Charism in Motion

Lenten Busy Person’s Retreat

~For ages 21-49~

This Lent, the Charism in Motion group from the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph will be hosting a Busy Person’s Retreat. This retreat is open to anyone ages 21-49 in the Federation, including vocation discerners, sisters, associates, agrégées, St. Joseph Worker community members, partners in mission, staff, school alum, school staff… if you have a relationship to the Sisters of St. Joseph/their charism, you are invited!

As part of the retreat, we will be offering:

  • Weekly reflections sent directly to your email
  • Spiritual Companionship with Vocation Sharing Group to meet with throughout Lent, or with a personal spiritual companion.
  • A prayer service 

You can participate in as much or as little of the offerings as your schedule allows. There is no charge to participate or for spiritual companionship. Just register below.

We are also looking for folks to help contribute to the reflections and prayer service. If you have any questions, please email the Charism in Motion director, Kristen Whitney Daniels at

Register Here

  • To be a part of the Vocation Sharing Group – indicate on the registration that you don’t need companionship, and put a note in the comments that you are part of the STL Vocation Sharing Group. Then email to be included in the vocation sharing group.

Lenten State of the Heart

Searching for something new in your prayer this Lent? Why not explore the possibility of journeying with some Sisters of Saint Joseph in a State of the Heart group to share with others God’s invitations, stirrings, graces, and your longings each week.

Sharing the State of the Heart and the Order of the House. This spiritual practice goes back to the founding of the congregation, as has been reclaimed in more recent times as a uniquely CSSJ form of prayer. This communal prayer form often takes the form of leisurely and candid personal faith sharing by each member of the community gathered, followed by a prayerful assessment and discernment of what God may be calling the community to at that time.

Contact Sr. Amy Hereford for more information about this:

Year End Retreat

Saturday, Dec 31, 2022
10:00AM – 3:00PM CT
Carondelet Motherhouse
6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111

Event Details
The St. Louis province’s Grass Roots Committee invites sisters and associates to join them for a day of reflection and recommitment on New Year’s Eve. This event continues the community tradition that considers the graces received during the year and the opportunity to recommit ourselves to communal life and service to our dear neighbor.

The retreat day begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m., followed by a simple meal and conversation at 3:30 p.m.

You may not be able to come to this day at the motherhouse, but please join the praying community of St. Joseph wherever you are.

For questions and to register, contact Sister Amy Hereford


Sunday, Dec 11, 2022, 2:00PM CT

Carondelet Motherhouse, Holy Family Chapel

6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111

Celebrate the season with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Join us for our Advent Prayer: Lessons & Carols as we take time to prepare, pray and sing.

Contact Sr. Amy Hereford if you would like to attend.

MORE Weekend 2022 – Vocation Retreat

The Sisters of St Joseph Vocation Team is inviting women interested in religious life to join us for a weekend event June 10-12, 2022 in St. Louis Missouri.

The weekend provides an opportunity for sisters and discerners to share some time in community, prayer and volunteer ministry for a short period of time….

We will do Ministry at one or two volunteer sites with some of the sisters.

We will explore the core value of the Sisters of St. Joseph: being One with God and Neighbor. Our congregation is oriented to the unifying love of God and to bringing about our oneness with God and oneness with neighbor.

There will be time for Reflection and prayer with the sisters. We’ll focus on discernment and the CSJ’s call to unifying love.

And, there will be time to Engage with the sisters in community, meals and celebration.

We call these days our MORE Weekend:


One with God and Neighbor

Reflection and Prayer


If you, or someone you know is discerning religious life, contact us for more details at We would love to have you join us.


Origins of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Photos of the sites of Le Puy. San Michel has been a sacred site from pre-Christian times. Eglise du College is the first sisters’ parish church, where Medaille preached. The kitchen is where the first sisters gathered for sharing of the heart: sharing of the fruits of their prayer and ministry. The last chair was my prayer space during my visit. Learn more about us at:

Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

Each year on February 2, the Church sets aside the day to pray and give thanks for those of us called to Consecrated Life. This year the celebration of this will take place at weekend Masses, February 5-6. We ask that you take some time between February 2-6 to give thanks for your call and to reflect upon the meaning of that call and your response in today’s world. We offer the prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life and some reflection questions to aid you in your reflection should you find this helpful.

Loving God, you abundantly grace us.
We thank you for the gift of our lives and your daily call to love and serve the Dear Neighbor in all ways of which we are able.
We give thanks for the many men and women who have responded to your Call to live their Baptismal commitment as consecrated religious.
Enflame the hearts of more people to respond with a generous YES!
We ask this through the name of Jesus through the power of
your Spirit. Amen.

Reflection questions

Share your thoughts in a comment below.

  • How has your call and response to consecrated life given meaning to your life?
  • What words would you use to share your reflection with a woman who might be interested in discerning religious life?
  • What ways are present to you to share the meaning of your life and invite another to discern how God might be calling her?

God is calling others. We continue to pray for their generous response to God’s call.