For Spiritual, EMOTIONAL, and PHYSICAL ENRICHMENT
Joshua’s Place feels that in order for us to be supported we need to provide support to others. This way we can build stronger relationships with one another while recognizing the value of common interests and maximizing our resources.
a loving place for listening and sharing – an environment for those in search of inner peace. With Sister Catherine’s background in meditation – the heart of the 11th step – and Pat’s passionate work in recovery, Joshua’s Place was born. The biblical Joshua, who led the people across Jordan into the Promised Land, was the inspiration for its name.
Sister Catherine Bennett, a native of Southampton, knew by the age of 17, while attending the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Sag Harbor, that serving the church would be her life’s vocation. After ten years of teaching at private schools in New York City she was sent to Africa. “Africa was the place that caused me to grow and taught me a beautiful tolerance for other cultures.” After Africa, Sister studied in California for her Masters Degree in Theology. Moved by the freedom and spirit in California, she knew it was time to join forces with Patricia Mongiello to make their vision of Joshua’s Place a reality.
Patricia Mongiello worked as a therapist in Amagansett, New York, as a counselor to Suffolk County employees as well as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor to many in recovery. Through her work with those in recovery, she was ready to join forces with Sister Catherine to create a place that offered the 11th step and so much more.
Joshua’s Place continues to thrive as a community for those who wish to connect with other like-minded individuals. Many have said that, as one walks through the door, one can feel the love and heart - warming energy. Joshua’s Place is the fulfillment of the founders’ wish for a place where all would be welcomed, and a place where one could just be.
Joshua's Place is a Not-For-Profit (501c-3)
Ms. Mongiello devoted herself to Joshua’s Place as co-director until November 1996 when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. She died in May 1997. Sister Catherine continued as Director until January of 2000 when she was transferred to the Sacred Heart Academy in London to continue her teaching and work in meditation.
Susan McArdle became the Director of Joshua’s Place in January of 2000 and has carried forward the vision of Pat Mongiello and Sr. Catherine. New programs have been added and many new seekers have passed through the doors.
The doors of Joshua’s Place opened on October 1, 1993 in Water Mill, New York. Joshua’s Place was the culmination of the shared dream of Sister Catherine Bennett and Patricia Mongiello who met in 1988 at a Gestalt therapy workshop.
The two women quickly discovered they shared a dream - to create a healing and recovery center. Their hope was to provide a welcome space on the East End of Long Island that would offer programs to inspire spiritual and psychological growth,