sponsored institutions

For more than a cumulative 750 years, the sponsored institutions of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have a remarkable impact on tens of thousands of men, women and children. During the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, the many Sisters of St. Joseph and their lay partners who staffed these holy places have influenced countless lives in building up the mission of Jesus.



Academic excellence since 1916


AvilaAvila University is a value-based community of learning, Catholic, co-educational and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In a climate respecting the worth and dignity of each individual, the university provides liberal arts, professional undergraduate and graduate education for students’ responsible life-long contributions to the contemporary world. Since its founding, Avila University has been committed to excellence in teaching and learning in an environment that respects the uniqueness of each person and stresses responsible service to others.

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Learn more, be more


FontbonneFontbonne University, a Catholic coeducational institution of higher learning sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition. The university is dedicated to the discovery, understanding, preservation and dissemination of truth. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in an atmosphere characterized by a commitment to open communication, personal concern and diversity. Fontbonne seeks to educate students to think critically, to act ethically and to assume responsibility as citizens and leaders.

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Not I but we


St. Joseph's AcademySt. Joseph's Academy is a college preparatory high school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The mission at the Academy is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. The SJA community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.Through its years of continuous growth, the St. Joseph’s Academy has deepened its traditions which are rooted in commitment to academic excellence, to moral and ethical values, to strong parental involvement, and to quality of service.

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Giving deaf children a voice

SJISt. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) is committed to the auditory-oral education, spiritual and emotional growth, and personal development of severely and profoundly hearing-impaired children and teens. SJI serves 200 children in a pre-K to grade eight day school and the Molloy Family Center early intervention program on the main campus in St. Louis and an outreach early intervention program in Indianapolis.

All SJI programs use the auditory-oral method to develop audition, oral language, and speech without the use of sign language. A primary goal is to transition children into mainstream educational settings as soon as possible. Services include age appropriate academic curriculum, state-of-the art deaf education, speech and language therapy, audiology, and intensive supportive services. Over 80% of SJI students use cochlear implants.. SJI collaborates closely with hospitals for implant surgery, school district special education programs, and other service providers.

SJI has a consistent history of cutting edge innovation in deaf education. Founded in 1837, St. Joseph’s was the first school for the deaf west of the Mississippi and in 1934 became one of the first schools in the world to employ an oral approach. With the advent of cochlear implants and increased research into the impact of early hearing loss on academic achievement and social development, SJI established the Molloy Family Center in 1981 to provide early intervention services for newly identified hearing-impaired children from birth to age three.

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ST. TERESA’S ACADEMY, Kansas City, Mo,
College prep for young women since 1866


STASt. Teresa’s Academy is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory high school committed to the education of young women sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The Academy is rooted in Christian values and embraces a diverse student body. We promote excellence in education through a challenging curriculum, personal responsibility and participation in extracurricular activities. St. Teresa’s Academy is the oldest school and women’s institution in Kansas City. St. Teresa’s has been faithful to an overriding vision and values that make it unique among local, private educational institutions.

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A place to call home


NazarethNazareth Living Center is co-sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Benedictine Health System. In the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Nazareth Living Center participates in the healing mission of Jesus by ministering with compassion and responding creatively to the needs of aging persons. What makes Nazareth truly unique is the practice of the four core values for which the organization stands: Sacredness, Integrity, Hospitality and Collaboration. Nazareth Living Center’s vision is to expand the campus to include persons living independently and to provide facilities to care for them as they age in place.

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