Meet the DHM

Called to religious life by the Trinity, The Daughters of the Heart of Mary continue the mission of the Son. Our consecrated lives are mission, as the whole life of Jesus was mission.

Each Daughter of the Heart of Mary (DHM) is called to the joy and responsibility of being a witness to the Risen Christ and to the liberating power of His Gospel in an often chaotic and troubled world.

DHM are open and wholly available to the needs of the times and the places in which we serve God’s people, responding to them according to our gifts and abilities.

DHM are called to take care to protect life and promote integral human development. We are committed to contributing to the changing of mentalities and attitudes to build with others a more just and humane world in which the dignity and rights of all are respected.

DHM recognize Creation as a gift from God. Faced with its global deterioration, we are called to live an ecological conversion to safeguard it and not transform it into an object of consumption and domination.

Patty Prendergast on her ministry at Adèlaïde's Place

Patty Prendergast founded Adèlaïde's Place, a safe, daytime respite house in Atlantic City for women who are experiencing homelessness. They can have a drink/snack, do their laundry, rest, create art, watch a movie or play a game -- all in a setting that builds camaraderie that she likens to family. Patty said she recognized the need for Adèlaïde's Place and took the idea to her religious order, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, who approved. Adèlaïde’s Place opened in 2002.

Early in her career, Patty earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Theology and Ministry. She is a Certified Social Worker and a Disaster Response Crisis Counselor. Sister Patty was born and raised in Atlantic County.

Contact Us

Vocation Office
1365 Northampton Street
Holyoke, MA 01040-1913

 (413) 534-4502

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Our Mission

The Society accommodates the continuation of religious life under all circumstances and in each milieu where a Daughter of the Heart of Mary is sent on mission. Wherever we may be, and in all circumstances, we are called to witness to the Risen Christ and to the liberating power of his Gospel.

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Our Logo

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A stylised cross, two hearts, a flame and, above the crossbar, our name.

Simple, yet.... let's try to read it from the heart, as if we were reading poetry, because art is always poetry...READ MORE

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