Explore and Inquire

Inquiry is a time during which you become acquainted with the community, Sisters, Consociates, St. Joseph Workers, Friends of St. Joseph, Ministries and Partners.

  • You are invited to participate in public community events, prayer experiences and educational opportunities.
  • You will meet with the Consociate team to process whether you have an experience of the present CSJ/St. Paul community; share CSJ values; and are ready to begin Consociate candidacy.


If you decide you’d like to further your exploration, you may apply to be a Candidate.  For an application, contact Andrea Pearson Tande at aptande@csjstpaul.org.  The application includes:

  • Application form;
  • Short autobiography including your spiritual journey;
  • Essay on what draws you to the mission of the CSJs, the experiences you’ve had within the community, and why you want to become a Consociate;
  • Resume;
  • And two references; one from a CSJ Sister or Consociate and another from a close colleague or friend.

Become a Candidate

Candidacy is typically a two year program, in which you gather monthly to:

  • Explore the history, charism, mission and ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates.
  • Share your spiritual journey within a community of other Candidates and ask critical questions about issues facing our world in these times.
  • Engage in the CSJ community life by participating in Wisdom Ways events, Justice Working Groups, Community and Consociate Assemblies as well as retreats, rituals, and ceremonies.

Make a Commitment

After you complete your Candidacy program, apply and upon acceptance, you will participate in the Commitment Ritual.  You will state the following in your own words:

I commit myself to live the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, St. Paul Province, moving always toward profound love of God and neighbor without distinction. I pledge myself to live the vision and values of the community as a Consociate within the context of my life and responsibilities.

Living the Commitment