God is always calling us to a deeper commitment, whether it’s through single, married or religious life.  Whatever you’re being called to, something brought you to this moment . . .to this page.  We hope to help you find answers.



Open to single, Catholic women; permanent; canonical vows of poverty, chastity and obedience; 6 – 9 year formation process; live in “SSJ community”; finances governed by the vow of poverty. Find out more . . .



Open to Catholic women; permanent; non-canonical vow of fidelity; usually a 2-year formation process, sometimes 3 years; continue with independent living arrangements; option to live in “SSJ community”; personal responsibility for finances, health care, retirement, funeral expenses and indebtedness. Find out more . . .


Open to men and women; annual, renewable commitment; 1 year formation process; continue with independent living arrangements; option to live in “SSJ community”; personal responsibility for finances, health care, retirement, funeral expenses and indebtedness.  Find out more . . .


Meet some of our SSJ Associates

meet SSJ Associate Brandon Vogt

Brandon Vogt became an associate in 2012. At 32, he is our youngest associate. Sr. Mary Thomas Downing, his mentor, said, “Tell them you sang your way in.” Brandon is a pastoral liturgist and musician in the Diocese of Erie … Read More

meet SSJ Associate Edith Benson

Edith Benson, one of six children in her family, was born in Columbia, SC, and lived in Augusta, GA, and the Bronx, NY. During her younger years, she had aspirations to become a medical doctor and help others. Her career … Read More

meet SSJ Associate Dolores Miller

A native of Chicago, Dolores and her husband, Ron, settled in Erie in 1986. Dolores worked as a registered nurse at the SSJ infirmary and as a certified childbirth educator at Saint Vincent Health Center. Dolores volunteered her time teaching … Read More

meet SSJ Associate Anne Freitas

Anne Freitas has been on the faculty of Kent State University for 24 years. She presently is an Assistant Professor of Nursing – teaching courses in pediatrics, obstetrics and medical surgical nursing. She belongs to a number of professional organizations. … Read More

meet SSJ Associate Joan Fels

With Sr. Joyce Lowrey as her mentor, Joan became an associate in 2017. She is a member of Holy Cross parish in Fairview. She attends daily mass at the CLC and has come to know many of the sisters. She … Read More

meet SSJ associate Patty George

Associate Patty George and her late husband, Bob, became associates in 1992 at the invitation of Sister Mary Paula Zaleski and Sister Stephanie Wagner. Patty has known the Sisters of St. Joseph since her days at St. Patrick’s grade school. … Read More


SSJ Vocation Brochure… SSJE-BROCHURE_VOC