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St Joseph Educational Ministries




2000-12 Preparatory work with Ministries
2013-14 Chapter Calls
2014-15 Sisters Sponsorship Taskforce
2016-18 Sponsorship Collaborative
2019 Petition Submitted
Jan 2020 Approval of Statutes, Member Formation
Spring 2021 Public Launch, members installed
Spring 2022 Formal transition of sponsorship
  • 2013-14 - Chapter Calls - province and congregational chapters call for action steps to preserve ministries and transition relationships.
  • 2014-15 - Sisters Sponsorship Taskforce - Sisters gather to discuss a path forward, call for the invitation of ministries into dialogue with sisters.
  • 2016-18 - Sponsorship Collaborative - Presidents and Board Chairs of each ministry, in dialogue with province leadership
  • 2018 Met with Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL)
  • 2019 - Petition Submitted - history and rationale, Statutes, Bylaws, Criteria for membership, Statement of ministry and finance by each ministry, Formation plan. Petition misfiled.
  • Jan 2020 - Approval of Statutes & Decree. Progress impeded by COVID. The Sisters began the formation program for member-candidates.
  • Spring 2021 - Public Launch - A joint publicity campaign by sisters and all SJEM. Public installation of the members on-ground and live-streamed, with the participation of sisters, ministry representatives, and the local bishop.
  • Spring 2022 - Formal transition of sponsorship - this will require a review and adjustment of all the civil documents.

SJEM Formation Group

  • Gather candidates for SJEM membership
  • Orientation
    • to each other
    • to sponsorship
    • to SJEM
  • Formation for ministry of sponsorship
  • Organization of SJEM


  • CSJs continue to take a leadership role in sponsorship
    • Communication plan
      • Communication for Public Launch
      • Adjust language and messaging about sponsorship
    • Formal transition
      • Change in School Governing Documents
      • Address property issues between CSJs and Schools
      • Formal transition is tentatively Spring 2022
    • March 25, 2021 - Public Event, Installation of Members, Abp Rozanski present.
  • SJEM
    • Formation, internal organization
    • Be attentive to developments as the transition unfolds
    • Prepare to take on sponsorship responsibilities after the formal transition


St. Joseph Education Ministries: Review of Canonical Statutes and Bylaws

Governing Law Code of Canon Law Federal and State Law
Public Law of the Organization Statutes Articles of Incorporation
Internal Law of the Organization Canonical Bylaws Civil Bylaws

Canonical Statutes:

