The Society of the Sacred Heart has been an international community from its early years when Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne was sent by Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat to the Americas. Today RSCJ see themselves as one international community serving in 41 countries and speaking 26 languages. The commitment to unity is an essential element to the very identity of Religious of the Sacred Heart. The words cor unum et anima una in Corde Jesu (one heart and one soul in the Heart of Jesus) appear on the cross each RSCJ wears.
The 2008 General Chapter of the Society of the Sacred Heart calls all within the Sacred Heart family to JPIC in Solidarity with Those Who are Most Vulnerable. The work of JPIC is for the Sacred Heart community a work of relational transformation (personal, communal, social, ecological, planetary and cosmic). “It involves the contemplative and active aspects of Sacred Heart charism, which remain one movement for RSCJ today. Seeing the world through the perspective of God’s compassion, engaging in education and prayerful reflection, and acting from a deep place of love, help us to understand ‘transforming relationships’ as a value, a goal and a way of life" (Society of the Sacred Heart International JPIC Coordinating Committee).
The Society at the UN
At the United Nations, the Society of the Sacred Heart serves as a non-governmental organization(NGO) in special consultative status with the Economics and Social Council. In this capacity, the Society actively engages with ECOSOC, its subsidiary bodies, and the UN Secretariat. The basis of this engagement is the experience, lived reality and wisdom of the RSCJ across the globe. The Society’s commitment to Mother Earth, people living in poverty, women, migrants, and children, lived out in multiple cultural, religious, socio-economic and socio-political settings around the world, is the strength we offer to ECOSOC.
In this consultative status, the Society has the opportunity to:
lobby with UN Member-States (governments) and the UN system at large
share expertise on area of education with ECOSOC and member bodies
designate members to attend certain events, conferences and activities at the UN
submit written statements on subjects that are relevant to ECOSOC’s work and in which we have a special expertise
General Chapter 2016
To be One Body which loves, practices and gives witness to justice, peace and integrity of creation at all levels of our life and mission.
New Frontier is the joint newsletter of JPIC international and the UN-NGO of the Society of the Sacred Heart. It is a quarterly newsletter for Global Education and Advocacy. Join the mailing list here.
Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.