SSJ Welcome Center Celebrates Milestone with the Naturalization of its 100th Citizen


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November 1, 2011

Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center Celebrates Milestone with the Naturalization of its 100th Citizen

PHILADELPHIA, PA (11/01/2011) The Sisters of Joseph of Philadelphia today announced the milestone occasion of the SSJ Welcome Center’s 100thCitizen Carmen Rosales.The SSJ Welcome Center, located in the Kensington area of Philadelphia, has been established to respond to the needs of newcomers in our neighborhood, community and country. Through the SSJ Welcome Center, the Sisters of Saint Joseph reach out to those in need by offering English classes, citizenship test preparation classes and guidance, computer skills classes, and a variety of social services. Focusing on the betterment of the community and the improvement of cultural integration in Philadelphia, the SSJ Welcome Center is devoted to the immigrant community of Philadelphia.

Carmen Rosales, the SSJ Welcome Center’s 100th Citizen, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico.  She came to the United States in 1991 and lives with her husband and two daughters. Her older daughter is a student at Chestnut Hill College.  Carmen came to the Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center three years ago to study English and after mastering English she was ready to apply for citizenship and to begin her study of US History and Civics.  Thanks to the volunteers who tutored Carmen and her own determination Carmen passed her citizenship test and interview and became a naturalized citizen on October 28, 2011.

Persons interested in more information on the SSJ Welcome Center may visit the Facebook page at  To learn more about the Sisters of Saint Joseph Philadelphia visit the website, find us on Twitter!/ssjphila, on Facebook, and on Blogspot .

The Sisters of Saint Joseph’s mission is “to live and work so that all people may be united with God and one another”. The congregation is called to aid persons who are materially and socially poor. This call invites the Sisters to be in union with the poor, to speak for and with the poor, to make choices with their needs in mind and hold them in their hearts in all situations.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia’s sponsored works include: Academy Village; Bethlehem Village; Cecilian Village; Chestnut Hill College; Saint Joseph Academy; Mount Saint Joseph Academy; Norwood-Fontbonne Academy; Saint Joseph Villa; Saint Mary by-the-Sea; SSJ Center for Spirituality; SSJ Earth Center; Saint Joseph Village; and the Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center.

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