VI International Heads Conference

We are excited to announce we plan to offer a virtual conference and not meet in Miami as planned.
Dear Colleagues,
The coronavirus has and will continue to challenge all of us. Given these uncertain times and the disturbance of social distancing, we know that we cannot launch a virtual conference on April 23, 2020. What we can do is to remain united in Christ’s heart through our prayer for each other and our world.
Our proposal is to create our Virtual Conference as one that takes place over time. At this point, we are considering, September 2020 – April 2021. We are currently developing the detailed plan of how we might engage with our keynote speakers and panelists while working together as Sacred Heart Educators across the globe.
We count on your understanding that this plan is taking some time to develop. We are confident that conducting our conference over an extended period will allow all of us to enter into a thoughtful, prayerful consideration on how we might address the needs of our common home.
Let us continue to pray for all those suffering from this global pandemic as we remain united in the Heart of Christ.
The Planning Committee
Please read the letter below that explains our decision.
S’il vous plaît lire la lettre ci-jointe parce qu’il explique notre décision.
Por favor, lea la carta adjunta porque explica nuestra decisión.

Caring for our Common Home

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  • September 2020 - April 2021

    We are pleased to invite the directors, heads and leaders of Sacred Heart Schools, Centers and Institutions of Education to participate in the 6th International Leaders Conference to be held virtually. 

    Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, in which the pope describes the earth as “our common home,” we hope our days together will spark an inclusive dialogue about how we as Sacred Heart Schools are shaping the future of our planet through education. The fragility of our common home becomes more and more evident as we witness natural disasters, hear of rising sea levels and learn of the forced migrations of people from their homes which are no longer habitable. Sensing the urgency of our environmental challenges, we have considered the work of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission (JPIC) of the Society of the Sacred Heart while planning the conference.


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  • Cost

    Cost: The cost of the virtual conference is $150.00 (US). This is a change from the original $850.00. Acceptable forms of payment include credit card, electronic funds transfer or wire transfer.

    Location: Virtual. More information to come. 

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  • Our Keynote Speakers Include

    Isabelle Lagneau, RSCJ, a member of the General Counsel, Society of the Sacred Heart. Isabelle will speak to the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat as the foundation of the mission of Sacred Heart education. She is the former Coordinator of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in France. 

    Martin G. Poulsom SDB, a Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Roehampton. He is a specialist in the theology of creation, and is the author of The Dialectics of Creation. He is a member of the Salesians of Don Dosco, a religious order dedicated to youth ministry. He is currently lecturing in systematic theology, science and religion, and theological anthropology. 

    Elizabeth Rush is a 2019 Pulitzer Finalist and author of Rising Dispatches from the New American Shore. Currently a visiting professor at Brown University, Elizabeth explores in her own work how humans adapt to changes enacted upon them by forces seemingly beyond their control, from ecological transformation to political revolution. 

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  • Panels

    We are planning two panel discussions. One will be an interdisciplinary panel on the impact of climate change. The second will include members of the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Commission of the Society.

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  • Additional Elements to the Conference

    We will spend some time working with the International Education Commission. We plan to invite all participants to share programs, processes and/or actions school communities are taking to address climate change. This information will be shared through the forum of a "marketplace". Participants will be asked ot bring materials for this sharing. Details on the marketplace as a form of sharing will go to participants after they have registered. 
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.