Historical Name: Academy of Our Lady of Peace
Villa Montemar (“House on a Hill by the Sea”)
Founding Date: May 10, 1882
School Type: Catholic all-girls’ high school for grades 9-12
Sponsorship: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ)
The Congregation was founded in Le Puy, France, in 1650; it was refounded as a United States Congregation in Carondelet, Missouri, in the year 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.
Learn more about the founding of the Sisters of St. Joseph and their foundress Mother Saint John Fontbonne.
Colors: Blue and white
Motto: Deus Illuminatio Mea (“God is My Light”)
Mascot: “The Pilots”
Mighty God, Father of all, Compassionate God, Mother of all, bless every person I have met, every face I have seen, every voice I have heard, especially those most dear; bless every city, town and street that I have known, bless every sight I have seen, every sound I have heard, every object I have touched. In some mysterious way these have all fashioned my life; all that I am I have received. Great God, bless the world.