Today's Message

“Our lives must be a continual weaving of faith and generosity.” — Saint RAPHAELA MARY


Who We Are

The Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an international community of Roman Catholic Sisters of all ages, races, and cultural backgrounds.

Founded by Saint Raphaela Mary Porras In Spain in 1877, the Handmaids minister in twenty-four countries throughout the globe, including the USA.

In Memoriam

Sister Dorothy Beck

With deep sadness, the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus announce the passing of Sister Dorothy Beck, acj, on Sunday, May 6, 2018. For information on her life and service, please see (at left) "Remembering Sister Dorothy Beck" in Handmaid News. A viewing will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018, from 9:00 am to 10:15 am at The St. Raphaela Center Chapel in Haverford, PA, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham, PA. Contributions in Sr. Dorothy's memory would be deeply appreciated and may be sent to the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, USA Province, 616 Coopertown Road, Haverford, PA 19041.

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With each hand we hold to help guide the way, with each person we comfort in the midst of suffering, & with each hungry child we feed amidst despair, we strive to bring healing and wholeness all over the world.

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Our History


The rich and beautiful legacy of St. Raphaela Mary & the Handmaids lives on today through the continued works evidenced throughout our ministries in the United States…

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