who are csj associates?
Who Are CSJ Associates?
Associates are women and men, married and single, who are called by God to commit to extending the mission and sharing the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet without becoming vowed members.
Associate membership has a long, rich history with the Sisters of St. Joseph, dating back to the founding of the congregation in France in 1650. Individuals became spiritual companions and partners in service with the sisters while maintaining their own lifestyle as married, widowed or single persons.
With the second Vatican Council, the Sisters of St. Joseph went back to their roots and came to a deeper realization of the ways they share the heart of their mission—their charism of loving unity—with others. Since 1974 the sisters of the St. Louis Province have invited others to deepen their baptismal call as CSJ Associates.
Today, the more than 260 associates continue to bring the CSJ spirit to their jobs, parishes and families as they share their gifts in works of justice and peace, care for the poor and for the earth.