Introduction to the community
Founded in Dublin in 1912, CSJE was an attempt to establish Religious Life in the Church of Ireland, although it did not receive official recognition. The founder believed that a group of sisters living hidden lives of prayer and service would exercise a powerful influence. When he died in 1939, there were twenty-four professed sisters and six novices.
From the 1930s, the Community had a branch house in Wales, which became the Mother House in 1967. In 1996, however, the Sisters returned to Dublin to the house originally taken over in 1959 from another small community of St Mary the Virgin. This house was formerly a school and then a home for elderly ladies of the Church of Ireland. It is now a Registered Nursing and Residential Home under the care of the Community but run by lay people.
The remaining Sister of CSJE continues to live the Religious Life to the best of her ability and leaves the future in the hands of God.
Address: St Mary’s Home, Pembroke Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin D04 P867, Irish Republic
A private booklet was produced for Associates in 1962.
Third Order, Fellowship, Associates
Associates have a simple Rule, Companions a fuller and stricter Rule. Both groups are now much reduced in number.