Society of the Sacred Heart

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The Society of the Sacred Heart (Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) is a Roman Catholic religious congregation established in France by St. Madeleine Sophie Barat in 1800. Madeleine Sophie Barat founded the Society in the wake of the French Revolution to reveal the love of God in the world, while providing educational opportunities for girls. It has a presence in 41 countries. Membership in the Society is restricted to women only. Its members do many works, but focus on education, particularly girls' education.[1] Because of its origins, educational work, and character, the Society is sometimes considered a female equivalent to the Jesuits, or Society of Jesus. Members use the suffix "RSCJ" which stands for Religieuses du Sacré Cœur de Jésus or Religiosa Sanctissimi Cordis Jesu or Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.[1]

They are not to be confused with the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), another teaching order of sisters.

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