CSJ Anniversary Featured in Diocesan Papers

Serving the City

Featured in the St. Louis Review, April 1, 2011
Written by Jennifer Brinker

When the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were founded in France in the mid-1600s, their founder, Jesuit Father Jean Pierre Medaille, called on them to go forth and "divide the city" and serve others.

This year, the sisters are kicking off 175 years of presence and ministry in the United States, which all began in St. Louis.

When the sisters came to St. Louis in 1836 at the invitation of Bishop Joseph Rosati, they were charged with serving the deaf, Native Americans, orphans, young women -- those who primarily were considered marginalized. The religious community planted its roots at Carondelet, an area along the Mississippi River in what is now considered South St. Louis.

"When we started out our ministry was basically education and hospital work," said Sister Pat Giljum, a member of the St. Louis Province leadership team. After Vatican II, the types of ministries expanded. That includes work in parishes, schools, diocesan offices, health care, child care, deaf education, youth ministry, adult education, homes for the elderly and social work, among other areas.

"Wherever they see a need and they can fill that need, that's their part of the city," said Sister Pat. Read more.


The Education and Care of the “Dear Neighbor” for 145 Years

Catholic Key, March 2011
by Marty Denzer

Kansas City was a rough town in the mid 1860s — muddy, rocky and full of the vestiges of bitterness caused by decades of border warfare, the still fresh memories of the infamous Order 11 and Civil War campaigns. Order No 11, issued by Union general Thomas Ewing on Aug. 25, 1863, gave an eviction notice to all people in Jackson, Cass, Bates and Vernon counties who could not prove their loyalty to the Union cause. Ewing’s decree wiped out much of the entire region. Kansas City was populated with Civil War veterans, transient families stocking their Conestoga wagons for weeks of travel on the Santa Fe Trail, and a growing number of visionary men and women who believed in the town’s future. Read more.


Sisters of St. Joseph Mark 175 Years in America

Hawaii Catholic Herald

Everything was so young in those days. The country was only 59 years old. The Diocese of St. Louis, Mo., had been founded just a decade earlier. And the first Sisters of St. Joseph to arrive there on March 25, 1836, from France were between the ages of 21 and 31. One hundred and seventy five years have accumulated since that historic event, a mission that has brought great blessings to America, and later to Hawaii, through the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Read more.

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