Here at Good Ground Press we join the Church and world in giving Francis I a warm welcome.
The Sisters of St. Joseph have Jesuit roots. A Jesuit inspired our first sisters to form a little design, a community of women to move in among the poor, divide the city, and do the works of mercy. From this priest, Jean Pierre Medaille, SJ, we have inherited our spirit as a religious community of doing all of which women are capable. We were the first religious community to gain Church approval for moving out of the cloister and into work among the people, into apostolic ministries. These roots have inspired excellence, compassion, and magnanimity among us for 363 years.
May our new leader appreciate women as partners in the mission of the gospel. He has asked our blessing and prayers. I join in praying for him and hold a fervent hope for dialogue with the whole Church.
By Joan Mitchell, CSJ, Editor