About St. Joseph Academy
At St. Joseph Academy is a childcare and school serving students 6 weeks through 8th grade, we believe that children learn best in an environment where they are challenged, listened to and treated with respect. The focus at SJA is not just on the academic, but on the whole child. Our programs are designed to give children of varying learning styles and educational abilities the very best in academic instruction.
ST. JOSEPH ACADEMY IS A CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION SPONSORED BY THE FELICIAN SISTERS. OUR MISSION IS TO EDUCATE CHILDREN TO BE SUCCESSFUL LIFELONG LEARNERS AND PROBLEM SOLVERS. WE ARE GUIDED BY THE FELICIAN SISTERS’ CORE VALUES FOR MINISTRY: RESPECT FOR HUMAN DIGNITY, COMPASSION, JUSTICE AND PEACE, TRANSFORMATION, AND SOLIDARITY WITH THE POOR. WE PARTNER WITH FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY TO FULFILL THIS MISSION.
RESPECT FOR HUMAN DIGNITY
I will treat all people with respect, no matter their age, gender, race, economic status or religious tradition.
I will show concern for the vulnerable and respond to their needs of mind, body and spirit with patience and kindness.
I will take responsibility for my schoolwork and for creating a positive school environment.
SOLIDARITY WITH THE POOR
I will use my time well, avoid wasting resources, and be mindful of my part in contributing to our class and community.
JUSTICE AND PEACE
I will think of our school’s mission and values in my decision making and behaviors and perform my tasks to the best of my ability.
St. Joseph Academy is recognized as a Catholic innovative, high quality, values driven leader in education. St. Joseph Academy educates the whole child in a safe and inclusive environment from birth through 8th grade. In partnership with community stakeholders, St. Joseph Academy promotes faith, diversity, service and advocacy.
Our Patron Saint
Saint Joseph was a carpenter, married to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and was the guardian or foster father of Jesus. Ready to carry out God’s will, Joseph and Mary traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem and he witnessed the birth of Jesus in a stable. Joseph became the legal father of Jesus, to whom he gave the name revealed by an angel: “You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” In Catholic traditions, Joseph is regarded as a patron saint of workers, fathers, and a happy death. Additionally, Pope Pius IX declared Joseph to be both the patron and the protector of the Catholic Church.
What is Saint Joseph’s connection to SJA?
Despite the many name changes over the past 113 years, St. Joseph’s name has always graced the organization. The organization was first known as St. Joseph Asylum for Orphans, followed by St. Joseph Home, South Day Care Center of St. Joseph, Child Development Center of St. Joseph, and today, St. Joseph Academy.
While it is unclear on how the Felician Sisters settled on Joseph as the organization’s patron saint, it is known that the foundress of the Felician Sisters Sr. Mary Angela Truszkowska revered Joseph. Her parents, devout Catholics, were named Joseph and Josephine.
Locally, there is a legend that says the three Sisters only had a coin medallion of Joseph in their coin purse when they arrived and that possibly through Joseph’s intercession, they were able to receive funds to build the orphanage. In considering a name, they also likely considered which saint would best help the working poor families they were ministering to, especially those who could no longer care for their children.
How do people celebrate Saint Joseph?
Pope Francis has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from Dec. 8, 2020 – Dec. 8, 2021 in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. Pope Francis described Joseph as a “beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father, a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, and a father in the shadows” in his Apostolic Letter entitled “Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart).” Additional celebrations for Joseph include various feast days throughout the year. SJA typically celebrates Joseph the week of March 19. This year, we will hold celebrations through the year in honor of the Year of St. Joseph.
Prayer to Saint Joseph
Hail, the Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.