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Our History
In 1872, three sisters including Mother St. George Bradley came to the Cleveland Diocese to serve as teachers at St. Mary, Painesville, where the first Cleveland “house” was founded. Through Mother St. George Bradley's vision, the Cleveland Congregation began.
In 1898, the Cleveland Congregation headed further north in Ohio, when Mother Theresa Fitzmaurice purchased property on a dirt road in the wilderness on the far west side of the city of Cleveland. On these grounds, two buildings were constructed: a motherhouse for the growing community and a boarding school for boys and girls.

In 1905 the present motherhouse, St. Joseph Convent, was built. In 1929 St. Joseph Academy was built.

St. Joseph Academy is now a separately incorporated, comprehensive high school for young women—the only all-girls Catholic high school in the City of Cleveland. 


St. Joseph Convent is known as St. Joseph Center which also serves as the Congregation’s central office. The building houses both retired and actively ministering Sisters, central administration offices, the St. Joseph Worship Space, and River's Edge, a spirituality, conference and retreat center. Situated on 37 acres of property bordering the Cleveland Metroparks and overlooking the Rocky River, St. Joseph Center was renovated in the late 1990s with the environment in mind. The Congregation is committed to the environment and makes every attempt to care for the buildings and property in a way that recognizes the sacredness of the earth and its gifts.

Ministries We Founded:
St. Joseph Academy

River’s Edge, A Place for Reflection and Action
Women’s Outreach Center

Ministries we initiated that are now entrusted to others:
East Side Catholic Shelter, Fontbonne House
, Providence House, Seeds of Literacy, Transitional Housing, Inc., West Side Catholic Center , West Side Catholic Shelter

Other Resources:
Local News

Peace & Justice

Contact Us:
Make a Gift – Mission Advancement Office, 3430 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44111; 216.688.3477, or email Pat Milenius at pmilenius@csjoseph.org

Contact Us – St .Joseph Center, 3430 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, Ohio  44111-2997
216.252.0440. or email InfoCleveland@csjoseph.org