The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary is an international congregation of Catholic women religious. The engraving on the cross we wear "ut vitam habeant" ("that they may have life"), taken from the Gospel of John 10:10 conveys our mission “to know and love God, to make God known and loved, to proclaim that Jesus Christ has come in order that all may have life” (RSHM Constitutions #7). Founded in 1849, we now serve in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North and South America in diverse ministries. We invite you to explore this website to learn more about our mission and history, our sisters, community life, and ministries, and how you can collaborate with us in serving with God's people. You will also be able to link to the websites of our provinces and regions.

News From Around the RSHM World

Join us on a Cosmic Walk.

September 3, 2020

This beautiful, prayerful reflection in art and music on the history of the universe was created by Barbara Bailey, RSHM. 

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RSHM Provinces and Regions


RSHM first travelled to Brazil in 1911, as a result of laws established against religious congregations in Portugal. In Brazil, their presence grew and their ministries, which continue today, flourished. The province center is in Belo Horizonte, as is the congregation’s international Sacred Heart of Mary Novitiate.

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Eastern and Western America

RSHM first arrived in the US in Sag Harbor, NY, in 1877. Over the years, they established communities in several parts of the country and in Mexico. Today there are two US provinces, the Eastern American with the province center in Tarrytown, NY, and the Western American which includes Mexico, with the province center in Los Angeles, CA.

Eastern America: www.rshm-east.org

Western America: www.rshm.org

Northern Europe

From their founding in Béziers, France, still location of the Mother House, the congregation expanded, initially in Europe to Ireland, Portugal, and England. Today, the Northern European Province includes RSHM communities and ministries in France, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The province center is in London.

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The region of Moçambique began in 1952, first as a mission and then a region of the Portuguese Province. When the country became independent and the number of African sisters increased, it became a separate region under the aegis of the General Council in Rome, with its regional center in Maputo.


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RSHM first went to Portugal in 1871, only 22 years after the founding of the Institute, early evidence of our internationality. Today there are communities, schools, student residences, a retreat center, and social projects throughout the country. The province center is in Lisboa.

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RSHM came to Zimbabwe in 1956 and to Zambia in 1966, initially founded as missions from the United States and Ireland. The Zambezi Region was established is 1996, linking the communities and ministries of the two countries and welcoming African women sisters entering the congregation. The regional center is in Lusaka, Zambia.

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A Warm Welcome to the Site of the

Religious of the
Sacred Heart of Mary

"I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." John 10:10
Bem-vindo ao site das

Religiosas do
Sacrado Coração de Maria

"Eu vim para que todos tenham vida e a tenham em abundância." João 10:10
Bienvenidos al Sitio de las

Religiosas del
Sagrado Corazón de Maria

"Yo he venido para que tengan vida y la tengan en abundancia." Juan 10:10