Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City MO 64145
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 501-2944
Mission Statement
Our mission is to form loving relationships with ourselves, with God, within community, Church, society and all creation.

We work toward this mission through the ministries of prayer, direct service, consciousness raising and systemic change. We serve all people of all faiths, cultures and economies, especially those who are poor and marginalized. We are teachers, administrators, doctors, health care advocates and providers, community organizers, and advocates for social justice.
CEO/Executive Director Sister Marilyn Lott CSJ
Board Chair Sister Marilyn Lott CSJ
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sisters of St. Joseph
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1836
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Our mission is to form loving relationships with ourselves, with God, within community, Church, society and all creation.

We work toward this mission through the ministries of prayer, direct service, consciousness raising and systemic change. We serve all people of all faiths, cultures and economies, especially those who are poor and marginalized. We are teachers, administrators, doctors, health care advocates and providers, community organizers, and advocates for social justice.
Background Statement In 1866, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were asked by Fr. Donnelly to come to Kansas City from the Motherhouse in St. Louis, to open the first school for boys and girls, now known as St. Teresa’s Academy. In 1916, Saint Teresa College (now Avila University), was founded. In 1874, the sisters opened the first privately-owned hospital in Kansas City, now known as St. Joseph Medical Center. Additionally, the sisters have staffed 10 parish schools. More than 2,100 sisters have served in Kansas City. They are active in teaching, health care, and partnering with their neighbor through the CSJ Associates and Prayer Partner programs. They provide ministry in pastoral care, shelters, and nursing homes. Each of our sisters makes a life of commitment to God and community through vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, relying solely their pooled salaries and patrons to provide their basic needs. The sisters do not receive financial assistance from the diocese or Rome.
Impact Statement
  1. Retirement Needs Funds allow retired CSJs to continue their volunteer ministry, ensuring their expenses are met.
  2. CSJ Ministries: a. JTNL/Journey House. Several CSJs live & minister at JH, an interim residence for women returning to society from prison. JH recidivism rate to date is less than 5%. This is in contrast to the 68% national recidivism rate. b. CSJ Association. Membership stable at approx. 105 in KC area. Nationally, approx. 314. c. Gulu Ministry. Maternity Clinic continued to accommodate pre- & post- natal and delivery visits. Additional water filtration systems distributed. d. Peru Ministry $50,000 of the $1M goal raised. 
  3. Education a. Linger Over Breakfast Series. Continuing. b. Dining to Donate. Increased attendance and funds raised. Event, held at Jasper’s Restaurant. c. 150th Mass & Reception. Milestone covered in local press & social media. Over 150 attendees, including Mayor Sly James. 
  1. Retirement Needs: Increase level of financial support. See Program section for detail. 
  2. Ministry, Peace & Social Justice: a. JTNL/JH. See Program section for detail. b. CSJA program. Continue. c. Gulu. Continue to offer maternity services & supply 100 more water filtration systems. d. Peru. Assist in endowment goal of $1M ministry needs. 
  3. Education: Finish implementation of CSJ KC 150th Anniversary celebrations. a. Society of Benefactors Event, 3/5/17 at Avila U. Chapel. Reception at CSJ Archives. Guests viewed rich history of the CSJs in the United States. b. Linger Over Breakfast KC. 2017 programs: -Spirituality & the Moral Life, Jean deBlois, CSJ, presenter. April 1, St. Teresa’s Academy. -Who’s Listening? Marilyn Peot, CSJ, presenter. October 14, Avila University. c. Dining to Donate, March 22. Continue partnership with Jasper’s Restaurant & increase attendance.
Needs Statement

Retirement Needs

1. Ministry:
  • Journey to New Life/Journey House,
  • CSJ Associate Program,
  • Gulu, Uganda,
  • Peru

2. Education

*See Impact Statement for detailed descriptions of needs.  
Service Categories
Human Services
Senior Centers/Services
Citizen Participation
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet living in Kansas City serve their dear neighbor throughout the metropolitan Kansas City area. Our order serves throughout the United States, as well as in Gulu, Africa, and in Peru.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Since our establishment over 360 years ago in Le Puy, France, and our foundation 150 years ago in Kansas City, Missouri, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have remained steadfast in our mission to form loving relationships with ourselves, with God, within community, Church, society and all creation. We still serve our dear neighbor without distinction. Though the specific challenges facing our neighbor 360 years ago are different than today, our sisters have been and are able to meet that change, and respond to the needs of our neighbor.

