Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet: A Photo Series
By Brittany Hanewinkel
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs) were founded in 1650 in Le Puy, France by Father Jean Pierre Medaille, a Jesuit priest. The sisters found their way to America in 1836 when Bishop Rosati of St. Louis requested six CSJs presence to educate the deaf. Fontbonne University was founded by the CSJs in 1923. The St. Louis province is one of four congregations in the United States. The others are located in St. Paul, Albany and Los Angeles. According to their organizational website, the CSJ mission is “to form loving relationships with ourselves, with God, within community, Church, society and all creation.” The sisters are known for their do so through prayer, direct service, consciousness raising, and systemic change.”
This spring, Fontbonne celebrated I Heart CSJ week. The following photos capture the kickoff event, Mass at the Doer Chapel, on March 8th. Other events included “Hands across Fontbonne,” “Rocking with the Sisters,” a historical tour of Fontbonne’s campus, and a service day with the sisters.
As Sister Linda compares the Fontbonne and the CSJ community, she can’t help but to find similarities. “Both the CSJ and FBU community are similar because the charism and mission intersect on my levels. Serving the dear neighbor means the same as the ‘committed to the common good.’ The CSJ mission of ‘unifying love’ and FBU’s ‘transformative education’ are also one in the same as they both speak of making a difference in the world by opening one’s heart, mind and spirit to the ‘other’ and realize that the similarities and differences among all people are something to be treasured and respected.”
Brittany is a sophomore at Fontbonne majoring in Professional Writing and minoring in Literary Studies. She is an assistant to the Carondelet Chair in Catholic Thought. Her favorite involvements at Fontbonne include Service and Justice Coordinators and Campus Ministry events.