Student's Needlework

At St. Joseph's school in St. Louis, Missouri, the School Sisters of Notre Dame introduced needlework to their students in 1859. View some of their work hanging in St. Joseph's today. 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.


Image of needlework student. Title: Holy Family Student: Anna M. Schrapfzrmann 12 years of age - 1863 St. Joseph's School. St Louis, MO
Image of needlework student. Title: Ishmael's Banishment Student: Mary H. Schmisseur 14 years of age - 1870 St. Joseph's School. St Louis, MO
Image of needlework. Title: King David Student: Theresa Hohmann 10 years of age - 1873 St. Joseph's School. St Louis, MO
Image of needlework student. Title: Queen of Heaven Student: Emma Diel 12 years of age - 1882 St. Joseph's School. St Louis, MO


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.

 

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