Stimulated by the Holy Spirit of Love
and receptive to Love’s inspirations,
the Sister of St. Joseph moves always towards
profound love of God
love of neighbor without distinction
from whom she does not separate herself
for whom, in the following of Christ
she works in order to achieve unity
both of neighbor with neighbor
and neighbor with God
directly in this apostolate
indirectly through works of charity
in humility - the spirit of the Incarnate Word
In sincere charity - the manner of St. Joseph
whose name she bears
in an Ignatian-Salesian climate:
that is, with an orientation towards excellence
tempered by gentleness, peace, joy.
- From the central ideas of Jean-Pierre Médaille, SJ, As drawn from the Primitive Constitutions
Spirit and Purpose (excerpts from Boston CSJ Constitution)
Called first by Christ,
we call one another to follow him
as he is revealed to us in the Gospel,
and in the people, events, and circumstances of our lives.
In simplicity and joy,
we celebrate the meaning of our Christian life
and make the celebration of the Lord’s Supper
the center of our religious life.
We look to Joseph
as our model of justice, gentleness, and humility,
extending, as he did, a cordial charity toward all.
Responsive to the stirrings of the Spirit in our midst,
we move into the future
through rhythms of prayerful reflection,
discernment, and action.