Over time, our commitments have taken many forms. As a young Congregation, we committed ourselves to coming to the aid of abandoned or orphaned children to compensate for their lack of security, as when we welcomed several young Irish girls at the time of the Irish exodus during the Great Potato Famine.

Along with our work in schools, especially following the upheavals of the 1960’s, we took on — and continue to take on — work in catechesis, in spiritual or psycho-spiritual accompaniment, and in pastoral work in schools, parishes, and faith-based education centres. These commitments were and are often in response to various requests, especially from dioceses.

SNJM Presence in Dioceses

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) have worked in the following dioceses and they continue to work in some of them.

  • Saint-Jean-Longueuil
  • Montreal
  • Valleyfield
  • Saint-Hyacinthe
  • Joliette
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Sherbrooke
  • Saint-Jérôme
  • Mont-Laurier (Val-des-Lacs)
  • Baie-Comeau (Sept-Îles)
  • Pembrooke (Témiscamingue)
  • Gaspé
  • Rimouski

In our desire to be open to others and to work in collaboration with people and organizations in the community, we have expressed our commitment by being active in many areas related to justice, the promotion of human rights and the dignity of human beings:

  • Support for migrants and refugees
  • Support for prisoners
  • HIV-AIDS service
  • Health care
  • Social work
  • Support for social causes

Our forms of commitment also include:

  • Promotion and support for the arts (music – painting – writing)
  • Promotion of heritage and culture
  • Internal services (support for seniors, friendship visits, organization of leisure activities, household arts: sewing, knitting, weaving, etc.)