The Founding of the Sisters of the Holy Family (1894)
On 21 November 1842, free woman of color Henriette Delille founded the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans along with Juliette Gaudin and Josephine Charles. Within a few years the convent’s work expanded to include an orphanage, a home for the elderly, and a school for slaves and free children of color. In the excerpt from a history of the order below, Delille discusses some of the hardships the convent faced in its early years with gaining recognition and securing a new facility. In the twenty-first century, the order continues to operate with over 200 members.