School Charism

The Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

The special gift that founders of religious congregations have been given, is called a ‘charism.’ It is passed on to all who follow them. It includes a unique way of understanding the Gospel message and is expressed through the spirituality of the congregation.

The charism and the way it is expressed enriches the Church, the people to whom it is given and those with whom they work. It gives each congregation its identity, it determines its spirit and its mission in the world.

The founder of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Father Jules Chevalier, gave them that name to honour Mary. Mary gave Jesus his humanity. In this special relationship, Mary becomes for all time, the woman closest to the Heart of Jesus. Mary is always present with Jesus: it is the compassionate heart of Jesus on which we focus, not Mary, and Jesus is the human manifestation of the compassion of God.

In 2011, the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart celebrated the 100th Year of the foundation of Australia as a Province of the Missionary Group of Sisters founded in Issoudun, France in 1874.

The original name of our school was Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School. Sometime in the 1980s, the name was changed to Darra-Jindalee Catholic School. Under the guidance of former school Principal, Michael Kelleher, our school returned to its original name in 2009. In 2011, after this name change, the school staff started to examine the charism of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Students and staff are encouraged to live the charism by being a ‘heart person’ which the heart of Jesus being our model.

Each year in May, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary school celebrates the feast of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart through a whole school Mass and celebration.