As I write this article we are coming to the end of Advent and entering the Christmas season.   It is a hectic time of hustle and bustle and long queues in the shops made worse this year because of the fear of unexpected lockdowns.  For many, Christmas has lost its focus and has become a celebration of consumerism. This is, of course, in complete contrast to the homelessness and squalor experienced by the people involved in that first Christmas.  From the very beginning Mary and Joseph and Jesus experienced all the hardships and uncertainties of human life. Yet the birth of this child changed the whole world. It is described by …

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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 us and sharing our spirituality, charism and ministries to interact with us on this site.


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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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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