The Founders of St. Kate's
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the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
In 1851, four Sisters arrived in the Village of St. Paul, Minnesota to establish the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province. A log cabin became the first site of St. Joseph’s Academy in early November 1851, a day and boarding school for girls. In 1853, in response to the cholera epidemic, the sisters turned the school into the first site of St. Joseph’s Hospital, which was also the state of Minnesota’s first hospital.
The growth of the St. Paul congregation began with the entrance of its first postulants, Ellen Ireland and her cousin Ellen Howard in the summer of 1858. By then, the pattern of response to need had been firmly set with the opening of St. Joseph Academy in St. Paul, Long Prairie Indian Mission, St. Anthony’s School in Minneapolis, and St. Joseph Hospital and Cathedral School in St. Paul. Orphans were taken care of in all these institutions.
In 2016, the St. Paul Province celebrates its 175th year. Its ministries range from young adult spirituality to immigrant and refugee services. Through these ministries, St. Paul Sisters and Consociates strive to foster the common good through advocacy, creative arts, education, healthcare, social service, and spirituality.
Full entry found here: Sisters of St. Joseph
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