Nineteen SistersofSt. Josephof Carondelet standing in front of a St. Joseph's Hospital entrance. The Sisters opened the hospital in 1853 in the log cabin Chapel ofSt. Paul on Bench Street. This photo is taken at the hospital's third and current site. The hospital joined the HealthEast System in 1987.
SisterSt. John Fournier led the first four SistersofSt. Josephof Carondelet to St. Paul in November 1851. They traveled up the Mississippi River on the Steamboat St. Paul from St. Louis, Missouri. About one week after their arrival the Sisters opened St. Joseph's Academy, a boarding and day school. In July 1853, the SistersofSt. Joseph opened St. Joseph's Hospital, Minnesota's first hospital.
Young women were recruited from Ireland and Canada in the late 1800s and early 1900s to join the SistersofSt. Josephof Carondelet. (Some considered this increase in membership an unnatural growth.) By the turn of the century there were 428 SistersofSt. Joseph in the St. Paul Province to help administer and staff the schools and hospitals in the care of the community. Pictured here, according to note attached to photograph, back row (left to right): Sisters Matthew, Cuthberta, Peter, Blanda. Middle row (left to right) Sisters Oswina, Odelia, Jarleth, Illirius, Salome, Candida, Placidia, Pius. Front row (left to right) Sisters Honorata, Michael, Celsus, Lucy, St. Kevin, Victor, Erma.
Students and one SisterofSt. Josephof Carondelet standing outside St. Mary's Academy. The Sisters opened the Graceville school in 1885. It was destroyed by fire in 1898. Indian children from the nearby Sisseton agency and children of white settlers attended the school. A new school was built in 1900 and a high school was added in 1915. Both the elementary and secondary schools were closed by 1969.
Cabinet photograph of three prominent SistersofSt. Josephof Carondelet in full habit. Sister Seraphine Ireland was the director of the St. Paul Province of the SistersofSt. Josephof Carondelet from 1882-1921. She was responsible for the establishment of numerous schools and hospitals in urban and rural areas of Minnesota and North Dakota. SisterSt. John Ireland was responsible for the establishment of Holy Angels Academy from 1877-1897. Sister Celestine Howard, a cousin of the Irelands, was supervisor of schools established by SistersofSt. Josephof Carondelet; she later (1884) established St. Agatha's Conservatory of Art and Music. This unique school offered classes in various branches of art and music, as well as in dramatics. It closed in 1969. The Irelands were sistersof John Ireland, the first archbishop ofSt. Paul.
A pen and ink drawing ofSt. Joseph's Academy at its new location on Marshall and Western. This school, with later building additions, was the successor to the log cabin Bench Street school. The SistersofSt. Josephof Carondelet owned and operated the school until 1971.
Sister Antonia McHugh had experience at three educational levels: elementary, secondary, and college. She was among the first faculty appointed to Derham Hall / College ofSt. Catherine in 1905. From 1914-1917 she served as the first dean of the college; from 1917-1937 she served as the first president of the college. Her work brought national and international recognition of the scholastic curriculum and faculty at the college.
Two girls standing in front of the Mahoney residence, the first site ofSt. Joseph's Academy, where three SistersofSt. Josephof Carondelet cared for orphans and taught classes in art and music. Six months after their arrival, the Sisters developed an academic curriculum and taught classes in a vacant public school.