The Josephites Congregation was founded in Belguim in 1817 by Canon Constant Guillaume van Crombrugghe. The Josephites are a Roman Catholic Congregation of Priests and Brothers specifically to work with young people.
Currently Josephites are working in England, Belgium, California, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon and Cameroon. The traditional apostolate of Josephites has been in schools, but in recent years the scope of work has widened to Parishes and Universitites as well, still with the Josephites showing a particular concern for young people, who are at the heart of the Josephite apostolate.
Here at St George's Weybridge, we have 6 Josephites that live on site;
- Fr Andrew Alexander
- Fr Richard Lear
- Fr Martin Ashcroft - School Chaplain
- Fr Adrian Cadwallader
- Brother Patrick Matthews
- Fr Jude McHugo
We also have a few Josephites; Fr William Muir (Current Governor) and Fr Robert Hamilton who live off site but are still connected to school and pop in every now and then to see us. Josephite, Fr Aidan Peter Rossiter, now lives in the USA.
St George's Weybridge celebrates its 'Founder's Day' on 1st December each year. This date commemorates the death of Canon Constant Guillaume van Crombrugghe. Founder's Day involves special Masses at the College and Junior School for students and staff and an invitation to all those who work at the College and Junior School to join the Josephite Community for a celebratory supper in honour of Constant van Crombrugghe.