Who we are

We are the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), a congregation of women religious dedicated to education and founded in Longueuil, Quebec, by Eulalie Durocher (Mother Marie-Rose) on October 28, 1843.

Committed to the service of the Church and society, our foundress and her companions, Henriette Céré and Mélodie Dufresne, provided needed access to education to young people and focused on developing all the aspects of each person.

The Education of Girls

Under the inspiration of our foundress, the Congregation has worked for the education of girls and young women, especially those living in rural areas, with the concern of meeting the needs of people from every background. In spite of very modest beginnings, the Congregation quickly founded other schools and boarding schools in Beloeil (1846), Saint-Timothée (1848) and Saint-Lin (1848). It extended its reach beyond the borders of Quebec to reach the United States (Oregon, California, Florida, etc.), Ontario, Manitoba, Lesotho, Japan, Haiti, Peru and Brazil. SNJMs are still working on three continents today.

Dedicated to the full development of the person and supporting marginalized people, the SNJMmission of education encompasses many other areas of action, notably health, the promotion of justice and preservation of the environment.

Administrative Structure

Our international Congregation is structured into six entities:

  • General Administration

The administrative offices of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary are located in the Congregational House in Longueuil.

General Administration relies on several departments:

  • Marie-Rose Center
  • Hospitality
  • Secretariat and Administrative Support
  • Central Archives Service
  • Communications
  • Finances
  • Material Services
  • Four autonomous provinces: Lesotho, Manitoba, Quebec, US-Ontario

Congregational Leadership Team

Elected to the Congregation’s General Chapter for a five-year term, the members of the Congregational Leadership Team (CLT)are responsible for governing the Institute according to the Constitutions and Statutes, being faithful to the Gospel and respecting the Congregation’s mission, which was handed on by Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher.

They are also mandated to roll out actions to carry out the Acts of the 34th General Chapter.

The current Congregational Leadership Team, elected in 2016, is composed of the following sisters (from left to right):

Mary Ellen Holohan, General Councillor 

Kathleen Ross, General Councillor

Lorna Cooney, General Councillor

Linda Haydock, Congregational Leader