Sisters of St. Joseph

Over 100 Years of Service

The Sisters of St. Joseph have been an intimate part of Our Lady of Lourdes since 1895. When Father Pompeney arrived in Pittsburg to serve as pastor, he made arrangements for the Sisters of St. Joseph to come to Pittsburg to teach at the growing school in about 1895. Since then, over 150 sisters have served in the grade school (see list below).

 

Since the high school opened in 1936, the Sisters of St. Joseph have been active there. They have served as Principals of the high school from the beginning in 1936 until 1973. Sister Linus was the first principal (1936-1949), followed by Sister Edwina (1949-1950 ), Sister Paula (1950-1958), Sister Linus again (1958-1960), then Sister de Chantal (1960-1963), Sister Veronica (1963-1966), Sister Mary Patrick (1966-1972), and finally Sister Laura (1972-1973). The Sisters have always been active in school life from teaching, to coaching, to directing musicals, and more. A list of sisters serving at the high school is given below.

 

The Convent

When Pastor Dr. Pompeney brought the Sisters of St. Joseph to Pittsburg to teach in the grade school, the Sisters lived 

in a cottage at Ninth and Elm. They resided there until construction of the new church was started in 1904.

Monsignor McCullough began a high school program in 1936. With the addition of the secondary program and the starting of a Kindergarten program that same year, a Sister's residence was purchased in 1932 but later sold.

In 1949, Father Alex G. Stremel began a building program of "three tabernacles": a new rectory, a new gymnasium and a new convent. The image to the left shows the existing convent at the southwest corner of Locust and Ninth Streets.

 

History of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Sisters of St. Joseph can trace their history to LePuy, France in 1650. The Bishop Henri de Maupas granted ecclesiastical approval to organize a Congregation without cloister that dedicated themselves to works of charity, called the Sisters of St. Joseph. Several widows and young women were trying to minister to those suffering due to civil and religious strife in France. A traveling Jesuit missionary, Father Jean Pierre Medaille, became associated with them and helped carry the cause to the Vatican. This tiny nucleus of women began to live very simply in small groups, sometimes only three, and with no distinguishing mark to set them apart.

During the French Revolution, many Sisters were imprisoned or scattered to their family homes and five were guillotined. The revolution ended in 1794 and in 1807, Mother St. Jeanne Fontbonne, who had been cheated of a martyr's death by the fall of Robespierre, was asked to gather women religious who had been scattered during the revolution and to refound the Sisters of St. Joseph.

In 1836, Mother St. John sent six sisters to America at the request of Bishop Joseph Rosati of St. Louis, Missouri. They lived in a log cabin convent in Carondelet, Missouri, where they taught the deaf and worked with Native Americans. Eventually, they expanded their work to other parts of the United States.

The current Congregation in Wichita was formed in 1888 and its roots can be traced to Concordia, Kansas (1883), Rochester, New York (1854),and Carondelet (1836).

More than two thousand Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet now serve in forty states and in Peru, Japan, and Chile. In countless parishes, schools, health care centers, retreat houses, colleges and universities, neighborhood outreach centers, the sisters serve with the same spirit which motivated the first sisters.

The Sisters Who Have Served at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

The following list of sisters serving in the grade school was found in the Diamond Jubilee Book, so it includes all years up to 1956.

 

