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

In MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL: women's social services/supportive housing, at-risk youth, community outreach, car repair for low income folks, vulnerable/economically disadvantaged individuals and families, campus ministry, with and for immigrant populations, dementia care/elderly, healthcare, Spanish-speaking populations, justice education, advocacy. In LOS ANGELES: work with vulnerable/economically disadvantaged individuals and families, at-risk youth/gang intervention, public heath, community organizing, early childhood and elementary education, older adults/individuals experiencing homelessness, Spanish speaking populations. In ORANGE COUNTY & NAPA: K-8 teaching assistant, young adult + adult education, family services, medical/dental health clinic, healthcare, nursing, mental health, palliative care, ministry to those experiencing homelessness, human trafficking, immigration issues, social work and counseling, spiritual care, mission integration, social services, community outreach. In NEW YORK: teaching, after

Service Area

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Los Angeles, California; Orange and Napa, California; New York, New York

Service Length

11 months - August through June

Program Size

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: 6-12 positions; Los Angeles, CA: 5-10 positions; Orange County & Napa, California: 7-10 positions; New York, NY 5-7 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 deferrment or options (when available). Additionally, in Minneapolis/St. Paul location: Opportunity to take two graduate or undergraduate courses for credit through the St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.

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 deadines on Feb 15th and April 15th. Applications will be accepted until placements are filled. We encourage you to contact us with any questions.


Lisa Murphy


1884 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651 690-7049


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Additional Contacts

Sr. Judy Molosky
11999 Chalon Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: 323 481-9932
[email protected]

Sr. Joanna Rosciszewska, CSJ
440 S. Batavia St
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714 515-0471
[email protected]

Sr. Julie Fertsch
9701 Germantown Ave.
Philadephila, PA 19118
Phone: 732 406-7510
[email protected]

Sr. Joan Gallagher, CSJ
86-44 Edgerton Blvd.
Jamaica Estates, NY 11432
Phone: 917 300-5872
[email protected]

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