This Congregation had its origin
in the founder's response
to the social concerns and needs of the time. (Constitution 4)
Recalling Jesus' identification with the
we develop a critical, sensitive conscience
regarding religious, social, cultural,
economic, and political realities,
and we direct our efforts
to actions which bring peace through justice. (Constitution 23)
In accord with our tradition and our charism of peace through justice, we seek to understand the economic and political realities which affect the lives of the poor, marginalized, women and children in our own time, and to collaborate with organizations working for justice.
As a Congregation, we sponsor and support nonprofit organizations that promote justice and peace, both in the communities where we live and in our increasingly global reality:
Harbour Place Day Centre is a ministry for the homeless and other socially excluded groups started by Sr. Hilda Baxter, CSJP. The overall aim of the project is to improve the health and well-being of the socially excluded and vulnerable people of North East Lincolnshire. It is located in Grimsby, England.
The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center is a Congregation sponsored ministry which acts for justice in our church and our world. IPJC's Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment is a collaborative venture of faith-based institutions committed to using their power as investors to shape a more just world. IPJC is located in Seattle, Washington.
Waterspirit is a Congregation sponsored ecology and spirituality ministry which helps people deepen their consciousness of the sacredness and interdependence of all creation with a focus on the role of water as critical in sustaining life. WATERSPIRIT is located in Elberon, NJ.
At the York Street Project, a congregation sponsored ministry located in Jersey City, New Jersey, all of the programs are geared towards promoting justice for the poor and homeless through advocacy and education – not just of the women and children, but also of the policymakers.
As a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at the United Nations, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace support the UN's work, particularly achievement of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Sister Suzanne Golas speaks on behalf of WATERSPIRIT at the New Jersey Capital.
"So Christ is our model and in order to imitate Him we have to do strange things – things that seem almost inexplicable, but at the last days, when our work is taken off the loom of life, we shall see the beauty that comes into our soul by this work."
Mother Evangelista (Honoria Gaffney)