Understanding the Vows

For us, becoming a Sister means belonging to a community. It is purposeful. It means standing with others who share our faith & mission. It means being able to say, “I’m home. I am living who I am meant to be.”

Understanding the Vows

Vowed life is one of the ways we seek God. Through the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, we dedicate ourselves to life-long listening and loving in a spirit of openness and simplicity.

Our vows are a free and deliberate promise made to God in the presence of the Church, our Sisters, family, and friends.

  • The Vow of Poverty means we acknowledge our complete dependence on God. Practically, it means that we commit to hold our possessions in common, rather than individually.
  • The Vow of Chastity is a free choice to remain unmarried for the whole of our lives, letting God’s love for us and our love for God be the center and source of our love for others.
  • The Vow of Obedience is a commitment to listen primarily to God, making ourselves available to what God wants and what the world needs from us.

Sister Stories

The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Rochester are daring, innovative, pioneers, risk takers, loving, & faithful. We are just like you!

Would you like to know first hand what it is like to be a Sister?

  • Sister Anita Kurowski tells her story in a recently published article by the U.S. Federation for Sisters of Saint Joseph.  CLICK HERE
  • Sister Melissa Gernon just professed her permanent vows. Her story is featured in Blessings on pg 5. CLICK HERE
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Learn more about becoming a Sister of Saint Joseph of Rochester. Please contact Sister Donna Del Santo at (585) 641-8122

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