Forming small intentional communities, St. Joseph Workers focus on living simply and building respectful relationships. Weekly Sharing of the Heart evenings (a Sisters of St. Joseph tradition spanning hundreds of years) allows household members to share and learn from each other. This program informed by a Sharing of the Heart is proven to be highly transformational in terms of personal growth.
Justice related work placements (thirty six hours a week) are in the areas of social service, health care, immigration, education and social change and, as the Sisters of St. Joseph have said for nearly 500 years, care for the “Dear Neighbor.” Placements are intended to provide opportunities to serve and learn about direct service and systemic action: the “two feet of justice.”
Women are encouraged and supported in growing their spiritualty and are invited to experience the spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph who focus on love of God and neighbor without distinction. This spirituality extends beyond religious denomination, recognizing that all living beings are recognized as sacred and deserving of our love and respect. Love of God and neighbor without distinction is the foundation that moves the Sisters into social action.
Everyone leads differently. A well rounded experience in leadership benefits career development, activism, community and civic engagement. Through experiences such as trainings, intentional conversations (one-to-ones), mentorship at service sites and unique leadership opportunities, the St. Joseph Worker Program supports women as they strengthen their individual leadership skills.