The international Society of the Sacred Heart has been present at the United Nations as a non-governmental organization (NGO) since 2003, when we became associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI). In 2014 we were also granted consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This means that our presence at the United Nations has two principal aims: 1) to share information with our members and the wider Sacred Heart family about critical world issues (DPI), and 2) to give our members the opportunity to contribute their experience, reflection and analysis to the international policy debate (ECOSOC). The Society’s NGO Representative, Shelia Smith, RSCJ, is based in New York City and the Sacred Heart network she serves spans 41 countries.
The UN-NGO Facebook page and Twitter account help us to connect with the international network of the Society of the Sacred Heart on a regular basis, as significant events at the UN unfold. Please like us and follow! A quarterly newsletter called “New Frontiers” allows us to share broadly some of the highlights of the UN-NGO work in New York and at the grassroots. Our website is being updated. For now, you will find an archive of:
- Articles, updates and resources
- A calendar of UN International Days and Weeks
- Publications such as our Newsletter
- Pause for Peace: prayer services on a host of social justice issues that can be used, in whole or in part, at home, in educational institutions, with groups etc.
The interests addressed by the Society of the Sacred Heart are wide-ranging and vary according to the multiplicity of contexts in which we serve. However, our mission is always to discover and reveal the love of God. We do that by seeking justice with the heart of an educator in whatever we do and wherever we are. Four calls help us to live our mission in the world today: to be and act as one Body, to live more humanly, to create silence, and to reach new frontiers. Gospel values motivate our mission and are compatible with the UN’s 2030 Agenda, known as the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).