Congregation of St. Joseph Elects New Leadership Team; Creates Vision for Next 5 Years


With great joy, the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph announce the election of a new leadership team who will take office on August 6 of this year and serve until the year 2028. The newly elected team is a group of diversely talented women who are deeply committed to furthering the congregation’s mission of unity, inclusivity, and mutuality in today’s world.

The election took place on Friday, April 21, 2023, at the conclusion of the congregation’s weeklong Chapter meeting in Chicago. The sisters elected are Sisters Kathy Brazda, CSJ (Chicago, IL), Marie Hogan, CSJ (Detroit, MI), Sue Torgersen, CSJ (Cottage Grove, MN), Helen Skormisley, CSJ (Fairmont, WV), and Pat Warbritton, CSJ (Kalamazoo, MI).

In addition to the election, sisters spent time discussing the current reality of religious life, re-committing themselves to their mission of unity, and intentionally exploring the meaning of consecrated life and its gift to the Church and world. The Congregation further committed to deepen its commitment to integral ecology and ecological justice, anti-racism efforts, LGBTQ+ support, and immigration reform. They further affirmed a commitment to the healing and transformational journey toward interculturality, embracing the spirit of synodality.

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The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph is a religious community of vowed Catholic women and lay associates who live and minister in the U.S. and around the world. Our mission is to bring all into unity with God, one another, and with all creation. We do this through prayer, direct service and ministry, partnering with others to serve the dear neighbor, standing with and for the poor and vulnerable, and by advocating for systemic change. Through our Mission Network, we work with and support a diverse array of ministries including three Catholic high schools; tutoring and literacy programs; spirituality centers; social service programs; spiritual direction; and pastoral assistance. We also support justice and peace initiatives including anti-racism and inclusion efforts, care of Earth, the abolishment of the death penalty, fair and just immigration policies, non-violence advocacy, and anti-human trafficking efforts. To learn more, visit us at, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and listen to our podcast Beyond the Habit wherever you get your podcasts.