Mount Saint Joseph Residence and Rehabilitation has been caring for the people of Waterville and its surroundings since 1966. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyons, we take pride in providing quality care that emphasizes quality of life. A nonprofit organization, we are funded with federal and state dollars and charitable donations made by families and the community.
With a mission to foster unity and reconciliation in a spirit of respect and compassion for all, we strive to:
- create a caring, stimulating environment that promotes growth and independence;
- enhance well-being through nutrition, fitness and activity; and
- foster peace and contentment by honoring the unique spirit of each individual and treating everyone with dignity and respect.
As you can see during a stroll through our facility, butterflies are near and dear to our hearts. A long-cherished Christian symbol, butterflies have been found carved on ancient Christian tombs and Christ has even been shown holding a butterfly in paintings — what better symbol to celebrate the transformations we must all undergo as we grow and age? Here at Mount Saint Joseph, we believe that with faith — supported and strengthened by a mutually respectful and compassionate community— we can accept the changes that must come and emerge from our transitions as brilliantly as the butterfly.
Welcome, from the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon.
Mount Saint Joseph was founded in 1966 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyons, whose tradition of caring reaches back centuries.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph had its origins in 17th century France, in time of economic depression, in a climate of great social, political, and religious unrest.
Fr. Jean Pierre Medaille, a Jesuit priest, was deeply affected by the poverty and misery he saw as he traveled through central and southern France. On his journeys, he met women, widows, and young girls giving their time and energies tending to the needs of the people around them. This inspired him to gather a group of women who longed to devote themselves to the service of God and the “dear neighbor” without entering a monastery. This was to be the beginning of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1650.
With the onset of the French Revolution in 1789, Fr. Medaille’s dream suffered a temporary setback when, due to religious persecution, the Sisters were forced to disband. Fifteen years later, after the Revolution, Sr. St. John Fontbonne was called to gather the dispersed Sisters and to establish the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon. Under her leadership, the Congregation flourished, and today the Sisters are present in 15 countries throughout the world.
The Mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon remains the same today as it was at the origins of our Congregation:
- to reflect a profound love of God and neighbor without distinction;
- to be attentive to the needs of the time; and
- to do whatever works of charity that benefit the “dear neighbor.”