The need for more English speaking sisters in Singapore and Malaysia (the then British colony of Malaya) led to the arrival of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus in England in 1892. Small beginnings led to the foundation of St Maur’s Convent in Weybridge, Surrey, the site now being the home of St George’s College Junior School. Through various contacts, the Sisters responded to the call to go to Ireland and in 1909 founded Drishane Convent in Millstreet, Co Cork. As well as establishing a boarding school there, they also set up a saw mill, a brush factory, a knitting factory and a farm! This witnessed to the creativity and daring so characteristic of the Sisters in response to the needs of the time and the needs of the mission. This foundation became a great source of vocations especially for the mission in Asia. No other house was founded in Ireland for many years. Sisters went as missionaries especially to Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Thailand and California. In more recent years, many sisters returned to share their ‘missionary zeal’ with the sisters back home.
Today the Sisters live and are involved in Ministry in Ireland: Cork, Mallow, Millstreet, Coolea, Tralee, Ballymun, Portmarnock and Dublin. In England: Birmingham, Crawley, Horsham, Liverpool, London and Wolverhampton.
In collaboration with others, Ministries include voluntary teaching, working with refugees and asylum seekers, visiting and supporting the ‘Travelling Community’, running a pony centre, bereavement counselling, awareness raising in the field of ecology and care of the earth, catechetical formation of children and adults, pastoral leadership in parishes and many activities in the promotion of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.
To read more about the life of the Infant Jesus Sisters in England and Ireland, please click:
To read more about some of the Projects we work with please click on the following links:
Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre in London: www.wormwoodscrubsponycentre.org
St Chad’s Sanctuary, Birmingham www.stchadssanctuary.com
Brushstrokes in Sandwell www.brushstrokessandwell.org.uk
Hope Community Project, Wolverhampton: www.hopecommunityproject.org.uk
APT Act to Prevent Trafficking, Ireland: www.aptireland.org
Sr Anne O'Neill in Nigeria.
Sr Anna Murray assisting at a Mauritian wedding with an Indian priest in Crawley.
'Bye, Mary Joy! Bye, Athos ! Thanks for another great ride this morning. See you next week!'
Sr Pat Armato teaching at St Vincent's school, Acton, London.
Mary with Fair Traid Colleagues in Wolverhampton.
Sr Margaret Walsh with Abi, the new Project Manager at St Chad's Sanctuary, in Birmigham.
Sr Jo Cremin (front row, right) with Marie Curie colleagues, in Liverpool.