Divine Providence Academy

Welcome to the Divine Providence Academy alumnae pages. We are still working on the updates to the pages so please check back often to see the progress.

If you are an alum, we would like you to update your information for our database. Please send the following information to me at dpa@cdpsisters.org.

Name: First, Maiden, Married
Year of Graduation
Email address

Your name, year of graduation and email address will be included in a directory that will be accessible on the public pages of the website. If you do not want your information made public, please note that on your response. If we do not hear from you, your information will not be included on the website.

We welcome your ideas for how we can improve the DPA pages. Send your comments or suggestions to me at the above email address.

Thank you,

Lisa Siemon Mosser
DPA Alumnae Association

In September 1905, Divine Providence Academy, under the name of St. Joseph's Industrial Institute, a boarding and day school for girls, opened its doors and offered an educational opportunity quite different from those then existing. Per the Most Reverend Regis Canevin, then Bishop of Pittsburgh, consumer sciences (later, home economics) would be added to the curriculum, which included English, business, art, and music.

Reverend Mother Francis Borgia Schröck planned the Institute accordingly and appointed Mother Lucy Weber its first directress. Along with Sister Immaculate Raich, Mother Lucy founded the Academy on definite educational standards. Classes commenced on September 8, 1905, with a total enrollment of 39 students. Sisters Immaculate Raich, Josephine Schmitt (house mother), Ignatia Gast (business), Ludgera Kemper (sewing), M. Berchman Jochum (sewing), and M. Leonard Fugina made up the staff.

After 79 wonderful years, with sixteen directresses/principals, a number of moves, and hundreds of graduates, Divine Providence Academy closed in 1984. The Alumnae Association is still active today.