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Posted on: March 2, 2016 11:00 am
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Sr. M. Celine (far right) with junior cowboys on the St. Joseph Children's Home playground in 1955. Older boys are pictured in the rear returning from a baseball game.

by Sr. Mary Joan Terese Niklas

Did you know...the Sisters of Notre Dame came to St. Joseph Children’s Home in Campbell County on May 1, 1877?

St. Joseph Children's Home had been established as a diocesan orphanage for boys. Previously, another religious community had staffed the home. The sisters assumed responsibility for 67 boys, ages 2-19. In addition, the sisters acquired a mortgage of $34,000!  According to the original contract, each sister would receive a salary of $50.00 per year! The sisters struggled to provide the basic necessities for the children. They depended upon generous benefactors.

In 1885 the bishop extended the former policy enabling brothers and sisters from a family to live in the same residence. Although the sisters encountered many challenges, they also accumulated many happy memories throughout the years: residents who became priests, brothers, and sisters; residents who became model parents in new families; or residents who maintained contact with their former caregivers through writing or personal visits.

In 1961 St. Joseph Children’s Home merged with St. John Children’s Home to form the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home in Ft. Mitchell. Now the Veterans Administration building (3725 Alexandria Pike) is located on the former site of St. Joseph Children’s Home.


"Did you know...?" is a monthly blog by Sr. Mary Joan Terese Niklas, archivist for the Covington Sisters of Notre Dame.

Barbara Ryan Gregory
Date: on April 9, 2016

Some of the boys in that photo from the the mid 1950's: Carl Marks, Wayne, Hagar, and Philip Deal, Maurice Lundrigan, Roger Matre, Buddy Jacobs, at least one Crawford, and Bob and Jim Ryan.

Nalubega Monica from uganda
Date: on March 9, 2016

I thank very much the sisters of notre dame for naturing me up to where i have reached may our good God bless you forever!nalubegamonica@gmail.com

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