We believe that in accord with our original charism the promotion of peace through justice is integral to our mission and spirituality as the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.
We believe that this mission is rooted in the gospel, described for us by our foundress, and reaffirmed by the bishops in the statement justice in the world:
Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constituent to dimension of the preaching of the gospel or, in other words, of the churches mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation. (Roman Synod, 1971)
From the Statement of Direction, CSJP General Chapter, 1974
Throughout our history we have followed the lead of our founders and focused our ministries manly on low-income women and children and healthcare.
At the urging of the Second Vatican Council, the Congregation took a fresh look at our founders and our charism of peace through justice, which finds expression in our actions and characterized the life of Margaret Anna Cuasck (Mother Francis Clare).
Every six years the sisters and associates of the Congregation gather for a General Chapter where new leadership is elected and decisions are made regarding the focus and direction of the Congregation. Drawing on the wisdom of speakers and input from Chapter participants, a group is charged with writing the Chapter Acts. One of the responsibilities of the newly elected Leadership Team is to guide, engage and challenge the Congregation in fulfilling the direction of the Chapter Acts.
Recent commitments are:
The Chapter Acts of 2008, Seeds of Peace:
The Congregation may choose to take a Congregational Stance or issue a Congregational Statement between Chapters to express concern on contemporary peace and justice issues.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace is a Non-Governmental Organization of the United Nations, which provides the Congregation a forum to express its charism and collaborate with others in bringing justice and peace to our world.
The Congregation has a fulltime Peace through Justice Facilitator to do the daily work of moving the justice work of the Congregation forward.
"So yes, we are forever beginning, and the best we can do is be very grateful that each new beginning is one more chance to grow. "
Margaret Byrne, CSJP