Our Community was founded in Baltimore in 1974 by Sister Mary
Elizabeth Gintling. Inspired by Charles de Foucauld and the
writings of Rene Voillaume, Sister Mary Elizabeth chose to
follow Jesus in a simple, contemplative lifestyle, serving the
poor and striving for peace and justice.
Today our Motherhouse is located in Salisbury, Maryland, within
the boundaries of the Diocese of Wilmington. Daily Mass,
liturgical prayer, contemplation, adoration, and community life
provide the framework of our ministry, which consists of:
Joseph House Crisis Center: a social service center for low-income
families and individuals.
Joseph House Workshop: a residential job-readiness program for
Joseph House by the Sea: a religious gift and book store in
Ocean City Maryland.
Representative Payee Program: a service to help people
one-on-one with budgeting and money management.
Good Neighbor Program: a service of assistance to the elderly
and the homebound.
We are also involved with the Village of Hope: a residential
life-training program for homeless women (with and without
children). Attached to the Village is also a medical clinic, for
low income patients.
Our novitiate (St. Joseph Cloister) is located in Princess Anne,
Women aged 21-50, who are practicing Roman Catholics with a high
school diploma, may apply.
We pray that Jesus will speak to those He desires for this
beautiful life of service and prayer.