To unite all people with GOD.
It is to a world suffering from poverty and alienation that we as Sisters of St. Joseph must respond - for our Charism is one of establishing and building unity where it is lacking. Rooted in the Trinity which both realizes and symbolizes the deepest form of unity which both creates bonds and brings forth life, we are called to be the sign and source of unity for all those with whom we live and work.
Our Charism as Sisters of St. Joseph is the grace and driving force which inspires the Congregation and stimulates its growth. Each Sister, because she is a member, is missioned to bring the Charism to life.
Our understanding of the Charism, calls for constant conversion in moving towards the attainment of "The Double Union". We can identify three levels of our Charism which root us deeply in a stability that allows for external change according to our times.
We begin with the third level or "core level" of the Charism because it is at this level that the Congregation tries to conform itself with the Gospel of Jesus. This level finds its roots in the deepest faith relationship with God. The core level of the Congregation is unchangeable, but in order for it to remain vital, its lived expression will change. The elements of this third level are:-
Double Total Union
Emptiness of Self
Unity as expressed in the Trinity
Love of the Eucharist
Springing from the third level, we have the second level of characteristics on virtues of the Congregation: simplicity, humility, hospitality, unity, choice of ministries. The "core" experience gives rise to the manifestation of these characteristics on the second level that have identified the spirit of the Congregation.
The first level of the Charism is expressed as exterior manifestations such as structure, forms of prayer, dress, and ways of living community life, which will change according to time, culture and needs of the apostolate.
Thus we see that the Sisters of St. Joseph will be women of relationship, of peace, and of reconciliation, searching to bring about unity and love among people, wherever they are. It is through this universal love and untiring zeal that people will discover the tenderness of God.