FATHER JEAN GAILHAC was born in Beziérs, France, and ordained into the Priesthood in 1826. While working as a Bishop in a hospital in his home city he discovered that the majority of the impoverished people in Béziers were uneducated women who had been forced into a life of prostitution. In 1834, he founded the Refuge of the Good Shepherd, a shelter for these women in need, which later grew into a school.
APPOLLONIE PELISSIER was born to a well-established family in Béziers. Her and her husband Eugene Cure, were great friends of Father Gailhac. After Eugene died in 1848, Appollonie offered herself and her financial resources towards the founding of the religious community envisioned by Father Gailhac, giving herself the name Mére St. Jean. 
Together they founded
The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary

JOHANNA BUTLER was born in Kilkenny, Ireland and entered the RSHM in 1876 where she chose the name Marie Joseph. In 1903 she was charged with directing the RSHM Convent and School in Sag Harbor, New York. In 1907, from a patch of land donated by her cousin James Butler, Mother Butler founded the first Marymount School at Tarrytown, New York.

In 1923 Bishop John J. Cantwell requested that the RSHM establish a school in his diocese of Southern California. With her assistant, Mother Gerard, and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Tom Butler, Mother Butler traveled to the West Coast with the intention of building a Marymount School in Los Angeles.
    • RSHM Sisters visiting the Pacific Ocean for the first time