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Who we are

Our Mission and Inspiration

MissionOur Mission
By our mission we seek the full development of the human person through education, social justice, contemplation and the arts, especially with people who are impoverished and marginalised. 

Our Inspiration
Our mission flows froma the words of Jesus in the Gospel:

I have come to cast fire on the earth, and I wish it were already kindled.
(Luke 12:49)

Today we have this same inspiration as our foundress and live it out as a community of women religious consecrated to God in the names of Jesus and Mary. We want our lives to show that God's love is our first priority. We act out this love through our mission.

Our Leadership Team

The new Congregational Leadership Team of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) is composed of four members. Elected at the 34th General Chapter in July 2016, they have a five-year term of office.

Here is the Congregational Leadership Team of the SNJM Congregation, an international community of Catholic women religious living on three continents.

Our Tradition in the Arts


To ensure a comprehensive education, our first schools offered a program of studies which included the arts: singing, piano, drawing, painting and elements of interior decoration.

The photos below illustrate our commitment to the arts yesterday and today.


Vincent d'Indy
Paula Mary Art Studio
Holy Names Music Centre (Spokane)(Windsor)
ArtBeat Studio

Our History

Discover our history in video or in text :

The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary owes its existence to Eulalie Durocher (Mother Marie-Rose), a woman of faith and courage, who was attentive to the needs of her era.

  • On October 28, 1843, Eulalie Durocher and her two companions Mélodie Dufresne, (Marie-Agnès) and Henriette Céré (Marie-Madeleine) began the new foundation in the school of the Fabrique in Longueuil.
  • Very early on, two young women joined the fledgling community. They were Hedwidge Davignon (Veronica of the Crucifix) and Salomé Martin (Thérèse-de-Jésus). These five pioneers cast the fire of love on the earth.
  • On August 9, 1844, Sisters and students moved to their new home, the convent in Longueuil, which was now ready to welcome them. On December 8, in the Church in Longueuil, the three foundresses committed themselves, through vows, to serve God and his people. Bishop Ignace Bourget then read the decree which officially established the Congregation.
  • Upon the death of Mother Marie-Rose in 1849, the Congregation consisted of 4 houses, 30 Sisters, 7 postulants and 7 novices.
  • Over the years, it has experienced significant growth. In 1960, there were 4000 Sisters spread over three continents. 277 houses were providing education to 100 000 students.
  • In 2014, our mission of education continues in a variety of ways in Canada, the United States, Africa and South America. There are 900 Sisters, 630 associates and 12 consecrated lay persons.

Key Moments : Chronology of the History of Our Congregation.pdf

Key Moments : Chronology of the History of Marie-Rose Durocher.pdf


MMR1Eulalie Durocher 
Mother Marie-Rose


Her childhood

Eulalie was born at Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu on October 6, 1811. Her father owned extensive agricultural holdings and her mother, who had studied with the Ursulines in Québec City, instilled in her the values of prayer, justice and openness. Although she had a lively and playful spirit, Eulalie was limited by fragile health.

Her work

During the twelve years when she was managing the presbytery in Beloeil and facilitating parish activities, she discovered the pressing need for the education among the people of Québec. She observed that girls had little opportunity to be educated. In 1843, in company with Henriette Céré and Mélodie Dufresne, she founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a community dedicated to education in Longueuil.

She died at the age of 38 after six years of religious life. By that time, however, the Congregation had been solidly established. Beatified in Rome in 1982, Mother Marie-Rose rests in the co-Cathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue in Longueuil.

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80 St-Charles Street East, Longueuil, Qc, Canada, J4H 1A9

- Phone:  +1 450 651-8104

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