Goals and Criteria
The Institute of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), was founded in Béziers, France, in 1849 by Ven. Jean Gailhac and Mère St. Jean. From its very foundation, the first religious community was drawn to the educational apostolate.
Since that time, the Sisters have been engaged in the ministry of education in sixteen countries on four continents. In the late nineteenth century, the first schools were established in the United States.
While the education of the whole person is the general aim of all schools, Sacred Heart of Mary schools are committed to the attainment of this goal through a deep personal belief in God, who calls each person to the fullness of life.
The mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary has been articulated as:
“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)
This mission (RSHM) finds expression in the following Goals and Criteria by which an educational institution is identified as belonging to the RSHM network. These goals are implemented within a school community which is composed of Board of Trustees, Board of Regents, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, students, graduates and former students.
The human family is awakening to an urgent call to justice and preservation of life on planet earth. The history and spirit of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary resonate with this call.
Trusting in God’s abundant love we will hold fast to our faith vision: “THAT ALL MAY HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT TO THE FULL”. (Jn 10:10)
Internationality is a gift from our origins… Today, Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary are located in Brazil, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Portugal, Scotland, United States of America, Wales, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
To foster a personal relationship with God.CRITERIAs a school community::1. We make God known and loved through Christian living rooted in Gospel values.
2. We welcome and respect the diverse religions of the world.
3.We empower each individual to understand, live and bear witness to her or his faith, in a respectful awareness of others beliefs.
4. We promote personal and communal prayer and reflection through liturgies, multi-faith services and retreats.
5. We encourage sacramental preparation and active participation in worship.
6. We explore in our religious education program the relationship of humanity to God, through the study of Scriptures, history, traditions, theology, spirituality and ethical system.
7. We participate in the life of the local Catholic church and pursue positive relationships with the wider community.
To create unity through diversity.
As a school community:
1. We create an atmosphere of respect, forgiveness, openness and joy.2. We cherish each of our members and are sensitive to the diverse talents, abilities and needs of each one.3. We nurture positive and co-operative working relationships among and between students, parents, administration, faculty and staff.4. We celebrate and share our diverse cultures and national traditions to enhance international understanding.
5. We foster an appreciation for the culture and customs of the country in which we live.
6. We maintain positive relationships with other schools and educational organizations.
To Instill a life-long love of learning.
As a school community:
1. We provide an educational program of the highest standard that recognizes and develops each individual’s potential in a stimulating environment.2. We ensure balanced intellectual growth through an integrated curriculum.3. We educate our students to communicate clearly, live cooperatively and function effectively in a global and technological society.4. We develop an informed awareness of beauty in the universe.
5. We enable students to study and research independently, to think critically, to reflect wisely and to have informed opinions.
6. We maintain a high level of professional development.