New from Arcadia Publishing and the local Franciscan Brothers at Brother James Court is St. James Trade School and Brother James Court in the popular Images of America series, featuring over 200 vintage images.
Helping orphaned and disadvantaged boys get a chance at a better life was the mission of Brother James, founder of the Franciscan Brothers of the Holy Cross, a German Catholic Order that sent Brothers to the U.S. in 1924. To that end, St. James Trade School was established in Springfield, IL in 1928.
Two years later, the first group of apprentices was admitted; they and hundreds who followed them through 1972 went on to become certified mechanics, carpenters and electricians, among other valuable trades. High school diplomas were earned beginning in 1948. In 1975, Brother James Court (BJC) opened with a brand new building specifically designed as a residential intermediate care facility. BJC provides both residency and advocacy for developmentally disabled men.
*Join the authors for a book signing!
16th Annual Brother James Court Benefit Auction & Dinner
Saturday, April 10 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center
701 East Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701
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