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Featuring the Society of the Holy Child Jesus

Foundress: Venerable Cornelia Connelly

The Society of the Holy Child Jesus is an international community of Catholic women religious who love and serve God in the spirit of the Society founded by Venerable Cornelia Connelly in 1846. The Holy Child Sisters are in North and South America, Europe and Africa.

Mission Statement “…to help others believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world, and to rejoice in the divine presence”   (SHCJ Constitutions)

Motto ACTION NOT WORDS- a constant reminder that we Holy Child Sisters are called to be women of action not words!

What We Do

Cornelia Connelly founded a religious group of women who would strive always to respond to the needs of the time and in Cornelia’s words “meet the wants of the age”. Today. Holy Child Sisters carry out their mission to respond to the pressing needs of the world in many ways. Among them are: gender discrimination, empowerment of women and men, ecological issues and welfare of the planet, ecumenical ventures to promote unity, refugees and immigrants.

Some of our special projects and programmes

•           Empowerment Programs like Skills training at the Cornelia Connelly Centre in Chad, Summer programs in Bolgatanga, Ghana, Cardoso Catholic Community Multi-faceted Project in Ajegunle, Nigeria,  Microlending scheme in the American province for community development, housing and small business projects to provide low- interest loans to the less-privileged.

•           Fight for Human Rights, Refugees and Immigrants – Casa Cornelia Law Centre in San Diego, CA (USA)  a public interest law firm provides quality pro bono legal representations to thousands of victims of human and civil rights violation globally.

•           Care of the Earth and EcoSpirituality – In the American province, this group offers retreat that is open to all. Anyone who wishes to receive ESG e-mailings, can join the list by sending an e-mail to Sr. Terri Mackenzie,SHCJ

•           The EcoSpirituality Group in the US, through Terri Mackenzie,SHCJ, has written a program “I Thirst: A Lenten Journey From Desert To Garden” a five-meeting program for individuals or groups during Lent used by groups from the US to India.

•           In Europe, Holy Child Sisters work in partnership with the ‘Transition Movement’ that is concerned with reducing energy use, creating alternative energy sources locally, producing more food locally, thereby reducing transport costs and carbon footprints.

•          A Holy Child Sister, Sr. Teresa Okure, represents the Catholic Church on the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) and also in Africa, some of the Sisters are actively involved with the Ecumenical Association Of Third World Theologians (EATWOT)

•           Holy Child Sisters work closely with COSUDOW, ( an NGO set up to fight against the trade of trafficking in persons by the Major Superiors Conference of Women Religious In Nigeria).

Full report can be found by SHCJ Full report