Who we are
This website, StJosephsVillage.com is owned and operated by Jim Brown / Optisonics Productions and is in no way affiliated with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace or any actual St. Joseph's Village entity. It's content pertaining to and likeness to the actual institution is purely for information and nostalgia purposes only.
A word of thanks
We sincerely thank two individuals who were responsible for starting a renewed interest in St. Joseph's Village among its alumni and former staff by each creating a presence on the internet. Dominic Scalcione originated a website that included several photographs and information about the Village. The website has since been discontinued and we look forward to including material from his collection here on this website if he would contact us. He has been most grateful to the sisters for their bringing quality to his life after coming from an unhappy early childhood. Katherine (Flusk) Cadney began a mission to give voice to former residents who claimed that they have been victims of abuses at the Village, and through her website generated a community of alumni that are still collaborating on their diverse memories of the Village. That website is now longer available but Katherine continued her participation in the alumni community. Her web domain name for her websitewas was transfered to Optisonics Productions and accesses this Website, StJosephsVillage.com
Important information regarding this Website's position in regard to allegations of abuse
Some material on this website make reference to allegations by some former residents of St. Joseph's Village regarding their personal experiences with physical and sexual abuses by some clergy and lay staff of the former St. Joseph's Village. This material is solely the view, opinion, or personal account of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the stated facts, views, and opinions of this website, its owner, or other any other affiliated parties. Furthermore, I (We) am in no way intending to or currently involved in any court action against any party regarding said allegations. There were many fine, respectable, and loving staff members at the Village. It should not be assumed that any past or present members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace or any clergy or lay person were involved in such behavior unless proven in a court of law. This website does not directly or indirectly state that their was, nor does it deny there was child abuse at the St. Joseph's Village. It would be deemed libelous for this website to state or imply that there was abuse prior to any court conviction.
Submitting stories and photos
Look around your old photos and see if you have anything from St. Joseph's If you are sending photos to friends or other former Village residents and would allow us to publish them here, be sure to send us a copy at the same time. If you have a story to tell about any event or aspect of Village life, write it up and send it to us. No need to be a great of even good writer. We will edit for style, clarity, and grammar, and in some cases collaborate with you to fill in additional information that may be suitable for the story. If you are interested in submitting materials, please e-mail them as attachments to: email@example.com. If you wish to send physical photos, send us an e-mail indicating you wish to do so and we will let you know where to mail them. In either case, please indicate your name as you wish it to appear as a submission credit. Provide your e-mail address and phone number for our use only. Please let us know if original materials need to be returned and to where. Materials will be published or edited for clarity, length, and grammar at our discretion. We are interested in publishing photos that show the village itself as well as those who lived there. If there are people in the photos, please include a signed statement granting us permission for each person pictured. Shots should be fairly large and of crisp quality to reproduce best.
How do I contact a person who we may have the contact info for?
If you wish to contact someone who wrote a story or are credited for a photo submission we can help in the following way. We do not reveal personal information, however, we will gladly forward your e-mailed or phone number to the person you want to contact and it will be at their discretion to get back to you. Be sure to state your full name and how you can be reached. Send contact requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org We will only contact people we have access to ourselves.
Advertising on saintjosephsvillage.com
This site (may at times) carriy advertising through Google.com to help us defray the cost of bringing you the best possible content. No need to worry, though. We promise to keep the ads as unobtrusive as possible. These ads are provided by an association with Google.com who gives us a small fee for every click on one of these ads which take the viewer to the sponsor's website. Additionally we have no control over what ads run and therefore cannot avoid possible "inappropriate" ads. Ad selection is done by Google using automated review of each page's content. In our observation of ads sent to our pages, we noticed that they have been largely appropriate. Furthermore, we hope that these ads can be an added resource to you.
Help saintjosephsvillage.com grow with a voluntary subscription
In order to meet our expenses and receive some compensation for the long hours devoted to construction and development of content, we are counting on our loyal guests and Village alumni to become "subscribers" by making a suggested contribution of $35 each year. You can make a higher, or lower, contribution if you wish. Advertising and merchandise sales alone bring in a marginal amount of funds. To subscribe, click on the appropriate donate buttons on the front page.
Thanks to our contributors
We give special thanks to those who have submitted photos and stories.
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