Venerable Cornelia Connelly

Web-Ready-CorneliaConnelly The Venerable Cornelia Connelly, Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, is honored here in her role as an educator.

In 1846, Cornelia and three companions arrived in Derby, and the Society of the Holy Child Jesus began. The order dedicated itself to educating the poor, and quite soon they organized classes seven days a week, both day and night, to accommodate children who labored in factories. Programs in the evenings educated poor women, while a Sunday school offered religious instruction. Cornelia also began training novices for her order. After Cornelia died in 1879, the SHCJ continued to found schools, including Rosemont College in 1925.

Cornelia’s window shows her instructing a young girl, while the predella features an image of the motherhouse in Rome, a testament to for the order she founded.