The Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus
The Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus is an international Congregation of Sisters, founded by Mary Mother Charles Magdalen, a religious Sister of Charity who came to Nigeria in 1923.
Our Mission as Sisters is in fidelity to the Gospel values and the charism of our Foundress, to commit ourselves to the transformation of lives through their prophetic witness of vowed life, community living, participatory leadership and apostolic ministry with a special option for the poor, women and children.
The model and patronage of our Religious consecration is the Blessed Virgin Mary who first declared:
"I am the Handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word."
The Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus were invited as a presence in the Archdiocese of St. Boniface (Manitoba, Canada) in 2005.
The HHHCJ Canadian Mission of was canonically erected in 2006.
The Sisters are involved as caregivers to elementary school children in local Catholic schools; caring for retired priests in care homes, Registered Nursing in hospitals and ministering to the First Nation people in rural northern communities. Their involvement in different aspects of of Pastoral Ministry in different parish communities has made a great impact on faith and community. The presence of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus as "Nuns in habit" is the greatest witnessing in Manitoba.