Sisters of Saint Joseph

The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyons number nearly 1,000, serving in four provinces (Maine, Mexico, India and Europe) in fifteen countries. The Sisters operate many Catholic schools and hospitals in France, the United States, Canada, Japan and England. In India they operate hospitals, homes, and orphanages.

The story of the origin of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph may be divided into two parts—first, that of their foundation of the Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, October 15, 1650, at LePuy, France, by the ardent and zealous Jesuit, the Reverend John Peter Medaille, S.J., and second, that of its restoration at Lyons by our saintly Foundress, Mother Saint John Fontbonne, after the ravages of the French Revolution.

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