Daughters of Holy Mary of the Heart of Jesus


Our Delegation was founded on September 21, 2011 by our Foundress, Reverend Mother María de Jesús Velarde. She traveled with the first missionary Sisters from the Region of Spain who, from the very beginning, dedicated themselves to vocational and youth ministry, with the good pleasure and blessing of the local bishop in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio.


In September 2014, the Providence of God blessed us with the acquisition of a closed parish in the diocese, which is now the center of our foundation in this country. Through this Divine Providence, the charity of men and the prayers of the Sisters, we now have on this property:

  • Marian Fountain of Living Faith Novitiate
  • Casa Velarde and Fiat House, used as retreat houses for young adult ministry
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Oratory, a center for pilgrimages and spirituality for those who want to turn to the powerful protection and intercession of our Patroness, the Treasurer of the Heart of Jesus.
  • On October 31, 2022, we established our second Community in the United States, in Columbus, Ohio, at St. Therese Shrine. There, our Community of Sisters offers monthly D.O.Y.M.A.R. Prayer Movement encounters for girls, adolescents, and young women. We also serve in a role of campus ministry at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and School in Westerville, Ohio. We work among the students and youth of the parish community in the classrooms and with the Parish School of Religion so that every child can have the opportunity to benefit from our presence and ministry.
  • Community of Columbus
    St. Therese Retreat Center
    5277 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
    614-986-7007 / columbus@hsmcj.org

We give thanks to God for the blessings showered upon us throughout these years. We know that they are only seeds of a great endeavor, carried out for His greater glory and for the good of the Church in America.

  • You can make it possible for this seed to become a great tree, contributing to our efforts to reach more youth, teens, children and families…
  • You can make it possible for American vocations to share our Charism and give themselves to the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in union with Our Lady….


Spreading the Devotions of the Sacred Heart and of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Steubenville:

  • Monthly Mass in honor of Our Patroness: last Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. to entrust needs, petitions and prayers of thanksgiving to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Advocate of Difficult and Desperate Causes.
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Pilgrim Statue: an opportunity to receive a traveling image of Our Lady into your home for nine days to pray her Novena, entrust your intentions to her, and allow her to shower graces from the Heart of her Son upon you and your home.
  • Solemnity of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart: celebrated annually on the last Saturday of May, always preceded by a Triduum of Masses (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and Floral Offering by the members of the DOYMAR Movement.
  • Processional Candle Rosary: September 7, the Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lady and of the Anniversary of the approval of our Institute by the Holy See.
  • Union with the Church in the following celebrations hosted in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Oratory:The Epiphany of the Lord, World Day for Consecrated Life (Feast of the Presentation of the Lord), Solemnity of St. Joseph, World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Corpus Christi Mass and Procession, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States, preceded by a Novena, The “Posadas” (The Inns) Christmas Novena.
  • Our Lady´s Radio: FM 97.9 Catholic radio for Steubenville, Ohio and surrounding areas to evangelize and nurture the faith of the local community
  • help us with your prayer and, if God has blessed you with material goods, invest them in a mission that returns one hundred to one and gives eternal life. Please consider supporting us.


      * The formation of the Sisters: St. John Paul II Fund
      * Youth and young adult ministry: St. Joseph Fund

    (In the memo, write the name of the fund to which you would like to donate.)

    700 Lovers Lane / Steubenville, Ohio 43952

    Our benefactors are remembered daily in our prayers and in a special monthly Mass