Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God.


Opening Prayer

“Have for God an expansive love which includes all that love is capable of and all that a heart can love in God and for God.” ~Fr. Jean-Piérre Médaille S.J.


On October 6th, we, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, and our community of Joseph, will celebrate the 412th birthday of our Founder, Fr. Jean-Piérre Médaille S.J. We would like to offer you a bit about his life and his spirituality to welcome you more fully into our SSJ life and spirituality today.



Fr. Jean Pierre Medaille S.J was born in Carcassonne, France on October 6, 1610, and was educated at the Jesuit College there.  At an early age he joined the Jesuit Order and was considered to be "gifted with a sublime knowledge of interior life."

Fr. Medaille was a gifted spiritual director and a superb preacher.  In 1645, he was assigned to preach parish missions.  It was during these missionary tours that he encountered several young single women and widows who confided in him their desire to consecrate their lives to God and the service of people in need.  It was under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that he founded the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1650 in Le Puy, France, one of the first apostolic religious life forms to emerge. in the 17th century.

Our mission as Sisters of Saint Joseph flows from the purpose for which our Congregation exists through God's grace:  We live and work that all people may be united with God and with one another.  It is rooted in the mission of Christ, the same mission which continually unfolds in Jesus' message, "that all may be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you.  I pray that they may be one in us..." John 17:21

Reflection Questions: How are you working to be united in God and God's people in your life? What more is God asking of you?

Closing Prayer

 "God of love, you are rich in mercy and compassion.  may we be so united with you that we join your vision to our eyes, your words to our tongues; your meekness to our gentleness; and your self emptying to our humility.  remove from us all self-seeking and root us in loving and joyous service.  Grant this in the mystery of your triune life unfolding us forever. Amen." ~ Fr Jean-Pierre Medaille, S.J.


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