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Sisters of the Holy Names

The Sisters are dedicated to the full development of the human person through education, social justice, contemplation and the arts.



The Academy of the Holy Names was established in 1881 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.  We are one of many schools begun by this congregation of women religious during the 19th and 20th centuries in Canada and the United States. The Sisters envisioned a Catholic education that would empower children and youth to unlock their God-given gifts and develop their full human potential for the transformation of society.

Through decades of education ministry, the Sisters of the Holy Names have shared their charism—a gift from God for the good of God’s people—from Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, who founded their community in 1843 in rural Quebec. A woman of hope, Blessed Marie Rose inspired her Sisters with a caring hospitality, a discerning heart, and a faith deeply rooted in God’s love. She promoted an education in the faith rooted in the Gospel and a special concern for those who are poor and marginalized.

Fire Upon the Earth:
The Legacy of the Sisters of the Holy Names
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Prayer to Blessed Marie Rose

Blessed Marie Rose, obtain for us today the audacity of Faith, the simplicity of Hope, the power of Love, that we may actualize the words of Jesus: I have come to cast fire upon the earth, and would that it were already kindled.

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The SNJM Legacy

Historical Photo Gallery: The SNJM Legacy