Sisters of St. Joseph contribute to the life of many parishes. They can be found in cities and in remote areas. They serve in many ways: as pastoral assistants, program animators, outreach program directors, visitors, religious education teachers and lectors. Always, the focus is the same: fulfilling Christ's mission here on earth. Featured below are just a few of these Sisters…
Sister Rosalie Siegler is the pastoral assistant at St. Raphael's Parish in Burlington, ON. Working with the Conventual Franciscans, her ministry includes the faith community of the parish: sacramental preparation, visitation to the sick, ministry to the bereaved, children's liturgy, RCIA coordination, parish pastoral council and other pastoral concerns.
Further north, Sister Enid Selke is in ministry at St. Patrick's Parish Pastoral Team in Kapuskasing, ON. She provides adult faith education for parishioners, facilitates the RCIA Program and offers sacramental programs for St. Patrick's School children and adults. She also serves as animator of ministry for the English-speaking people in the Hearst Diocese.
To the west, Sister Andrea Dumont in Thompson, Manitoba, describes her work as “adult education” which includes training lay presiders for times when there is no priest available, organizing and instructing in the various ministries, sacramental preparation and organizing the RCIA program.
Three Sisters of St. Joseph are engaged in ministry with the Fort St. James, B.C. residents, including many First Nations people. Sisters Jane Dwyer, Patricia Macaulay and Divinia Pedro assist the Fort St. James parish and three other communities in the area. They continue to participate in the Returning to Spirit program which addresses hurts from the experiences of residential schools. Their pastoral activities include: visitation with the sharing of communion, sacramental preparation, homilies, music ministry, Sunday reading reflection group and book club. A grief support team has been developed and this service is open to the wider community. Sisters of St. Joseph have served in northern B.C. for 100 years and these Sisters carry on this tradition.