Franciscan Sisters of St. JosephCalled 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."
FSSJ Celebrate Founder’s Day
The joyful feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is doubly commemorated by the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph because on September 8, 1897, at Stanislaus Church in Trenton, NJ, the five former Borromean Sisters were vested with the Franciscan habit. The Very Reverend Hyacinth Fudzinski, OFM, Conv. officiated. A new Franciscan foundation came into existence that day, with the five members forming its nucleus. On this new Franciscan Congregation our Lady bestowed blessing and grace to persevere and to accept with courage the change and sacrifices involved in the new undertaking.
In All Things Charity
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.
A New Way of Seeing Creation
Five Founders of FSSJ
The first 5 Franciscans of St. Joseph were: Sister M. Colette Hilbert, Sister M. Stanislaus Wisniewski, Sister M. Aloysia Jaskolski, Sister M. Philomena Ojdowska, and Sister M. Charles Chmielewski. These Sisters, under the leadership of Sister M. Colette Hilbert, found joy in each other’s faith, prayer life and laughter as they faced challenging and difficult times beginning this new congregation. In All Things Charity
Corpus Christi Parish
Fr. Hyacinth Fudzinski requested Mother Colette to bring her Sisters from Trenton, NJ to Buffalo, NY on July 29, 1898. The arrival of Sister Colette and her Sisters brought joy to the parishioners. Construction of the school building had not yet begun, but Fr. Fudzinski was determined to open Corpus Christi School in the Fall with the staff of Sisters. The warm welcome into the diocese, together with the blessing extended by Bishop Quigley, was an auspicious beginning of the apostolic endeavor. In All Things Charity
Corpus Christi School
As principal of Corpus Christi, Mother Colette labored zealously in organizing the first school under the direction of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph. As a classroom instructor, she gave unstintingly of her talents. Both Sister Jerome Biernacki and Sister Xavier Kaczmarek have fond memories of classes at Corpus Christi in those early days. Sr. Jerome had such esteem for the Foundress that she took the name of “Colette” at Confirmation. Sr. Jerome said, “Mother Colette was a great teacher!” Sr. Xavier recalls Mother Colette as “patient, but firm. Mother Colette kept her word.” In All Things Charity
FSSJ Motherhouse, Hamburg, NY
Mother Clara, the Second General Minister of FSSJ, obtained permission of Rome and approval of Bishop Turner of Buffalo to initiate the erection of the sorely-needed convent at Hamburg, NY. Provincial of the OFM Conventuals, Rev. Justin Figas, delivered an address to a gathering of a thousand witnesses. Their presence in such numbers testified amply to the fruitful labors of the spiritual daughters of Mother Colette Hilbert who had founded the Congregation and offered tangible proof of the gratitude, loyalty, and devotion of the Polish clergy and people. In All Things Charity
What We Do
Ways to Get Involved.
Learn About Franciscan Spirituality
5229 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075
All rights reserved. No content or images may be reproduced in any form without permission.