Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Vocation Promotion: Infant Jesus Sisters
Who we are
We are an International group of Catholic Women Religious serving in 16 countries. We desire to centre ourselves in God, who is constantly creating and recreating all that lives.
How did we begin
It all began with Nicolas Barré a man of vision and courage who inspired our first Sisters to educate the ‘street children’ of Rouen in 1662 and to form community in 1666.
As it was at its’ origin the mission of the Institute has been lived out principally through Education. An ever changing world has presented new challenges and so new and creative ways to carry out this mission of ‘education’ have evolved.
What inspires us
Impelled by the Spirit we reflect on the world around us in the light of the Gospel. This inspires us to respond to the needs of our time.
"Glory be to God whose power in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine..." (Eph:20)
Our Work here in Malaysia
The Sisters arrived in Malaya as it then was in 1852 – the first mission on foreign soil since the Founding of the Institute in 1666. The first School as well as an Orphanage was in Penang and others soon followed. Today the work of education in both formal and informal settings continues in Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Nanas, Kapor, Rawang, Port Dickson, Seremban, Cameron Highlands, Bagan Serai, Ipoh, Sitiawan, Teluk Intan, Jahor Baru, Melaka, Keningau, Penampang as well as in Penang.
The IJ Sisters in Seremban are actively involved in education of the young among the urban poor (with their learning centre in Kampung Pasir). The sisters also participate in the pastoral ministry of the parish in the areas of catechetics and youth. Previously, the IJ's in Seremban were also involved in the Orang Asli ministry.
For more information about us, please go to our website.