Saint Joseph's Missionary Society of Mill Hill

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Saint Joseph's Society for Foreign Missions, also called the Mill Hill Missionaries or, previouly, Mill Hill Fathers, is a society of apostolic life of Catholic missionaries.

Mill Hill Missionaries
MottoAmare et Servire
FormationAugust 15, 1866 (153 years ago) (1866-08-15)
TypeCatholic religious society
HeadquartersMaidenhead, England
Key people
Herbert Cardinal Vaughan, founder


It was founded in 1866 by future cardinal Herbert Alfred Vaughan.[1] In 1892, it branched to create a separate North American offshoot, the Society of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Josephites).[2]

The society was formerly based at St Joseph's College at Mill Hill in north London.[3] The late 1960s saw the development of the Missionary Institute of London, to consolidate training facilities for the various mission societies in Britain. St Joseph's College site was closed in 2006.[4] Its present headquarters are at 6 Colby Gardens in Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7GZ.

In 1884 St Peter's School, Freshfield, near Liverpool was founded to serve as a preparatory school to the college.[5]

During the Second World War the college was evacuated to Lochwinnoch in Scotland. The war ministry then requisitioned part of the buildings for the use of the civil service. So, the college at Mill Hill was effectively closed for the duration of the war. In the 1960s, Pope John XXIII asked missionary societies to become involved in South America. As of 2019, the Mill Hill Missionaries are active in Brazil and Ecuador.

On its 150th anniversary, an account of its history on the Diocese of Westminster website said in part: "At the 1988 Chapter, with representatives from all over the Mill Hill world present, a decision was taken to recruit Mill Hill Missionaries from Africa and Asia, our former mission areas, now flourishing with well-established churches planted and grown by Mill Hill Missionaries." There are now Mill Hill Society formation centres in Cameroon, East Africa, Philippines and India.[6]

As of 2014, the congregation has forty priests working within Ireland, and twenty working internationally, with an average age of 73.[7]

Superiors generalEdit

  • Herbert Cardinal Vaughan (1868 – 19 June 1903), founder[8]
  • Jac Hetsen, Netherlands (1 January 2000 – July 2005)[9]
  • Anthony Chantry, England (UK) (July 2005 – 15 June 2015)[10]
  • Michael Corcoran, Ireland (15 June 2015 – present)[11]

Prelates from their ranksEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sources 1796-1949. Walter de Gruyter. 1 January 1983. pp. 407–. ISBN 978-3-11-097033-3.
  2. ^ Yearbook of International Organizations. Union of International Associations. 1999.
  3. ^ Phyllis Mander-Jones; National Library of Australia; Australian National University (1972). Manuscripts in the British Isles relating to Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific. University Press of Hawaii.
  4. ^ "History", Mill Hill Missionaries, accessed 6 January 2016.
  5. ^ "St Joseph's Society Missionary Society (Mill Hill Missionaries)", Mill Hill Missionaries' Archives
  6. ^ "Mill Hill Missionaries Celebrate 150 Years - Diocese of Westminster". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  7. ^ McGarry, Patsy. "Review of orders' practices on child protection published". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  8. ^ Arthur McCormack (1966). Cardinal Vaughan: the life of the third Archbishop of Westminster, founder of St. Joseph's Missionary Society, Mill Hill. Burns & Oates.
  9. ^ Jeanne Logiurato (FRW) Hanline; National Register Publishing (1 July 2005). National Catholic Directory. National Register Publishing. ISBN 978-0-87217-366-8.
  10. ^ Fides, Agenzia. "EUROPE/ENGLAND AND WALES - Appointment of National Director of the PMS, Fr. Anthony Chantry MHM - Agenzia Fides".
  11. ^ News, Independent Catholic. "Mill Hill Missionaries celebrate 150 years - ICN".

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