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In 1869, Sr. Mary Fitzgibbons, a Sister of Charity in New York City, heard a cry outside the door of the convent. When she opened the door, there was an abandoned baby which she immediately took in. Word spread that the sisters would care for these babies, and they were soon overwhelmed with “Foundlings” on their doorstep.

One morning as the sisters were praying the rosary on the Staten Island Ferry, a Catholic businessman, Charles Schwab, the CEO of Bethlehem Steel, was touched by their devotion. He approached them and offered to make a donation to their cause. His donation turned out to be his Staten Island summer Estate on the Raritan Bay.

The very first night the sisters moved into the new location they found a baby on their doorstep. The baby had a heartbreaking note attached to him: “Please name him Joseph.”

They indeed named him Joseph, and they named their new branch of the Foundling Home St. Joseph by-the-Sea.

We remember that one of the titles of St. Joseph is Pillar of Families. We established the Pillar Fund as our means of Annual Unrestricted Giving which will help make Catholic Education affordable for Sea Families.

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Pillar Fund

  • Unrestricted Donor Fund 

Paver Program

  • Become an eternal piece of Sea history by sponsoring a paver in our courtyard

Chairman’s Club

  • The Chairman’s Club was created to raise funds and foster camaraderie within the Sea Family. To be considered for the Chairman’s Club, individuals or businesses must pledge $1,200 a year for four years for a total of $4,800 which will be matched dollar for dollar by Sea so that we can provide a student in need with a full scholarship. 

Hall of Saints

  • The halls within our school feature over 100 beautiful portraits of Saints throughout the ages. In addition to adding beauty to our building, these paintings offer a unique opportunity for benefactors to sponsor a Saint of their choosing and have a plaque placed on them. For more information about our Hall of Saint please email alumni@josephsea.org

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Simply use our form to the right to select your donor program and amount. St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School is a nonprofit, tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a registered Non-Profit Organization in New York. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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