The Sisters of Saint Joseph Founders' Day
Every year on October 15, we recognize the beginnings of our Elms College founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. In 1650 in the small village of Le Puy, France, the Sisters of St. Joseph became one of the first Catholic communities established for the ordinary woman. The six founding French women of the Sisters of St. Joseph shared a “profound love of God and neighbor without distinction,” to love and work so that all might be one.
“As a college founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, we invite everyone to pause for a moment to give thanks for the first Sisters and their founder, Fr. Jean Pierre Medaille, S.J.,” expressed Director of Campus Ministry, Carol Allan, SSJ, M.A.T. “In that spirit, we also remember the Sisters of Saint Joseph who founded this college, and on whose shoulders we stand.”
Our very own Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield began after seven Sisters from the New York Congregation traveled to Chicopee Falls to start a parish school in 1883. The Sisters of St. Joseph then grew steadily over the years as they educated children throughout central and western Massachusetts.
In 1928, the Sisters of St. Joseph founded the College of Our Lady of the Elms to train young women to teach. With a solid foundation rooted in Catholic identity, the Elms College of today continues the Sisters’ tradition of educating reflective, principled and creative learners who are rooted in faith.