The mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania,
its agregees and associates, is to unite all people with one another and with God
by responding to the ever-changing needs of the world and
serving the neighbor without distinction. 


A moment of grace for refugees

Last evening a group of people gathered at our Community Living Center where Deb Seng, Patrice Swick and I shared our experiences of working with the refugees in El Paso, Texas in May at Annunciation House. We began our presentation … Read More

Smores: graham wafer crackers with melted marshmallows and chocolate. This camping favorite is prepared over an open flame and makes a great treat.

welcome to s’more . . . a new blog for your spiritual journey.

Warm summer days stir up memories of being a child and gathering with family and friends around the campfire. I can almost taste the sugary, chocolatey, toasted marshmallow delights that left us wanting more. One was never enough.  Another one, … Read More


comforted by the mission

“Shawls …made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify.  Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given … Read More


meet SSJ Associate Jan Staszewski

Connectedness. That is what led Jan to become an associate in 2006.  Jan’s connections with the SSJ include her education at St. John Grade School and Villa Maria Academy; and working at St. Mary’s Home of Erie and Saint Vincent … Read More

Left-right: Carol Morehouse, SSJ; Mary Drexler, SSJ; Phyllis McCracken, SSJ.

Welcome new SSJ Leadership!

We are pleased to announce that Sisters Mary Drexler, Phyllis McCracken, and Carol Morehouse began serving a four-year term as leadership for the congregation on July 1. Sister Mary Drexler, SSJ, is serving as president, Sister Phyllis McCracken, SSJ, as … Read More


Plastic Free July is here!

Plastic Free July is here!! Will you join me and attempt to go Plastic Free for the whole month of July? I certainly hadn’t realized just how much plastic there was in my everyday life until I started to look … Read More


we remember . . . Naomi Wood, SSJ

Naomi Wood, SSJ, 80, formerly Sister Ann Catherine Wood, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on July 1, 2019 in the 61st year of her religious life.  She was born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, on June 24, … Read More


we remember . . .mary julia scully, SSJ

Mary Julia Scully, SSJ, 95, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on June 28, 2019 in the 76th year of her religious life.  She was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on January 28, 1924, the daughter of … Read More

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honoring fathers, honoring Joseph

Sunday, June 16th is Father’s Day – a day set aside to honor all fathers and father figures.  Billy Graham once said, “a good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable … Read More

Green Apples

Green Apples for our teachers

The Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Team developed our “Green Apple” award to recognize teachers in the Erie Diocesan grade schools who encourage their students to learn about the environment. Teachers were asked to submit what environmental issues and … Read More


Human trafficking—Erie update

Human trafficking happens everywhere—even in Erie.  Because Erie is located on the intersection of I-90 and I-79, is two hours from I-80 and the Canadian border, Erie is considered a “pass-thru” city for traffickers.  Handlers bring their victims to Erie … Read More


meet ssj associate Tom Hudson

A physical therapist, Tom retired from Gannon University where he was an Assistant Professor and taught Pediatrics and Adult Neurology for twenty years.  He also worked part-time for 35 years, retiring in June 2018, from the Erie Homes for Children … Read More


meet SSJ Associates Ted and Mary Wright

Spring has sprung! I feel a renewed sense of ambition and wanted to know what other associates are doing to spread the charism. I was blessed to speak with Mary Wright. Mary and her husband, Ted, became associates in 2008. … Read More


a Good Friday pilgrimage and the SSJ mission

SSJ Associate Stephanie Hall, who many know is also our Director of Public Relations and Communications, embarked on a spiritual journey during Holy Week. Stephanie, who has been making personal retreats in the desert of New Mexico for a few … Read More

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Eternal Life – A Shared Experience of Awe

Living a Responsible Lent – Caring for our Common Home – Week 6 “Eternal Life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place and have something to give to those … Read More

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Duty to Care for Creation Through Little Daily Actions

Living a Responsible Lent – Caring for our Common Home – Week 5 “There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in … Read More

Join us for a screening of this powerful film. Saturday, April 13, 2019. 2:00 p.m.

A Plastic Ocean – Film Screening

The Sisters of St. Joseph Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation Team is sponsoring a screening of the film, A Plastic Ocean, on the Big Green Screen at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive in Erie on Saturday, April … Read More

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BE KIND car magnets

Send a message of kindness to everyone you can, including those you don’t know who may be behind you at a stop light or walking past your parked car.  BE KIND car magnets make it easy to remind everyone of … Read More


The World is a Gift We Leave to Future Generations

Living a Responsible Lent – Caring for our Common Home – Week 4 “Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is … Read More


Be Free From Obsession With Consumption

Living a Responsible Lent – Caring for our Common Home – Week 3 “Christian spirituality … encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption.”  Pope Francis – Laudato Si 222 Pope … Read More

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Living a Responsible Lent – We Have Only One Heart

Living a Responsible Lent – Caring for our Common Home – Week 2 “We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationship with … Read More

Pray for Haiti

Mission Haiti – Educating Girls Out of Poverty

For the past six years, the Sisters of St. Joseph in the U.S. and Canada have collaborated with Mission Haiti to help rebuild the lives of the Haitian people after the 2010 earthquake. We are focusing on  educating girls, in … Read More

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Living a Responsible Lent – Be Protectors of God’s Handiwork

Living a Responsible Lent – Caring for Our Common Home – Week 1 “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”  Pope … Read More

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Give Someone a Kindness Card!

Sisters of St. Joseph are introducing “kindness cards” which are small cards given to anyone you see doing an act of kindness.  “If we acknowledge and reinforce kindness when we see it, we believe it will foster more kind acts,” … Read More

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acknowledge kindness

While traveling last week, one of our staff members decided to thank the TSA employees for coming to work and she expressed her appreciation, to which they seemed a bit surprised. Then she gave them and the gate agents a … Read More

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will we welcome the dear neighbor?

The United States Secretary of State,Michael Pompeo,  announced on September 9, 2018, that the current administration will set the maximum level of refugees allowed into the United States at 30,000 for 2019. This is the lowest number set in the … Read More

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clean energy, clean earth

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph recently released a statement opposing the Trump administration’s affordable Clean Energy Rule. In his Encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis, reminds us of our biblical call to live in right relationship and … Read More

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forced migration and human trafficking – a disturbing connection

Let us take time to remember the strength, courage, and resilience of the millions forced to flee their homes by violence of every kind. Today, more than 50 million people are displaced by war and violence, some 33.3 million in … Read More

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