We believe that by working in partnership with our agregees, associates, colleagues, friends and other collaborators, we can make the greatest impact on peace and social justice. We coordinate a number of channels for advocacy including letter-writing campaigns, special prayer services, petitions, public forums, face-to-face meetings with public officials, and networking groups such as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Our work in advocating peace, justice and care of creation is rooted in the Gospel, our mission and our values. Our efforts focus on the most poor and vulnerable, whether they are a neighbor in Erie County or somewhere else in the world.

 

thirty years of thanks and giving

On Sunday, January 13, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania hosted a special liturgy and breakfast in gratitude for all those who helped to make the 30th annual SSJ Thanksgiving dinner possible. The 2018 dinner, a collaborative effort … Read More

land of the free – for everybody?

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”            … Read More

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

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

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, “modern day slavery,” is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world — including the United States. Trafficking victims have been identified in city, suburban and rural neighborhoods in all 50 states.

Locally, we work closely with the Crime Victim Center of Erie in the fight against human trafficking. If you are interested in helping, click here.

Hunger and Poverty

We address hunger locally and abroad. Our community gardens provide fresh produce for local food banks and soup kitchens. Through letter-writing and education sessions, our Sisters also collaborate with the local Bread for the World to help address the human right of food security.

Immigration Reform

We call for immigration reform that treats all people with dignity and respect, keeps families intact, and provides a direct pathway to citizenship.

Climate Change/Environment

We acknowledge the reality of climate change and the urgency of addressing this issue for the sake of the whole Earth community.

Death Penalty

We reverence the life and dignity of every person and we oppose the death penalty. We urge support and compassion for the victims of violence and restorative justice for the offenders.

Women and Children’s Rights
Violence

Our work reaches far beyond our local neighborhood. We join with thousands of Sisters, Agregees and Associates to proclaim a vision of unity in response to situations and conditions which threaten our global community.

 

UNNGO

The Congregations of Sisters of St. Joseph are recognized as an NGO (non-governmental organization) of the United Nations. This allows us to bring the voices and experiences of SSJ congregations from around the world into policy discussions at the United Nations.

With our presence at the UN, we are eager to:

  • promote the wisdom of all cultures and traditions
  • be a locus of learning and teaching dedicated to preparing ourselves and others to think and act as global citizens
  • be active participants in global systems change initiatives
  • take an active role in preserving and using mother earth’s resources through sustainable development to enhance the neighborhood of the universe.
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