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."
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.
Sister Mary Beth Bejma, FSSJ
In 1979 St. Pope John Paul II proclaimed Francis of Assisi patron of all who promote ecology.
Stigmata of St. Francis
Sr. Christine, Holder of our Story
Sr. Christine Songin, FSSJ, was the ultimate teacher, nurse, and community storyteller. She, herself, was inspired by a story that she read as a young woman about Mother Colette Hilbert and immediately felt the call to join the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph. She is one of the last Sisters to have known Mother Colette personally so her stories kept the spirit of Mother Colette’s love of God and her Sisters alive. Sr. Christine went to God in 2017. But she will always be held in gratitude by the Sisters for keeping our history alive in stories and in the way she taught us so many things by her life.
Sr. Marcia Stobnicki, Lived the Mission
Sr. Marcia Stobnicki was a teacher during her time of active ministry. When she retired she wanted to reach out to the poor and needy. Like Mother Colette Hilbert, Sr. Marcia respected those who had less and she wanted to DO something for them. Sr. Marcia made her “world renowned” chicken soup and sold it to raise money to purchase animals through the Heifer International Program that benefited those who are poor in other countries. Locally she worked at a soup kitchen in Buffalo. Sr. Marcia raised money and sent packets of rice to the people of Nicaragua through the Nicaragua Mission Project. Sr. Marcia went to God in 2010. When we think of Sr. Marcia we think, missionary, like Mother Colette, as one who served from home, but her heart reached those in need throughout the world.
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