Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Who we are - our roots

Fr Jules Chevalier
Our founder

Mother Marie Louise Hartzer
Our first superior general
Mother Marie Louise Hartzer, a woman of deep faith, courage, wisdom and one who understands the mind and charism of Fr Founder was our first superior general. She was given the role of leadership by Fr Chevalier and guided our infant congregation for more than 20 years.

Our Congregation

Our Religious Congregation is called the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. It is an apostolic religious institute of pontifical right in the Catholic Church with specific missionary orientation.

It was founded in Issoudun in the centre of France on August 30, 1874 by Fr Jules Chevalier MSC. We use as our initial FDNSC which comes from our name in Latin, Filiae Dominae Nostrae a Sacro Corde.

Our name, given by our founder, indicates our honouring and close relationship with Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart who is intimately united with her Son in His work of saving the world.

Our Founder, Jules Chevalier, founded the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart first on December 8, 1854 and he is also the spiritual founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus of Hiltrup, Germany. We collaborate together where we are in the world. There is also a lay branch and all together we are known as the Chevalier family.


Community life

Community life is very important to us as Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. It is where we support each other in prayer, in our different ministries and in providing the daily needs of each other.

In our different communities, joys, sorrows and the challenges of life are shared. Just like life in a family, community life has its struggles, but we seek to live charitably with one another as we are of different cultures, backgrounds and temperaments.

We strive to be witnesses of God’s love to each other and to others.


If you want to know more about the congregation or the Centre in Lukov Dvor, you can write to this email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or phone this number 00421 37 77 30 730.