Specific successes include:

-Retirement. Increased donor support of our retired sisters and the value their service brings to others.

-Education. Implementation and expansion of our Linger Over Breakfast and Dining to Donate programs, as well as our educational programs at the Motherhouse.

-A continued need for our Ministry Programs, both local and international.


-CSJ Association. Also known as the Associates, has seen a significant increase in membership. Associates are women and men, married and single, who seek a deeper relationship with God and the Sisters without becoming vowed members.

Our challenges, as addressed in our Impact Statement and Top 5 Urgent Needs are funding for:

-Retirement Needs

-Ministry, Peace & Social Justice


Through continuing to remain dedicated to “the practice of all the spiritual and corporal works of mercy of which woman is capable and which will most benefit the dear neighbor,” the sisters will be able to meet the continuing needs of our dear neighbor. We do so fortified by God’s grace. We do so with faithful passion and persistence. We do so grounded in the Catholic Social Teachings of our church.

The overall cost for the sisters continues to increase as the number of sisters in paid ministries decreases. Our sisters receive no financial assistance from the diocese or Rome. 

At the age of 70, sisters may ‘retire’ and are no longer required to earn an annual salary for the Province. Many of our sisters do not stop serving because they are not receiving a salary. They are assured that their Province leadership value their efforts and that their expenses will be assumed by the Province.  

Retired sisters who need infirm care also need to be assured that all of their medical and living expenses are met. 

Category Human Services, General/Other Senior Services
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success  The measure of the short-term success is the same as the measure of the long-term success.
Long-Term Success

With continued financial support, the Province will be able to care for the needs of their retired sisters. This support will allow each sister the joy of continuing her ministry, knowing you are helping provide for the retired sisters. Our infirm sisters financial needs will be met as well.

Our retired sisters will be able to continue to devote themselves to their ministries in a volunteer capacity.  

With this support, our sisters will be able to reach and exceed their God given potential.

Program Success Monitored By That our sisters can continue to retire from paid ministry (employment) at age 70 and pursue their active, volunteer ministries.

That all infirm and retired sisters living expenses (medical, food and shelter) will be met.

Examples of Program Success

S. Ruth Stuckel, began her ministry sixty-two years ago as an elementary school teacher. She then served as a Professor of Philosophy for forty years, mainly at Avila University, and also at Fontbonne, Mount St. Mary, and Exeter University.  

She served in Province Leadership for eight years, served on boards of St. Teresa’s Academy, Carondelet Health, and SJH in St. Louis.  

Although retired, she is still in active ministry. She leads CSJ Association formation sessions at Avila U. She serves as a board member of Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Mission Advancement in KC, as well as volunteering in this office.
To S. Ruth, the most interesting aspect of her ministry is, “to play a part in the awakening of another to wonder, excitement, awareness, and one’s own dignity and worth, and in the process of teaching to realize I have been gifted by the other in multiple ways.” 
Description Several CSJs minister, unpaid at Journey to New Life (JTNL) and Journey House (JH).

JTNL, established in August 2013, is a community-based organization providing assistance to individuals returning to the community from prison. It assists individuals not being served by other non-profit agencies--those with mental illness, chronic medical conditions, or history of addiction. S. Rose McLarney serves on their board.

Journey House, purchased by JTNL in June 2015, is an interim residence for up to fifteen women returning to society from prison. Services are coordinated with case management, community connections, and learning sessions at JTNL offices.

Several CSJs live with the residents, providing a welcoming reception, non-denominational spiritual direction, and experiential learning opportunities. When appropriate, a model of restorative interaction is used by the sisters to further the progress of the residents.
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success

Journey House recidivism rate to date is less than 5%. The reasons for the handful who have been sent back to prison are technical — mostly because of missed meetings with probation officers. This is contrast to the 68% national recidivism rate.

Long-Term Success

The goal is to assist these individuals to become successful and productive citizens, and thereby make our community a safer place to live and work. We believe the short-term success (see below) will translate into the long-term success of the program.  

