The Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (H.H.C.J) was founded by Mother Mary Charles Magdalen Walker, a Religious Sister of Charity, who came to Nigeria in 1923 at the invitation of Bishop Joseph Shanahan (CSSP) of the Vicariate of Southern Nigeria.
The Four young womens were :
Mother Mary Charles Magdalen Walker lived out the preaching of being all things to all people she engaged in any ministry that would uplift the standard of life of the people she served. She believed that a missionary should be able to extend his/her hands to the needs of the growing Church than those of his/her specific strong point. Mother Mary Charles Magdalen Walker was not only an excellent administrator but also, her faith, her selfless sacrifice, her complete trust in Divine Providence and love of people rejected by others made her unique. Her desire for an indigenous Religious Congregation was fulfilled when four of the young women she taught in St. Joseph’s Convent School, Calabar, Nigeria expressed the desire to become Religious Sisters. These four young women became the Foundation members of the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus.