Founded in 1954, the academy takes its name from Mother St. John Fontbonne, a woman of courage who re-established the Sisters of Saint Joseph in France after its suppression during the French Revolution. Under her leadership, the first Sisters came to the United States. In Boston, the congregation taught in archdioscesan parochial schools, and also founded and conducted its own ministries, of which Fontbonne is one. As a sponsored ministry, Fontbonne Academy furthers the Sisters' charism--a direct outgrowth of the order's experience in revolutionary France-- of reconciliation, unity and non-violence in the school's academic programs, spirituality, and co-curricular activities. For six decades, Fontbonne has educated thousands of young women who are now sending daughters and granddaughters to experience the special intellectual, social, and spiritual opportunities a Fontbonne education affords.