Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

Liberating life through education and the promotion of justice


We are a congregation of women religious founded by Eulalie Durocher in Longueuil, Quebec, in 1843.  As a community whose very heartbeat is a special charism that inspires and moves us to action for the good of the Church and world, we strive in each era to keep the fire of the original inspiration of our congregation alive in a world which today, as yesterday, calls out for peace, justice, and meaning in life.

We are attuned to the radical call of the Gospel, ever faithful to our charism as instruments of transformation, holding the full development of the human person at the very core of our mission. In the firm belief that education is liberating action, we continue our long tradition of promoting and celebrating the arts and music.

In recent years, the life and mission of our congregation have been enriched by lay people inspired by the values and ideals of the Congregation and the person and spirituality of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.

With a focus on integral ecology, we recognize and promote the intrinsic inter-connectedness among environmental, economic, political, social, cultural and ethical realities.

Responding to the needs of our world today, we work:
to prevent and deter human trafficking;
to promote universal access to clean water;
and to find solutions and advocate for immigrants and refugees.


A Living Charism

Discover how the SNJM charism and the spirit of Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher are still expressed today. Watch four videos that reflect the charism lived in each SNJM province.

Active on three continents, Africa, South America and North America, we are inspired by the words of Jesus as was our foundress the blessed Marie-Rose Durocher “I have come to cast fire on the earth and would that it already be the kindled fire of love, justice and peace. ”

Ways to Collaborate

To contribute to the success of these mission projects and many others, every action counts. If you would like more information on ways you can offer your time, financial or material assistance, or simply stay informed of our activities, we encourage you to visit our  Collaboration section.