Welcome to the revised web-site of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph.
When you visit this site, we will be happy to share with you a little of our life today and how we have evolved through the centuries.
As it was in the beginning in 1636, more than three centuries ago, the mission of our Congregation remains the same, namely, to announce the “Good News of Jesus Christ by serving the sick, the poor and by education.” Throughout 375 years, you will undoubtedly see how this mission has been concretized in various ways, responding to the needs of the times. Our historians relate rigorously how our pioneer Sisters kept the flame alive through many adventures, beginning with extreme poverty, certain misunderstandings at times regarding the foundations, long journeys across the ocean to come to Canada, the wars in France and in the fledgling colony of Ville-Marie, the fires, illness, epidemics, and subsequent deaths. These hardships did not occur singly.
Our history also testifies to God’s action as seen in their lived experiences, such as healings, comfort provided, love given and received, collaboration with life-giving health care workers, physicians, aides, lay nurses, the Church, the population, civic leaders and generous benefactors. In caring for the wounded, the sick, the dying, the Hospitallers manifested to their brothers and sisters that the Lord was present in their lives and suffering. What a consolation when a person was healed, cared for and comforted, but especially when aware of having been loved and recognized as a person.
If you visit the historic section, you will observe that in certain areas of New Brunswick, the Congregation opened schools, academies and colleges to respond to needs. The integrated development of young people is part of the mission of the Hospitallers. With youth, we share our values which they embrace passionately: social justice, respect for human rights, culture, dignity and human life, protection of natural resources and the environment.
We need you, our young people to proclaim that God is still at work in creation and to continue our mission of tenderness and compassion.
We wish you, our readers, an enjoyable visit with us!
Sister Marie-Therese Laliberte, r.h.s.j.