Faith and Service

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34-35
Students standing in a prayer circle.

We are called to love and serve one another by Jesus Christ. It is this command that guides us as we prepare young women to “lead and serve in a global society.” Service to others is a way of learning and forming the spirit of what it means to be a St. Joan Antida woman.

Through a rich faith experience and strong service learning component to the academic program, young women at St. Joan Antida High School develop socially and emotionally in the spirit of being caring, open-minded, and reflective. They become self-confident and mature young women who develop an ethic of service and an understanding of their role in making a positive impact on our global community.

Campus Ministry, Community Involvement and the Theology Department all strive to instill in our women the spirituality of Jeanne Antide and her motto, "Deus Solus," or God Alone. As part of our Catholic foundation, students at SJA participate in daily prayer, monthly Mass and student retreats where they have an opportunity to develop, nurture and grow their faith identity.

Learn more the faith and service characteristics that make up an SJA student and meet SJA's sponsoring order, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida below.

A St. Joan Antida Woman

I integrate knowledge of the life, teachings, and paschal mystery of Jesus into my process of finding meaning and truth in my life.

I demonstrate a passion for life and empower others to find their own.

I exemplify what is right by using peace as a vehicle for forgiveness, reconciliation, and transformation.

I exhibit characteristics of servant leadership and charity.

Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida (SCSJA)

Sponsors of St. Joan Antida High School – An International Baccalaureate World School

Historic Sisters Photo

The Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida are an international community founded on April 11, 1799 by Jeanne Antide Thouret.

At the age of 22 and after seeing a vision of hands reaching out to her through a cloister grille, Jeanne Antide decided to join a community that combined prayer, community living, and ministry to the poor. They were called the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. During the French Revolution, all of the Sisters were disbanded and sent back to their hometowns. Jeanne Antide joined other groups of religious but none of them met her needs. She was invited back to Besancon to begin work among the people of her diocese. She agreed, and on April 11th opened a free school for the education of girls. She also visited the sick and opened a soup kitchen to feed the poor. This legacy continues to this day as we continue to respond to the cries of the poor.

Sr. Elizabeth Teaching

In 1932 the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida came to the United States where they ministered to the Italian immigrants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the height of the depression. After celebrating our 200th Anniversary in 1999, we still continue to branch out across 26 countries following our mandate to go wherever we are needed.

Within the United States, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida serve through their work and sponsorship of St. Joan Antida High School (SJAHS).

Learn more about the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida.


Jeanne Antida Award

Each year the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida selects one senior who personifies the values and spirit of St. Joan Antida. The recipient is considered to be a model young woman who we are confident will go on to lead and serve in a global society.

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