Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Institute of Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Formation1880; 139 years ago (1880)
FounderSaint Sr. Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C.
TypeCentralized Religious Institute of Consecrated Life of Pontifical Right (for Women)
HeadquartersViale Cortina d'Ampezzo, 269, 00135 Roma, Italy
Membership (2017)
Superior General
Sr. Barbara Luise Staley, M.S.C.

The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a Roman Catholic female religious congregation, founded in 1880 by Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini.

The aim of the institute is to spread devotion to the Heart of Jesus by means of the practice of spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The sisters conduct homes for the aged and the sick, orphanages, industrial schools, sewing classes; they visit hospitals and prisons, and give religious instruction in their convents, which are open to women desirous of making retreats. Its general mother house is at Rome.


The congregation spread rapidly in Europe and America. In 1899, at the suggestion of Pope Leo XIII, the sisters came to New York, and opened convents in the archdioceses of Chicago, Denver, Newark, Seattle, and Los Angeles and the dioceses of Brooklyn and Scranton. From 1926 to 1951, several Italian sisters coming from the United States were active in China, provinces of Henan and Zhejiang.

The sisters purchased the former Woodcrest estate in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania in 1953. Cabrini University opened on the estate in September 1957.[1]


  1. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Martha W. Dale and Beverlee Burnes (August 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Woodcrest" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-06.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.

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