Our Story

Our Mission

"To rejoice in God’s presence and to help people believe that God lives and acts in them and in our world." The Society of the Holy Child Jesus , founded by Cornelia Connelly in 1846, is an international congregation of religious women in the C...

Cornelia Connelly

Cornelia Connelly, an American-born wife and mother and a zealous convert became the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in England in 1846. View a complete timeline of her life by clicking here and read about her story here and here . Her...

Our Cornelia Newsletter

Welcome to the Our Cornelia newsletter, a publication for all those who want to know Cornelia Connelly better and pray to her. The Cornelia Connelly Promoters Committee (CCPC) has put this out to keep you informed on activities regarding the founder of...

Cornelia Connelly Film

https://vimeo.com/105815688 A Love Full Of Action - To obtain a copy of the DVD contact us at europeanprovince@shcj.org

Sisters Remembered

Please join us in praying for our sisters who have recently died: 2019 Date Name July 13 Ann Murray - American Province June 6 Maureen Crook - European Province March 19 Christine Carter - European Province...

Cornelia Connelly Library

The Cornelia Connelly Library provides exhaustive online resources about the life of the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. From historical documents to biographies to inspiring texts for children, the Cornelia Connelly Library ...

Our Presence in Europe

The Society of the Holy Child Jesus was founded in Europe - in Derby, England - in October 1846 by Cornelia Connelly, who was an American. So, from the very beginning, even as the first convent was opened in England, we were aware of the wider world. During...

Living in Community

Living in community means taking time to be with one another , coming to know and value one another through conversation, prayer, meals together, relaxing and celebrating. Of course, we share the practical tasks of daily living. More importantly,...


A number of sisters have recently been involved in a stories project, for which they produced short films about their life-journeys. Christine Carter KV Lynch Eva Heymann Jenny Bullen Catriona McPhail Marie Quayle Carmel Murtagh Judith...

Christine Carter

"Inspiration from an Unexpected Quarter" - An interview with Christine Carter.

KV Lynch

"Something Out of the Ordinary" - An interview with Kathleen Veronica Lynch.

Eva Heymann

"Standing on My Own Two Feet" - An interview with Eva Heymann. "From Darkness into Light: New Worlds" - Patient Voices by Eva Heyman.

Jenny Bullen

"Crossing the Road" - An interview with Jenny Bullen.

Catriona McPhail

"In the Humble and Hidden Life" - An interview with Catriona McPhail.

Marie Quayle

"Inside Out" - An interview with Marie Quayle.

Carmel Murtagh

"Christmas" - An interview with Carmel Murtagh.

Judith Lancaster

"Be Yourself" - An interview with Judith Lancaster.

Today's Leadership

Back row, left to right: Geraldine MacCarthy, Angela O'Connor. Front row, left to right: Jean Newbold, Anne Stewart, and Carmel Murtagh (Province Leader). The leadership team of the European Province is made up of five sisters who, in the words...