The Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, are a Congregation founded in the little village of Lovendegem, in the diocese of Gent, Belgium on the 4th November 1803 by Canon Peter Joseph Triest. It is an International Religious Institute of Pontifical Right with its specific mission to reveal that GOD IS LOVE to all especially to the poor and the abandoned.
Impelled by the love of Jesus, we commit ourselves to the mission of promoting the reign of God in our particular society and in the world at large. This mission of revealing that God is love is central to our call as religious and it is the basis of all our services.
By the very nature of our call to be Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, we receive a special grace to fulfill this mission. We call this our charism, which is love, expressed in the three dimensions of our life – love for God, love for one another in the communities and love for all people especially the poor who are abandoned by the world. Our founder, Peter Joseph Triest saw this love as a legacy from Christ himself. Therefore “the Charism of every SCJM lies in the particular way in which she unifies in her life, the three dimensions of union with God, service of our neighbor and life in community. This unification is woven into life itself”.
To be able to live these three dimensions of love, we have received a spirituality from our founders which is a combination of the spirituality of St. Bernard of Clairvaux and that of St. Vincent de Paul. Thus the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary are Contemplatives in Action. Simply put, it is to seek God with an undivided heart which inevitably enables one to reach out to others especially the poor and the less fortunate through various services.
Contemplation or union with God is at the heart of our vowed consecration and is expressed by
An open ear: a deep and dynamic listening to God, others and the contemporary world.
An open heart: the experience of being loved by God, the energizing force driving us to love others as God loves us.
Open hands: Solidarity which enables us to hear the cry of those who suffer, to empathize with them and to respond by freely giving and receiving.
Such, in the Church, is our vocation as Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary. Wherever we are we bear witness before the world to the primacy of love. As our whole life becomes a response to the gift that is offered us, we become what we are called to be: contemplative in action.
One heart and one soul:
As consecrated women, true to our motto: ONE HEART AND ONE SOUL (Acts 4:32), we are in prayerful communion with each other, accepting our uniqueness and recognizing our differences.
This sense of communion extends to people of all nation, cultures and religions with whom we come in contact.
We also aim to encourage an ever deepening sense of the sacred in everything: nature, persons, places, situations and events.
Our community based in Johannesburg, South Africa aims to further assist and help our brothers and sisters in Christ, by embracing them in love through the corporal works of mercy we will provide to them,