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In their founding years in Philadelphia, the sick or dependent elderly members of the Sisters of Saint Joseph lived at the Motherhouse, Mount Saint Joseph Convent, in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. By the turn of the century the Motherhouse Infirmary could no longer give the medical care to the increasing number of sisters needing it. In 1908 the Congregation established Saint Joseph Villa in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania which served the community until the early 1960’s when the need for expansion exceeded the zoning regulations for Cheltenham Township. Ground was broken for a new Saint Joseph Villa in Flourtown, PA on May 1, 1965 and the first residents moved in on June 21, 1968.

Former Saint Joseph Villa   Health care needs have developed rapidly since the opening in 1968. In 1981, in a conscious effort to exercise just stewardship and to provide opportunities for mutual enrichment, Saint Joseph Villa was opened to other religious congregations and lay women and men in need of nursing care.

Saint Joseph Villa has been responding to the signs of the times and the mission of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph since 1908. The sisters are committed to continuing this mission and to meeting the challenges of health care in the future.