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 . . . vocations@ssjerie.org



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 . . . agregee@ssjerie.org


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 . . . associates@ssjerie.org


Meet some of our SSJ Associates

Meet SSJ Associate Cindi Olesky

A native of Erie, Cindi is one of three children in her family.  She attended Villa Maria Academy and received a degree from Kent State University. Cindi joined the SSJs as the Director of Finance in August, 2000.   She became … Read More

Meet SSJ Associate Rita Lyle

Rita says that becoming an associate has enhanced her spiritual life and she enjoys the friendship of the sisters. For the past 12 years, she was a volunteer in Marycrest where she enjoyed working with the sisters. More recently, she … Read More

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


SSJ Vocation Brochure… SSJE-BROCHURE_VOC