The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ)
The CSJ Congregation was founded in Le Puy, France, in 1650, and re-founded as a United States Congregation in Carondelet, Missouri, in 1836. The sponsorship of the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet guides and contributes to all aspects of campus life. Central to this spiritual and philosophical foundation are the school's: dedication to "excellence tempered by gentleness, peace and joy"; focus on service to the "dear neighbor"; commitment to the furthering of social justice in our world; development of a Peace Education curriculum; and the cultivation of leadership skills.
1882 Mother Ambrosia O’Neill
1884 Mother M. Valeria Bradshaw
1895 Mother Margaret Mary Brady
1900 Mother St. Claire Bresnahan
1906 Mother St. Louis Nugent
1912 Mother St. Catherine Beavers
1917 Mother Margaret Mary Brady
1918 Mother M. Generosa Wall
1923 Mother St. Catherine Beavers
1929 Mother M. Panoratius Wall
1938 Mother M. Generosa Wall
1944 Mother Rosemary Lyons
1947 Mother M. William Flannagan
1953 Sister Aileen Francis Pidge
1959 Sister Evelyn Joseph Flynn
1965 Sister Sheila McCarthy
1971 Sister Marian Donahue
1972 Sister Edward Mary Zerwekh
1982 Sister Dolores Anchondo
2013 Dr. Lauren Lek
1882: Four Sisters found the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, located on Second and G St.
1887: OLP moves to its second location on Third and A St.
1916: Winfield & Ross Van Druff (father & son) begin construction on Property 438-190-02, OLP's present location on Copley and Oregon St.
1917: Preliminary construction is completed for Carondelet, St. Catherine's and St. Cecelia's. Carondelet and St. Catherine's were to be homes for Winfield & Ross while St. Cecelia's was to be a garage with an observatory. They also build a casino, bathing pavilion and swimming pool.
Winfield and Ross soon declare bankruptcy and sell their estate.
1924: The Sisters acquire Villa Montemar and begin construction on three additional buildings
1927: Aquinas Hall, St. Margaret's (now Qualiato Hall), and the Chapel are completed