About Us

Who is Polycarp?

Polycarp was a young teacher who decided to consecrate his life to God in our Institute, he is our model of religious educator.


olycarp was able to save the Institute from a serious crisis and make it grow and expand. That is why he was named “Second Founder” of the community.

Jean-Hippolyte Gondre was born in La Motte, in the French countryside. He spent his early childhood helping his father with rural tasks and used his free time for studying. Even so, he obtained a teaching degree at the age of 21.

Seeking deeper commitment to God, he opted to join the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in 1826, who had been founded five years earlier in Lyon by Father Andre Coindre. He then became Brother Polycarp.

In 1841 he was elected Superior General and held this role until his death in 1859. He succeeded in saving the Institute during a difficult time for the Order. Thanks to him, the Institute expanded even outside France. That’s why Brother Polycarp was accorded the title “Second Founder”.

In 1984 Brother Polycarp was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II because of the “heroicity” of his virtues.


Brother Polycarp, Brother Xavier, and our other predecessors followed in the footsteps of our founder, in gentleness and humility.

They made love the center of their lives and the inspirationof their apostolic and missionary activity.

Rule of Life, 12.

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