Who Are the Contemplatives of Saint Joseph?
The COSJ, a Catholic religious order of men, women and third order lay and regulars, was founded recently within the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The priests, brothers, and sisters of the COSJ lead a life of deep contemplative prayer and serve in an active apostolate within the Archdiocese of San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area dioceses. We are a Public Clerical Association of the Christian Faithful as decreed by Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco.
The priests, brothers and sisters, immersing themselves in a life of contemplative prayer, desire to enter into the kingdom of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With St. Joseph, they bear about them a prayerful interior silence which aids in deepening the life of prayer, and sharing the Light of God's love with the souls within our Archdiocese and the Church as a whole.
Discerning that it is God who chose them to join the Contemplatives of Saint Joseph, each member of the COSJ has the faith and confidence to bear witness to their calling as contemplative souls within the modern world.
The priests, brothers and sisters spend a significant part of each day in contemplative spiritual practice. This deep interior life prepares them to share, with apostolic zeal, the riches of God's grace.