Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph
We, the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph,
witness the Gospel in joy and peace, committed to prayer, service, and
care for all creation.
FSSJ Mission Statement
February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita Patron of Ending Human Trafficking as well as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking.
FSSJ Educating for Justice
The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph served in St. Columba School in Buffalo. The Sisters who taught and served in St. Columba School, saw a great deal of injustices experienced by the African American students they taught. Yet, the Sisters helped the students to know their dignity came from God, not from what other people thought of them. The Sisters provided a very good education, they formed a band which marched many times in the St. Patrick parade in the city of Buffalo and gave the students may opportunities to use their creativity and talents.
The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph taught and ministered at St. Francis School in Bessemer, AL. The Sisters had a cross burned in the yard of their convent. As a congregation we pray for the end of racism and want to educate ourselves and others on how easy it is to fall into prejudices. We invite you to go to Catholic Bishops’ apostolic letter on racism.
Why is it important to celebrate Black History Month? As a congregation we have seen the pain and hurt caused by ignoring the talents and contributions that African Americans shared with our country for hundreds of years. President Gerald Ford declared February National Black History Month in 1976. Join the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in combating Racism. Go to
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