Madeleine Sophie Barat Born in Joigny

12 December


The French revolution

Sophie lived through The French Revolution (1789–1799), a period of political and social upheaval and radical change.


Convents are abolished

The French National Assembly passes decree abolishing all convents.


The world in upheaval

The United Irishmen rebel against British rule. Napoleon invades Malta. The Knights of St. John are expelled and convents are abolished. The Maltese rise against the French.

The Society of the Sacred Heart

Father Louis Varin had requested her to found a religious order dedicated to the Heart of Jesus. The Acts of Union unite the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland, creating the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In Malta the French capitulate and Malta is placed under the protection of the British Crown.

First Sacred Heart School opens

The first Sacred Heart school opens in Amiens.

Sacred Heart in America

Rose Philippine Duchesne brings the Society to America.


Sacred Heart School opens in Roscrea

First Irish Sacred Heart school opens in Roscrea. This was just before the Great Famine (An Gorta Mór, 1845 -1852).


School opens in Armagh

Mother Eliza Croft opens the school in Armagh with the assistance of Archbishop Cullen.


School opens in Glasnevin

School opens in Glasnevin, Dublin by Mother Eliza Croft. William Dargan, the ‘father of Irish railways’, arranges the ‘Dublin Exhibition’ and sponsors it heavily.


Sophie dies

Sophie dies on 25th May. Glasnevin School transfers to the former home of William Dargan in Mount Anville, Dublin, the current location of the Montessori/ Junior and Secondary Schools.


Sacred Heart School opens on Harcourt St

Convent and school founded in Harcourt St., Dublin by Mother Susan West.


Harcourt St School moves

Harcourt St. School transfers to Leeson St., Dublin.


Sacred Heart School opens in Scotland

First house of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Scotland is founded by Mother Anne Walsh and the first school opens in Aberdeen.


School opens in Malta

The Society of the Sacred Heart arrives in Malta and the first school opens.


Teacher training college opens

Mother Margaret Walsh founds Teacher Training College in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Training college moves

Teacher Training College moves to Craiglockhart and Boarding School opens.


Irish-Scottish Province founded

The Irish-Scottish Province is founded.


Sophie is canonised

Sophie is canonised. Feast Day 25th May.


School opens in Kilgraston

School opens in Kilgraston, Scotland.


New official languages declared in Malta

English and Maltese are declared the official languages of Malta. Until then, Italian was the official language.


Teacher training college opens

The Society of the Sacred Heart opens the first Teacher Training College in Malta.


Sacred Heart School opens in Monkstown

School is founded in Monkstown, Co. Dublin by Mother Mary Connolly.


School opens in Kilmacud

Mount Anville Primary School is founded in Kilmacud.


Roscrea school moves

Roscrea school moves to new building.


Leeson St. pupils transfer

Leeson St. pupils transfer to Mount Anville, Dublin.


European Union

Ireland and UK join the European Union.


Monkstown pupils transfer

Monkstown pupils transfer to Mount Anville, Dublin.


St. Rose Philippine Duchesne canonised

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne is canonised. Feast Day 18th November.


Irish-Scottish Network set up

The Network of Sacred Heart Schools is set up by the Irish-Scottish Provincial Council.


Malta joins the network

The Convent of the Sacred Heart School Foundation in Malta joins the Irish-Scottish Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Malta joins the European Union.