We have come a long way in our understanding and experience of leadership.  No longer do we “pedestalize” our leaders.  No longer do we ascribe to the named leader sole responsibility for the life and mission of the unit.  We have banished the “them and us” mentality.  We have taken back our projections (if they ever existed!) of strong, all wise, all powerful figures at the top who will tell us what to do and how to do it and if anything goes wrong it is their fault!  We now realise that this deeply patriarchal, hierarchical model of leadership has not served us well. On the contrary, in the past …

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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

We invite our members, past pupils, friends and those interested in knowing more about and sharing our spirituality, charism and ministries to interact with us on this site.

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Religious orders praised for their support of WMOF September 9th, 2018

A Bank of Ireland senior executive, who was seconded as head of financial development for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, has heaped praise on the many religious communities …

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Ireland: WMOF emphasises environmental protection August 31st, 2018

Sustainability was chosen as a key topic of the The World Meeting of Families, held in Dublin, Ireland from August 21 to August 26. The emphasis on sustainability at the event …

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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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    Pope Francis
    Meek and humble of heart, close to the people, with compassion, with meekness and tenderness. This is Jesus. #SantaMarta