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Continuing legacy … Building the future

St. Joseph Educational Ministries (SJEM) is a Catholic educational sponsoring entity of the Roman Catholic Church.

Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), SJEM empowers lay leaders to provide responsibility for the Catholic identity and the mission of their sponsored institutions.

Together we are more

SJEM provides ongoing formation for its Members and constituents, inspiring the future of Catholic education and forging its future with the bold and loving legacy of the CSJ tradition. Sharing in the CSJ motto of “Together we are more …” SJEM believes that we are strengthened by relationships and seeks to maintain strong ties with the educational communities with whom we have the privilege of serving.

Sponsored institutions and SJEM join together working toward the same vision of Catholic faith-based education that promotes social justice bringing about unifying love to the world. We seek to form leaders who join the CSJ vision and reflect God’s love to the dear neighbor everywhere.

St. Joseph's Academy students in science class.
An Avila University football game.
A staff member interacting with a child at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf
A diverse, co-ed group of students sitting outside at Fontbonne University
St. Teresa's Academy students sitting outside.

“The legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph, lived out through the innovative founding of SJEM, provides an opportunity for the vision of the Second Vatican Council to come alive through and with our committed and creative lay partners.”

Rita Schmitz, CSJ, Founding Member of SJEM, Professor Emerita Fontbonne University