The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were established in 1836 when six Sisters of St. Joseph from Lyon, France, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to establish an American foundation at Carondelet, near St. Louis, MO. In 1851, four Sisters from St. Louis traveled up the Mississippi River to St. Paul, MN. From that time forward, the growing community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, worked to establish a network of schools (elementary, secondary, colleges), hospitals, and social services primarily in Minnesota, but also in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Following Vatican Council II (1962-1965), the Sisters moved from these well-established ministries into newer ministries such as education for immigrants, health care clinics for the uninsured, and a variety of ministries focusing on direct service to the poor as well as ministries of peace, justice and legislative advocacy.

This digital archive provides an account into this history as well as biographical and autobiographical information about members of the St. Paul Province. It reflects the broader archive of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, located at 1884 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN.

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Books and Pamphlets Archive

This digital collection of books and pamphlets (click here to see a list of featured publications) provides information about the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province. Some are general histories and some are more specific information about a particular institution. In addition, there are biographical and autobiographical accounts, books of poetry, and one recipe book.

Oral History Archive

Digital transcripts from the papers of the Oral History Collection are available here. Sister Ann Thomasine Sampson, CSJ, province historian, conducted approximately 270 interviews from 1975-1983. Most of the interviews are included here and focus on the history of the province as Sisters established schools, hospitals, and other social services, primarily in the upper mid-west, but also in congregational (Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet) missions in Hawaii, Japan, and Peru. In addition, information about the changes in religious life following Vatican Council II (1962-1965) is documented here.

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