[Orlando, FL] At the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR),* held August 8-11, 768 participants explored the assembly theme of “Being the Presence of Love: The Power of Transformation.”
Drawing on the rich heritage of contemplation in which these Catholic sisters are steeped, the participants engaged in processes that drew them together across the lines of their individual orders to ask how their lives and their ministries could best serve the needs of the world today.
As Religious of the Sacred Heart in the United States-Canada Province, we are called by our recent Chapter Documents to stand in solidarity with “those who have been wounded, displaced, and excluded because of poverty, violence, and environmental degradation.” The recent decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord and to stop future payments to the Green Climate Fund compels us to add our voice to the growing chorus of people of good will from around the world who are deeply concerned about the negative impact this will have both locally and globally.
A friend of the RSCJ in Canada, Christine Gervais, Ph.D. studies women religious and has just annouonced the release her new book entitled Beyond the Altar: Women Religious. Christine and her husband Grant are founders of Acceso International, a charitable organization that works on all levels to make education more accessible to disadvantaged groups in Latin America, Caribbean, and Canada.
Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart reently took a high school co-ed curriculum trip to Italy, which included a visit to the moastery at Trinita dei Monti. Read the full story here.
During the February break, faculty and staff of Convent & Stuart Hall traveled to Cuba to learn about the country and retrace the steps of Sacred Heart on the island. Meeting with a number of RSCJ, the experience was especially timely given the upcoming bicentennial of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and her travels, which included a stop in Cuba. To learn more, click this link.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply disturbed by many of President Trump’s recent executive orders. His misplaced priorities and denigration of the values that form the bedrock of this nation, threaten us all.
Watch Mary Mardel, RSCJ, tell the story of Convent & Stuart Hall like you've never heard before in this 12-part series of short films. Click this link to see the films.
Mary Finlayson, RSCJ has agreed to serve on the Provincial Team for the United States - Canada province and her selection has been approved by General Council She brings considerable provincial administrative experience, having served on the team and as provincial in Canada. She also has much international experience, having lived for periods of time in countries of our Philippine Duchesne region and in Europe; and she has facility in all three languages of the Society. She will be the team liaison with the West region and will continue as the director of the Vocation Ministry team.
The Society of the Sacred Heart is seeking to commission a qualified artist to create a permanent outdoor artwork for the Jubilee Prayer Garden at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The garden is located between the church and the rectory. It currently has four other sculptures made of various materials.
The winning artist will be awarded a paid contract and will be responsible for the creation and installation (in conjunction with the archdiocese representative) of the final work.
The recent presidential election, and all the activities that surrounded it both before and after, cause us pain and concern for our country and its people.
The Sacred Heart Family is committed to reveal and make known the Love of God. This commitment calls us to have a deep focus and interest in assisting marginalized people in society. When we see hate crimes, disenfranchised populations, great division among people, and deep vulnerability we are compelled to action.