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Sisters of St. Joseph

Mission of the schools sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood

The mission of the five women who began the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Le Puy, France in 1650 was not about doing particular works, but about letting God's passion for a world of inclusive love, unity, reconciliation, justice and peace shape them and inspire all with whom and to whom they ministered.


This mission remains as relevant today as it did in the seventeenth century. In 2016, the Member Board of the Sisters of St. Joseph along with school administrators met with facilitators to unfold this mission in our schools: St. Joseph High School, Brooklyn (1904); The Mary Louis Academy, Queens (1936); Fontbonne Hall Academy, Brooklyn (1937); Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead (1949); and Academia Maria Reina, San Juan, PR (1966). The following statement is the result of their reflection.


Mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph Schools

Sisters of St. Joseph Schools are Catholic College-preparatory educational communities of excellence, created to empower young women to become the leaders of tomorrow. Steeped in the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, our schools foster respect for and oneness with creation, and are committed to nurturing inclusive love, unity, reconciliation, justice and peace. We strive to develop compassionate, confident students, rooted in the gospel of Jesus, who use their exceptional academic and leadership skills to address the needs of our times.



In our common mission, we are committed to:



Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus, the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the traditions of the Catholic Church, we strive to live and witness reconciliation, unity, justices, peace, and God’s inclusive love. We seek union with God and with the sacred community of all God’s creation, human and non-human.



Students at our schools achieve academic excellence while their individual gifts and talents are nourished. They are encouraged to become life-long learners through rigorous and innovative college preparatory curricula.



Our schools prepare students to live their lives with honesty and integrity. We strive to develop women leaders who earn respect by actions and decisions marked with strength, humility, empathy and authenticity.



Our schools encourage students to become responsible, compassionate citizens committed to justice and peace in a global society. Our students embrace opportunities to respond to the needs of others through service and advocacy



Our schools are unique, diverse, and caring Christian communities where all are welcomed and respected. In this sacred environment, our students grow in self-respect, hospitality, and care for the dear neighbor.



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