Our Life

  • Prayer
  • Community
  • Mission


Our Relationship With Jesus

Today the Holy Family Sisters recognise that their relationship with God in prayer is fundamental for their life. Without prayer we will accomplish nothing.

Each day we take time to build our relationship with God and each day in community we bring before God the needs and hopes of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, their expectations and their hopes.

We consider daily personal prayer a privileged meeting place with God. In this sacred space we are present to Christ in silence and open to his love. Here we allow the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds and lead us forward in faith to the mission which God entrusts to us.

“It is to God we have given our heart.  He must possess it completely.”
— Saint Emilie

Jesus’ prayer did not separate him from people. It established him at the core of his mission. So too our prayer unites us with the compassion of God and renews our missionary incentive.  Each day in community we bring before God the suffering of our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

The Eucharist is at the centre of our lives and we participate in the Eucharist daily, as far as possible.  We also share in the praise and intercession of Christ, through the prayer of the Divine Office, morning and evening.

We take time each day for personal meditation.  We see this as a privileged meeting- place which strengthens the contemplative aspect of our vocation as Holy Family Sisters.

Our encounter with God is also deepened by longer periods of prayer: monthly and yearly retreats.

It is the presence of the God of Love welcomed in our prayer and action that bring about the unity of our religious life.  WE ARE CONTEMPLATIVES IN ACTION.

St emilie on prayer


Community life is our strength. We try to live like the first Christian community through opening our heart in faith to our sisters in community.

We aim to have relationships which are based on mutual acceptance and respect. We believe that our communities will bear witness to Christ by the love we have for one another and by our determination to reach for a unity which goes beyond differences and tensions.

This union with one another in community strengthens us to live the consecrated life of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience and empowers us for our mission.


Saint Emilie also had a great desire to spread the love of God and the good news of Christ to everyone. She urged her sisters:

“Let us do all in our powers to make Jesus known and loved.”

As sisters of the Holy Family we still feel inspired by these words. In our communities throughout the world we strive together to reveal the tenderness of God’s love to one another in community and to all the people we encounter in our mission.

We are involved in:

  • evangelisation,
  • catechetics,
  • the education of children,
  • young people and adults,
  • nursing and care of the elderly,
  • social work,
  • counselling and spiritual direction,
  • chaplaincy work in prisons, hospitals and schools,
  • parish ministry,
  • and projects for the advancement of women.

We work in many situations but in our choice of mission preference is always given to the poor and underprivileged.

Our spirituality is marked by compassion, “a boundless confidence in God and above all great charity.” These values should shine out in our lives as deeply as they shone in the life of our foundress.

Our motto is:
“Above all things – LOVE.”

Perhaps you feel inspired to know more about Saint Emilie and her way of following in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth either as a religious or as a lay person. If so pray about it and then contact us.