The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary was one of the first foundations after the French Revolution and it also became one of the largest,congregations in the country. At the end of the 19th century it was among the first congregations of women to establish missionary foundations. It provides a fairly typical example of congregations of its time in respect of its foundation history, ideas, practical organisation and fields of apostolate.
We are proud to have well furnished archives in Gent, which allows a close research of the history of the foundation, showing how the Congregation evolved and developed during the political turbulence of the first half of the 19th Century.
For those interested in studying how the religious thinking and spiritual life of a congregation of women evolved, these archives provide interesting material. This material includes the various editions of the Constitutions and the Rule, their adaptations to changing circumstances and Church legislation, the prayer books, books of devotion, spiritual writings of the superiors and the sisters, etc.
There is also useful material here for the historian wanting to do some research on institutions.
The museum is open to visitors and historical exhibitions take place time and again. For further details, visit our website of the archives at:
Mrs. Kaat LEEMAN