Society of the Sacred Heart

Revealing God's Love in the Heart of the World

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, Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) are convinced of the centrality of prayer and contemplation in their lives.  They are committed to discovering and making God’s love visible in the heart of the world through the service of education. 
Today, the Society of the Sacred Heart has more than 2,000 members in provinces in 41 countries, with approximately 300 members in the United States and Canada.
Conscious that what we do, we do together, and remembering a tradition marked by a love for young people and missionary spirit, we 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          
As RSCJ today contemplate the pierced Heart of Jesus in the broken heart of humanity, they focus on compassionate solidarity with the poor, educating to reconciliation and work for justice and peace.  
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.