Our congregation began in the compassionate response of Fr. Nicholas Joseph Minsart to the needs of the poor, especially women, in Namur, Belgium in the wake of the French Revolution. As the congregation expanded, the need for education, especially for children, spurred the Sisters to establish numerous schools throughout the provinces and missionary countries. In this century, as we have become a diverse, global community, the Sisters have been attuned to the changing times, extending themselves beyond the classroom. Parish ministry, refugee work, standing against human trafficking, teaching ESL, home visiting, counseling, spiritual direction and prayer groups are among the many works the Sisters have assumed as the Spirit has led.