The Mission of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart
In the spirit of St. Marguerite d'Youville, our foundress, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart strive to be signs of God's unconditional love as we collaborate to create a more just and compassionate world.
We are dedicated to contemplating and incarnating Gospel values. As daughters of St. Marguerite d'Youville, Mother of Universal Charity, who was motivated by a consciousness of God as Eternal Father, we continue her mission: To be signs of God's constant and unconditional love for every person.
Our overriding concern is that the Gospel be proclaimed to all we serve, especially the poor and needy of our world. We have a preferential love for the materially poor and demonstrate it in our lives and works by living more simply, working with the poor, sharing our love and abilities, and being enriched by their gifts . . . educating ourselves and others to the responsibility in justice to satisfy the needs of the poor . . . and acting upon unjust societal conditions.
We are nurses, educators, pastoral counselors, social workers, therapists - women who care for others in need. Our ministry takes us to the country of Haiti and the states of Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
We are one of six Grey Nun Congregations who claim St. Marguerite d'Youville an inspiration and animating spirit. We were founded in 1921 as an autonomous foundation and we are the only Congregation of Grey Nuns based in the United States. (See Other Grey Nun Congregations)