St. Joseph Worker Program

Goal of Program

The women of the St. Joseph Worker Program are committed to personal and social transformation. The four pillars of the Program are: Justice- working within diverse communities doing direct service, meeting unmet needs; actively working toward systemic change; Leadership- providing opportunities and mentoring for young women to develop strong leadership skills in the work of social and spiritual transformation in the world; Spirituality- developing and deepening of each Worker's spirituality through retreats, prayer and exploration of spiritual practices with the support and resources of the Sisters; Community- developing intentional community with others in the Program with a focus on living simply and sustainably; building just relationships with others and the earth.

Type of Placement

We work to match your passions with our placement site partners primarily serving vulnerable/economically disadvantaged, many opportunities with Spanish-speaking populations in: Social and Community Services: social work and services for individuals/families, homeless, incarcerated, immigrant and refugee populations; including women’s issues, food and supportive housing, at-risk youth/gang intervention, mental health support, dementia and elderly care; Education: K-8 teaching assistant, adult ESL education, early childhood, elementary education, afterschool programs; Medical and Health Services: public health and community outreach, medical/dental health clinic, nursing, palliative care; home/residential care; Public Relations and Advocacy: global justice and United Nations policy, community outreach, justice education, advocacy, community organizing, human trafficking and domestic violence services, immigration issues; Pastoral Care: high school campus ministry, mission integration, spirituality care

Service Area

Los Angeles, California; Orange, California

Service Length

11 months - August through June, or shorter commitments as arranged

Program Size

Los Angeles, CA: 5-10 positions; Orange County, California: 7-10 positions


Women ages 21-30 who have a heart for justice, a sense of humor and perspective, an open mind, a flexible spirit and an eagerness for a year of growth with all its rewards.

Financial Arrangements

Room, board, health insurance options, transportation to/from placement site, small monthly stipend, and student loan deferment or options (when available).

Living Arrangements

St. Joseph Workers (SJWs) form a small intentional community among themselves living in their own house. The larger community of Sisters of St Joseph provides hospitality, relationship, training, spiritual direction, and mentoring relationships for the SJWs throughout the year.


The St. Joseph Worker Program has a strong commitment to the development of the Workers. There is a one to two week orientation to the SJW Program and placement site. The placement is 36 hours per week with excellent supervision, support and room for creativity. The remaining 4 hours is focused on having time for professional and personal development with educational opportunities, spiritual growth, justice-based lobbying and activism as well as networking with community members in order to develop the skills and confidence required for real change to happen in the world.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two Priority deadlines on Jan 15th & March 15th.

Start Date


Contact Name:

Lisa Murphy


1884 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651 690-2762



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