Society of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart

The Society of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart (also known by the non-unique name Josephites), abbreviated S.S.J., is a Roman Catholic Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right for Men.


It was founded in 1893 by Fr. John Slattery,[1] as a North American offshoot of the Saint Joseph's Missionary Society of Mill Hill.


In 2012, it counted 40 houses and 88 members, including 76 priests.

Superiors generalEdit


So far, all Latin priests from the USA
  • Eugene Patrick McManus (1988 – 1995)
  • Robert Michael Kearns (1995 – 2003.06.17)
  • Edward J. Chiffriller (2003.06.17 – 2011.06.15)
  • William L. Norvel (2011.06.15 – 2015.06.19)
  • Michael Thompson (2015.06.19 - 2019.08.01)
  • Bishop John Ricard (2019.08.01 - present)

Prelates from their ranksEdit

Deceased (by year of death)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ochs, Stephen J. (1990). Desegregating the Altar: The Josephites and the Struggle for Black Priests, 1871-1960 (illustrated ed.). LSU Press. ISBN 978-0-8071-1859-7.

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