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. – GNSH Mission Statement, June 2012

The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart have discerned a call to risk relational newness with God, each other, our Church and world. With trust in our Provident God and in the spirit of our foundress, St. Marguerite d’Youville, we commit ourselves to:

  • Embrace a contemplative stance
  • Cultivate relational integrity in all our interactions
  • Offer faithful witness as women in the Church
  • Foster cosmic consciousness

As Catholic women religious, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart are dedicated to contemplating and incarnating the values of Jesus proclaimed in the Gospel. Following the path of compassion of Jesus and St. Marguerite d’Youville, Mother of Universal Charity we continue her mission:

To be signs of God’s constant and unconditional love for every person.

Our overriding concern is that the Gospel of Jesus be proclaimed to all we serve in His name, especially the poor and needy of our world. Modeling Jesus, we have a preferential love for the materially poor and demonstrate it in our lives and works by:

  • living simply
  • sharing our love and abilities,
  • working with the poor and being enriched by their gifts
  • educating ourselves and others to the responsibility in justice to satisfy the needs of the poor
  • acting upon unjust societal conditions

We are active women who care for others in need through:

  • education
  • healthcare
  • social services
  • pastoral ministries

Our lives and mission are lived out in Pennsylvania and New York by our Sisters, and throughout the United States by Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart Associates, and others with whom we have ministered.


We are one of six Grey Nun Congregations who claim St. Marguerite d’Youville as 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.

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