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Fine Arts Education was a Key Component Within SSND

Student's Needlework

At St. Joseph's school in St. Louis, MO, the School Sisters of Notre Dame introduced needlework to their students in 1859. View some of their work hanging in St. Joseph's today by Double-clicking on the thumbnail pictures and Single-click to close the image. Marvel at the creative potential of American children. Mother Caroline would have seen this work and was undoubtedly pleased. Read (below) what Father Barnaby Faherty, SJ says about their work.

The St. Louis German Catholics
by: William B. Faherty, S.J. - St. Louis, Reedy Press c. 2004, p.26

"In 1858 Father Joseph Parschowski,S.J. pastor of St. Joseph's Church, brought the School Sisters of Notre Dame to St. Joseph's.[St. Louis, MO] Mother Caroline opened the school on May 10, 1858, on land donated by Ann Mullanphy Biddle. Over the years, among other areas of excellence, girls from the school did such superb needlework that displays held places in musea a century later."

Editor's note: In a personal conversation with Father Faherty he said that the School Sisters' students' work was displayed in the Jesuit Museum in Florissant, Missouri. Archivists from the St. Louis Arch Museum visited and asked for permission to display the exceptional needlework in a special exhibit under the Arch on German Immigrants.
Needlework Introduction
Mother Theresa's Needlework
S. Josepha's Needlwork
Needlework in America
Student's Needlwork
Holy Rule of 1924
German Needlework Teachers
Needlwork in Missions
Needlework Today

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