In 1947, the Sisters of Divine Providence, a religious teaching community, was welcomed into the Archdiocese of Boston by Richard J. Cushing, Archbishop of Boston.
During their first two years in Kingston, the Sisters educated young pre-kindergarten and kindergarten age students on the grounds of the former Camp Mishannock. In the fall of 1948, the Sisters opened Sacred Heart School, Kindergarten - Grade 7, on Court Street in Plymouth. Over the next 14 years, the Sisters built both the High School and the Elementary School in Kingston, as well as a residence for the Sisters. The kindergarten program remained in Plymouth until the early 1970's, when it was re-located to the lower level of the Provincial Residence.
Population growth in the greater Plymouth area in the early 1980’s brought with it an increased demand for Catholic education and enrollment numbers rose dramatically. In the mid 1980’s the Student Activity Center, which included a gymnasium, was constructed on the high school campus. Over time, a fitness center, music center, observatory, multiple athletic fields, tennis courts, a track & field facility and on-campus cross-country trail were added to the school's 125-acre campus.
In 2006, realizing a long-held dream, the Sisters built a contemporary Early Childhood Center (ECC) on the grounds adjacent to the Elementary School. The Early Childhood Center opened for kindergarten in August of 2007, and for the preschool/pre-kindergarten programs serving 3 and 4 year old children, in September of 2008. In February 2020, the Sisters of Divine Providence decided to discontinue operating Sacred Heart High School (Grades 9-12) and to continue as a Preschool – Middle School utilizing the ECC and Elementary School buildings beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.
Today, as a private, co-educational Catholic school system, Sacred Heart School offers educational opportunities for students throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod in preschool through grade eight. School administrators and faculty, guided by the spirit and charism of the school’s founding Sisters, strive to help make God’s Providence more visible in our ever-changing world and work to foster a culture that embraces ‘truth through knowledge’ (Veritas) and ‘charity’ (Caritas) to others.
While proud of our Catholic foundation and tradition – Sacred Heart School welcomes students of all faiths and diverse backgrounds.
Sacred Heart School is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence, founded in 1851 in Germany by Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler, Bishop of Mainz, and Stephanie Fredericke Amalie la Roche von Starkenfels. http://www.cdpsisters.org
History of the Sisters of Divine Providence
The Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence was founded in Germany in 1851 to serve God and meet the needs of the times. In the effort to carry out this mission, change has been inevitable. In 1876, six Sisters traveled to America to spread the mission of Providence to a new land. By the early 1900s, the Congregation here had grown to more than 300 women.
The needs of the times are very different from those experienced by the early members of the Congregation. Through more than 150 years of change, the spirituality and dedication of the Sisters remain strong as they minister today to a very different world.
In keeping with the Community’s mission to make God’s Providence visible in our world – a changing world – the Sisters minister in both traditional and nontraditional fields. In addition to education and healthcare, they work as counselors and foster parents, in campus ministry, social work, and pastoral care. The Community is strongly committed to working with those who are poor, in particular, single women with children.