Our History

History of the Sisters of St. Joseph

The Sisters of St. Joseph were founded in 1650 in LePuy, France. The congregation spread to the United States in 1836, with Sisters seeking out the “needs of the city” throughout the country and working to alleviate them. In 1856 the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New York was founded.

The Sisters of St. Joseph Brentwood are the largest order of Catholic women religious on Long Island, N.Y., and have a 160-year tradition of ministering wherever they are needed. The Sisters are educators from elementary to the university level, social workers, health care professionals, lawyers, medical doctors, parish ministers, administrators, environmentalists, spiritual directors, and advocates for social justice. Their mission includes empowering women and girls, education, health care, social justice, ecological conservation, and spirituality. The Sisters strive to live their mission by responding to the needs of the time.

The Sisters currently operate four high schools for girls in N.Y. -Fontbonne Hall Academy, The Mary Louis Academy, Sacred Heart Academy, St. Joseph H.S.,  as well as Academia Maria Reina in Puerto Rico, and also founded St. Joseph’s College.

At their 211-acre Brentwood complex, the Sisters operate The CSJ Learning Connection for Adult Education (an adult literacy program for women), as well as Maria Regina skilled nursing facility, an Organic Garden, and the St. Joseph’s Renewal Center. Providence House and Hour Children, founded by the Sisters, help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children. The Sisters advocate for social justice, and are currently working to use and preserve their land in Brentwood in an ecologically sound manner. 


Brentwood Sisters of St. Joseph

As told on their website, the Sisters of St. Joseph's goal is to "do ordinary things with extraordinary vision: to live our daily lives with the love of God and of all creation. Rooted in a life of prayer which enables us to embrace our prophetic role, we work together to unite all in God’s love." 

To learn more about the Sisters of St. Joseph, please visit their website.


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