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The Society of the Holy Child Jesus

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We are part of 10 network schools in the USA and more than 30 in England, France, Ghana, Ireland and Nigeria.

A Timeline of Cornelia Connelly's Life

(Please move the arrows back and forth to see highlights of her story.) 

Who is Cornelia Connelly?

Cornelia founded the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in England around 1846. She was anything but typical. She was an American-born wife and mother and a zealous convert who became the founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.

Cornelia Peacock was born January 15, 1809 in Philadelphia, Penn. In 1831, she married Pierce Connelly. Pierce was a minister and together they had five children.

Cornelia and Pierce were devoutly religious, finding strength and peace through prayer and reflection. Deep faith in God sustained Cornelia throughout her life.

In 1840, Pierce decided to become a Catholic priest. Though she followed him to Rome, Cornelia realized that life in Italy was not her calling and that she should also enter a religious order.

Cornelia then moved to England and became the foundress of a new congregation of women, The Society of the Holy Child Jesus.

Their primary ministry was education for the mill workers, mostly girls, and poor children of England. Through night and Sunday classes, the sisters provided education to this previously overlooked population of students.

Cornelia believed that education was best accomplished when each student was trusted and cared for.  She also sought to live her life with joy and as “one continuous act of love,” two other trademark characteristics of a Holy Child education.

Through Cornelia’s leadership, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus prospered. At the time of her death in 1879, the Society numbered over one hundred women and its work had expanded to the United States.

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The Connelly Legacy

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Network Schools USA

Cornelia Connelly Center
New York, NY

Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child
Anaheim, CA

Connelly School of the Holy Child
Potomac, MD

Holy Child Academy
Old Westbury, NY

Holy Child Academy
Drexel Hill, PA

Mayfield Junior School of the Holy Child Jesus
Pasadena, CA

Mayfield Senior School of the Holy Child Jesus
Pasadena, CA

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
Summit, NJ

Holy Child School at Rosemont
Rosemont, PA

School of the Holy Child
Rye, NY

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Schools in Africa

Holy Child College
Obalende, Ikoyi, Lagos

Holy Child Secondary School
Marian Hill, Calabar

Holy Child Model School
Otukpo, Benue State

St. Anne’s Secondary School
Otukpo, Benue State

Our Lady of Nigeria Primary School
Ogharike, Oghara, Delta State

Our Lady of Nigeria Secondary School
Ogharike, Oghara, Delta State

Dr. William Kupec Girls’ Academy
Agbaduma, Kogi State

Holy Child School
Cape Coast, Ghana

Holy Child College of Education
Takoradi, Ghana

St. Charles Lwanga School of the Holy Child
Walembele, Upper West Region of Ghana

Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child
Mempeasim, Cape Coast, Ghana

Cardoso Catholic Secondary School
Ajegunle, Lagos State

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UK and Europe

Ecole de Maillé
Créteil, France

Collége de Maillé
Créteil, France

Holy Child Community School
Sallynoggin, Dublin, Ireland

Holy Child School
Killiney, Dublin, Ireland

St Leonards-Mayfield School
Sussex, England

The Cavendish School
London, England

Priory School
Birmingham, England

St Mary’s Catholic College
Blackpool, England