Congregation of the Sisters of S. Joseph of Peace
Pursuing justice, we seek God's gift of peace.
Mother Clare, foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of S. Joseph of Peace
'In 1884, in Nottingham, England,
under the inspiration of the Spirit,
Margaret Anna Cusack,
known as Mother Clare,
founded a religious congregation of women
... to promote the peace of the Church
both by word and work.
The very name Sisters of Peace will,
it is hoped,
inspire the desire of peace and a love for it.'
- Constitutions of the Sisters of S. Joseph of Peace, paragraph 3, 1884
We are an international community of women religious and women and men associates serving in the United States, United Kingdom and Haiti, with a mission also in El Salvador. Our founder, Mother Clare, reminded the early Sisters and those who would come after them that they must be 'brave, noble, large-minded and courageous souls.'
The Congregation dates its foundation from the seventh of January, 1884, when the first Sisters pronounced their vows in S. Barnabas' Cathedral, Nottingham, under the authority and with the blessing of the Bishop of Nottingham.
The Sisters of S. Joseph of Peace continue a rich heritage devoted to promoting social justice as a way of peace:
'From the very beginning
the Sisters involved themselves
in ministries of social service,
education and health care.
They worked directly with the poor and sick
in their own homes,
provided housing and care for women,
orphans and blind children and adults,
and, as need arose, established schools and hospitals.'
- Constitutions of the Sisters of S. Joseph of Peace, paragraph 7, 1884
Today, whatever the specific ministry our members might be engaged in, the charism of peace calls us to practice radical hospitality, non-violence and care of creation.
For further information about the Sisters of S. Joseph of Peace, please visit our website at http://csjp.org.