Rooted In Love: Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and Board Members in front of Valiant Women Statue

Rooted In Love: Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange


Founded in 17th century France, the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange (Sisters) is to spread the love of Christ among the most vulnerable and to bring all people into union with God and one another. They serve according to their needs and individual gifts in all the spiritual and corporal works of mercy that may be within the congregation’s power.


They care for their dear neighbors without distinction, especially those furthest from justice. In 1995, four sisters moved into a gang-ridden neighborhood in central Santa Ana, Calif., to better understand the issues and challenges facing marginalized people within the community. Just as they have since their founding, the Sisters work alongside people living in the neighborhoods they serve to help improve the community’s overall well-being. The Sisters act with bold faith, take risks to create communities that are more healed, adapt to the evolving needs of the people, and offer compassion to the people they serve.


At the St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund, the grantmaking foundation of Providence, our legacy was built on that of the Sisters, who established the Fund in 1986. These forward-thinking women understood that everyone must be healthy for a society to thrive.


The Sisters established roots in Orange County, Calif., in 1922 and have been uplifting the community ever since.


The following video highlights the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and the Sisters of Providence and the heritage of the Providence health system.