The Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus was founded by Clare Fey in Germany in 1844. Its original purpose was to provide care and education for the many children of Aachen who were growing up on the streets, undernourished and neglected. Clare’s mission was rooted in prayer and union with God and she developed a way of life which she called “The Practice of Walking in the Presence of God”. This is her charism. The words of Jesus “Remain in me” (Jn.15,4) are the well-spring of her Practice and of the spirit of the congregation. On the 5th May 2018, Clare Fey was declared Blessed in her home town of Aachen where the Congregation began. Her feast day is celebrated on 8th May.
Today Clare Fey’s Sisters live and work in several countries in Europe, Asia and South America. In common with most other European countries, the number of Sisters in England is now greatly reduced. They run a retreat centre in Southam and are engaged in parish and other pastoral work. They also continue to support ministries with which they have been associated, including St. Michael’s school. They do this by their continued involvement where appropriate, and by their lives of prayer and witness.
In 2019, following a request made by the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus to the Loreto Sisters, St. Michael's became a Loreto Education Trust School under the canonical authority of the Provincial Superior of the Loreto Sisters (Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary) who appoints the members of St. Michael's Catholic School Trustee. In this way the future of St. Michael's as a school under the control of a Religious Order is ensured.
Sister Mary Paul PCJ
(Headmistress 1974 – 1980)