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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.”

Seventeen members of the Mount Saint Mary’s University community have returned from 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 and immersed ourselves in the historic sites of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. We began 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 visited the sites of Mother St. John Fontbonne, who re-founded the sisters after the French Revolution. Our journey brought us to her hometown of Bas-en-Basset and ended in Lyon, where she is buried. Along the way we met many CSJs from France and around the world. For information about future pilgrimages, please contact Shannon Green.

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


Other programs include:

CSJ Week, March 2018

Future CSJ Heritage tours

Retreats for Alumnae

Mission education and formation for the Mount community and our partners