Celebrating 350 years


This year, 2012, we are celebrating 350 years of mission since the birth of our Institute in Rouen in 1662.  It was then that the Holy Spirit inspired Nicolas Barré to gather together some young women, who shared his insight and compassion, to respond to the great deprivation he saw among the children and families of his day.

Four years later these women also responded with a wholehearted “Yes” to the suggestion to come together to live in community but the mission and life of the Institute had already begun, which is what we are celebrating this year.

Some countries have marked the opening of the 350th year since the first sisters began their mission in Sotteville-les-Rouen in 1662.

We look forward to reading about how each country marks this significant milestone in the life of the IJS Institute.


 35 candles for 350 years in the Entrance Procession