Saint Joseph's Missionary Society of Mill Hill

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Mill Hill Missionaries
MottoAmare et Servire
FormationAugust 15, 1866 (152 years ago) (1866-08-15)
TypeCatholic religious society
HeadquartersMaidenhead, England
Key people
Herbert Cardinal Vaughan, founder

Saint Joseph's Society for Foreign Missions, also called the Mill Hill Missionaries or Mill Hill Fathers, is a society of apostolic life of Catholic missionaries.


St. Joseph's College (closed in 2006)

It was founded in 1866 by future cardinal Herbert Alfred Vaughan.[1] In 1892, it branched to create the Society of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Josephites).[2]

The society was formerly based at St Joseph's College at Mill Hill in north London,[3] but the St Joseph's College site was closed in 2006.[4] Its present headquarters are at 6 Colby Gardens in Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7GZ.

On its 150th anniversary, an account of its history on the Diocese of Westminster website said in part: "At the 1988 Chapter, with representatives from all over the Mill Hill world present, a decision was taken to recruit Mill Hill Missionaries from Africa and Asia, our former mission areas, now flourishing with well-established churches planted and grown by Mill Hill Missionaries." There are now Mill Hill Society formation centres in Cameroon, East Africa, Philippines and India.[5]

As of 2014, the congregation has forty priests working within Ireland, and twenty working internationally, with an average age of 73.[6]

Abuse accusations[edit]

Between 1975 and 2014 the congregation received 13 abuse of children involving eight priests.[6]

A 2011 RTE television program investigating child abuse examined two of these case in detail. In one instance, RTE falsely claimed that Fr. Kevin Reynolds had raped a girl and fathered her child while living in Africa as a Mill Hill missionary. The claim was later debunked and Reynolds was found innocent.[7] Following paternity tests, RTE retracted its claims and fully apologized to Reynolds.[8]

Superiors general[edit]

  • Herbert Cardinal Vaughan (1868 – 19 June 1903), founder[9]
  • Jac Hetsen, Netherlands (1 January 2000 – July 2005)[10]
  • Anthony Chantry, England (UK) (July 2005 – 15 June 2015)[11]
  • Michael Corcoran, Ireland (15 June 2015 – present)[12]

Prelates from their ranks[edit]



  1. ^ Sources 1796-1949. Walter de Gruyter. 1 January 1983. pp. 407–. ISBN 978-3-11-097033-3.
  2. ^ Yearbook of International Organizations. Union of International Associations. 1999.
  3. ^ Phyllis Mander-Jones; National Library of Australia; Australian National University (1972). Manuscripts in the British Isles relating to Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific. University Press of Hawaii.
  4. ^ Mill Hill Missionaries official website,; accessed 6 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Mill Hill Missionaries Celebrate 150 Years - Diocese of Westminster". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
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  9. ^ Arthur McCormack (1966). Cardinal Vaughan: the life of the third Archbishop of Westminster, founder of St. Joseph's Missionary Society, Mill Hill. Burns & Oates.
  10. ^ Jeanne Logiurato (FRW) Hanline; National Register Publishing (1 July 2005). National Catholic Directory. National Register Publishing. ISBN 978-0-87217-366-8.
  11. ^ Fides, Agenzia. "EUROPE/ENGLAND AND WALES - Appointment of National Director of the PMS, Fr. Anthony Chantry MHM - Agenzia Fides".
  12. ^ News, Independent Catholic. "Mill Hill Missionaries celebrate 150 years - ICN".

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