Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
HANDMAIDS OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
A religious congregation, Ancillae Sacri Cordis Jesu (ACJ, Official Catholic Directory #1870), with papal approval (1887, 1894), founded in 1877 in Madrid, Spain, by St. Rafaela porras y ayllÓn and her sister Dolores. The Handmaids devote themselves to prayer of reparation before the exposed Blessed Sacrament and to various apostolic works. They are also engaged in works relating to education, catechetics, retreats, chaplaincies, and parochial and diocesan ministries. The generalate is in Rome; the United States provincialate is in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
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