St. Joseph's College, Calcutta

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St. Joseph's College, Kolkata
69, Bepin Behari Ganguly Street, Kolkata - 700012
School type Private, day school
Motto Viriliter Age
(Act Manfully)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1890
Founder Congregation Of Christian Brothers
Sister school St. George's Free School
Principal J. Banerjee
Classrooms 27 – including the newly opened nursery and kindergarten
Colour(s) Gold and green          
Affiliations Indian School Certificate Examination Board - ICSE and ISC

St. Joseph's College, Calcutta (SJC) is located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India,[1] providing school education under the ICSE/ISC[2] school system.[3] The school completed its quasquicentennial year of existence in 2015.[4][5]


In 1830, a free school was established for the Goan community in Mr. Cooper's residence in 68 Bowbazar Street. This was later taken over by the Calcutta Brothers who built a single building in the present location of the school.

In 1842, Vicar Apostolic Monsignor Carew of Calcutta was keenly aware of the increasing number of British and European children made fatherless by disease or battle. He saw the need for Congregations of Nuns and Brothers to care for and teach these poor children who were termed 'war orphans'. His immediate choice was the Loreto Sisters and the Irish Christian Brothers, founded about forty years earlier by a Waterford businessman, Edmund Rice. However, while the Irish nuns arrived in India in 1844 and took up residence at Middleton Row, the Christian Brothers were unable to spare any Brothers for the Indian Mission. As an alternative, the Brothers offered to train men who would form the nucleus of the new Congregation in India. Accordingly, in September, 1847, two young men, Br. Francis Fitzpatrick and his cousin, Br. Alphonsus Tolan, having completed their short spell of training in Ireland, began their long and wearisome voyage around the Cape of Good Hope to Calcutta, arriving on 15 February 1848. They immediately set up the new community of the Calcutta Brothers in the Cathedral compound, Moorghihatta. Br. Francis took charge of the orphanage at Moorghihatta while Br. Alphonsus travelled each day to look after the boys Free School in Bow Bazar. The little Congregation grew slowly but received a setback when both, Vicar Apostolic Carew and Br. Francis died in 1855.[6]

It was only in January 1890, that the Irish Christian Brothers were able to set up their mission on a firm footing when four Brothers (Vincent Casey, Fabian Kenneally, Edward Aherne and Ambrose Flynn) came to Calcutta from Ireland at the request of Pope Leo XII. Br. Casey was appointed Provincial Visitor and the amalgamation of the four Irish Christian Brothers and sixteen Calcutta Brothers took place.[6]

St. Joseph's College[edit]

In 1894, a new building, the present red- brick structure, was erected under the direction of Br. Joseph Moyes and is now St. Joseph's College, Bow Bazar . This became the Head Office of the Christian Brothers till it was moved to St. Columba's, New Delhi, in 1980. The work that the Brothers were doing received recognition and requests came from several Catholic Bishops for the Brothers to open schools in their dioceses. At the turn of the century - there were nearly fifty Brothers in India, both Irish and Anglo-Indian, and a training house for Brothers (novitiate) was started at Mt Carmel's, overlooking Goethals.[6]

St. Joseph's College was affiliated to the ICSE and ISC Boards in the year,1970. St. Joseph's was the Head Office of the Christian Brothers in India till it was moved to St. Columba's, New Delhi in 1980. In 1994, the Ashirvaad Vidyalaya, a bilingual school for the children of migrant workers, was opened on the St. Joseph's and St George’s campuses.[5]

St. Georges is a free school which is run and managed by St. Joseph's college providing quality education to those who cannot afford it. The books the uniforms all are provided for by St. Joseph's College.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  2. ^ ICSE/ISC
  3. ^ "St Josephs College in Kolkata: Page Number 1 -". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  4. ^ "St. Joseph's returns to roots". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  5. ^ a b "The Christian Brothers, India". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 
  6. ^ a b c "The Christian Brothers, India". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 

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