The Priests of the Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic clerical religious congregation, comprised of both priests and male religious. The order has 457 houses in 40 countries with over 2,000 members, about 1,590 of whom are priests. 
It was founded by Father Leo John Dehon in 1878 and was mandated by the local bishop to operate as a mission. Since then, it has focused on environmentalist advocacy and implementing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices in businesses.
The American congregation is headquartered in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, and was formed in the 1920s as the Sacred Heart Monastery.  In 1927, it built St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota. In 1955, it formed The Sacred Heart League (formerly Sacred Heart Auto League) and established The Sacred Heart Southern Mission in 1992. In 1995, it created the Sacred heart Southern Missions Housing Corporation, and The Sacred Heart School in 1997. The American Province runs the largest seminary in North America.
The Southern Missions Housing Corporation was formed to destroy seven homes condemned by the Health Department and used funds to rebuild temporary mobile homes in their place, a $3 million project. Of its annual $5 million grant for community projects, $129,000 was used, while a large share for its eventual permanent renovation came from the Phil Hardin Foundation. 
On December 1, 2003, Raymond Kozuch signed a letter to then-President George W. Bush condemning the White House for not authorizing $3 billion appropriated for international HIV/AIDS relief. The letter simultaneously called for a $5.4 billion allocation increase and total debt cancellation for “impoverished nations.” 
Priests of the Sacred Heart was named in a 2015 report sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the MacArthur Foundation on ESG practices, and was recognized as a proponent based on the criteria in the report, which includes extensive left-wing environmentalist policies.  Priests of the Sacred Heart also sponsored similar reports by Social Investment Forum in 2001 and 2003 which advocated for methods to facilitate ESG practices in corporate governance.  
The U.S. Province signed an Interfaith Council on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) letter submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency as a regulation comment requesting to implement stricter regulations on oil and natural gas production earlier than intended. The letter contends that immediate restrictions would prevent “enormous” financial loss for consumers and producers. 
The U.S. Province signed a letter indicating support of the Paris Climate Agreement and asking for all governments in the world to implement its policies and incorporating “climate-related financial reporting.” It sent another iteration of this letter to the G20 nations on July 3, 2017.   In January 2017, it signed a similar letter directed to President Donald Trump just before his inauguration.  
In 2017, Priests of the Sacred Heart signed onto the Carbon Disclosure Project forest program to draft a federal law to completely stop deforestation in all U.S. industry.  It also signed a similar letter declaring support of such practices as outlined in the Cerrado Manifesto, which calls for various legislation centered around environmentalism.  
The U.S. Province signed a letter to Senate leadership on May 31, 2017 to oppose Medicaid legislation.  On November 16, 2017, the U.S. Province signed an ICCR letter to support legislation to grant residency to children of illegal immigrants. 
Priests of the Sacred Heart signed a statement by American Outdoor Brands Corporation on February 8, 2019 which called for gun manufacturers and distributors to stop the sale of so-called “assault weapons.” 
On May 22, 2019, the U.S. Province signed a letter supporting legislation to reinstate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The letter also supports a rule instated by said organization to end mandatory arbitration, a priority associated with labor-aligned left-of-center organizations. 
The U.S. Province signed a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives supporting legislation to keep the United States bound to the Paris Climate Agreement. 
Priests of the Sacred Heart is listed as a member of 8th Day Center for Justice in its report “The Threat of Nationalism to the Common Good.” 
On October 17, 2017, Priests of the Sacred Heart signed a letter written by Sisters of St. Joseph to JP Morgan Chase condemning the financial company’s involvement with prison and detention facilities that hold illegal immigrants. The letter also condemns JP Morgan Chase for contradicting its own ESG policies praised by ICCR. 
Priests of the Sacred Heart is a member of Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment (SGI), a local affiliate of Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), a left-wing ESG advocacy group for religious organizations.  On December 3, 2018, Priests of the Sacred Heart wrote a letter to then-Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton indicating its support for an earlier letter sent by ICCR against a proposed rule change. Most prominently, its letter indicates support for maintaining the use of proxy advisory firms. Such firms have been criticized for having excessive influence over decisions made for ESG organizations like Priests of the Sacred Heart. 
On July 18, 2018, Priests of the Sacred Heart signed a letter to Pfizer demanding shareholder involvement to push for corporate ESG policies. 
The U.S. Province filed resolutions with Macy’s Inc. and TJX demanding ESG policies be enacted while calling for the elimination of soy and beef-based products related to deforestation. 
Priests of the Sacred Heart runs a grantmaking arm called the Justice, Peace, and Reconciliation Commission. Between 2016 and 2017, the commission made almost $82,000 in grants to various left-wing organizations including the 8th Day Center for Justice, a self-described “progressive Catholic social justice organization” that lists as “partners and coalitions” the Gay Liberation Network, the Quaker religious movement-affiliated American Friends Service Committee, and the anti-Israel ostensibly Jewish group Jewish Voice for Peace. 
In 1994, Priests of the Sacred Heart founded Gregory Productions and hired Roger Courts as executive director to produce the movie The Spitfire Grill. It sold the movie rights to Castlerock Entertainment for $10 million. 
Priests of the Sacred Heart donated to National Religious Vocation Conference. 
In 1952, the cause of beatification was opened for the order’s founder, Fr. Leon Dehon.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved his cause to move for approval by Pope John Paul II on February 3, 1997. Dehon was granted the title of “The Venerable” by the Pope, indicating he lived a life of heroic virtue, and granting the next stage in the process of canonization for sainthood. 
By April 19, 2004, The Congregation for the Causes of Saints and Pope John Paul II approved a miracle attributed to the invocation of Fr. Dehon, moving him to the process of beatification, which was set for April 24, 2005. Fr. Dehon’s cause was placed on hold after concerns were brought up about his controversial publications. Fr. Dehon was accused of holding anti-Semitic views, such as saying Jews’ “lust for money is a racial instinct in them.”  Pope Francis wrote to Priests of the Sacred Heart on June 5, 2015 indicating that he is sympathetic to Dehon’s beatification. 
St. Joseph’s Indian Mission School Abuse Allegations
In 2012, The South Dakota Supreme Court allowed a child sex assault lawsuit to proceed which charged several of the order’s priests. Eight victims sued alleging sexual assault at the St. Joseph’s Indian Mission School. 
In 2019, the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls released the names of diocesan priests accused of sexual abuse.  The diocese did not name priests from religious orders, such as Priests of the Sacred Heart accused of abuse; the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported, “The release from the diocese also left out any names of religious order clergy, even though the diocese has admitted to having records of abuse allegations against those priests.” 
The Argus Leader reported that lawsuits had named at least four people involved with the Priests of the Sacred Heart-affiliated school as involved in abuse. A spokesperson for the order replied to the Argus Leader with a statement: “The religious order takes all allegations of abuse very seriously and fully cooperates with authorities in regard to such allegations [. . .] We support the efforts of St. Joseph’s Indian School in ensuring a safe environment for its children.” 
The former executive director of development, Patrick Thompson, was investigated for embezzlement and sued in Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 2010. Priests of the Sacred Heart sued Thompson to recover alleged losses. Thompson countersued for $4 million for wrongful termination. Thompson’s claims are made in part based on letters written to him by Fr. Brian McCollough, who was dispensed from vows in 2007 and no longer lives as a priest in active ministry.