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."

Pastoral Ministries

The Gospel way of life directs us to respect and care for all persons.

the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph currently serve in compensated or volunteer positions which reach out to the vulnerable.

Pastoral Ministers often feel that they receive more than they give in their ministry and that the people they serve show the face of Christ to them in many ways—by generously giving of their time and talent, by having incredibly strong faith in God, even in the midst of loss, tragedy and sickness and by serving in their suffering without expecting recognition or praise.

Other pastoral types of ministries give the Sisters opportunities to assist those who work with the homeless and give emergency services to those in need as well as supporting those who work with the elders of our local community.

Saint Francis Park

 – Catholic Health LIFE Program, Lackawanna, NY

– Red Cross, Buffalo, NY

 – Family Promise of WNY, Buffalo, NY

Gerard Place, Buffalo, NY


FSSJ Pastoral ministries

Associate Program

The call to our Associate Program

Our FSSJ Associates are women and men who desire a deeper Christian spirituality in relationship with the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph. Associates and Sisters together become an effective visible presence of Gospel living as sisters and brothers to all of God’s creation.


• Women and men, married or single, 21 years of age or older of any Christian denomination

• Must be spiritually, physically, and mentally capable of sharing the mission of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph

After a period of formation, these persons make a formal commitment, in association with a local community, to support the values, charism, and vision of Mother Colette Hilbert as well as participate in the corporate mission of the Church.

For more information contact:

Sr. Michael Marie Jordan, FSSJ
Director Associate Program
5229 South Park Avenue
Hamburg, NY 14075
Phone: (716) 649-1205
Fax: (716) 202-4940

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