Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph

Called by God into the Fraternity of Francis, we live in Simplicity, Servanthood, and Joy, renewing the spirit of Mother Colette Hilbert, "In all things Charity."

Pope Francis dedicated this year to St. Joseph.  As Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, we have always had a great devotion to St. Joseph.

Pope Francis wrote Patris Corde, With a Father’s Heart, which highlights “the creative courage” of St. Joseph,that “emerges especially in the way he dealt with difficulties.” “The carpenter of Nazareth,” explains the Pope, “was able to turn a problem into a possibility by trusting in divine providence.” He had to deal with “the concrete problems” his Family faced, problems faced by other families in the world, and especially those of migrants. (Vatican News)  If you want to learn more go to



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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.

St Francis STATUE

Monthly Reflection on St. Francis
Sister Ann Lyons, FSSJ
Lenten Reflection on St. Francis of Assisi

Icon of Mother Colette Hilbert

Mother Colette and St. Joseph

Mother Colette, foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, had a great devotion to St. Joseph.  She often asked him to take care of her newly founded community like St. Joseph took care of Mary and Jesus.  The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph are excited and grateful that Pope Francis declared December 8, 2020-December 8, 2021 as the Year of Joseph.  He did this by writing and Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart).

Grotto of Blessed Mother at St. Francis Park

St. Joseph

 This statue of St. Joseph is in a prayer room at St. Francis Park.  It reminds us that in Patris Corde, the Pope describes many of St Joseph’s qualities as a true husband and father, the fiancé who “accepted Mary unconditionally” and the man in whom “Jesus saw the tender love of God”. (Vatican News)

Picture created by Sr. Geraldine Rutkowski

Humble St. Joseph

This picture of St. Joseph is on a bulletin board in St. Francis Park. It reminds us that Pope Francis described St. Joseph as a man who goes “unnoticed”, who welcomes the mystery and puts himself at its service, never putting himself at the center, but resolving things that are impossible. (adapted from Vatican News)

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