La Xavière

La Xavière Missionary of Christ Jesus, an apostolic religious institute, was founded by Claire Monestès(1880-1939) in 1921 in France.

Claire Monestès
our foundress

The congregation was officially approved by the Roman Catholic Church in 1963. In 2010 we were approved as a congregation of Pontifical Right.

As of September 2012, 112 Xavières sisters are spread among 19 communities:  12 in France, 5 in Africa (Ivory Coast, Chad, Cameroon) and 2 in Canada. The community in Toronto, the first in an English-speaking context, was founded in 2007.

As contemplatives, we try to find God in all things – and all things in God –whether in our daily activities or in our personal and communal prayer.

We are rooted in the spiritual tradition of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

We are named after St Francis Xavier, one of the first Jesuits, a missionary without borders who inspired Claire Monestès. Claire wanted us to set sail and get to know and love the world as Christ did. This does not necessarily imply crossing oceans, but rather being able to be involved in the realities and the needs of present times and to share Christ’s mission of reconciliation in any context.

In all our ministries, we aim to contribute to the growth and the unity of the Body of Christ.

We can minister within or outside our community.

Our ministry might be secular or Church related.

Community life is a strong pillar of our religious commitment. It is both a source of energy for our spiritual life and a missionary challenge. Our calling to reconciliation is to be lived daily through the great diversities in ages, education, culture and personalities we experience. Community life is the first context in which we strive for unity.

Our personal prayer is both contemplation and adoration of God through the Scripture.

As a community, we pray the Liturgy of the Hours in communion with the Church. Twice a day we gather to sing psalms, listen to the Word of God and intercede for the world.

Becoming a Xaviere sister is a constant process of spiritual and ongoing formation.

Different steps lead to the life time commitment of the final vows: a time of postulancy lived within a community is followed by two years of Noviciate. The first vows are pronounced at the end of that probation. The period between first and final vows is of variable length providing each woman the necessary time for personal adjustment and discernment. Upon taking final vows and in order to keep evolving with our continuously changing world, each Xaviere sister follows some form of continuing education (theological, apostolic or professional).