In early May, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida, hosted a special event that was equal parts celebration, reunion, family gathering, book launching and farewell. The book, Seeking the One Whom We Love – How RSCJs Pray was introduced to the school community at a cocktail reception/book signing attended by hundreds of guests.
The book is a collection of essays written by 55 Religious of the Sacred Heart on the very intimate subject of personal prayer. By collaborating on this compendium, they are sharing with the reader part of their lifelong journey dedicated to nurturing prayer and the interior life.
Seven of the authors shared strong ties with Carrollton and six were able to accept the school’s invitation to come and participate in this special evening. Sisters Suzanne Cooke, Dee Copeland, Nancy Kehoe, Kathleen McGrath, Helen Rosenthal and Marianne Ruggeri were welcomed like rock stars by adoring fans.
The unabashed celebration of this treasure the RSCJs are sharing became a reunion of many parents, alumnae, past parents, grandparents and former faculty and staff. It also served as a heartfelt farewell for one of South Florida’s very own, Sister Helen Rosenthal, who will be moving to the West Coast this summer.
As plans take shape to commemorate the bicentennial of the Society in the Americas, it was with great joy that all were brought together remembering the mission entrusted to the Sacred Heart family – “We have gathered you together like an advanced guard to replace us in the world…” – St. Madeleine Sophie Barat.
This lovely book is an invaluable, one-of-a-kind gift that can serve one in his or hers personal journey, as well as, in one’s lifelong commitment to the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie.
Story and photos submitted by
Isabel Junco Singletary ’69, Director of Communications,
Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart