Main Number: 856-428-8834
Vocation Director: 856-423-8680
Delegate Superior: Sr. Jerilyn Einstein, F.M.I.J.
Vocation Director: Sr. Jerilyn Einstein, F.M.I.J.
Vocation Phone: 856-423-8680
The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, "who was born an infant in order to be loved and not feared," constitutes the heart of our charism, as Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus, founded on Christmas Day 1879, by Barbara Micarelli. Her "clear vision was to dedicate her whole life for the welfare of the poor, the orphans, the abandoned..." This is the focus of our services of charity, wherever we are present in catechetical, educational, and pastoral ministries, social services, and health care, sustained by His presence in grace and in prayer: the Eucharist, Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration, and devotion to Mary. Franciscan joy and simplicity of life in fraternity warrant our consecration through the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. We wish the Savior, born in Bethlehem, to be born in the hearts of all whom we serve in Africa (Cameroun, Libya), Asia (Philippines), Europe (Albania, Belgium, Italy), South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru), and the United States (New Jersey, Virginia). Young women seeking to dedicate their life in service of the Church as FMIJ should be 20-35 years of age, in good health, with an ardent desire to belong totally to Jesus, while serving the needs of God's people.