Mother Agnes Legacy Society

Mother Agnus Spencer

Her vision continues to inspire

Mother Agnes Spencer, SSJ, foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania , was once described as “a woman of strong personality, great tact, and ability”. 

She was a visionary who accomplished much in her 58 years; and she was instrumental in the founding of hospitals, orphanages, schools, and other ministries, Mother Agnes left a legacy with her pioneering spirit and determination to meet the needs of those around her. More than a century and a half later, the Mother Agnes Spencer, SSJ Legacy Society was named in her honor to recognize those who share her vision and make a commitment to a gift of a lifetime…in essence, a legacy gift.

Visionaries of Compassion

The Mother Agnes Spencer, SSJ Legacy Society honors those forward-thinking individuals who make legacy gifts in support of caring for the Sisters in retirement and supporting their mission and ministries in perpetuity. 

These visionaries have generously donated to the Sisters through wills or other types of Planned Giving.

If you have named the Sisters of St. Joseph or Sisters of St. Joseph Mission & Ministries foundation in your will, please share your intentions with us so that we may thank you and further our relationship with you.

Almitra Clerkin, Executive Director

P: 814-836-4202


Cathy Fresch, Chief Vision Officer

P: 814-836-4253