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Donor Recognition

Thank you for your generosity and dedication to Fontbonne University. The following is a description of each giving society. Please follow the link(s) on the right to see a compilation of all donors who made gifts or commitments to the university during a particular fiscal year (July 1 through June 30).

ANNUAL GIVING SOCIETIES - Recognition of gifts made between July 1 and June 30.

Lyon Society

($1,000 -$10,000+)

Named for Lyon, France, the town from which the first Sisters of St. Joseph embarked in 1836 to come to St. Louis.

CUMULATIVE SOCIETIES – Recognition of cumulative gifts/grants to the University.

Fontbonne Society

($1,000,000 +)

The Fontbonne Society is named for Mother St. John Fontbonne, who refounded the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1808 after the French Revolution. At the invitation of Bishop Rosati, she sent the first six Sisters of St. Joseph to the United States in 1836.

Bishop Rosati Society

($500,000 +)

The Bishop Rosati Society is named for the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Louis, who asked the Sisters of St. Joseph to come to St. Louis in the 19th Century to teach the deaf.

Medaille Society

($100,000 +)

The Medaille Society is named for Jean Pierre Medaille, S.J., who founded the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1650.

Rossiter Society

($50,000 +)

The Rossiter Society is named for Mother Mary Agnes Rossiter, CSJ, Superior General of the Sisters of St. Joseph when Fontbonne University was chartered in 1917.

LePuy Society


The LePuy Society is named for LePuy, France where the Sisters of St. Joseph were founded in 1650.

O'Hara Society

($10,000 +)

The O’Hara Society is named for Mother M. Irene O’Hara, CSJ, first President of Fontbonne University, 1923-1929.

Vachon Society

($5,000 +)

The Vachon Society is named for Sister Suzanne Marie Vachon, CSJ, President of Fontbonne University from 1954-1957.