SHCJ Social Justice Fund


I came not into religion to be ministered unto, but to minister unto others…

- Venerable Cornelia Connelly

Venerable Cornelia Connelly founded the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 1846 with the mission, to rejoice in God’s presence and to help people believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world. Cornelia’s dream was to inspire her community and others to go out into the world to serve the neediest among us or “to meet the wants of the age.”

Today, the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, reaffirm their commitment “to meet the wants of the age” by advocating and creating a more just and harmonious world through our actions and reverence for all. In 2023, we established the Social Justice Fund to invite our Holy Child schools, ministries, and others to join us in advancing our mission.

The SHCJ Social Justice Fund welcomes applications for grant funds from organization programs/projects that strive to meet the social justice issues and needs of our time. These issues and needs include, but are not limited to, climate justice, education, food/clean water insecurity, gender issues, gun violence, health care, homelessness, human trafficking, and racism.

One view of Providence Center’s mural “Sanctuary City, Sanctuary Neighborhood” on its exterior wall in North Philadelphia, Pa, in 2019. The Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus founded the center in 1993.