Our presence in the Czech Republic had an unusual beginning. Around the time that Nicolas Barre invited our first sisters to live in Community in France, in the 17th century, a group of Minims founded a monastery outside Brno. After the fall of the Communist Regime in 1989 some young women who were discerning a religious vocation were put in contact with our sisters in Italy by one of these Minim monks. In 1999 a house was bought in Líšen on the outskirts of Brno and some young women came there supported by the Central Team and other sisters.
One of these, Veronika Reháková, discerned that her call was to the Institute and after some time she went to England to continue her formation. She made her First Profession in Woverhampton on the 5th February 2005 as a member of the English-Irish Province and then returned to Brno. She was joined in Community in August of that year by Georgina Clarson from the English- Irish Province. Klára Malináková joined the Community in 2010 and made her First Profession on 26th October 2013.
Our Community Life
From the beginning our house has been open and welcoming. We offer our spare room each year to any young woman who may need a place to stay or who simply wants to experience community life. These young women share our daily life and our prayer. This is a mutually enriching experience for us.
We pray together as a community, when possible each day - at midday and at Compline. Each week we have Mass in our chapel, which is open to people outside the community and we are faithful to a weekly community meeting.
As well as being faithful to our daily personal prayer, each one tries to find extended times for prayer on a regular basis either in the house, in the local Poor Clare or Minim Monasteries or other Retreat Centre. Relaxation includes music, art, swimming, dancing, cycling, sport, gardening, occasional concerts or visits to the theatre.
Our house is open to people who come to pray with us, for short private or group retreats, for individual counselling and spiritual accompaniment, for celebrations or simple friendship.
We try constantly to practice co-responsibility, to respect each other as adults and to value and develop each one’s gifts. This has led to each sister being actively involved in her individual ministry, while we collaborate when possible in some ministries such as retreats or hospitality.
The Czech Republic became a District within the Institute in January 2017.
To visit the website of the Infant Jesus Sisters in the Czech Republic, click this link: IJS Czech Republic