Serving Others with a Passion for Peace and Justice
Susan Francois found an integrated life, grounded in the Gospel, with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
Susan Francois had plotted out her path in life — a career as a civil servant, social-justice volunteer work in her spare time, early retirement, then volunteering full time "to make the world a better place."
After college, Francois went to work for the city of Portland, eventually becoming the elections official. It seemed like a natural path, since both her parents worked in the political arena. They also taught her the responsibility of helping the needy and working for social justice.
Francois became more open to the possibility of a religious vocation after working through her struggles with God during times of "personal and collective suffering" — her mother's death from cancer in 2003, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In October 2005, Francois became a candidate with the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, which promotes social justice as a way to peace. She began spending regular weekends in Seattle, living and praying in community with the CSJP sisters.