Claudine Thevenet was a woman called by God to form the Congregation of the Religious
of Jesus & Mary. Her work was born out of a heart crushed by the pain of personal tragedy.
During the French revolution, two of her brothers were shot in her presence.
For nineteen-year old Claudine, this was a turning point in her life.
God works in wondrous ways to realise his plans. Led by the spirit of God, Claudine
opened her doors to welcome orphans. Later, her response to God's call took
shape in a total commitment of herself. As a result, a religious family was born.
Later on, some of them would make an arduous journey from France to India to undertake
the task of educating the girls from 1842.
Claudine's ideal was to make God known and loved by means of Christian education
in all social milieus. This ideal remains the aim of the congregation whose preference,
inherited from the Foundress, is for the young and among these the poor.
Women who have faith in God, in themselves and in others, who would live their lives in the light
Women capable of being good wives and mothers and creating happy homes,
Women whose very presence anywhere would exude goodness and touch other lives, and,
Women capable of earning a living by their honest work.
To be a living witness in their own lives... of the values they teach,
To be completely given to the young and to be real mothers to them,
To have foresight and thoroughness in preparing and carrying out their duties,
To be impartial,
To have simplicity in doing things to please God,
To be courteous, but without any affectation in their manner, tone of voice, deportment
and behavior, and,
To be clean and orderly in their work and in their personal appearance, but without
of prevention that foresees and forestalls faults; giving guidance at the opportune
time... there is greater delicacy of love implied in removing obstacles than merely
of attention to the individual, stressing the dignity of each person,
of participation and collaboration because love cannot develop except in a united
of giving a practical formation and enabling the young, while living with the present,
to prepare for the future,
of social formation... the ability to take their place in society with confidence,
a pedagogy based on simplicity and a family spirit, and ,
A stimulating pedagogy giving each one the taste for going beyond the self; for
making a reality of the dream which God has for each of his children.