Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace with ties to Oregon were elected to top leadership positions in their congregation earlier this year.

Sister Susan Francois, a former Portland elections officer and member of St. Philip Neri Parish, will serve as assistant congregation leader. Sister Kathleen Pruitt, who’s given talks and led retreats in western Oregon, is a new member of the leadership team.

The elections occurred at the 23rd Congregation Chapter meeting, held in April in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The congregation appointed Sister Andrea Nenzel as the congregation leader and Sisters Sheena George and Margie Fort as additional members of the leadership team. Terms run until January 2027.

Sister Susan, who served on the previous congregation leadership team, made national news in 2018 for her daily prayers and tweets encouraging and challenging President Donald Trump.

She writes a regular column for the Global Sisters Report on religious life and social justice and previously ministered as a social justice educator and advocate at the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle. She presently serves on the national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, as trustee of Peace Ministries Inc. in New Jersey, and as trustee of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace Charitable Incorporated Organization in the United Kingdom.

As a member of St. Philip Neri Parish in Portland 15 years ago, she was a leader of the peace and justice committee and a member of the Pax Christi Catholic peace movement. She advocated for access to health care and against human trafficking.

Sister Kathleen has served as province leader of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Western province. She is on the PeaceHealth System board of directors, on the community board for Peace Island Hospital and has served on the St. Joseph Hospital governing board and on the board of trustees for the St. Joseph Health System. She is a past president of the National Leadership Conference of Women Religious and was vice president of Pax Christi International.

Sister Kathleen has served as facilitator with a number of religious congregations and has a contemplative prayer group that meets weekly on Zoom.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace established the PeaceHealth System, which has hospitals in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. It was one of the founding congregations of the Seattle-based Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center, Mercy Housing Northwest and Jubilee Women’s Center.

The congregation was founded in 1884 to promote social justice as a way to peace. Current membership includes 125 sisters and 111 associates.