The life of Cornelia Connelly was anything but typical. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 15, 1809, Cornelia defied the norms of her time. She became a wife, mother of five children, Catholic nun, and ultimately, the Foundress of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, an order of Roman Catholic Sisters.
Cornelia’s spirit of boundless love, compassionate zeal, and steadfast faith continues to influence the work the Sisters of the Holy Child do today.
Courtesy of http://www.holychild200.org/ and the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.
The Mission of Rosemont College flows from the educational philosophy of the sponsoring religious congregation which opened Rosemont in 1921, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. This philosophy is imbued with the spirit and educational principles of the Founder of the Society, Cornelia Connelly. This Holy Child education is a clearly defined yet flexible ideal, rooted in Christian values and expressions, attuned to learning opportunities that enable students to respond to life with joy, zeal and compassion. The only College in a world-wide network of Holy Child educational Institutions, Rosemont is grounded in the Holy Child philosophy which encourages students to meet diversity and change with confidence in their own gifts and in God, who has made covenant with the human family.
Society of the Holy Child Jesus
Founded in 1846 by Philadelphia-born Cornelia Connelly, the Society
of the Holy Child Jesus is an international order of women religious
who participate in ministries of education, health care, social work,
pastoral care, administration and law. Although many elementary and
secondary schools are sponsored by the Society worldwide, Rosemont
College is the single institution of higher education that was founded
by the sisters and carries on their heritage.
Please visit the Society’s website for more information on their order and their ministries across the globe.