St. Louis Province

On January 4, 1836, six Sisters of St. Joseph left their French homeland to set sail for a new country. They did so at the request of the Bishop of St. Louis, Missouri, who needed sisters to serve in his quickly-growing diocese. These courageous women adventured on a long journey, spending three difficult months at sea. They eventually arrived aboard a Mississippi  River steamboat from New Orleans to begin their work in St. Louis. The work of the sisters
flourished, expanding across the country.

Today while the St. Louis sisters give thanks to God for the great variety gifts given, they focus with greater intensity on today’s needs: they help provide housing and health care for the poor in rural Alabama; they direct community centers in central Mississippi; they counsel immigrants and victims of torture & war; they provide respite and retreat times for the homeless. In these and in many other ways, the St. Louis Province serves the “dear neighbor” most in need.

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