RSHM Heritage

Founded in 1955, Marymount International London is part of a network of schools directed by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. The RSHM was established in 1849 in Béziers, France by Père Gailhac and Mère St. Jean. They expanded their ministry to the United States in 1877 and founded schools throughout Europe and South America thereafter.

Recognizing the need to empower young women, Mother Butler founded Marymount School of New York in 1926 with this vision:

“The aims of a Marymount education are manifold: to educate the heart and mind, and to provide for each student’s total growth, intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.”

A farsighted visionary, Mother Butler created a heritage of innovation, dynamic leadership, and compassionate citizenry for future generations. It was also out of this vision that young women were encouraged to seek an international education and Marymount London was created to promote active global citizenship. To ensure the continuation of our founders’ mission and vision, select faculty and staff members and our Grade 9 students return to Béziers each year to be immersed in the history and ongoing ministry of the RSHM.

The RSHM Network today

Marymount is part of the international RSHM network of schools, a borderless community that shares common goals, values, and vision. The RSHM network spans nine countries and three continents. Regular exchanges occur throughout the international network, and Marymount students identify themselves as global citizens. Equipped with the lenses of empathy and respect, Marymount students develop cross-cultural understanding by imagining possibilities through multiple perspectives.

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