We have a great year planned for you with one guided retreat and several programs and pilgrimages that all include visits to sites of great significance to sisters, associates and colleagues of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The Living History Centre here in Le Puy-en-Velay, now in its second year, has truly enhanced our visitors' understanding of CSJ origins and development. Through the use of video equipment that facilitates different languages, it has come to be a must-see experience!

Our fee range gives you the opportunity to determine the program that best fits your budget. The starting fee reflects the minimum cost for the program. A larger contribution helps to defray operational costs and enables us to assist individuals to attend a program who may not otherwise have the means. We also encourage you to visit the Living History Centre of the Sisters of St. Joseph and to help care for it with a contribution of 4 Euros to assist us with the technical and maintenance needs of the equipment.

The Centre also has translators and translation equipment to allow for simultaneous translations in several languages and to provide all participants with a truly international experience.

So browse through the following offerings…one is sure to grab your attention…and start planning a trip to Le Puy-en-Velay today by selecting a program that best fits your interests. Attached is a registration form for your convenience. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

Eluiza and Olga

Sisters Janet Mock (Baden) and Linda Buck (Orange) listen to narratives at the Living History Centre of the Sisters of St. Joseph

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The Lace is Not Yet Finished - A CSSJ Federation Workshop

Begins on Wednesday, May 23 at 6 pm and ends on Monday, May 29 after breakfast

By the power of the Holy Spirit, the hearts of a small group of women in Le Puy-en-Velay were enflamed by God's call to reach out to people suffering from devastating poverty, pervasive violence, and stifling oppression. These women found their home in the Gospel and in the teachings of the itinerant Jesuit, Jean Pierre Médaille. They found that God was present among them, at work within them, and in love with the world in which they lived. They joined together in 1650 as followers of Jesus to become the community of God's Great Love, the Sisters of St. Joseph.

In each generation since, the Holy Spirit has awakened God's compassionate presence in the hearts of women to respond to the ever-changing needs of the people of God. In this program participants will get in touch with and claim once again the transformative power of this charism in our midst and into the future. They will also explore the streets of Le Puy-en-Velay and visit and pray in the original Kitchen, Living History Centre, Cathedral of Notre Dame du Puy, Chapel of St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, Eglise du Collège, and Tree of the Martyrs. Then they will travel to Lyon to visit the Heritage Room and graveside of Mother St. John Fontbonne. The Lace begun in 1650 is not yet completed. The threads are now in our hands. We are challenged to be responsive to the grace poured out in our world to reveal God's great love.

Presenter: Jane Delisle, CSJ is a Sister of St. Joseph from Orange, CA, USA. Jane has come to Le Puy-enVelay many times with sisters and staff from the Orange Health Systems.

Suggested Contribution: 650 to 750 Euros.

Register by March 1, 2018

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Ignatian Retreat in the Heart of Our CSJ Foundation

Begins with 6 pm dinner on Monday, August 6 and ends on Tuesday, August 14 at 11 am after our closing liturgy.

Come to Le Puy-en-Velay, the heart of our heritage as Sisters of St. Joseph to walk and reflect on the paths which our first sisters themselves walked and prayed. You will spend time in an atmosphere of silence with God and nature. "Be still and know that I am God." (Ps. 46:10) You will also meet daily with a director to reflect on the movement of the Spirit within you. Guided by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Scripture, and the Maxims, you will discover your own heart's desire and call for living the mission today. You will go forth to live fully the "more" of being part of God's Congregation of Great Love. Daily Mass will be available.

"Never go ahead of grace by an imprudent eagerness, but quietly await its movements, and, when it comes to you, go along with it with great gentleness, humility, fidelity, and courage." (Maxim 84)

This retreat is open to sisters, associates and partners in ministry. It will be conducted in English and French.


Fr. Bill Clark, SJ, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Since 1993, he has been a director for many retreats at centers of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the U.S., Norway, and Denmark as well as at Le Puy in 2015.

Line Rioux, CSJ (Lyon, USA- Winslow Sector), served on the International Centre staff for five years and is presently on the General Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon.

Suggested Contribution: For 7 nights 450 to 550 Euros. (Fee is all inclusive: room & board, spiritual director, etc.)

Register by July 23, 2018

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This program is almost full

Guided Retreat: Grace Under Fire-Living the Great Love in Turbulent Times

Begins Tuesday, August 28, 6:00 pm with dinner and ends Thursday, September 6, after breakfast.

