Our motto is: 'May they all be One'
And we attempt to do it through the following..
Openness to the living of our Charism through our Mission in the Church and Community Life
A sign of Unity through serving all
Community Prayer Life, Eucharist
Parish Building and Involvement
Pastoral Work / Parish / Military / University
Sharing our Charism
Associates / Laity
Care of the elderly and sick sisters
Visiting Sick and Elderly
Houses available for all..
For Retreats and Prayer
Sharing cars, meals, finances
Minister of the Word
Social care and concern
Justice and Peace
At the beginning of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, anti-clerical laws in France were aimed at the separation of the Church and State. Consequently our sisters there were barred from teaching in the primary schools and in one night more than 50 small schools were taken over by the state and the sisters were secularised.
In England at that time Father John O'Toole was looking for religious sisters to help with the evangelisation of the people of his newly created parish of Haunton, a small village in Staffordshire.
At the suggestion of Archbishop Illsley, the then Archbishop of Birmingham, Fr John wrote to the Superior General of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Bordeaux – Mother St. Paul – requesting sisters to fulfil this Mission.
The Sisters of St. Joseph accepted the invitation and on the 3rd May 1905 three french sisters arrived in Haunton where there mission began by teaching in the small village school. Later on a property in the village was bought where children from age 4 to 18 were educated.
From Haunton, sisters opened other missions in Hilton Hall, Wolverhampton and in Ireland, in Virginia, Co. Cavan as nurses and teachers.
The General Chapter of 1970 granted permission for the English and Irish sisters to form a Region. On the 4th August 1970 this Region was formed while remaining wholly connected to the larger body of the Congregation.
In 1996, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Bordeaux along with the sisters of St. Joseph of Burgh amalgamated with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon forming one congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon.
The sisters have now moved away from teaching and nursing to more pastoral ministries which are diocesan and national.