Discussion Group

"Village Memories" a Yahoo! Group
This is a discussion group for anyone who ever lived, worked, or visited St. Joseph's village. Reunite with childhood friends and aquaintences; stay informed about reunions; remember and discuss memories of the sisters and lay staff, events and field trips, and things that we did during our stay; recall funny and memorable moments; let others know where life took us before and after the Village; discuss feelings about being an orphan, the loss of one of your parents, locating birth family; and traumatic experiences at the Village. Additions and changes to this website are also announced on this board as well as upcoming events of the alumni group.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace:
Programs and Facilities

Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace - Eastern U.S. Province
Shalom Center
399 Hudson Terrace
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632-2806

The Eastern U.S. province is the Englewood Cliffs, NJ congregation of sisters which operated the Village.

To request your SJV records
The sisters are glad to help you with a genuine need for your records. To protect privacy they ask that you follow this simple procedure as outlined HERE>>.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace - World Congregation
This extensive website describes the worldwide presence of this order of nuns that originally owned and operated St. Joseph's Village.

St. Joseph's School for the Blind
253 Baldwin Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 653–0578
St. Joseph's School for the Blind, the only school for the blind in New Jersey, serves students from birth through 21 years of age who are blind or partially signted and may have other disabiltiies.

Websites On Related Topics

Boys Town
In many ways the Village was modeled after the famous home founded by Father Edward Flanagan and depicted in the motion picture "Boys Town." In its years since 1917, Boys Town grew to several facilities across America amd took in homeless and troubled boys and gave them a safe and nurturing environment much like the Village. Fr. Flanigan said, “There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking.” This website provides information on the institution today as well as contains a pages tracing its history.

Home Coming - A Documentary - The Forgotten World of American Orphanages
Richard McKenzie, a professor of ecconomics, grew up in an orphanage in North Carolina. His film, Homecoming tells the story of 15 men and women who grew up in four American orphanages. In their words, many of the common myths about orphanage life are finally put to rest, and a new portrait of an American family begins to emerge. Richard received a grant to study how orphans have fared in life compaired to the norm in society in such areas as marriage, education, and salary. The results show that orphans exceed the norm. They divorce less, have higher educational levels, higher salary, etc. The site has a trailer about the documentary, links to Richard's research and other material regarding orphanages. Richard also wrote a book about his upbringing called The Home.

Other Helpful Links

Additional links can be found HERE. Although not directly related to issues of being an orphan or Village history, these links may be of interest to some of our readers. Some have placed in response to requests we have received.