The Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary

The purpose of the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary is to work for the sanctification of their neighbor through the generous offering of themselves in the apostolate, while respecting the requirements of the common good of the congregation, of the Society of St. Pius X and of the Church in mission countries throughout the world.

Religious vows

The Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary pronounce simple vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The vow of poverty guards the soul in humble confidence in Divine Providence. Chastity consecrates the person entirely to God so as to make her apostolate fruitful. Obedience causes the soul to abandon herself to God’s will; this assures salvation and is a source of blessings.

The apostolate

The sisters consecrate themselves first of all to God and to the individuals related to the altar. Their external works are dedicated to children, to women and to the Society of St. Pius X in mission lands. According to the talents and abilities of each sister, some teach catechism, others elementary school, while still others do secretarial or accounting work, provide medical assistance as nurses or aides, sew, keep house, farm....

Daily life

An intense, deep spiritual life is the soul of any apostolate. Every day the sisters dedicate part of their time to prayer. They chant Prime, Sext and Compline and recite the Holy Rosary together; mental prayer, Scripture reading, spiritual reading and personal prayer are also an important part of their daily spiritual exercises, but the principal source of their spiritual strength and apostolic spirit is the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Formation

Religious formation begins with the postulancy, which lasts a year or more, during which the postulant wears a dark blue uniform with a veil, as a sign of an initial separation from the world. The end of this period is marked by the postulant’s entrance into the novitiate with the reception of a habit and a new religious name.

The novitiate lasts for two years, after which the novice pronounces her first vows of chastity, poverty and obedience for three years. At the end of that period, the sister renews her vows for three more years.

After the time of temporary vows, which can last between six and nine years, the sister is then authorized to profess her perpetual vows.

During the years of formation preceding their first religious profession, the candidates are introduced to consecrated life and to everything related to it. For this purpose they take courses in catechism, spirituality, religious life and the vows, Church history, liturgy, apologetics, Magisterium (Church teachings), Gregorian chant, English, French and Latin (the last-mentioned course is offered to everyone but it depends on the capacity of each candidate). They also acquire basic knowledge and training in sewing, cooking, housekeeping and other skills necessary for their future apostolate.

Who can be a postulant?

Any generous woman who is interested and has been attending the traditional Mass for at least two years and is recommended by a priest of the Society of St. Pius X or by a traditional priest in contact with it.

She must be between 16 and 35 years of age (exceptions are possible in certain cases), mature, in good health and mentally sound; she must have good morals and be free of any impediments to religious life, have a strong desire to consecrate herself to God for the salvation of souls, and be ready to abandon everything for the love of God.

How to apply

Interested women can write or contact the superior of the novitiate, and they will receive an application form as well as a list of documents to submit. The paperwork should be sent to the district superior of the Society of St. Pius X in her country, who will forward it to the superior of the novitiate. She will receive in return a letter of acceptance after her request has been studied and approved.


Contacts:


Les sœurs missionnaires de Jesus et de Marie

PO Box 852
Nairobi, 00502
Kenya

T: +011 [254] 202-883-230
F: +011 [254] 733-898-772
[email protected]