Mary-Jane Ferrier, RSCJ, is deeply committed to protecting the environment, especially in her corner of the world, South Portland, Maine. She is a long-time member of citizens-action group, Protect South Portland, which was formed to stop ExxonMobil from turning South Portland into a major export facility for Canadian tar sands oil. On Monday, July 21, the South Portland City Council voted to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance to protect the city from a tar sands crude oil terminal.
Religious of the Sacred Heart in the United States - Canada Province join with our sisters around the world in mourning the loss of Philomene Tiernan, RSCJ. Sister Tiernan was one of the 298 people onboard the Malaysian Airline plane that went down over the Ukraine on Thursday, July 17. A former provincial of the Australia-New Zealand Province, Sister Tiernan served at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School in Sydney. She was returning to Sydney following the Janet Stuart Conferences in England. She was a much loved member of her religious community and her school community.
The Chapel at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco (Broadway) was recently named in honor of Mary (Be) Mardel, RSCJ. Sister Mardel served as a teacher, principal and Director of Schools at Convent & Stuart Hall, and is credited with leading the transition of the school from one owned by the Society to an independent organization. For the full story, visit the school's website.
The Sacred Heart Schools in Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia, have been accepted as provisional members of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. While each school is well established as a Sacred Heart School, they are not currently members of the Network, which, prior to the merger of the United States and Canadian provinces, had been a network of schools only in the United States. Now that the provinces have combined, the schools are following suit.
Joan Magnetti, RSCJ, was recently honored for her fifty years of service in education. Nearly 300 guests attended the Annual Ladies Luncheon to benefit the Catholic Academies of Bridgeport, where Sister Magnetti has served as executive director for the past four years. The Catholic Academies serves 1,025 inner-city children in three Bridgeport Catholic schools. More than 65 percent of students receive some sort of tuition assistance, and the Catholic Academies grants more than $2 million in scholarships annually. The luncheon benefited the scholarship fund, raising more than $220,000.
In anticipation of the creation of the Conference of Sacred Heart Education in the United States and Canada, the leadership team of the United States – Canada Province has asked Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, to become the first Head of the Conference. Sister Cooke, currently serving as headmistress of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, has generously agreed to lead the Conference when it is launched in August 2015.
Anne Corry, RSCJ, from the Australia/New Zealand Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart, is the international Society’s coordinator of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) activities. She recently updated members of the Society on her work over the past several months. Here are some of the highlights of her report:
The August issue of the Corps Connector - the newsletter of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps - features a piece on Sister Betsy Hartson's ministry, Living Wages. Sister Hartson and a colleague, Bob Crittenden, founded Living Wages in 1998 because they believed education was the key to ending poverty. Read the IVC article. To learn more about Sister Hartson, see her profile on this site.
The Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum in Atherton, California July 10th-14th was a huge success. One of the highlights for the Healthy Waters and Coastal Restoration Group was a panel of RSCJ group members who presented one of the breakout sessions entitled Perspectives on Water: Hearing the Call to Integrity of Creation. The five RSCJ panelists were Mary McGann, Maria Cimperman, Sr. Anne Marie Conn, Eleanor MacClellan and Melanie Guste. Sister Guste also served as the moderator for the panel.
Two Religious of the Sacred Heart, Fran Tobin and Mary Ann Foy, are members of STOP SLAVERY: Northern California Coalition of Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking, a coalition of nine Bay Area congregations. Reflecting on the reality that the incidence of trafficking rises at major sporting events, the coalition decided to take action steps in advance of the America’s Cup races scheduled for August and September. A year ago the sisters identified a prominent hotel corporation with known connections to event preparations and compiled a list of its hotels in the Bay Area.