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Who We Are

The Society of the Sacred Heart shares in this mission (of the Church)
by making known the revelation of God's love,
whose source and symbol is for us the Heart of Christ. (Constitutions)

We are the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada, part of an international congregation of Catholic women religious. Founded in 1800 by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, the Society of the Sacred Heart has more than 1,800 members in provinces in 41 countries. Members of the Society are known as Religious of the Sacred Heart - or RSCJ, for Religieuses du Sacré-Cœur de Jésus, the name in French. Our charism, our mission, is to make known the love of the Heart of Jesus in our world.

We participate in the mission of the Church
through the service of education
which is our way of continuing the work of Christ.

Religious of the Sacred Heart live out our vocation in the service of education; all our service is done with the heart of an educator. Here in the United States-Canada Province, we are teachers, administrators, lawyers, nurses, doctors, artists, writers, therapists, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, and social workers. We can be found in a wide variety of ministries and settings, including universities, secondary and elementary schools and popular education centers; in hospitals, shelters, parishes, retreat centers, and prisons. We work with students of all ages; with migrants, indigenous people, and refugees; with women and children; with the poor, the sick and the searching.