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Province timeline

1858

Arrival in New York

In spite of a heavy snowfall on April 15, 1858, the parishioners of St. Mary’s in Oswego, New York, gave a warm, cordial welcome to four young sisters who had arrived from St. Louis, Missouri. They had been invited by Reverend Joseph Guerdet, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, to teach the children of local immigrants. The sisters were placed in a three-story building housing a convent, school and an orphanage, and they began their service immediately.

1858

1861

Mother Agatha Guthrie

Mother Agatha Guthrie (pictured) became the first provincial superior of the Albany Province. Among other things, she oversaw the development of elementary and secondary schools. By the early 1960s, 75% of the active sisters were involved in education.

1861

1864

First Provincial House

The first Provincial House in Troy, New York opened.

1864

1903

Hospital opens

St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, New York opened.

1903

1920

Two colleges open

Sister Mary Blanche Rooney, CSJ co-founded The College of Saint Rose in Albany, recognizing a need for higher education for women.

St. Mary’s School of Nursing also opened during this year and remained open until 1987.

1920

1964

Carondelet Educational Center opens

Our sisters began teaching children with learning and speech disabilities through Carondelet Educational Center.

1964

1965

Vatican II Impact

The impact of Vatican II led to an expansion in sisters’ roles and ministries. Sisters adapted to the changing times and became directors of religious education, organized centers for social services and assisted in forming lay leadership.

1965

1992

Carondelet Music Center opens

The Carondelet Music Center opened. During it’s 25 years of existence, the center engaged over 200 students, ranging in age from 3 to 88, eventually closing in 2017.

1992

2005

Carondelet Hospitality Center Opens

Carondelet Hospitality Center opened to provide a space for people to experience the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph as they gathered for meetings, programs and retreats.

2005

2010

The Sisters of St. Joseph founded Shaker Pointe at Carondelet, which provides an all-inclusive independent living option to those who are 55+.