Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary are women called to belong totally and unreservedly to God in prayer, action, and community.


Founder Father Jean Gailhac, Founderess, and Mother St. Jean Pelissier Cure, Foundress and First Superior.


From our founding, RSHM have been engaged ministries focusing on empowering women and children.



Religiosas del Sagrado Corazón de María somos mujeres, llamadas a pertenecer totalmente y sin reservas a Dios en oración, acción, y comunidad.


The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary is an international congregation of Catholic women religious. We serve in 13 countries in diverse ministries. We invite you to explore this website of our California and México province to learn more about our mission and history, our sisters and ministries, and to learn how you can collaborate with us in meeting the needs of God’s people.

To know and love God, to make God known and loved, and to proclaim that Jesus Christ has come that all may have life.– RSHM Constitutions #7

RSHM Podcast

We feature stories of Spirit and Heart: Conversations with a RSHM Sister.
We invite you to listen to our podcast and learn more about our mission, history, RSHM spirituality, our sisters and ministries.

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by Sister Gretchen Hailer, RSHM. Los Angeles, CA. When I looked over Jennifer Thoene’s yearbook page for the Marymount High School, Los Angeles grads of 1986, I was really impressed! She was a member of the Science Association, and...

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by Sister Margaret McKenna, RSHM. LOS ANGELES, CA. In a year that celebrates the call of Vatican II, the Western American Province Extended Family organized a day of reflection and sharing around its legacy. The historical impact of Vatican...

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by Sister Margaret McKenna, RSHM LOS ANGELES, CA. Lately, my friends and family have been send- ing me jokes that humorously reflect the “joys” of aging. What is amazing about aging jokes is that they make a connection to...

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Dedication of the RSHM Memorial Bas Relief on the 170th year of the Founding of the Institute.

In honor of the 170th anniversary of our Founding, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary Western American Province, celebrated with the Dedication ceremony of the RSHM Memorial Bas Relief at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. The RSHM Memorial Bas Relief was designed by Will Pupa, Artist in resident at the LMU Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture and the Arts. The Bas Relief is located at the RSHM burial plot, section Z/Good Shepherd.

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“Called to be Community”

As apostolic religious, we believe that community, the witness of unity among people of diverse ages, background, cultures and racial origins, is at the heart of our mission in a fragmented and divided world.

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The mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary is “to know and love God, to make God known and loved, to proclaim that Jesus Christ has come that all may have life.” Since our founding in 1849, this faith vision of the founder has been implemented in different ways, according to the needs of the times in various cultures. Our Mission Statement today emphasizes our work for those “most in need of justice” and we are especially committed to the empowerment of women and children.

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