|Who Are the
Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus?
Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a Pontifical Congregation
founded on May 9, 1889, in Ragusa, Italy, by Blessed Maria
Schinina. Following the command of Jesus “Obey my ministers,”
she rejected worldly pleasures and dedicated herself in service
to the destitute, the homeless and the unwanted.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus symbolizes the purpose of this
Pontifical Congregation - LOVE. Jesus demonstrated His love
in His attitude, teachings, and especially in His ultimate
sacrifice, death. Using Him as their perfect example, the
Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus model their own lives
after His and continue to offer His people that same Love.
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The aim of the Institute, which is carried out in its members,
is the glory of God through the seeking of one’s sanctification
and the building up of the Church. The spirit of the Congregation
and its members is to honor with a special worship the Sacred
Heart of Jesus especially adored in the Most Blessed Sacrament
of the altar, under the dual aspect of love and reparation.
Devotion to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus enables the Sisters
to unite their sufferings with that of Christ in the spirit
of love and reparation for the salvation of souls.
Since the Heart is the center and source of His love and
His Church, the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus founded
by Blessed Maria Schinina live out their spirituality of LOVE
AND REPARATION TO THE SACRED HEART by serving the poor in
union with the Heart of Jesus. Keeping nothing for themselves,
they consecrate to His Heart all their activities and make
reparation to the offences and failures which His Heart suffers
at the hands of people. “Love and Service to the Poor”
is our charism and the Sisters serve the poor wherever they
are. Charism is a gift from the Holy Spirit which is given
to a person to put at the disposal of others. It’s a
way of rendering an aspect of Jesus’ life concrete and
visible in any historical context. To us this means to love
and repair His Heart rejected by the ingratitude of men. We
fulfil this by giving refuge to the sick, the poor and social
United in the bonds of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience,
the Sisters live a Community life, offering support to each
other in the areas they serve. Although centered mainly in
Italy, the Sisters also work in Madagascar, Nigeria, Philippines,
Romania, Poland, India, Canada, and the United States. Wherever
they are, their charitable acts and apostolic functions continue
to spread the glory of God and His generous forgiveness.
In the United States, the Sisters serve in educating all
levels of youths in school and in pastoral works. Teaching
is the primary function of the Sisters in Lewiston, North
Haven, and Canada. They staff Pre-Schools and also an Elementary
School where students are instructed in a family environment
in which love, warmth, and security are of utmost importance.
The Sisters’ standards are high; yet their encouraging
methods and gentle guidance allow all under their care to
experience the rewards and joy of success. Interwoven with
their educational expectations is the introduction to the
teachings of Christ and His unconditional LOVE for mankind.
The motto of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is “LIVE
JESUS” and that is just what they do. By doing so, they
bring joy and peace not only to themselves, but also to all
whose lives they touch.
is the center of the Sisters’ lives, for it is through
prayer that they receive the guidance and assurance they need
to carry out God's work. Just as the Sacred Heart is the source
of their love, so prayer is the source of their inspiration.
As a community, the Sisters participate at daily Sacrifice
of the Mass, have Eucharistic adoration once a week, recite
the Liturgy of the Hours and the Rosary, and make their meditation.
They also have annual and monthly retreats. As Sisters of
the Sacred Heart of Jesus, they have devotion to the Sacred
Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, especially on
First Fridays and Saturdays of every month. Individually,
they pray at various times during their busy day. Prayer totally
permeates their apostolate and their lives. During the day,
the Sisters unite themselves with the suffering Christ, offering
all they do in the spirit reparation to the Sacred Heart of