Our mission, derived from the spirit that we share with our Founder Jules Chevalier, is expressed primarily in the way we try to relate to people – with love, kindness and compassion. By this we hope to lead them to understand more clearly how Jesus loves and understands them. Our Constitutions remind us that “we live our faith in the Father’s love revealed in the Heart of Christ. We want to be like Jesus who loved with a human heart; we want to love through him and with him and to proclaim his love to the world” (CS 10). The motto of our Founder was, “May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere known and loved”. Everywhere! In all places, among all peoples, by all means "Ours is a spirit of family and a spirit of brotherhood, formed by kindness and understanding, by compassion and mutual forgiveness, by gentleness, humility and simplicity, by hospitality and sense of humour."
MSC Constitutions, No 32
Heart of Jesus society is a legal entity of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The congregation was founded by a young and empathetic young French priest, Jules Chevalier, in the small town of Issoudun. He had a profound and life-changing experience of God’s love for him during his seminary training that gave him an inspiration to spread the compassionate, intimate and merciful love of God through a group of men dedicated to heal the social and spiritual illness of his time. He saw this compassionate love of God symbolized in the heart of Jesus pierced on Calvary.
Jules at the age of thirty gathered a group of like-minded priests together to form a community of men who wanted to share the experience of love of God to people not only in France but all over the world under the protection of Mary, to whom he gave the title "Our Lady of the Sacred Heart".