Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletOctober 26, 2021

Request a Prayer Shawl

Click HERE to request a prayer shawl, lap robe or baby blanket for a friend, colleague or loved one. Your honoree will be wrapped in the prayers of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and CSJ Associates.

You may also e-mail one of the following area coordinators (Click on names below) to ask questions about the prayer shawl ministry or to request a prayer shawl, lap robe or baby blanket:

New Hartford Area
Barbara Whitaker

Ballston Spa
Dianne Tarity

Corpus Christi
Round Lake
Heather Eichen

Binghamton Area
CSJ Associate Carol Hall

Utica/Whitesboro Area
Kathy Dodge

Schenectady Area
Carla Mann
Albany Area
Eileen Davenport, CSJA
518-369-9416 or 518-389-2632
Peggy Peck








Prayer Shawl Ministry

The weavers display their works of love.

Completed prayer shawls await their new owners.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry was actually passed on to the Sisters of St. Joseph from two Sisters of Mercy who were among many involved in the ministry in Rochester, NY. The concept was a new one in our area and one that seemed custom-made to us because so many sisters are knitters and crocheters. In October of 2004, a group of us came together calling ourselves The Carondelet Weavers, and we began in earnest to weave garments as we prayed to be given to those in need of our spiritual support.

Slowly, sisters began requesting a shawl for a relative or friend, and then many of the individuals who received the shawls requested one for someone they knew. As word began to spread that the sisters were “gifting” those in need of prayers, the number of requests continued to increase, so that many times we have a waiting list. Since we began the prayer shawl ministry in 2004, we have given over 7,500 prayer shawls, lap robes and baby blankets.

There are sisters who weave these garments, but we have several lay persons, including our associates, who join with us in making these shawls. There are now several parishes in Albany, Binghamton, Ballston Spa and Utica who have joined this ministry, and we work together to provide prayer shawls, lap robes and baby blankets at the parish level.

Many times after a person receives the gift, we are honored with a wonderful thank-you note, expressing how much the individual appreciates the prayers that accompany the blanket or lap robe. Also, we receive many donations which enable us to purchase yarn to keep weaving.

We, as Sisters of St. Joseph, have undertaken an awesome responsibility to pray daily for those involved in our prayer shawl ministry. We have promised to pray not only for those who have received a garment but also for those who have contributed time, talent or treasure to the cause.

If you would like to know more about the prayer shawl ministry, would like to knit or crochet with us, or would like to order a shawl, lap robe or baby blanket, please contact Eileen Davenport CSJA, at 518-369-9416 (cell) or 518-389-2632 (office), or you can email her at The Prayer Shawl Office is located at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110-4799 for pickup.

The garment is given free of charge, but we do ask for a $10.00 shipping-and-handling fee if it needs to be mailed. Donations are always welcome and are very appreciated. They are used to purchase yard and supplies for our volunteer knitters and crocheters in order to carry on this blessed ministry.

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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