Ave Maria Purisima!
The Contemplatives of Saint Joseph are a Roman Catholic Monastic Community based in the Archdiocese of San Francisco under the Most Reverend Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Included within the COSJ Community is a first order of men priest and religious, a second order of women religious, and a third order of lay and regulars members. All COSJ members strive to live a Contemplative and Liturgical life oriented around our Lord present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
We offer praise and adoration to God through the daily recitation of the Traditional Divine Office, the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite, as well as in the Eastern Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. It is then by prayer, contemplation and worship that we seek to set ablaze the hearts of all men with an ardent love for our Thrice Holy God.
Sancte Ioseph, Provisor Amantissime. Ora pro nobis.
The Importance of the Contemplatives of Saint Joseph
within The Life of the Church
The role of prayer, contemplation and apostolic zeal within the Life of the Church is stated beautifully and profoundly by Pope Paul VI:
“The work of contemplation overflows, benefiting the entire Church. The Church needs this work of contemplation that it may protect its life and increase its growth. The Church is in dire need of those who excel in the interior life and are intent upon recollecting themselves in God and be aflame, to their innermost being, with love for heavenly things. If such persons are lacking, if their lives are withered and weak, it necessarily follows that the strength of the whole Mystical Body of Christ is diminished. Consequently, serious damage would be inflicted on the knowledge of divine realities, theology, sacred preaching, the apostolate, and all the Christian life of the faithful” - To the Cistercians, December 8, 1968
The contemplative life of the COSJ members is not directed towards the individual, in and of himself or herself. Instead, contemplative life is directed first and foremost to the Life and Holiness of the whole Church. The Church's life thus becomes fuller when each member of the COSJ joins themselves, by the gift of their lives, whole and entire, to Christ in prayer and in firmly following the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.