The Sisters founded a community in Ireland in 1909. Not only was the first School established, Drishane Convent, but because of the local situation, they also set up a saw mill, a brush factory and a knitting factory as well as running a farm! This foundation became a great source of vocations especially for the mission in Asia. No other house was founded in Ireland for many years. Sisters went as missionaries especially to Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Thailand and California. In more recent years, many sisters returned to share their ‘missionary zeal’ with the sisters back home.
In 1998 a house was established in Brno in the Czech Republic to facilitate a discernment process for some young Czech women. They had encountered the writings of Nicolas Barré during the process for his beatification (1999) and wanted to find out more. One of these young women discovered she wished to become a Sister. Following a period of Formation in England and Ireland, she made her first commitment in 2005 and is once more in Brno with another sister. The mission continues.
To read more about the life of the Infant Jesus Sisters in Ireland and England and in the Czech Republic, click on the links below:
www.ijs.ie or IJS Czech Republic