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Introduction to the Society and SHCJ Schools

Learning about the Society of the Holy Child Jesus

Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus are an international community of Catholic women religious committed to Christ, living their consecrated life in the spirit of the Society founded by Cornelia Connelly in 1846. We believe that God has chosen to need women and men in every age to reveal God’s love as Jesus did. We serve in a variety of educational, pastoral, social, legal and spiritual ministries, through which we continue our mission to help others understand that God lives and acts in them and in our world and to rejoice in God's presence.


Trust and reverence for individual dignity and God's loving mercy for the human family and for all creation mark our lives and our work wherever we are.


International Ministries http://shcj.org/today_ministries.html
This link will illustrate the international dimension of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.

  • In how many countries are SHCJ serving? Make a list
  • How many continents have the SHCJ presence? Make a list

Further activities could flow from this introduction….

Explore the home page of the SHCJ http://www.shcj.org/society.html

  • What have you learned about the Society of the Holy Child Jesus?
  • What did you already know and what new information have you learned?


There are three provinces in the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.
Students may explore each of the provinces by exploring the website for each. Choose the tabs on top of the page to reach the website for each province or follow these links.


American Province http://www.shcj.org/amer/index.html
also see PR Summary prepared by Communications Office
European Province http://www.shcj.co.uk/top/index.html
African Province http://shcj.org/african/

Some suggestions….
Students may work individually or in groups. Questions can be designed to guide the students. Any number of assignments can be designed to enable the students to learn about each province. Encourage students to identify the common elements in all provinces. Students can compare/contrast each province and analyze their results.

Possible Assignments (written or for discussion or presentations)

  • In your own words, describe what you think is the spirit (heart and soul) of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.
  • How does the Society of the Holy Child Jesus live out its mission? Find some examples.

“Our mission to help others believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world and to rejoice in God's presence.”

  • The following words appear throughout the website for the American Province.

Choose one of these words and describe how it applies to Cornelia and SHCJ.
OR
Choose one of these words and look through the Cornelia Quotes (in Resources) to find a saying of Cornelia that includes this word. How does the saying help support what you have learned about SHCJ? What does the saying mean to you as a member of a Holy Child School today?

  • gratitude
  • prayer
  • reverence
  • dignity
  • simplicity
  • humility
  • charity
  • mercy
  • hope
  • zeal
  • confidence
  • cheerfulness
  • courage
  • fidelity
  • gentleness
  • growth
  •  joy
  • love
  • patience
  • spirit
  • truth

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