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Mission Statement

The Society of the Sacred Heart is an international community of women in the Catholic Church, founded in 1800 by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat. Sharing her vision and mission, we are convinced of the centrality of prayer and contemplation in our lives. We are committed to discovering and making God’s love visible in the heart of the world through the service of education. Conscious that what we do, we do together, and remembering a tradition marked by a love for young people and missionary spirit, the Religious of the Sacred Heart carry out this service of education:

  • Especially in the work of teaching and formation
  • In other activities for human development and the promotion of justice
  • In pastoral work and guidance in the faith. (1982 Constitutions of the Society of the Sacred Heart, #13)          

St. Madeleine Sophie established ministry in four key areas:

  1. Education in Sacred Heart Schools, universities and other educational settings
  2. Educational works with the poor and marginalized
  3. Spirituality, retreats, and spiritual ministry
  4. Contact with people outside our communities.