  • Article I Definitions: “Sponsorship” - to have responsibility for, and to be accountable to, a higher Church authority for (i) the development and maintenance of the mission and ministry of the sponsored work as a Catholic entity and (ii) the fidelity of the sponsored work to the legislation and teachings of the Church and the Charism of the Sisters.
  • Article II - Section 2.2 – Purposes. The purposes of SJEM are:
    • a. the Sponsorship of the Schools as entities operating in accordance with the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the legislation and teachings of the Church;
    • b. the Sponsorship of other Catholic Schools operating in accordance with the legislation and teachings of the Church…
    • c. the advancement of Catholic education within the dioceses where the Schools are located or where they provide services.
  • Article IV – Relationship of SJEM with the Holy See.
    • Sec. 4.1 – Ongoing liaison with the Church regarding the mission of SJEM and fidelity of the sponsored institutions to Church legislation and teaching
    • Sec. 4.2 – Holy See on an ongoing basis reviews and assesses the stewardship of SJEM.
    • Sec. 4.3 – SJEM sends an Annual Report and audited financial statement to the Holy See.
    • Sec. 4.4 – SJEM facilitates public recognition of ministry as a Catholic school.
  • Article V – Relationship with Diocesan Bishop
    • Sec. 5.1 – Maintain liaison with each diocesan bishop where SJEM exercises its canonical responsibilities.
  • Article VI – Relationship of SJEM to Schools
    • Sec. 6.1 – Governing documents of the civil corporation for each institution provide
      • a. Educational institution shall be operated as a Catholic institution consistent with the legislation and teachings of the Church
      • b. Any amendment to the governing documents which affects this provision shall require the approval of SJEM
    • Sec. 6.2 – Review by SJEM of actions or proposed actions of the Schools which have a relationship to the Sponsorship responsibilities of SJEM. SJEM through its Members, Officers, and staff….in close communication with the administration and board of each institution regarding its activities and actions which relate to the Sponsorship responsibilities of SJEM. These include, but are not limited to:
      • a. Collaboration in the development and implementation of formation activities for board members, administration, faculty, staff, and volunteers at the institution.
      • b. Review of the background and credentials of candidates for board membership or as the Chief Executive Officer of the institution insofar as this is relevant to SJEM exercise of its Sponsorship responsibilities and inform the board…as to whether or not such candidates are acceptable.
      • c. Conduct a review and discussion between representatives of the Schools and SJEM of any other activities or matters that relate to the Sponsorship responsibilities of the Schools.
    • Sec. 6.3 – Process for Review by SJEM of actions of the Educational Institution
      • a. Board and administration of the Schools, and the Members and the staff of SJEM shall work collaboratively to enhance the Sponsorship relationship.
      • b. Dispute resolution process (see Canonical Bylaws, Article VII) – if both parties are unable to resolve a significant issue that relates to the Sponsorship responsibilities of SJEM, either party may elect to terminate the institution’s relationship with SJEM…..
  • Article VII – Members
    • Sec. 7.1 – …duly appointed persons…eligibility to serve as a Member is determined according to the criteria established by Province Leadership. Province Leadership appoints and may remove Members…. At least the majority of the Members must be Catholic in full Communion with the Church.
    • Sec. 7.2 – Duties of the Members – Exercise Sponsorship of the Schools.
    • Sec. 7.3 – Meetings of Members - Shall meet regularly (at least twice per year) in order to plan, promote, conduct, and supervise the activities of SJEM. Special meetings may be called by the Chair or a majority of the Members. A majority of the Members shall constitute a quorum.
  • Article VIII – Officers and Finance Committee
    • Sec. 8.1 – Officers…Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and such other officers as the Members may designate. Officers are selected by the Members…as determined in the Canonical Bylaws.
    • Sec. 8.2 – Duties of the Officers (see p. 6)
    • Sec. 8.3 – Finance Committee Members appoint…to oversee the finances of SJEM.
  • Article IX – Canonical Bylaws
    • Sec. 9.1 – Adopt Canonical Bylaws consistent with these Statutes…further delineating the authority and responsibility of the Members and Officers…. The Canonical Bylaws are subject to the approval of Province Leadership.
  • Article X – Formation
    • Sec. 10.1 – Continuing formation of its Members and the boards, administration, faculty, staff, and volunteers of the institutions and those served by the institution. The content of such formation shall be described in the Canonical Bylaws.
  • Article XI – Temporal Goods
    • Sec. 11.1 – The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, intend, contemporaneously with the implementation of the ministerial juridic person, to review, adjust, and document financial and property ownership issues with CSJ and Schools.
  • Article XII – Amendment
    • Sec. 12.1 Statutes may be amended by a two-thirds majority of Members, subject to approval by Province Leadership and the Holy See.
  • Article XIII – Dissolution and Suppression
    • Sec. 13.1 The Holy See may dissolve upon a two-thirds majority vote of the Members requesting dissolution. The Holy See may suppress if SJEM actions are contrary to these Statutes or to the legislation and teachings of the Church or if SJEM is not fulfilling its purposes as set forth in these Statutes.

Canonical Bylaws:

  • Article II – The Ministerial Juridic Person Name, office, purpose (see Statutes)
    • Sec. 2.4 establish a nonprofit civil corporation contemporaneously with the implementation of the MPJP.
  • Article III – Membership
    • Sec. 3.1 – Duties and Powers – business and affairs of SJEM, has the authority to enable SJEM to attain its purposes and stewardship of its properties in accord with canon law.
    • Sec. 3.3 – Formation – members complete an initial formation process, see appendix.
    • Sec. 3.4 – Appointment by province leadership, initially 9-12 members: 4 sisters. Subsequently, endeavor to have at least 2 sisters. 1 from the leadership of each ministry.
    • Sec. 3.5 – Stagger initial terms, otherwise 3 years x 3 terms = 9 years.
    • Sec. 3.6 – 75% Catholic
    • Sec. 3.7-19 – Resignation, Vacancies, Attendance, Removal for just cause.
    • Sec. 3.11 – Meetings and Procedural Rules – annual, at least two times/year, an annual meeting held at the location of SJEM office. The initial meeting of Members, elect officers. A quorum to conduct business is a simple majority of Members.
  • Article IV – Officers Chair, Vice-chair, Treasurer, Secretary…elected by the Members. Hold office for one year
  • Article V – Finance Committee Treasurer is chair of the Finance Committee – the committee is responsible for overseeing the finances of SJEM
  • Article VI – Review and Amendment of the Bylaws Members or a committee appointed by the Members review the Bylaws at least every 4 years. Results of the review are documented in the records of SJEM. Members can make, amend, and repeal these Bylaws by a 2/3 vote of the Members then in office and subject to the approval of Province Leadership.
  • Article VII Dispute Resolution – Addresses how any disagreement between an Educational Institution and SJEM relating to the Sponsorship of the Educational Institution by SJEM is handled.
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