The Servants and Handmaids, SHJMJ is a Private Association of the Christian Faithful in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, with our headquarters located in Santa Maria, California. We were founded in 1971, with the blessing of Cardinal Archbishop Timothy Manning and Pope Paul VI. In 1973, the Articles of Incorporation were filed in the state of California establishing our association as the Apostolate of Christian Renewal. In 1990, our name officially became the Servants and Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We continue to serve as an “Apostolate of Christian Renewal”.
Our Association is listed in the Official Catholic Directory of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Official Catholic Directory (OCD) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We serve in union with Pope Francis and in conformity to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
Our governing directors and members of our ministry teams are Virtus and Safe Environment Certified. We have been finger printed and all have Letters of Good Standing that verify the same to our Local Ordinary and to any other Diocese upon request.
Those who participate in our apostolate come from all walks of life and parts of the world. We are men and women, younger and older; lay, religious and ordained who are seeking to deepen our relationship with God and fulfill the universal call to holiness commissioned by Vatican Council II.
The Servants and Handmaids, SHJMJ is a 501 (c)3, tax exempt, nonprofit association.