Reflection Our Family Tree

Two hundred 200 years ago, Pierre Bienvenu Noailles founded the Holy Family Association with the image of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The Association also adopted the image of the Oak tree. “In my dream the Holy Family appeared to me as a gigantic tree, a kind of oak with green leafy branches.  On it were flowers and fruits of all seasons, and birds of every colour and from every country. Each had its own special song but at times they all merged into one voice and, in perfect harmony, seemed to sing, ‘Glory to God, glory to God alone and all through            …

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The Holy Family of Bordeaux is an International Spiritual and Apostolic Family founded in 1820 by Pierre Bienvenu Noailles,
a priest of Bordeaux. It is composed of women and men, youth and children, from all vocations and walks of life in
the Catholic Church – Apostolic and Contemplative Women Religious, Consecrated Secular Women,
Lay and Priest Associates.

All members, while living their own specific vocation, share the same mission, the same spirit
and aim and draw their inspiration from the Holy Family of Nazareth.

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In Britain and Ireland the Holy Family includes:

  • Apostolic Religious
  • Consecrated Seculars
  • Lay and Priest Associates
  • Youth



The Holy Family of Bordeaux is a Charitable Trust
Charity Registration Number 232633 (England and Wales) and Charity Registration Number 20016579 (Ireland)

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JOIN THE CAMPAIGN As we know, in November, governments from around the globe gather in Glasgow at COP26 to discuss what action to take to tackle the climate  emergency.  CAFOD, the Catholic …

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Our Founder

Pierre Bienvenu Noailles was an enthusiastic young priest of Bordeaux who, at the age of 27, began to found what he then called the Association of the Holy Family.

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