Consociates are people of diverse life-styles and spiritual traditions committed to living the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), moving always toward profound love of God and neighbor without distinction, within the context of their lives and responsibilities. Consociates act in accordance with the 2019 Congregation Chapter Statement of Future Direction and 2019 Province Chapter Directions.


  • Are spiritual seekers – Catholic, Protestant, and Unitarian.
  • Live locally and internationally.
  • Range in age from 32 to 89.



Our Beginnings

In September, 1982, nineteen people gathered to explore widening CSJ membership to obtain more resources for social justice; to bridge the gap between religious and laity; to share opportunities to gather for retreats, prayer, and ceremony; and to give and receive spiritual support.  The word Consociate was chosen to bring us back to our French roots and to its meaning – companion on the journey.


Today, we are 167 Consociates, who are involved in approximately 245 organizations and nonprofits, and spent over 59,500 hours doing mission work within and outside the CSJ community in 2019.