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"Remember, you belong to the people; consider them first."

Rev. John J. Prendergast, co-founder of SHF, 1834-1914



In 1872 Father John J. Prendergast and LIzzie Armer founded the Sisters of the Holy Family in San Francisco, California. From the very beginning the mission of the Sisters was to seek out with compassion the poor and needy, especially families, for the kingdom of God.


The work of the early Sisters took them well beyond the church walls into the neighborhoods where they cared for people spiritually, physically and emotionally.


For more than a century Sisters of the Holy Family have continued to seek out new ways to respond to the changing needs of families and children.