Based upon the strength of our charism, we strive to combine contemplative life with various apostolic activities and to be “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” (cf. Mt 5:13-14).

We are truly happy if by our life we can bring an awareness of God to many people. Mother Julia

Being Consecrated

Our first mission is to give witness to Jesus, who was poor, chaste and obedient in this world. We wish to proclaim him through our consecrated life and we desire to make people aware that we have received redemption and eternal life through him.

Jesus, we wish to live and proclaim your Gospel unconditionally. Mother Julia.

Community Life

As consecrated men and women, we wish to be “experts in communion” (Pope Francis). We live in communities large and small. The mutual complementarity constitutes an essential element of our vocation.

Our communities should be cells of unity and peace. Mother Julia


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In the Liturgy of the Hours, in the Rosary, and in Eucharistic adoration we vicariously bring the concerns, petitions and hopes of the people to God. It is a work of mercy to pray for the living and the dead.

The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men and women of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Vatican II, GS 1


Many people come to us. They pray with us, and we share the faith with each other. Children, youth and adults receive catechesis. Priests meet for brotherly fellowship. We give spiritual direction and guidance to people searching for God. We desire that many who share our lives can experience the Church as a family of God.


The Thalbach convent in Bregenz (Austria) is the home for the whole of our Spiritual Family. Consecrated life started there as early as 1436. Franciscan and Dominican Sisters laboured here fruitfully for a long time. At the request of the Dominicans, The Work took over this convent in 1983. In its church Mary is venerated as the “Seat of Wisdom” (13th century) and Mother Julia’s tomb is also located here.

Collegium Paulinum

The future priests of the community receive their formation in Rome in the Collegium Paulinum and at the ecclesial universities. We may experience the Catholic Church as a universal Church through our close proximity to the Pope and by encountering believers from all over the world.


Mother Julia was born in Geluwe (Westflanders, Belgium). For almost twenty years she lived with her family in a small house. There she received the abundant graces which God gave her for the foundation of The Work.

Our centres

Our various centres are for us places where we are at home and where we can welcome others. Our houses and apartments come in very different sizes and styles. Here we wish to live out biblical hospitality. In every house there is a chapel. We are active in more than ten countries, in Europe, the United States, and the Holy Land (Jerusalem).

The centres of The Work are places where many people may receive light and warmth through our unity and love. Mother Julia

Different Services

Presently, we fulfill various tasks – communally or alone – in parishes, in the service of various dioceses and religious communities and in the service of the Holy See, in pastoral services of pilgrims, in schools, hospitals and in homes for senior citizens. We give talks, organise catechesis, work in social services etc. We dedicate ourselves to the promotion of the life and writings of Bl. John Henry Newman and the theological heritage of Leo Cardinal Scheffczyk.

Different services

Many people ask us what do we do? We fulfill many and varied tasks. The most important however is what we are. In everything we wish to give witness to Christ’s love for all people and our love for the Church.

Be courageous! Today’s world needs souls who are filled with God. Mother Julia

New Horizons

We listen to God’s will. He may use us as he pleases. We are ready to give up current tasks and to take on new duties in other places.

We can expect everything from God, not as passive observers, but as people who are completely ready to serve. Mother Julia