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

FSSJ Continue to Celebrate
75th, 70th, and 60th Jubilees

Photo below shows Sr. Emily Therese and Sr. Antonia at the FSSJ 2011 Jubilee celebration.  Click Current News above and find out who is celebrating their Jubilee this year.


Our Mission & Vision

Helping to connect people to faith

We, the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph,
witness the Gospel in joy and peace,
committed to prayer, service, and care for all creation.

FSSJ Treasured Memories
Sr. Ann Marie and Sr. Joyce at the 2010 dedication of the Grotto at St. Francis Park
To read Pope Francis’ homily on Mary and the Magnificat, click below

May the month of Mary

May is a month devoted to remembering the faithfulness and courage of Mary, our Mother.  St. Francis had a great devotion to Mary because of her closeness to Jesus.  This picture, created by Sr. Geraldine Rutkowski, FSSJ, reminds us to go to Mary, remembering that she felt the feelings of being a mother:  Great Joy, Deep Sorrow, Unwavering Hope and Unconditional Love.  Let us call upon Mary to assist us in opening ourselves to being a loving person, as Jesus commanded us, “Love one another”. 

Let the brothers and sisters keep the example of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God and our Lord Jesus Christ, ever before their eyes.  Let them do this according to the exhortation of Blessed Francis who held Holy Mary, Lady and Queen in highest veneration, since she is “the virgin made church.”  Let them also remember that the Immaculate Virgin Mary whose example they are to follow, called herself “the handmaid of the Lord” (Lk 1:38).

Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, Article 17
Art by Sr. Geraldine Rutkowski, FSSJ
Picture created by Sr. Geraldine Rutkowski

Mary, the servant of the Most High, was the closest of all human beings to the Savior – the greatest Servant of all.  Like Mary, we are bearers of the Word of God; we live among God’s people in order to witness to a gospel way of life and to serve the needs of the Church and the world.

Constitution of the Franciscan Sisters of
St. Joseph, Article 5
Art by Sr. Marvina Kupiszewski, FSSJ

Grotto of Blessed Mother at St. Francis Park

Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen,
Mary, Mother of God, ever Virgin.
You were chosen by the Most High Father in heaven, consecrated by Him, with His most Holy Beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

 St. Francis of Assisi, Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Art by Sr. Geraldine Rutkowski, FSSJ

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