Another measure of success is to ensure our sisters can continue to serve at Journey House.
Program Success Monitored By That residents have re-entered the community from their stay at Journey House and are productive citizens.  
Currently, there is a wait list for women to move to Journey House. Our demand exceeds our current caseload capacity.
Examples of Program Success All Kansas City area sisters, along with many other volunteers, have assisted in updating and furnishing Journey House.

Sisters Gabrielle Smits and Martha Niemann serve as volunteer chaplains. Additionally, Sister Martha leads the Twelve-Step Program for residents and others in the community. 

S. Rose McLarney assists residents in conflict resolution and restorative justice. Additionally, she is the Chairman of the Board for Journey to New Life.  

As S. Rose commented, “I love the ministry. It is so meaningful. The feedback we get from the women is so heartening. It’s giving somebody a chance that otherwise wouldn’t have a chance. Everyone makes mistakes.
CEO Comments

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Sister Marilyn Lott CSJ
Term Start July 2014
Experience S. Marilyn Lott entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1965. 

She earned bachelor's degrees in elementary and special education from Fontbonne College, now University. In 1980 she earned a master’s degree in special education with a focus on behavioral disorders from the UMSL.

She taught at Holy Guardian Angels and Most Holy Rosary in St. Louis. Learning center coordinator at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in University City. She taught at St. Rita’s Grade School as a learning resource center specialist and teacher. 

She transitioned into ministering as a therapist and counselor. She began as a counselor/trainee and then focal therapist at St. John’s Edgewood Program, and then was a counselor at Psychiatric Coverage Ltd. In the 1990s she expanded her ministry to include consulting, facilitating, psychological therapy and addiction counseling, both at Rockhaven Center for Holistic Living and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse. 

In 2000-02, Sister Marilyn served as a novice director in the Sisters of St. Joseph Federation Novitiate, first in West Hartford, Connecticut, then in Framingham, Massachusetts. Upon returning to St. Louis, she began a sabbatical and family care. She then combined her past ministry experiences to start a new ministry in pastoral care.  For the next 10 years, she was a chaplain at St. Louis University Medical Center. 

For the first seven years at the hospital, she was the chaplain for the Abdominal Transplant Department and transplant patients.  During her time at the hospital she earned a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology and became a certified chaplain through National Association of Catholic Chaplains. 

Since 2014 Sister Marilyn has been a member of the leadership team for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis province. 

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Sister Patricia Clune CSJJuly 2008 - June 2014
Senior Staff
Title Director of Communications
Title Chief Development Officer
Title IT Director
Title Director of Association/Partnership
Title Senior Business Office Administrator
Paid Full-Time Staff 44
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 23
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Sister Marilyn Lott CSJ
Company Affiliation Sisters of St. Joseph
Term July 2014 to June 2019
Board Members
Sister Maureen Freeman CSJSisters of St. Joseph
Sister Mary Fran Johnson CSJCSJ, Treasurer
Sister Mary Margaret Lazio CSJ
Sister Marilyn Lott CSJ
Sister Rita Marie Schmitz CSJCSJ
Sister Linda Straub CSJCSJ
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 1
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments Please see 'Statement from Board Chair' section regarding the challenges and opportunities the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are facing and how they are being addressed.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $18,048,229
Projected Expenses $18,048,229
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using audit documents.
  • Foundation/Corporation revenue line may include individual contributions. 
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$393,003$5,011,698$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$14,604,545$15,106,323$15,691,169
Administration Expense$2,758,014$2,722,734$2,834,290
Fundraising Expense$408,496$395,335$390,821
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.701.091.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%83%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%5%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$54,147,625$64,260,346$65,475,435
Current Assets$13,827,775$13,649,934$11,462,942
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$31,341
Current Liabilities$806,862$1,018,387$904,102
Total Net Assets$53,340,763$63,241,959$64,539,992
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.1413.4012.68
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Address 11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145
Primary Phone (816) 501-2944
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Sister Marilyn Lott CSJ
Board Chair Sister Marilyn Lott CSJ
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sisters of St. Joseph
Year of Incorporation 1836