americasIn 1851, Fr. Louis de Goesbriand, then Vicar General for the Cleveland diocese, went home to Brittany for a visit. After requesting to read our Society’s Constitutions, he saw at once how well our charism fit with the needs of the people in the United States. In addition, the fact that the Daughters of the Heart of Mary never wore habits gave them an advantage, because they could be among the people without any outward signs that would create barriers.

By 1851, the United States of America was only 75 years old. Fr. Louis was pleased to find three brave women willing to leave family, friends, and their beloved country to journey to a strange new land. On September 24, 1851, the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, this small but valiant party of four embarked on the SS Humboldt.

On October 8, 1851, after 15 days on a turbulent sea, the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary took root in the United States. At 5:00 pm, the SS Humboldt docked at the Port of New York. There to greet then warmly was Bishop Amadeus Rapp of Cleveland, Ohio.

On Friday, October 10, 1851, the small group arrived in Cleveland, their new home. They first took refuge with the Ursulines, however on December 6, 1851, the first Saturday of the month, they were able to move to a small wooden house. The works of the Society quickly began to bear fruit. The DHM took in their first orphan on Christmas Day 1851. Her name was Mary.

Today, our U.S. Province includes “Reunions,” or locations, across the United States. The U.S. Provincial Offices are in Holyoke Massachusetts. DHM ministries in the U.S. include chaplaincies, healthcare and health care administration, education, municipal development, diocesan administration, pastoral support, and spiritual direction.


If you are interested in learning more about Vowed Religious Life as a Daughter of the Heart of Mary, please contact us at (413) 534-4502.



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.

Our Vision

The Daughters of the Heart of Mary are twenty-first century ecclesial women of many nations and cultures alive with the gifts of the Spirit. Following the example of the original Christian communities, our spirituality is rooted in Sacred Scripture and is exemplified in lives and ministries strengthened by communal prayer and spiritual sharing...READ MORE

Our Logo

DHM Logo in English no background

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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