An Overview

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.


Our ministry of education is fulfilled both through RSHM schools in the United States and Europe and through a variety of other educational services such as English as a Second Language, computer instruction for adults, and homework help for children.

RSHM Schools

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.
Visit the Global Network of RSHM School web site, click here.

Social and Legal Services

Sisters are engaged in a variety of social services in RSHM ministries and in collaboration with other religious congregations. These services include support for the immigrant population, programs in human development, senior citizen outreach, food pantries, and health education.

Pastoral Work

RSHM are involved in pastoral work ranging from programs offered at our retreat center to hospital chaplaincy, hospice ministry, parish and archdiocesan ministry, prison ministry and campus ministry.

Working for Justice

While justice is a key focus in all our ministries, we work more explicitly through several of our ministries, through RSHM Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation activities, and through our NGO at the United Nations.