Who we are

Under the inspiration of our foundress, Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary have worked primarily in education, with the concern of helping the poorest people and contributing to the full development of each person.

Founded in Longueuil on October 28, 1843, the first congregation of teaching women religious founded by a Canadian woman (Marie-Rose Durocher) expanded quickly. Arriving in Manitoba in 1874, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary did their utmost to meet the needs in several regions of Manitoba.

Today, we are still seeking to meet the challenges of our time through education in various forms: faith education, academic education and justice education. We work with many partners to live our mission that is deeply rooted in our SNJM heritage.

“From our charism flows a spirituality that is the wellspring of our life, uniting us in our mission to proclaim by our lives the primacy of the love of a welcoming God. We draw inspiration from the spirituality of welcome permeating the lives of Jesus, Mary and Marie-Rose. Daily, we too strive to live a spirituality of welcome.” (Acts of the 2016 General Chapter)

SNJM Sisters and Associates at the Drop Inn Center