The Birth of the Society of J.M.J in Holland
Consequent upon the French Revolution, practice of Catholic faith in public had been prohibited in Holland. The Catholics were subjected to petty supervisions, and very severe anti-Catholic laws were passed concerning schools and education in general.
There was no freedom for Catholics to organize church activities, for religious community living, to establish Catholic schools etc. Catholics did not dare to come out openly, even when the Constitution of the country guaranteed freedom in 1814.
He founded the JMJ Congregation to impart Christian education to catholic girls, a dire need of the Church of his time. His undaunted courage, strong faith, unshakable trust in the Divine Providence, the determination to work like a giant with the powerful weapons of prayer and asceticism, positive outlook to life and its realities and challenges enabled Father Wolff, to leave a lasting legacy of availability and hard work to his followers.