Sister of Saint Joseph of Chambery

Who We Are

It’s always a challenge to respond creatively to the people who walk with us through each day because we never know what a day will bring.

That’s part of the excitement for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry. Every day, we choose to immerse ourselves in life at its fullest. We choose to discover ways we can make life better for others, to share our time and energy to help others discover their dignity and self-worth.

We choose to share our faith lives so others may enter into meaningful relationships with each other and God. We choose to deepen the bonds of companionship, shared values, and personal and community prayer. We dare to dream of a better world where all are welcome, where everyone’s gifts are accepted and used for the good of all.

An international congregation of vowed religious and lay associates, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry has a rich history of recognizing the needs of the day and responding to those needs.

Hospitals/Schools Founders

In the North American Province, with headquarters in West Hartford, CT, we founded three hospitals: St. Francis in Hartford, Saint Mary’s in Waterbury, both with their own schools of nursing, now part of Trinity Health Of New England. Both hospitals are in operation today and St. Joseph’s in Stamford merged with Stamford Hospital.

In addition, we founded an all-girls’ high school in 1922, Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford, which closed in 2006.

Social Service Non-profit Sponsors/Founders

We sponsored and co-sponsored nine social service non-profit ministries. The sponsored ministries thriving today are The House of Bread, which  celebrates 40 years in 2020, and Jubilee House, an educational center now run by the House of Bread, found under education on the House of Bread website:,  both in Hartford; and Intensive Education Academy, which will celebrate 50 years in 2021, in West Hartford.

Sisters participate in ongoing prison ministry and in the Collaborative Center for Justice, a ministry co-founded 20 years ago with several other communities of women religious.

Our ministries no longer in operation are Tabor House and Conversations, Inc., and two other non-profits our Sisters co-founded, Trust House and Communities Law Center.

For more, see our sponsored ministries page.


The North American Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry has a leadership team of three Sisters, elected to serve for five years. The team’s current term of office is 2017-2022.

The leadership team and administrative offices are located in Newington, CT. Sister Barbara Mullen, Provincial, far right; and Councilors Sister Donna Hoffman, center, and Sister Linda Pepe, left, serve on the current team.

Sister Sally Hodgdon serves as Superior General of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry in Rome and is a member of the North American Province. She is also a member of the International Union Superiors General, known as UISG.

The UISG is comprised of major superiors of congregations of women religious who represent more than 700,000 Sisters worldwide. The USIG meets to discuss and take action on global, national, local and church challenges that surround social, economic and spiritual values