St. Joseph Worker Program Application

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Please note: All application pieces, except the written essays on page 2, will be shared with placement sites. 

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NOTE: The St Joseph Worker Program will be conducting criminal background checks on all accepted applicants as required by volunteer placement sites and the St Joseph Worker Program.

Autobiographical and Program Values questions 

Please write a minimum of 500 words per section below on these autobiographical and values questions. We will use this as a chance to get to know you a little better. Please share the ideas and experiences that have most influenced you.

  • In three sentences, describe your essence. What makes you, "you?"
  • Who are you? Highlight any people, events or experiences that have shaped who you are.
  • What are your strengths? Weaknesses? 
  • What is your experience with service or volunteering? (Please give examples.)
  • How is this year of service opportunity related to your aspirations for the future?
  • What are your hopes and dreams for your future?  
  • Have you suffered any significant losses in the past two years? Please share any relevant reflections.
  • What brought you to the St Joseph Worker Program?

  • Describe your family and your relationship to your family.
  • What have you learned from your family? What have you enjoyed most about them?
  • What have been some of the most difficult aspects of your relationships with your family?

  • Describe your relationship with your friends.
  • How have these relationships impacted you?
  • Are you in a committed relationship? Do you have local connections? 
  • The St. Joseph Worker year is a time intensive experience; how do you plan to balance all of your communities of family and friends?

  • The four pillars of our program are Spirituality, Justice, Leadership and Community with Simplicity. Please describe your understanding of each of these values and tell us about a particular experience you have had with each of the four Program values.
  • During their service year, SJWs often work with people on the margins of society.  The intent of this work is to live out the mission of “love God and neighbor without distinction”.  For many reasons this can be a challenging mission to put into practice.  Share an example of how privilege or lack of it has impacted you. How do you respond to experiences where privilege is or isn’t an acknowledged part in work you have done for justice?
  • What are your needs, hopes, and expectations concerning the intentional community aspect of the SJW Program?
  • Living in an intentional community with other strong individuals is filled with both abundance and challenge. How do you plan to go about resolving conflicts within your community? Please write about an experience you’ve had where you were able to manage a conflict.
  • Talk about your own spirituality or faith life. Please describe some of the practices you use to sustain your spirituality.
  • How do you envision learning and growing as a person while living out of the St. Joseph Worker Program and the four values? Are you comfortable discussing your process of growth and your personal experiences within a community? Please give an example of a time when you had the chance to share deeply within a community or group setting.
  • What is your experience with service or volunteering? (Please give examples.)
  • There are a large number of volunteer programs from which you could choose. What draws you to a faith-based program like the St. Joseph Worker Program? 
  • What are two or three of your expectations for your St. Joseph Worker year?
  • Are there any financial, family, or personal obligations or situations which might interfere with your completing the full term of service (August –June) with the St. Joseph Worker Program? Please explain.
  • What other possibilities are you considering besides SJW (e.g. other volunteer programs, graduate schools, and employment options)? What is the present status of each option?
  • In addition to the responses above, is there anything else about you that you feel we should know? Thank you for your honesty.


Please share a copy of the transcripts for the highest level of education you have completed (high school, undergraduate, graduate). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. 


Please submit a separate resume that includes all of the following:
  1. Name, current and permanent address, phone numbers and email.
  2. Education: Beginning with the most recent, list all schools attended including high school.  List the name of the school (city and state); major(s)/ minor(s); years attended; degree(s) or certificate(s) awarded and dates received or anticipated.
  3. Professional Credentials: (e.g. teaching, nursing, physical therapy, counseling, law). Indicate subject area, level, state or area of certification, etc. and indicate dates received or anticipated.
  4. Work Experience: Please give the name of the organization(s) and the position(s) held, beginning with the most recent; describe the responsibilities and indicated dates.
  5. Volunteer/Justice Related Experience: Please give the name of the organization or group with whom you served and describe your role.
  6. Related Skills and Experience: List any other experiences or activities that you consider to be valuable and useful as a volunteer (e.g. service trips, study abroad, language school, caregiver to family member, community organizing).

Self -Reference

Please respond to the questions below. Please note that all application pieces, except the written essays on page 2, will be shared with placement sites. 

List three adjectives that best describe you:

Placement Interests

In the St. Joseph Worker Program, applicants are matched with potential placements by considering a combination of skills and interests, placement needs and opportunities, and availability of placement options. Filling out this sheet will help us find the right placement for your particular skills and interests.

(Please note levels):

Fluent Good Fair

(Please note levels):

Fluent Good Fair


Please list four people whom you have asked to complete your references. Please use the common reference form included in the link below. They should currently know you well, be in a position to reflect your general character, motivation, and employment record, and be able to evaluate your compatibility for the St. Joseph Worker Program.  

Please send the following form to each of your FOUR references to complete and submit online.

1. Reference of your choice (mentor, past teacher, etc)

2. Professional or educational reference

3.  Employer or supervisor reference

4.  Previous Roommate/Housemate/ Community Member reference

Please send the following form ( to each of your FOUR references to complete and submit online. Be sure to provide them with the location(s) to which you are applying, as they will need to include this in their reference.