Our new province Chief Operating Officer (COO), Antonia M. Ponder, J.D., is a native of St. Louis and the product of Catholic education, receiving her undergraduate and law degree from Saint Louis University in 1999. After clerking for the Missouri Supreme Court, Toni practiced corporate and real estate law at mid-size firms in St. Louis.
Saint Philippine and the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles are featured in the St. Louis Review for Catholic Schools Week.
The article tells the story of Philippine coming to the New World and opening the Academy, the first free school west of the Mississippi. Find out about the lesson plans that are being shared with archdiocesan schools and upcoming events sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.
Bloomfield Hills — Sr. Bridget Bearss, RSCJ, prepares for every commencement speech with prayer, silence and reflection.
Every speech is unique, for every class at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is unique.
But every message boils down to a simple truth: Faith, not fear.
This year will be no exception, only this year’s commencement address will be her last, after 18 years as head of school at Sacred Heart. But even then, she’ll insist it’s all about the students.
Watch the Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart's (AASH) gift to the Celebration of the Bicentennial of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and her legacy. The video was produced by Roselie Bellanca Posselius, Grosse Pointe '73, Bloomfield Hills, '77 and JC Whitelaw.
As members of the Society of the Sacred Heart, an international congregation, we are committed to addressing the needs of those who suffer from injustice. Our Constitutions state: “Wherever we are sent, whatever our work may be, our lives will be inspired by the love of the Heart of Jesus…expressed in a thirst for working towards justice and peace in the world in response to the cry of the poor.” (Constitutions §13) Members of this province serve the poor and marginalized in a variety of settings.
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The United States – Canada Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart adds its voice to that of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and many other people of faith who have described the decision on the part of the United States government to rescind Temporary Protective Status for more than 200,000 Salvadorans as “heartbreaking,” “cruel” and “deeply disappointing.”
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Sprout Creek Farm, a nonprofit working farm and education center in Dutchess County, has transferred control of its operations to Marist College. The 200-acre farm produces award-winning cheese, raises a variety of farm animals, and offers numerous educational programs focused on agriculture and the environment. The Farm will remain an independent nonprofit.
The Goal Award, bestowed annually, is the most prestigious honor given by Sacred Heart Schools-Sheridan Road in Chicago and was established to recognize a person or organization whose life and work exemplifies one of the five Goals and Criteria. This year, the school is focusing on Goal III, which calls the schools of the Sacred Heart to: commit themselves to educate to a social awareness which impels to action.
On November 18 we celebrate the feast day of Rose Philippine Duchesne.
On this day, we begin a Year of Prayer that will help us celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Society of the Sacred Heart’s courageous decision to live its mission and charism beyond known frontiers.
We likewise begin a Society-wide engagement and conversation to help us integrate more deeply our commitment to Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) in the life and mission of the Society.