Sister Adella - 1937
Sister Agatha - 1899
Sister Agnes Clare - 1925, 27-28, 34-35
Sister Agnes Marie 1948
Sister Agriesina - 1942-44
Sister Alfreda - 1945-46
Sister Ambrose - 1923
Sister Anacleta - 1954-56
Sister Anthony - 1898
Sister Antoinette - 1918-26
Sister M. Assissium - 1903
Sister M. Athanasius - 1947-49, 55
Sister M. Augustine - 1924-25, 37
Sister M. Aurelia - 1918-19
Mother M. Baptista - 1900
Sister Barbara - 1921
Sister Beatrice - 1940
Sister Berchmans - 1943-48
Sister Bernard - 1938-39
Sister Bernadine - 1917-1919
Sister Bertina - 1951-52
Sister Bfrtrand - 1951-53
Sister Boniface - 1895
Sister Borromeo - 1927-40
Sister Callista - 1924
Sister Carlotta - 1956
Sister Carol Ann - 1950
Sister Catherine - 1948
Sister Cecilia Agnes - 1926
Sister Chrysostom - 1948, 1951
Sister Clare - 1915
Sister Clare Louise - 1949
Sister Clarence - 1936
Sister Clarissa - 1947-50
Sister Clementine - 1896-99
Sister Clotilde - 1897
Mother Colette - 1903
Sister Cosmas - 1927-35
Sister Cvrilla - 1956
Sister Daniel - 1953-54
Sister David - 1950-1953
Sister M. de Chantal - 1926-36
Sister M. Delphine - 1904
Sister M. Denise - 1950
Sister M. de Pazzi - 1949-52
Sister M. de Sales - 1895-96
Sister M. de Sales - 1948, 1954-56
Sister M. Dolores - 1948-56
Sister M. Dorothea - 1896
Sister M. Edmund - 1905
Sister M. Edwina - 1949
Sister Eileen - 1937-41
Sister Eina - 1920
Sister Elizabeth - 1943
Sister Emerentia - 1951, 55
Sister Ermina - 1934
Sister Esther - 1925
Sister Eugenia - 1952
Sister Eulalia - 1917-1918
Sister Euphrasia - 1929, 1942-48
Sister Eusebius - 1947, 1956
Sister M. Eva - 1948
Sister M. Evangelist - 1925-26
Sister M. Evarista - 1936, 1956
Sister Ferdinand - 1939-46
Sister Fernando - 1951-52
Sister Flavia - 1944-47
Sister Flora - 1935
Sister Florence - 1936-37
Sister Frances - 1898, 1901
Sister Francis Aloysius - 1955
Sister Francis Joseph - 1938
Sister Gabriel - 1950
Sister Genevieve - 1898, 1902
Sister Georgiana - 1927-30, 36, 49
Sister M. Germaine - 1915-16
Sister M. Grace - 1929-33, 37-45
Sister Gregory - 1915-17
Sister Ignatius - 1949
Sister Isabel - 1951
Sister James - 1953-54
Sister Jean Louise - 1952-56
Sister Jerome - 1919
Sister John Joseph - 1920-22, 38
Sister Joseph - 1899-1902
Sister Julia - 1951
Sister Justin - 1929-31, 44, 50-54
Sister Kevin - 1917-18, 22-24
Sister Lambertine - 1921-24
Sister Lawrence - 1900
Sister Leo - 1895-96, 1916
Sister Leonora - 1954-56
Sister Linus - 1938-48
Sister Loretta - 1915-16
Sister Louis - 1897
Sister Luciana - 1935-39, 50-51
Sister Lucilla - 1935-40
Sister Lucille - 1950-51
Sister Luke - 1937-41, 52-56
Sister Madeleva - 1950
Sister Margaret Mary - 1905
Sister Margarita - 1947-48
Sister Marina - 1940-41
Sister Marita - 1947, 49
Sister Martha - 1918, 1931-33
Sister Martin - 1924-26, 40-46, 55
Sister Mary Margaret - 1952-54
Sister M. Maxime - 1950
Sister Mel Eesa - 1920-24
Sister Miriam - 1923
Sister Modesta - 1918, 55-56
Sister Monica - 1949
Sister M. Nora - 1954-56
Sister M. Paschal - 1951
Sister M. Paula - 1937-42, 49-56
Sister Philip Ann - 1952-53
Sister Philomena - 1899
Sister Quintin - 1941-47
Sister Raphael - 1927-28
Sister Regina - 1903-04
Sister Regis - 1920, 39
Sister Rita - 1917-22
Sister Rosalia - 1915-16, 1950-54
Sister Rose - 1919
Sister Rose Angela - 1926
Sister Rosemary - 1932-33
Sister Scholastica - 1938
Sister Simeon - 1941, 1950-51
Sister St. John - 1925-26
Sister St. Jude - 1945-47
Sister Sylvia - 1942-45
Sister Teresa - 1901-02
Sister Teresa Marie - 1927-47, 1953
Sister Teresita - 1934, 1955-56
Sister Thomas Aquinas - 1952-53
Sister Victorine - 1940-45, 1953-54
Sister Vincent - 1896
Sister Vincentia - 1948, 1952, 1956
Sister Virgilius - 1936
Sister Urban - 1951-52
Sister Ursula - 1915-16
Sister Wilma - 1946-48
Sister Xavier - 1900

 

The list of Sisters serving at the high school was compiled by the Alumni Association in 2000 and included:

Sister Ferdinand
Sister Luke
Sister Paula
Sister Linus
Sister Martin
Sister Euphrasia
Sister Victorine
Sister Florence
Sister Elizabeth
Sister Berchmans
Sister Flavia
Sister Athanasius
Sister Clarissa
Sister Eva
Sister Vincentia
Sister Agnesina
Sister Edwina
Sister Ignatius
Sister Rosaria
Sister Lucille
Sister Lucianna
Sister de Pazzi
Sister Simeon
Sister Isabel
Sister Teresa Marie
Sister James
Sister Teresita
Sister Cyrilia
Sister Walburga
Sister Justina
Sister Cleophas
Sister Veronica
Sister Edward
Sister de Chantal
Sister Assumpta
Sister Sara
Sister Leocritia
Sister Eustasia
Sister Clare Louise
Sister Immaculata
Sister Lynda
Sister Mary Patrick
Sister Eda Marie
Sister Prudentia
Sister Helen Joseph
Sister Laura
Sister Suzanne
Sister Harriet
Sister Gabrielia
Sister Rebecca
Sister Mary John
Sister Helene
Sister Teresa
Sister Lucille
Sister Denise
Sister Patrice