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Our Roots

In 1884 in Nottingham, England,
under the inspiration of the Spirit,
Margaret Anna Cusack, known as Mother Clare,
founded a religious congregation of women
... to promote the peace of the Church
both by word and work.
"The very name Sisters of Peace will,
it is hoped,
inspire the desire of peace and a love
for it."
Constitutions, 1884 (Constitution 3)

The Sisters of St Joseph of Peace continue a rich heritage devoted to promoting social justice as a way to peace. From the beginning we have involved ourselves in ministries of social service, education and health care, working directly with the poor and sick, providing housing and care for women, orphans and blind children and adults, and, as need arose, established schools and hospitals. (Constitution 7)

"From the beginning we were founded and organized to meet the needs and call of the times." (Sheila Lemieux, 21st General Chapter)

"As disciples of Jesus, we respond anew to the call of Mother Clare to be 'brave, noble, large-minded and courageous souls." (2012 Chapter Call)

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Our Roots

The First Sisters of Peace professed vows on January 7, 1884 in St. Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham.

"The important thing is that we remain open to God as he reveals himself to us in the circumstances of life and do everything possible to bring the body of his Son to completion."

Catherine O'Connor, CSJP