Notre Dame de La Salette Boys Academy is located on 31 acres in east central Illinois, the center of America’s farmland. The campus has always been used for academic or religious purposes. Built by local Protestant ministers 100 years ago as a college, the Church of the Nazarene eventually operated it as Olivet Nazarene College. After a devastating fire in 1939 in which the main campus building was destroyed, the college was moved to Kankakee, IL.

In 1939 a Polish province of the Missionaries of La Salette arrived in the United States when they were expelled from Poland during the invasion of World War II. The Fathers established a minor seminary and novitiate. In 1952, in honor of the centenary of their Order, they built the church, a replica of the Basilica in France at the site of the apparition. Many improvements were made by the La Salette Fathers to the existing campus, which now included a gymnasium, a small and separate dormitory, farmland, a heating plant, several houses, and surrounding acreage.

Due to dwindling enrollment, the seminary and novitiate were closed by 1974. All the surrounding land was sold to local farmers. The property was used as a retreat center until 1987 when the decision was made to move the base of operations to the Order’s facility in Twin Lakes, WI. The property sat unused until 2003 when it was purchased for the opening of Notre Dame de La Salette Boys Academy—the successor to St. Joseph’s Academy, which had been located in Michigan.

Main Altar
Our Lady of La Salette Stained Glass
Our Lady of Fatima Stained Glass
Our Lady of Lourdes Stained Glass
Our Lady of Guadalupe Stained Glass
Detail of Lion Fountain
Front Lawn Statue
Our Lady of Victory
Lion Statues Guarding Front Door
Coliseum Front Entrance
St. Joseph's Dormitory
Bell tower
Main Altar
Rugby Practice Field
Academic Building Main Hallway
School Chapel
Home of the Lions Basketball Team
Bird's View of Campus
St. Michael's Fieldhouse
School Coat of Arms
Detail of Coat of Arms
Sacristy Window
Weight Room
Main Entrance to Coliseum
Sacristy Window
Practice Rugby Fields
St. Anthony's Dormitory
The Lions of the Coliseum
Church ceiling
Medallion in Church
Front of church
St. Anthony Statue Shrine
View from Academic Building
St. Joseph's Private Chapel
The Coliseum
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Blessed Mother Stained Glass
La Salette Fields at sunset
Calvary on campus
Lourdes Shrine
Side view of gym
Practice Fields
Back of church
Side of Church
Front Lawn
Lion's Fountain

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5065 Olivet Road Georgetown, Illinois 61846         (217) 662-2127

St. Joseph's Private Chapel