Heritage & Spirituality
Schools of the Sacred Heart have a very specific mission that is articulated in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education. Convent of the Sacred Heart is committed to live the values of Sacred Heart education and to integrate them into the fabric of personal and school life.
The Heritage and Spirituality Council is a standing council comprised of five members from different divisions of the school, including one member of the religion department. The council creates programs that explore and deepen understanding of the heritage, spirituality and traditions of Sacred Heart education, and of our founding order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ). Exploration of spirituality and mission includes:
- Awakening and deepening one’s personal relationship with a loving God symbolized by the Heart of Christ
- Empowering others to claim their own relationship with God
- Understanding the vision of Sacred Heart education as expressed by the founding Mothers and in the Goals and Criteria
- Integrating the values expressed in the Goals and Criteria in word and deed
Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat was the foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Born in Joigny, France in 1779, she founded the Society in 1800 and sent the Religious of the Sacred Heart to establish schools in America in 1818. She was canonized in 1925 and her feast day is celebrated on May 25.
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne was the first Religious of the Sacred Heart to bring the Society to the United States. She stopped in New Orleans in 1818 on her way up the Mississippi to St. Louis. From there, Bishop DuBourg sent her to St. Charles, Missouri where she founded the first Sacred Heart school in North America. She was beatified in 1940 and canonized in 1988. We celebrate her feast day on November 18.
“No one can be educated by maxim and precept; it is the life lived, and the things loved and the ideals believed in, by which we tell, one upon the other.”
- Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ (1857-1914)
“Rooted in the love of Jesus Christ, our Sacred Heart mission evolves through the experience of those who live it in the present and share it with succeeding generations. Relying on the grace of the Spirit, each school becomes a community where the presence of God is experienced and made known.”
- Network of Sacred Heart Schools Formation to Mission Plan Preamble
Members of the Heritage & Spirituality Council are:
Mary Stan Burke, Upper School Librarian
Michael Chung, Director of Community Outreach
Amy Pacula, Head of Lower School
Marianne Palacios, Middle School Religion Teacher
Stephany Veluz, Formation to Mission