of Sacred Heart Education
The Second Vatican Council changed the Church and the Society, and it changed Catholic education. From 1969 to 1972, in response to the realities of the time – primarily a diminished and aging membership – the Society made the painful decision to withdraw from ten schools in the United States. And then they determined to find a way to keep other Sacred Heart schools open. They found their solution within their lay partners, Sacred Heart educators who had fully embraced the mission of the Society and the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie. Together lay and vowed religious undertook a new expression of what was meant by Sacred Heart education in the United States. This was manifested in two important developments:
- The establishment of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools (1970)
- The development of the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools (1975).
The five goals, rooted in the wisdom of St. Madeleine Sophie, are familiar to all students, educators and parents of Sacred Heart schools in the United States. They are the foundation of Sacred Heart education. Schools of the Sacred Heart educate to:
- a personal and active faith in God
- a deep respect for intellectual values
- a social awareness which impels to action
- the building of community as a Christian value
- personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.