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First Friday Reflection, October 2013

When first visiting Santa Maria del Trastevere in Rome my eye was immediately drawn to mosaics above the altar depicting the life of Mary, Mother of God. A new discovery held me captive, the image of the Dormition of Mary (or the Death of Mary.) As I gazed at the image of Mary’s soul being held in the arms of the Risen Jesus, I saw a new image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Risen Jesus was holding Mary in a maternal pose usually associated with depictions of Mary as Madonna holding the infant Jesus.

Mary Genevieve Smyth

Birth: June 30, 1929
Profession: Feb. 8, 1960
Death: Sept. 18, 2013

Religious of the Sacred Heart Mary Genevieve Smyth, died September 18, at Teresian House in Albany, New York. Remembered for her prayerfulness and loving interest in each person she met, her life was celebrated in a Memorial Mass at 2:00 PM on Monday, September 30 in the Teresian House Chapel. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery at Kenwood in Albany.

Joanne Reynolds, RSCJ

Joanne Reynolds, RSCJ

Birth: September 23, 1926
Profession: July 30, 1956
Death: September 14, 2013

Religious of the Sacred Heart Joanne Reynolds died unexpectedly September 14 in Atherton, California. A quiet, gentle soul who put others before herself, her life will be celebrated in a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. at Oakwood. Burial will be at Oakwood.

Joan McKenna, RSCJ

Joan McKenna, RSCJ

Birth: January 19, 1932
Profession: July 21, 1963
Death:September 12, 2013

Religious of the Sacred Heart Joan McKenna died September 12 at Oakwood, the Society of the Sacred Heart’s elder care center in Atherton, California. Known for her razor-sharp mind, tireless curiosity and a beautiful gift for friendship, her life will be celebrated in a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Oakwood, 140 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton, CA 94027. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery at Oakwood.

Sr. Betsy Hartson in the news

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.