Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland – Saint Joseph’s Society for Foreign Missions


This Society, which consists both of clergy and of laity, is under the direction of its Superior-General and Founder, the Most Rev. Herbert Vaughan, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. Its object is to educate missionaries for the conversion chiefly of heathen nations. Its mission-fields are: the districts in the Archdiocese of Madras, with about 9,000,000 heathens; North Borneo and Sarawak, with their yet unknown population of savage head-hunters; the Maori Mission in New Zealand; the Prefecture-Apostolic of Kafirstan and Kashmir in Northern India, and the Vicariate of the Upper Nile in Equatorial Africa. Besides two colleges abroad, at Rozendaal in Holland, and Brixen in the Tyrol, the Society has two colleges in England for the purpose of providing a regular and increasing supply of missionaries for these poor heathens.

1. Saint Joseph’s Foreign Missionary College, Mill Hill, London, N.W., for the study of theology and the sacred Scriptures.

2. Saint Peter’s Apostolic School, Freshfield, near Liverpool, where youths of sixteen years of age and upwards receive a classical education, and are tested in their vocation and character.

No people in the world have a greater responsibility in this respect than the inhabitants of the United Kingdom, whose vast Empire comprises in population more than one-fifth of the world.

A preparatory college has been founded at Freshfield, near Liverpool, and there are branch colleges at Rosendaal, in Holland, and at Brixen, in the Tyrol.

The Society has two Bishops and upwards of 100 priests on the heathen missions, and upwards of 130 students preparing for the Missionary Priesthood in its four Colleges in Europe.

Attached to the Society is a Sisterhood, following the rule of the Third Order of Saint Francis. The Sisters have charge of the domestic arrangements of the Society’s Colleges; they also have homes for waifs and strays at Patricroft and Blackburn; and some are sent on the foreign missions of the Society.

MLA Citation

  • Francesca M Steele. “Saint Joseph’s Society for Foreign Missions”. Monasteries of Great Britain and Ireland, 1903. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 December 2018. Web. 7 May 2021. <>