Sisters of the Holy Child: Lighting the Way

Byline: By Kim Cavallero, SHCJ Director of Communications

Posted: August 30, 2012

For Cornelia Connelly, a person’s faith was as much about action, as it was about prayer and reflection. So it’s no surprise that when she founded the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ) in 1846, action was at its heart. For more than 160 years, as the Society and its works have grown in diversity, action has remained at the core. Today, that action empowers tens of thousands of people to develop their gifts and talents and reach their full potential.

In addition to founding Rosemont College and the schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools, the Sisters have worked to develop innovative programs that serve some of God’s most vulnerable. Every year, ministries like Hope Partnership for Education, Casa Cornelia Law Center, and Our Lady of Good Counsel Dispensary lift up more than 5,000 people and empower them to become all that they are called to be.

“Our ministries light the way out of poverty for so many. It’s amazing to see some of the transformations in people as they overcome obstacles of poverty, illiteracy, and prejudice. Of all the things we do, giving light to the human spirit is the most inspiring,” shares Mary Ann Buckley, SHCJ. Sister Mary Ann is the American Province Leader of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and a Rosemont College Board of Trustees member.

But the Sisters of the Holy Child are not doing it alone. The students in the Holy Child Network of Schools lend their time, talent, and treasure to these ministries, and are part of the legacy of helping transform lives through faith and action. At Rosemont College, the Cornelian Services Corps, part of the Office of Campus Ministry, offers opportunities and provides resources for members of the college community to engage in meaningful service.

Learn more about how the SHCJ is Lighting the Way and transforming lives.

Join the SHCJ mailing list by sending your name and address to or 1341 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont, PA 19010.

For more information, contact Kim Cavallero, Director of Communications, at or 610.626.1400, x320.

Last Updated: August 30, 2012