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."


July is a special month for the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph. On July 13 we remember and honor our Foundress, Mother Colette Hilbert, FSSJ.  July 13 is the death anniversary of Mother Colette.   The pictures above show Mother Colette in various stages of her life.  Mother Colette’s life  reminds us that we need to live in respect for all people.  It is stated in her biography, In All Things Charity, “Mother Colette forgot herself in order to give more of herself to others…Her charity was universal. It extended to the needy pupil in the class, the ailing parishioner, the porter at the railroad station, soldiers on the battle field as well as her own Sisters, particularly the sick.”  Let us pray for all peoples and let us, like Mother Colette, hear Jesus’ call to Love One Another.  If you want more information about Mother Colette go to Who We are and click on FSSJ History.


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.

Sacred Heart icon holy card from one of the Sisters

Monthly Reflection
Sister Judith Elaine Salzman, FSSJ


Needed: A Sense of Abundance

Icon of Mother Colette Hilbert


This is an icon of Mother Colette which honors Mother Colette’s ability to use herbs in healing.  Because Mother Colette was a missionary, she was trained as a teacher and a nurse.  At that time use of herbs to heal was widespread.  The icon also reminds the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph that we have strong roots and new shoots – new ways of continuing to serve God’s people.

Picture created by Sr. Geraldine Rutkowski

Spreading the Gospel

As a new Congregation, under the guidance of Mother Colette and later, other Sisters who came into leadership of the Congregation, the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph spread the Gospel in many areas of U.S. as well as a mission in Brazil.  At the beginning of the Congregation the Sisters were mainly educated to be teachers in elementary schools and nurses in hospitals and nursing homes.  In the 1960s Sisters were also educated to be social workers, parish ministers, directors of religious education and many other ministries that served God’s people for that time.  If you want more information on the story of the founding of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph go to Who We Are at the top of this page and then click FSSJ History.

Grotto of Blessed Mother at St. Francis Park

Our Story Continues

The Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph is over 120 years old.  We have had two motherhouses – first Corpus Christi parish, St. Joseph Convent, in Buffalo, NY, then Immaculate Conception Convent at 5286 South Park Avenue in Hamburg, NY.  Presently we are living at what began as our third motherhouse, Immaculate Conception Convent at 5229 South Park Avenue in Hamburg, NY.  In 2015 the Sisters had a dream of sharing our house with others who wanted a safe and caring place in which to live.  Catholic Health System of Buffalo, NY bought the house and it is now known as St. Francis Park.  The Sisters live here with other lay residents.  If you want more information on St. Francis Park go to Who We Are at the top of this page and then click FSSJ History.  Scroll down toward the end and see the story of the selling of our home and there is a web site you can learn more about St. Francis Park.

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Remembrance Garden

– A place that offers opportunities for prayer and quiet reflection.

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