Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletMay 27, 2022

Who Are We Today?

Today there are about 120 women and men in the Albany Province and over 800 in the congregation who have made their commitment as CSJ Associates. The CSJ Associates live in many areas and have groups established in Albany, Amsterdam, Binghamton, Rome, Syracuse, Utica, and other areas in the United States. They share in the spirit and spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph but do not profess canonical vows. With the sisters, the associates share the call to bring God's unifying love to all persons without distinction.

The CSJ Associate Logo 


The circle in the CSJ Associate logo symbolizes unity. The clasped hands indicate collaboration in mission. The fleur de lis signifies our French roots.





CSJ Associates

CSJ Associates Pat John and Mardee Schaefer

CSJ Associates Kathleen McGivern and Kathy Poupart

CSJ Associates Kathy Young and Mary C. Cooney

What is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph?

Throughout their history, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have encouraged men and women to share with the congregation the Church’s ministry of unity and reconciliation. CSJ Associates embrace this charism of unity and reconciliation as expressed in the mission statement of the Albany Province:

“Called by God and passionate for the mission of Jesus, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet come together to serve all persons. With a distinctive spirit of hospitality and a particular concern for the poor, we witness to the Gospel message by being a unifying and reconciling presence to a world in need.”

CSJ Associates strive to live the Gospel, manifesting their fidelity to Jesus Christ through prayer, faith and service. Endeavoring to embody Christ’s reconciling presence in the world, they gather in regional groupings, pray individually and communally with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and encourage one another to deepen attitudes of wonder, reverence, gratitude, opened to change, growth and loving commitment.

Our History 
In the earliest documents of the congregation from seventeenth-century France, association with the laity in spirituality and mission was a significant facet of Jean Pierre Medaille’s vision for the first sisters. In responding to the call of Vatican II, the sisters encouraged the establishment of associate programs. These associates share the charism but do not intend to be vowed members of the Congregation. In June 1985, ten associates made their first commitment. Read more about the history of CSJ Associates.

How Do You Become a CSJ Associate? 

As you read about this program, you may feel that you are being invited to consider this form of association with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. A vowed member of the Congregation or one of the Associates may invite you to consider becoming an Associate. 

Orientation is a period when you are introduced to the spirit and spirituality of the Sisters of St. Joseph and to the CSJ Associate community in your area. 

CSJ Associates participate in a weekend retreat experience and renew their commitment annually. 

How to contact us: 
For further information, contact one of these members of the Albany Province Associate Leadership Team: 

Patricia Pilon, CSJA
Sister Marilyn Vassallo, CSJ

The CSJ Associate Team: Sister Marilyn Vassallo, CSJ and Pat Pilon, CSJA                            



Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet • 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road • Latham, NY 12110-4799
Main Provincal House Number (518) 783-3500 • Fax (518) 783-5209

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