Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth

Who are the sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth?

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth was founded in Rome, Italy in 1875 by Frances Siedliska, a Polish noblewoman. The sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth are an international apostolic congregation of vowed women religious. They believe that the Holy Family of Nazareth, three persons in communion with God and each other, obedient and faithful to the will of God, reveals the profound reality that God is present in the most simple and ordinary experiences of human life.

What is Their Mission?

This vision, which so captivated the foundress, Blessed Mary of Jesus the Good Shepherd (Francis Siedliska), is the source and inspiration for their life and service. Sharing in Jesus’ mission of spreading the Kingdom of God’s love, they engage in a variety of ministries with and in the Church. Mindful that it is in an environment of love that persons come to fullness of life, they witness a family spirit among themselves, and are dedicated to the moral and religious renewal of family life. They are committed to creating communities of love and hope which celebrate the oneness of the human family.

Therefore, the Sisters’ mission is to spread the Kingdom of God among themselves and then to promote it among others, particularly among families.

Their Ministry

With the family perspective influencing all that the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth do, they call for the expression of three essential values from any ministry conducted in their name:

Faithful Listening:

A way to claim and celebrate our identity in life and ministry; a way to hear the voices (new and old) within our hearts and within our world as a call to growth and development; a way to let God’s Spirit overshadow us and our ministry for mission.

Loving Relationships

“Love” is the very heart of Nazareth, modeled on the relationship among Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Trinity and among Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the Holy Family. The selfless, life-giving love of an infinitely generous God compels us to form loving, compassionate and reverential relationships in our personal and professional lives.

Since the family is the first school of love, we are committed to the strengthening of family life in whatever ways we are able.

Recognizing God in the Everyday

We are building God’s reign of love in our world, step by step, moment by moment, here, in this place. The people we encounter are the sons and daughters of God. We must know and understand that.

The more we recognize that God is in the daily, the more compassionate and caring we will be. We will act from a transformed consciousness.

For more information about the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and their mission, visit them online at

Mrs. Denise LePera

Mr. Jim Meredith

Mrs. Patricia Quinn
Assistant Principal for Academics

Mrs. Diane Budd
Assistant Principal for Student Life

Nazareth Academy High School

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About Naz

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