Since 1837, hundreds of students have attended St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf to learn listening and spoken language skills. Whether they were served in their homes as infants or stayed in our dorms, all received a quality education that changed the rest of their lives. Our students, armed with listening and spoken language skills, continue to mainstream elementary school, high school, college and into chosen careers. They literally changed the way the society thinks about those with hearing loss. And future generations are the beneficiaries of their effort and will continue to blaze paths of their own.

The image above, taken around 1940, is one of our oldest and most widely publicized.  This image entitled “Teaching the Deaf to Speak” ran in the St Louis Post Dispatch’s initial series of photojournalism.  New to the publishing world, it was designed to tell the story with few words.  S Anne is working with one of her younger students, Marlene, and using a speech mirror as they work on language development.

“For 12 years attending SJI, I was in the Sisters of St. Joseph’s care, they have given me a good educational foundation, inspiration and most of all, love and friendship! The Sisters instilled in me the knowledge of who I am and what I was capable of” Jene, SJI ’60

Our alumni continue on in life to fulfill their hopes and dreams including law school, medical school and middle school. Our former students have become physicians, lawyers, accountants, high school lacrosse players and more. In Indianapolis, we’ve been serving the needs of students in the State of Indiana for over a decade. Our oldest alums are finishing high school while our youngest are just starting primary school.  No matter what age they leave us, they are always “our SJI students” and we are happy to hear of their progress.

Join us as we say “great job” to our students who are adults with children of their own! Wanna know more about our St Joseph Institute Alumni Association (SJIAA)?  Click here