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Society Logo Reflects 'One Society for Mission'

The Society recently incorporated a new logo that reflects our unity as “One Society for Mission” across our three (African , American , and European ) provinces. The image communicates unity in mission across four continents while remaining tru...

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...

Cornelia Connelly: Timeline and Significant Places

Philadelphia 1809-1831 Natchez 1832-1835 Europe 1835-1837 Grand Coteau 1838-1843 Rome 1843-1846 England 1846-1879

Cornelia's England 1846-1879

Cornelia initially intended to return to North America to found a religious order, but her intentions were cut short by the desires of the Pope Gregory XVI and the influence of Dr. Nicholas Wiseman, coadjutor bishop of the Midlands District (England)...

Cornelia's Europe 1835-1837

The Connellys traveled to Europe first for barely a year between February 1836 until April 1837. They left the United States from New Orleans, LA on 12 December 1835 and arrived in Marseilles on 07 February 1836. They then traveled, most likely by...

Cornelia's Grand Coteau 1838-1843

Despite available work in Natchez and an established circle of friends, Pierce accepted a teaching offer from the Jesuits, who were opening a school for boys in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. Cornelia would have an opportunity to teach music at the girls’ s...

Cornelia's Natchez 1832-1835

In 1832, Cornelia and Pierce Connelly moved to Natchez, Mississippi due to Pierce’s assignment as the rector of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Natchez was very different from their home city Philadelphia. Located on the banks of the Mississippi R...

Cornelia's Philadelphia 1809-1831

Cornelia Augusta Connelly (née Peacock) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 15 January 1809. At the time of Cornelia’s birth and early life, Philadelphia was growing into one of America’s first major industrial cities. Cornelia was born...

Cornelia's Rome 1843-1846

Cornelia began her travel to Rome in July 1843. She met Pierce in Philadelphia with Adeline and Frank in tow before they all sailed for Europe. They first arrived in England in September of that year. The family visited with the Shrewsburys at Alton...

How to Help Cornelia’s Canonization Cause

The Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus often are asked where the Society is in the process of elevating Cornelia Connelly to sainthood. Below are the ways that you can help advance the cause for her canonization and the timeline and remaining steps in...

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

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 ...

Today's Leadership

Society Leadership Team Members (l to r): Sisters Pauline Darby, Veronica Openibo (Society leader), Marie Ursino and Cecilia Nya. The Society Leadership Team is formed from all three provinces (American , European and African ) to promote a...