Josephites of Belgium

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For St. Joseph's Missionary Society, see Mill Hill Missionaries. For the Josephites (S.S.J.) headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland., see Josephite Fathers.
Constant Van Crombrugghe, Founder of the Josephites

The Josephites ("Sons of St. Joseph") of Belgium (abbreviated C.I.; Latin Institutum Iosephitarum Gerardimontensium) are a Roman Catholic Clerical Religious Congregation of Pontifical Right for Men.

Their primary apostolate is the education of youth, but also have a missionary past in Africa. Their headquarters are at Karmelietenstraat, 9500 Geraardsbergen, Belgium.

History[edit]

It was founded in the Diocese of Ghent, Belgium by Canon Constant van Crombrugghe in 1817. Members of the congregation use the initials "C.J." after their names.

Superiors general[edit]

(very incomplete)

  • Founder: Father Constant Guillaume van Crombrugghe (1817) (Belgium)
  • ...
  • Robert D. Hamilton, C.I. (2001 – ...)

Statistics[edit]

In 2004, they had 14 houses, with 113 members including 84 priests.

Prelates from their ranks[edit]

Deceased
  • 1988: Marcel Evariste van Rengen, C.I., Apostolic Prefect (1957 – 1964.09.29) and later promoted first Bishop (1964.09.29 – death 1988.03.15) of Mweka (Congo-Kinshasa)

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