The Contemplative Life Is A Vocation

About the COSJ

Who Are the Contemplatives of Saint Joseph?

The COSJ was founded recently to serve in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The priests and brothers of the COSJ, first and foremost, lead a contemplative life of prayer.

The priests and brothers, immersing themselves in 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 and solitude which aids their daily contemplative and intercessory prayer. Recognizing that it is God Who chose them to fulfill the COSJ motto, “The Contemplative Life Is A Vocation” in their own day-to-day lifestyle, they have the faith and confidence to bear witness to their calling as contemplative souls within the modern world. The priests and brothers spend the majority of each week day in contemplative spiritual practice.

This intense spiritual lifestyle prepares them to become proficient in matters dealing with their active ministry. The COSJ’s outreach within the Archdiocese of San Francisco will continually evolve and adapt as our resources increase and the Archdiocese’s needs become known.

The Importance of the Contemplative Life to the Life of the Church

As Pope Paul VI stated so profoundly and as emphasized by the Second Vatican Council:

“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” [Pope Paul VI, to the Cistercians, December 8, 1968].

The consecrated state of life of a member of the COSJ belongs not to himself alone, but to the Life and Holiness of the whole Church. The more fully the COSJ join themselves by the gift of their whole lives to Christ in the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience, the fuller the Church’s life becomes.