Sister Susan Francois is a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace (CSJP). She has served on the CSJP Congregation Leadership Team since 2015, and is currently the Assistant Congregation Leader and Treasurer. In her role as Treasurer she has helped to guide the Congregation’s efforts to use its financial resources for mission through shareholder advocacy, impact investing, philanthropy, and divestment. She served on the National Board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and has participated in the Nuns on the Bus movement organized by NETWORK Lobby.
She is one of the authors of In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World (Liturgical Press 2018) and publishes articles regularly on religious life and social justice on Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter. Her book, My Friend Joe: Reflections on St. Joseph, was published during the Year of St. Joseph (Kenmare Press 2021).
Sister Susan was a Bernardin Scholar at Catholic Theological Union where she received a Masters of Arts in Theological Ethics (2015). Her MA thesis focused on the ethics of resistance to social sin. She was on the staff of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle (2008-2012) where she edited A Matter of Spirit and worked as a justice educator and advocate. She received a BA in Political Science from Lewis and Clark College (1994) and worked for the City of Portland, Oregon prior to entering religious life (1995-2006). She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 2006.