Who We Are

Jean Baptist Debrabant The Holy Union Sisters, an international Congregation of Roman Catholic women religious, was founded in France in the 1820's. Through our many ministries, including education, social services, health care, pastoral care, and parish ministry, we strive to bring our charism of unity and reconciliation to all people.

In 1826 a newly ordained French priest, Father Jean Baptiste Debrabant, arrived in Douai, northern France. One of his ministries was to four seamtresses who were living and praying together in a small house following their desire to deepen their spiritual lives. Jean Baptiste Debrabant  became the spiritual guide for these devout women. He supported them and also asked them to assist him in educating the young people of the parish. A small school began and  spread out into other towns of northern France and  Belgium. Father Debrabant became the founder of the new congregation which he named "The Holy Union" (La Sainte Union) so that "you may form together a union of heart, mind and affection in Jesus and Mary." Despite many difficulties, the fledgling congregation grew and in time spread to England, Ireland, Argentina, the United States, the Caribbean , and Africa. 

Entrusted by the Church with a part of Christ's mission "that all may be one," we are called to be present among all people of our rapidly changing world. We strive to live as signs of reconciliation and unity, proclaiming and working for justice and liberation for all. In our evermore unequal world, we are challenged to be more sensitive to the cries of those people who are poor, and to the silence and powerlessness of any part of God's creation which is oppressed. 

Today, Holy Union Sisters live and work in Argentina, Benin, Belgium, Cameroon, France, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland,  Tanzania, England, Scotland, Wales and the United States of America.  

We work in a variety of ministries, especially those on behalf of women and children. We are engaged in education, health care, spiritual direction, environmental issues, human trafficking, community empowerment, immigration and protection of the rights of refugees.

 

 

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