Section title text:  Our Spirit.

Stella Maris—the Generalate 1960 - 2012

Stella Maris in Broadstairs Kent, England was for many years the home and place of work of the central administration of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, meaning it was the Generalate.

Views of the lighthouse and English Channel from the grounds of Stella Maris.

At different times in the Society’s history, for reasons of political security or convenience of administration, it has been at Carouge, Ste. Anne d'Auray, Paris and Brussels.

In October 2012 Gumley House, Isleworth, West London became the Generalate

Front of Stella Maris and side door.


Read about the history of the FCJs in Thanet.

Read about the celebrations marking the closing of Stella Maris Generalate.

From 1980 to 2012 the tomb of the Foundress of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, Marie Madeleine Victoire de Bengy de Bonnault d’Houët, was in the chapel at Stella Maris.

Stella Maris chapel showing grave and mandala painting.      Grave stone of Marie Madeleine in the Stella Maris Chapel.

Venerable Marie Madeleine Victoire de Bengy de Bonnault d'Houet,
21 September 1781—5 April 1858
Faithful Companions of Jesus
'le bon Dieu a tout conduit lui-même'

Venerable Marie Madeleine is now interred at the Church of St Dominique in Paris.   Read more ...

Let us ask Our Lord to give us the spirit of the Society of Jesus;
        since we have its Constitutions, it is God's will
                    that we should have its spirit.     (Marie Madeleine)