RSHM Mission Statement

 

We, the religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, an international apostolic institute of women religious, are called to share in the life-giving mission of Jesus Christ.

The challenge of the gospel and the spirit of faith and zeal which marked our founders, Jean Gailhac and Mere St. Jean, and our founding sisters, urge us to respond to the needs of our time and to work, with others in action for evangelical justice. Sent to promote the life and dignity of all our sisters and brothers, at this time we place ourselves and our resources at the service of those who are most in need of justice, enabling the powerless, the deprived, the marginalized, the voiceless to work effectively for their own development and liberation.

We are called to be community, to know and celebrate God’s love for us and to make that love known to others. As we become more deeply inserted in the realities of the Church and world, we use our individual and corporate talents to work creatively in diverse ministries for the promotion of justice.

Mary is our model as we seek to be open to the Spirit, to center our lives in Jesus Christ, to be women of prayer and compassion, and to give authentic and joyful witness to the values of the gospel wherever we are.

The RSHM has expanded immensely from its humble beginnings in Béziers. They are now an international non-profit organization with a powerful and impactful presence around the globe. Note: Map locations are approximate

Education
The Global Network of RSHM Schools includes schools in the US, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Portugal, and England, France, Italy. The mission of the network is to facilitate mission effectiveness, foster the gift of internationality, and broaden the commitment to the transformation of the world through education.

Pastoral & Spiritual Ministries
RSHM are active in various parish ministries, conduct prayer and bible study groups, and offer programs for the religious education of young people and religious formation for adults. They are active in campus ministry in schools and universities and serve as hospital chaplains. The congregation also sponsors three retreat centers, in Wales, Portugal, and the US.

Social Projects and Legal Services
Through a variety of ministries, we respond to the call of our RSHM Mission Statement to address the needs of our time, “enabling the powerless, the deprived, the marginalized, the voiceless to work effectively for their own development and liberation.