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Group photo of Mount faculty, staff and sisters in front of the Cathedral in Le Puy France.

CSJ Heritage Tours led by President Ann McElaney-Johnson

“Following the Footsteps of our Founders.”

Each year several members of the Mount Saint Mary’s University community have participated in our inaugural pilgrimage exploring the foundations of our heritage in France. Led by President Ann McElaney-Johnson, Mount trustees, faculty, staff, alumnae, sisters and friends joined together for ten days to immerse ourselves in the historic sites of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.


President Ann McElaney-Johnson, Professor emerita MaryAnn Bonino and Sr. Mechtilde Gerber, CSJ, at the Doheny Libray during CSJ Week, March 2016

We begin in the beautiful lakeside town of Annecy, before heading to Le Puy where in 1650 six women formed the first community of the Sisters of St. Joseph. We then visit the sites of Mother St. John Fontbonne, who re-founded the sisters after the French Revolution. Our journey brings us to her hometown of Bas-en-Basset and several small towns in the region, before our final stop in Lyon, where she is buried. Along the way we meet many CSJs from France and around the world.

For information about our next pilgrimage in June 2020, please contact Shannon Green.