Today, 1 December, we commemorate the 149th anniversary of the death of Canon Constant William van Crombrugghe (1789 to 1865) who founded the Congregation of Josephites. The Josephites are the order of priests that founded St George’s Weybridge in 1869. To celebrate Founder’s day, pupils throughout both the College and the Junior School will be attending special Masses
Constant van Crombrugghe was already a Roman Catholic Priest and Headmaster of the Collège de L'Alost in Belgium when he established the Josephites in 1817. The Josephites were founded for the Christian instruction and education of young people.
Below is a short quotation which has inspired many Josephites, both past and present:
“For many years I have lived for my pupils: less in order to teach them things, but rather so that one or another of them might at least be touched, in his journey through my class, by a word, a feeling, an enthusiasm which might allow him to be a little more of a man during his life.”
To find out more about our Founder please click here.1 December 2014