Recent Statements

The Fatal Arrest of George Floyd

Sadness, frustration, fear, and anger are but a few of the disquieting emotions resulting from the egregious fatal arrest of George Floyd of Minneapolis.

 “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly,” wrote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We once again are feeling the pain that the use of violent force is wreaking. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, pray for the family of George Floyd, for all those struggling with his senseless death, the officers who must live with the results of their actions, and for the entire community. We are “caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,” again revealing systemic injustice causing indescribable suffering to all and disproportionately to our Black brothers and sisters. Read the full statement and see our CSJ Prayer for the Dear Neighbor.

Praying for peace and nonviolence in our world is how the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet begin 2020.  Faced with the United States’ targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani of Iran we remain committed to promoting peace and non-violence in every way we can. Read the full statement >>

We, with the rest of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Congregation, join the US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in calling the U.S. government to take decisive action to counteract climate change. Read the full statement >>

A call for civil and respectful discourse

We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and our partners assembled for our Congregational Chapter, make public our concern about the disturbing state of politics in the United States. We are appalled and saddened at the growing polarization, which is intensified by incivility, bigotry, racism, intolerance, and deception. Read the full statement >>

Immigration: Our Humanitarian Crisis

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year with an average 37,000 new displacements daily, the highest number in the United Nation Refugee Agency’s almost 70 years of operations. As Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, our hearts break as we watch, read and feel the shock waves of global suffering by all who are touched by these crises. Read the full statement >>

In the presence of constant and painful reminders of the deep roots of racism in our country, we, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in committing to the critical work of creating communion, examining the root causes of injustice and our own complicity, and purging ourselves, our communities and our country of the sin of racism and its destructive effects. Read the full statement >>

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph has released a statement condemning the violence occurring in Nicaragua. You can find the statement below and online at:

We will not stand for the discrimination of our Muslim ‘dear neighbors.’

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph has released a statement regarding the US Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban. In response, we ask you to consider taking action to express dismay over discrimination of our Muslim ‘dear neighbors.’ To read the full statement and learn more about how you can take action, visit:

Let us Not… Be silent! Grow Complacent! Tire from being a witness of love and compassion in the world.

Even with the Administration’s current executive order changing the U.S. Government’s policy of ending “family separation” in immigrant detention, it is disturbing to know that our government has taken over 2,000 kids from their parents in the past few weeks of their “zero tolerance policy.” Hurting children to punish parents and to create a deterrent is immoral. Let us not be silent. Let us remember, now more than ever, who we are at our core. 

READ the US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Council statement at

Building Bridges or Walls?

“Does our faith call us to build bridges or walls? Who do we call neighbor?” These challenging questions were the basis of a community reflection at a recent Peace Prayer hosted by the Justice Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs) in St. Paul, Minnesota (

In the moving testimony of a local Twin Cities DACA youth we learned about lives lived with uncertainty and fear. With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program ending on March 5, 2018, the lives of DACA youth and their families hang in the balance.  The price for these youth is high. The price to our nation is beyond measure.


Supporting Refugees and All Immigrants

January 16, 2018

We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, are deeply troubled and concerned at the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate the “temporary protective status” (TPS) of nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who have made a life here in the United States. This is yet another very disturbing action against immigrants and refugees after the Muslim and refugee bans; the dramatic increase in arrests and deportations; the rescinding of DACA protections for nearly 800,000 Dreamers; the termination of TPS for Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Sudanese people; and the dramatic decrease in refugee resettlement. 


Past Statements

LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans

Justice Matters. This is going to hurt: the 2017 tax bill.

Commitment to Nonviolence

Response to the President’s Ending of the DACA program

CSJ Congregation responds to events in Charlottesville

LCWR Condemns Racism in All Forms

Reaffirming Our Solidarity with Native Peoples

LCWR Assembly urges dialogue with North Korea

Islamic Center Letter of Support

Community Statement on Philando Castile Verdict

As a member of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, we encourage you to visit their website for the latest Justice Statements on behalf of approximately  4,203 vowed members as well as 3,032 associates and 25 agrégées in the United States. The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph is a dynamic union of all the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the United States who claim a common origin in the foundation at LePuy, France in 1650. World-wide there are over 10,749 Sisters of Saint Joseph and 4,399 associates in over 50 countries.