Alverno College

Sponsored Ministries

Since the community’s founding in 1874, the School Sisters of St. Francis have been motivated by the words of Mother Alexia Hoell to “…read the signs of the times, for they are the will of God for us.” In response to emerging needs, primarily in education and health care, and with a special concern for the poor, the School Sisters of St. Francis have established and continue to sponsor educational, health care, social service, and community development organizations.

Each of these organizations is separately incorporated and operates under the leadership of a board of directors. Our sisters collaborate with the laity as board members, administrators, and staff of each sponsored ministry.

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Alverno College

Alverno CollegeAlverno College is an independent, four-year, liberal arts college in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serving women of all ages, races, religions, and financial means. Founded by the sisters in 1887, Alverno is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all who seek personal and professional advancement. Alverno’s ability-based curriculum is focused on student outcomes integrated in a liberal arts approach. It is rooted in Catholic tradition and designed to foster leadership and service in the community.

Alverno offers weekday and weekend undergraduate programs for women, as well as graduate programs for women and men. For complete details on programs, admissions, campus life and more, visit

VIA Community Development Corporation (VIA CDC)- Formerly LBWN

Our sisters founded Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. (LBWN) in response to theLayton Boulevard West Neighbors needs of the rapidly changing and culturally diverse south side neighborhood where St. Joseph Center—our international headquarters—has been an anchor for more than a century. Sisters mobilized residents and offered meeting spaces for community gatherings. In 1995, LBWN was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and hired a full-time director to connect neighbors to civic leaders and to each other. In October 2020, LBWN rebranded as VIA Community Development Corporation (VIA CDC).

The organization has grown to become one of Milwaukee's most successful community development corporations, offering distinct and important revitalization strategies for neighbors, businesses and the entire community. The organization uses a three-pronged approach to comprehensive neighborhood revitalization: grassroots leadership development, economic development, and home rehabilitation and ownership.

For complete details on VIA’’s success story, visit

Maryhill Manor

Maryhill ManorMaryhill Manor is a community-focused provider of rehabilitative and long-term care services in Niagara, Wisconsin, serving residents of Northern Wisconsin and the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Maryhill Manor’s skilled team helps individuals achieve their goals in a positive environment that preserves their individuality. The facility promotes the healing mission of the School Sisters of St. Francis by meeting each person’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs through professional and technical excellence.

The Maryhill Manor team encourages individuals to meet their goals through resident-directed care that places a premium on respect and compassionate care.  Taking a collaborative approach, Maryhill strives to be the region’s skilled care provider of choice. 

Our sisters accepted sponsorship in 1987 and built the award-winning rehabilitation and skilled nursing center the following year.  Maryhill continues to take great pride in our surroundings and are diligent in maintaining a home like environment that is not only safe for our residents but also aesthetically pleasing.

For full details on Maryhill Manor and the services we provide, please visit


Our Lady of the Angels Convent

Our Lady of the Angels ConventOur Lady of the Angels Convent, co-sponsored by the School Sisters of St. Francis and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, is committed to serve our communities’ members living with memory loss. We provide quality, specialized, person-centered care in a compassionate and enriching environment.

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