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

Franciscan Sister of St. Joseph - Celebrating 125 Years

Corpus Christi School, Buffalo, NY

St. Hedwig High School, Detroit, MI

Sacred Heart School, Danbury, CT

Sisters who taught at St. Francis School, Bessemer, AL

Sisters who taught at St. Charles Borromeo and St. Josaphat Schools, Milwaukee WI

Sisters who taught at St. Sebastian School, Dearborn, MI

St. Columba School Band, Buffalo, NY

Hilbert College, Hamburg, NY Celebrating 65 Years of Educating First Generation College Students

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

Treasured Memories of Sister Deborah Ciolek, FSSJ

Celebrating Our 125th  Anniversary


Corpus Christi School, Buffalo NY

The FSSJ began teaching at Corpus Christi School in 1898, one year after their founding.  “As principal of Corpus Christi School, 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 and her experience.  Mother Colette’s educational background and teaching experience on two continents, fortified by the enthusiasm and energy that faith and love provide, stood her in good stead in the classroom.  Her understanding and compassion were traits that marked her as a born teacher and endeared her to youth.”  In All Things Charity



Principals of St. Stanislaus School, Chicopee, MA






St. Stanislaus School, Chicopee, MA


Sr. Cecelia Haier, FSSJ, and Karen Shea have been co-principals.  Under their leadership St. Stanislaus School continues to grow and young people are strengthened in their faith.  St. Stan’s is the only school that presently has an FSSJ ministering in the elementary school. 

St. Stanislaus School, Shamokin, PA



Sister Donald and Sister Emil, modeling changes of their habits, made it into the local Shamokin newspaper.  This change was simply removing the white lining of their veil.  The Sisters love of teaching and caring for their students at St. Stanislaus was greatly appreciated.




Education Opportunities in FSSJ Mission in Brazil

The FSSJ answered the call to send missionary Sisters to South America.  In Brazil the Sisters developed pre and post school programs to assist with homework, cultural engagement and simple job training.  They also trained catechist as well as establishing Youth Encounters for young people to experience their faith.




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