue to move it forward.

S. Kerry’s interest in and facility with technology make her a valued member of the congregation’s technology committee. She is essential whenever there is an event that requires expertise with Livestreaming or other technical support. She is always on call when there is a computer emergency. Her instruction, knowledge, and companioning, enable retired sisters to stay connected to their families and friends and the latest events of the Congregation, the Church, and the World.

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