"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy."

- Prayer of St. Francis

The Society of Josephines

The role of dedicated volunteers has played a significant part in the Brothers' work. From the time of their first opening a facility in the 1920s to this day, thousands of people have generously donated their time and provided financial support for the care given at the Brothers' nursing home.

In 1936, the Society of Josephines was founded as a non-sectarian organization of women. Their support benefits those in need, assisting the Brothers as they strive to carry forward their apostolic endeavors.

The fellowship of this group is rewarding to its members. In addition to the satisfaction that derives from selfless giving, friends of the Society share in a common dedication to helping the Brothers.

All are welcome to join the Society. Nominal yearly dues of $15 are paid to the Society, along with any additional contribution that members care to make.


Helping the Brothers to Care for Others

"To help ensure that the Society remains viable for years to come, we encourage people in the communities we serve to join this very worthwhile organization," said the Brothers' director general. "For many years, the support that this group provides to us has been important in our ability to serve people in need -- as well as other work such as operating and maintaining the Black Madonna Shrine and Grottos, which welcome thousands of visitors each year. And, we hope you'll consider becoming a part of the Society of Josephines."

What? The Society of Josephines is an organization comprising women from all walks of life and all faiths. The non-sectarian Society has helped to fill the lives of all they touch with hope, consolation and love.

Why? To give aid and comfort to others is not only a responsibility of all Christians, it is a privilege. Through membership in the Society, you can assist the Franciscan Missionary Brothers in their charitable work and service.

Who? You -- and thoughtful people like you -- throughout the greater St. Louis area. The scores of Society members attest to the worthiness of this organization and its mission.

When? Yesterday is the past; tomorrow is the future. The only time you can act is in the present. Please consider contacting us and joining today.

How? Just let us know you'd like to join. We'll be happy to provide you with all of the information you need.

Where? From your home or office: email us at SocietyofJosephFMB@gmail.com or call at 636.938.5361. We look forward to hearing from you!



Mission Statement

The Society’s purpose is to help support the continuing work of the Franciscan Missionary Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through this support, the Society also fulfills a pivotal role in preserving and building upon the Brothers’ robust legacy, which has evolved and grown through decades of wide-ranging and tireless efforts.

It provides assistance to the Brothers’ apostolic endeavors including the Black Madonna Shrine and Grottos and supporting the needs of nursing home residents and those afflicted with HIV and other disenfranchised people.

The Society of Josephines, a women's group, has a companion organization comprising men. Information on the Society of Joseph can be found on this website by clicking here.


“Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.”


-Henry Ward Beecher




The Franciscan Missionary Brothers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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