The Daughters of the Holy Heart of Mary (French: Filles du Saint-Cœur de Marie) is a Roman Catholic religious institute, founded in Senegal on May 24, 1858 by Aloyse Kobès. It was the first indigenous religious institute in Africa.[1]

Kobès became the first Vicar Apostolic of Senegambia.[2] The first nuns were Thérèse Sagna and Louise de Saint-Jean, the first African nuns outside Ethiopia.[1]


  1. ^ a b John Iliffe (25 December 1987). The African Poor: a history. Cambridge University Press. pp. 111–?. ISBN 978-0-521-34877-5. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  2. ^ Adrian Hastings, Aloÿs Kobès Archived 2012-05-10 at the Wayback Machine, Dictionary of African Christian Biography. Accessed 31 May 2012.