The Society of the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus established, own and oversee the operation of St. Philomena School. This international order of Roman Catholic Sisters live in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. The general leadership is headquartered in London, England.
St. Philomena School is a part of the Province of the Americas of the FCJ Society. Provincial and local leadership are provided by the Sisters FCJ.
The Charism and Call of The Society Faithful Companions of Jesus
The Sisters of the Society Faithful Companions of Jesus desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, being one with him in his saving mission. Whatever ministry they do, the Sisters share one mission; to be faithful companions of Jesus.
All four Gospels give us examples of women who gave all they were and all they had to minister to and with Jesus. Mary the mother of Jesus, at a time when women were considered unequal to men, said yes to an awesome and fearful thing – becoming mother of God. After nurturing and raising Jesus, she was a constant companion in his ministry. Scripture tells us that it was Mary who prompted Jesus to make himself known at the Wedding Feast at Cana. Her request that Jesus help the couple marked the beginning of Jesus’ public life.
There were other women who traveled with Jesus and who ministered to him, and there were also women to whom he ministered. Women accompanied Jesus on his journey from Galilee to Jerusalem and were present at the crucifixion and the empty tomb.
The women stayed by the cross ministering in silent hope to the Lord. Their hope was not in vain. The first messenger of the good news that Jesus is alive and lives among us was Mary Magdalene. St. Augustine calls her ‘The Apostle to the Apostles.’
Marie Madeleine D’Houët, founder of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, devoted to her patron, and recognizing the significance of her name said:
“My name is Magdalene. I will follow my patron saint who so loved Jesus, … as to accompany him in his journeys and labors, ministering to him even to the foot of the cross with the other holy women who did not like the apostles, abandon him, but proved to be his faithful companions…”
For the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus, as with Mary, the women of the gospels and Marie Madeleine, their mission is to be the bearers of the good news of God’s saving love. The Sisters seek to live His values, to live the beatitudes, and, like Him, to minister to those on the margins of society.
In prayer before the crucifix, Marie Madeleine heard Jesus saying “I thirst.” She deeply desired to be one with him in His thirst for the reign of God; she longed to quench the thirst of Christ suffering in his people. Today, the Sisters share that thirst and long for a world where justice, peace, love and respect reign.
Whatever the Sisters do, however they do it, their mission is to be Jesus’ faithful companions in the world today. Ministry is but an expression of their mission; it is time bound and varies according to place and circumstance, as well as to each Sisters’ own particular gifts and grace. The Sisters are always on mission.
Discernment is important when choosing ministries. Just as Jesus listened with the ear of his heart for the will of the Father, as Ignatius spent time in prayerful reflection to find God in All Things, as Marie Madeleine listened to the slightest stirrings of God’s call, the Sisters also listen for God’s voice in their lives.
The Sisters are called to live for the greater glory of God and for the greater service of God’s people. In listening to and reading the world around us, The Sisters become attuned to the needs of the world, seeking to find God in all things.
The Sisters live and minister today in fifteen different countries, striving in many different ways to quench the thirst of Jesus in the world…