Join us for a guided retreat where we will reflect on and pray about the privilege and call to live the charism and spirituality of Sisters of St. Joseph by claiming its incarnational power in a world hungering for great love. This retreat will take place within the context of our sacred spaces in Le Puy-en-Velay at the original Kitchen, Living History Centre, Cathedral of Notre Dame du Puy, Chapel of St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, Eglise du Collège, and Tree of the Martyrs. We will also travel to Lyon to visit the Heritage Room and graveside of Mother St. John Fontbonne.

This retreat will focus on the six core virtues of our CSSJ spirituality. Each day will begin with Morning Prayer and a reflection by the retreat director on one of the core virtues and its relevance in today's world. Participants will be given a reflection sheet with suggestions for prayer and then have the rest of the day to pray as they wish. Each evening after dinner, the group will gather for evening prayer and share the state of the heart.


Janet Mock, CSJ is a Sister of St. Joseph of Baden, PA in the USA. She served in the ministries of education, formation, congregational leadership, community outreach and worked at the Religious Formation Conference and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the USA. Janet is currently involved in facilitation and retreat ministry, and lives in Aliquippa, PA.

Suggested Contribution: 650 to 750 Euros.

Register by August 1, 2018

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Mission Effectiveness: The Charism Alive in CSSJ Ministries

Begins on Saturday, September 22, 5 pm and ends Saturday, September 29, after breakfast.

This program offers a pilgrimage for lay partners in mission and provides an immersion experience into the original spirit and global dimension of the charism and spiritual tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph. If you are associated with one of the ministries founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph as an administrator, staff person, board member, or supporter, this program is for you! Come deepen your learning, nourish your imagination and strengthen your conviction in participating in a world-wide movement that fosters union with God in drawing all into one. The week-long experience offers a rhythm of in-put sessions, interactive participation, prayer, and visits to historic sites in Le Puy-en-Velay. A day trip to Lyon is also included.


Sister Dolores Clerico is a Philadelphia Sister of Saint Joseph (USA) with ministry experience in the academic, parish, diocesan, and congregational arenas. She is a frequent speaker, workshop presenter, and retreat facilitator for sisters, associates, and partners in mission throughout the United States and annually at the International Centre.

Suggested Contribution: 650 to 750 Euros

Register by August 18, 2018

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Pilgrimage to Our CSJ Origins

Begins on Monday, October 22 with evening meal and ends after breakfast on Tuesday, October 30.

Are you seeking a deeper experience of the love of God that seeks peace, joy, and hope? Why not consider leaving behind your daily occupations and joining us on a pilgrimage in the historical sites of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

As the week unfolds, you will see the places of our origins in Le Puy-en-Velay such as the first Kitchen, the Living History Centre, the Cathedral de Notre Dame du Puy, l'Eglise du College, and the Tree of the Martyrs. You will also visit St. Flour, Bas-en-Basset, Monistrol, St. Didier-en-Velay, and then go to significant places in Lyon, including the Heritage Room and graveside of Mother St. John Fontbonne and the Basilica of Fourvière.

The pilgrimage to these sites will be interspersed with input, reflection, sharing and prayer. It will also help you discover God's active presence reflected in our first sisters as well as the grace that moved Fr. Médaille and Bishop de Maupas to accept and promote these first women. In solidarity with the first sisters and Fr. Médaille, you will be able to identify and deepen the mission and charism already alive within you.

This pilgrimage is for Sisters of St. Joseph, associates, agrégées, partners, and friends in ministry.

Join us in October for an unforgettable experience!


Eluiza de Andrade, CSJ is Sister of St. Joseph of Chambery, Province of Brazil. She is on staff at the International Centre.

Line Rioux, CSJ (Lyon, USA Province), served on the Centre International staff for five years and is presently on the General Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon.

Suggested Contribution: 550 to 650 Euros

Register by September 8, 2018

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We also welcome you for Pilgrimages, Visits, Retreats, Sabbaticals. These can be individually arranged throughout the year.

• Guided pilgrimages and visits for individuals or groups offered in various languages.

• Private retreats and spiritual direction by staff spiritual directors.

• Personalized reflective days and sabbaticals near the cradle of the Congregation.

Write us at centre.international@wanadoo.fr

We look forward to welcoming YOU!

GO TO www.centreinternationalssj.org TO REGISTER for any of the above Retreats and Programs.

Programs through Centre International

Programs through Centre International

Programs through Centre International

Programs through Centre International