In 1821, Reverend Andre
Coindre founded the Institute of the Brothers of the
Sacred Heart. The Institute was Coindre’s response to
the times in France that left youth abandoned and
de-Christianized. The spirit that inspired this
foundation has actively spread to over fifty countries.
the Sacred Heart from the United States have been committed to educating
African youth for over seventy-five years beginning in
1931 when the first group of four Brothers was sent to
staff the mission school in Gulu, Uganda. Within the
next thirty years Brothers from the United States have
founded or helped staff education institutions in
Lesotho (1937), Kenya (1948), Zambia (1956), Zimbabwe
(1961) and Uganda (1931).
In these countries,
Brothers direct 7 primary and secondary schools with a total
enrollment of two thousand youth and help administer
agricultural and farming cooperatives. They also staff a number of
formation centers which prepare young men for religious
life and a ministry in education.
developing schools in Africa has been very challenging
in the face of adverse economic and political
condition, political destabilization, a
decrease of 40% to 100% average income, and guerrilla
warfare, to mention just a few. Despite these
challenges the Brothers have maintained their formation
centers and their highly respected educational institutions.
are due in no small part to the prayers and financial
support of the Churches in the United States and Great
Britain. This support
greatly strengthens the missionary efforts of the Church in that part of the world.