Bold faith, foresight and flexibility characterize the spirit of the Sisters
of St. Joseph of Orange. These characteristics were evident in Le Puy,
France, in 1650, when the sisters first came together to address some
badly overlooked needs in that city. These same virtues were operative
when the Sisters came to Eureka in 1912, with a shoestring budget and
a strong sense of purpose.
Their history records the remarkable adventures of women who began pioneering
ministries in the early physical frontiers of California, women who continue
to pioneer ministries in the social frontiers of modern society. They
have an ability to look ahead, a willingness to adapt to changing needs,
and a faith that operates when human powers fail.
Whatever work they might be about, the Sisters keep one thing in mind:
their mission is to heal brokenness - the alienation we sometimes feel
from God: and the divisions, hurts, and barriers that we create with each other.
This mission of reconciliation is the unique way the Sisters of St. Joseph
of Orange have of helping to bring about the kingdom of God right here and now.
The vision is personalized by each sister's presence in her work and
is made concrete through several theological beliefs and their corresponding values:
- Persons are created by a loving God and are therefore inherently good and
worthy of respect
- Like God, persons are relational and therefore need the support of others
in the community
- Jesus gave new meaning to suffering and death, a meaning that transforms
our own experience of those same realities
- We have been redeemed but are still sinful and limited, and therefore need
forgiveness from one another
- Jesus was a healer of persons who attended to spirit as well as body; therefore
we minister to the needs of the whole person
- Scripture records God's special compassion for the poor, weak and vulnerable,
therefore we are called to this same compassion.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange are a community of Catholic women who
share a common foundation and mission with 51 other St. Joseph congregations
in 36 countries around the world. Each of these congregations expresses
the same mission "to bring all people to union with God and with
one another, serving their spiritual and corporal needs in all the works
of mercy within the power of the congregation."
In 1836, the American foundation began when eight sisters were sent to
Carondolet, near St. Louis, Missouri. During the many years the Sisters
of St. Joseph have served in America, they have moved to various parts
of the country, established new, independent communities, and have brought
the Gospel to the people and cultures they have served.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange were founded in 1912. They carry with
them more than 360 years of tradition of charity and humility, faith,
foresight, and flexibility in attending to the diverse needs of the people
they serve. The Sisters of St. Joseph were founded in Le Puy, France,
in 1650. Today, the congregation carries out its mission through education,
social work, pastoral ministry, and health services.
The fundamental principles that underlie the call to the Sisters of St.
Joseph of Orange have not changed since 1650: They establish right relationships
that recognize the sacredness of persons; the development of communities
of wholeness and health; taking responsibility for social justice; and
working together with others for the common good."
St. Joseph Health - Sonoma County
On New Year's Day 1950, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital opened its doors.
Sixty years later, Santa Rosa's premier hospital has expanded into
a full-service, not-for-profit system of inpatient, outpatient, and community
outreach services for the residents of Sonoma County and California's
North Coast communities.
As ministry of the Sister of St. Joseph of Orange, we are committed to
the holistic care of persons - body, mind and spirit. The mission of the
St. Joseph Health, of which we are a part, is to extend the healing ministry
of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually
improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities
we serve. Like the early Sisters who came out of their cloistered convent
to care for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in the street of Le Puy,
France, our mission compels us to reach out beyond the walls of our hospitals
to care for persons where there is a need.
Our expanding continuum of care today includes: urgent and emergent care,
trauma services, inpatient and outpatient surgery, critical care, cardiology,
oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics,
family-centered maternity care, newborn intensive care, transitional care,
palliative care, home care, hospice, rehabilitation, work care, acute
psychiatric services, mobile and dental clinics, health and wellness education,
neighborhood organization, advocacy, and youth mentoring.
Physicians throughout our extensive service area refer patients to SJHS-SC
facilities for open heart surgery, neurosurgery, clinical cancer research,
psychiatric care, rehabilitation, and much more. Sophisticated diagnostic
procedures available from SJHS-SC facilities include angiocardiography,
cardiac catheterization, coronary angioplasty, cardiac electrophysiology,
CT scanning, magnetic resonance imaging, color-flow Doppler echocardiography,
laser lithotripsy, transesophogeal ultrasound, video endoscopy, and more.
With two leading hospitals and numerous campuses, we account for one-half
of Sonoma County's available hospital beds. More than 2,000 dedicated
employees serve the community through our integrated network of inpatient,
outpatient, and outreach modalities.
The history of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange in Sonoma County has
been one of community support. In return, the community has benefited
from a wide array of medical "firsts." Our history, commitment,
and vision is to continue to provide our community with the best in health
care consistent with our values of Dignity, Service, Excellence, and Justice.