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Snapshots in Time

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Sisters in the Motherhouse courtyard practicing the dance for an art exhibit

Performance Art at the Motherhouse

In the summer of 1996, artists Michael Townsend, Erica Duthie and Debbie Abramson ran an art outreach program that concluded with a multimedia exhibit of music, dance and sculpture held in the courtyard of the Carondelet Motherhouse.

A black and white photo of Sister Catherine Berissimo Monahan wearing a big in a living room setting.

A birthday card from JFK

Sister Catherine Berissimo Monahan received a special card from President Kennedy on her 100th birthday, the day after his assassination.

A Glimpse into the Archives

October is American Archives Month, so we’re putting a spotlight on our archivists at the Carondelet Consolidated Archives. They are responsible for preserving and sharing the history, spirit and memory of the congregation. To learn more about our archivists and the history stored within the archives, we asked each of our archives staff members to take a picture with their favorite artifact.

Motherhouse Statues Then and Now

Walking around the beautiful grounds of the Motherhouse in St. Louis, one notices the lovely statues that are all around. I wanted to show what some of the statues once looked like and present a glimpse into history.

A minimalist line drawing in black ink on red paper shows Jesus on his knees holding the cross after falling.

Snapshots in Time: Stations of the Cross

During the Triduum, it seems fitting to highlight the artwork of Sister Anne Pierre Limoges depicting the fourteen stations. These beautiful, yet simple, pieces are rendered in a minimalistic line art style in ink on artist board.

A collection of 20 colorful hand-drawn Christmas cards is scattered across a desk.

Snapshot in Time: Mele Kalikimaka

We want to share this beautiful collection of Christmas cards from our sisters who served in Hawaii. These cards that span the 1970s and ‘80s and into the early ‘90s are kept in the Carondelet Consolidated Archives in St. Louis

An illustration of the first sisters in St. Louis

Reflecting on Founders Day

In the middle of October, we celebrate Founders’ Day, memorializing the eight courageous pioneers who created our community in Le Puy, France. Father Médaille went where Jesuits were not allowed to go, gathering a group of women and helping them become a formal religious congregation.

A statue of the seven sisters on their trek to Tuscon

Celebrating 152 years of ministry in Tucson

In 1870, seven brave sisters trekked from Missouri to Arizona to minister to the dear neighbor. After a delay of two years, the 150th Anniversary of the Trek of the Seven Sisters was held on May 29 at St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson, Arizona.

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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are a congregation of Catholic sisters. We, and those who share our charism and mission, are motivated in all things by our profound love of God and our dear neighbors. We seek to build communities and bridge divides between people. Since our first sisters gathered in 1650, our members have been called to “do all things of which women are capable.” The first sisters of our congregation arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in 1836, and we now have additional locations in St. Paul, Albany, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Japan and Peru. Today, we commit to respond boldly to injustice and dare to be prophetic.


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