Discover our Deep History in Helping People Thrive
Our mission to provide high-quality senior housing began when Mother Alexine Gosselin took on the daunting task of shepherding a new congregation in La Grange Park, IL — with only 33 cents in resources.
Mother Alexine gratefully accepted donations from parishioners to provide students with a Christian education based on science and writing, with an emphasis on art and music. She opened a school for girls and rented a large enough house to accommodate both students and sisters.
By 1912, the Congregation had grown to 80 sisters. Many were asked to establish ministries in education and health care across the country.
Following WWI and WWII, the congregation prospered and fulfilled requests from parishes to staff their schools, and by 1960 the Sisters’ education ministry served more than 14,000 elementary and high school students.
Today, our not-for-profit ministries are as varied as our members themselves. Using our diverse talents and gifts, we respond to the needs of the world, serving as educators, nurses, social workers, spiritual directors, and parish and hospital chaplains, touching the lives of more than 20,000 children and adults annually.
Joseph House was constructed for our sisters and other older adults interested in faith-based senior living. In 2007, the community joined our beautiful communities to form the Congregation of St. Joseph.