CJ England

In the United Kingdom can be found both the IBVM and the CJ Sisters.  The oldest religious house in England with continuous occupation is the Bar Convent in York, founded in 1686 by Frances Bedingfield, one of Mary Ward’s first companions. It was from here that the Irish branch of the Institute was begun by Frances Teresa Ball in 1821.

There are presently three CJ communities in England, one in Cambridge and two in York. Traditionally, the main ministry has been school- based teaching but now all our former schools have been handed over to the diocese or to lay trusts.  The sisters are now involved in a wide range of ministries; including giving the spiritual exercises and spiritual accompaniment, so encouraging and helping people in their search for God.  The training of adults in theology, working in safeguarding in the Catholic Church,  volunteering in schools and hospitals and social and pastoral ministries supporting justice and peace.

At the Bar Convent hundreds of visitors each year visit our chapel and the Heritage Centre, and many enjoy the hospitality of our bed and breakfast!

To learn more, go to: http://www.congregationofjesus.org.uk/



York Community on Union, December 2019.

Where we are

CJ Myanmar

CJ Mozambique

CJ Nepal

CJ General House, Rome

IBVM Nepal

CJ Ukraine

CJ Slovakia

IBVM General House, Rome


CJ Zimbabwe

IBVM South Sudan

IBVM Mauritius

IBVM Morocco

IBVM Zambia

IBVM South Africa

CJ Mongolia

IBVM Tanzania

IBVM England

IBVM India

IBVM and CJ in Philippines

IBVM Vietnam

IBVM Australia

CJ Romania

CJ Italy

CJ Hungary

CJ in South Tyrol

IBVM Spain

CJ Germany

CJ Czech Republic

CJ Austria

IBVM Ghana


CJ South Korea

IBVM Kenya

CJ Cuba

IBVM Ireland

IBVM East Timor

CJ Chile

IBVM Bangladesh

IBVM in Albania

IBVM Canada

CJ Brazil

CJ India

CJ Argentina

CJ England

CJ Spain

Registered Address

IBVM General House. Via Massaua, 3, 00162 Rome, Italy || CJ General House. Via Nomentana, 250, 00162 Rome, Italy