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Patricia Steppe, RSCJ

Patricia Steppe, RSCJ, RIP

Birth: March 27, 1928
Profession: May 11, 1969
Death: September 4, 2013

Religious of the Sacred Heart Patricia Steppe died peacefully on Wednesday, September 4, at Oakwood, the Society of the Sacred Heart retirement center in Atherton, California. Sister Steppe’s impact on the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles – the school founded by St. Rose Philippine Duchesne –is her most lasting legacy. Her life will be celebrated in a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 14th at Oakwood. Burial will also be at Oakwood.

Anna Mae Marheineke: Poems

Anna Mae Marheineke, RSCJ, was a talented and much-loved educator, who touched countless lives in her long ministry of education. She was also a talented poet. A collection of her poetry was published by the alumni association of the Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Charles. Below are two of the poems included in the booklet, both dedicated to the students she loved so much and so well.

Perspectives on Water: Hearing the Call to Integrity of Creation

Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, at Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum

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.

The Spirituality of Dialogue

Donna Dolan, RSCJ

Daniel O’Leary, a frequent contributor to The Tablet says that “words transform us. Beautiful words redeem our spirit. They find their way into places of hurt within us and heal them. They slip past the sentries of the mind. They are the kisses of the soul. They enter our bodies like Holy Communion and then they do their fertile work. We live our days differently when we carry living words inside us.”1

Who is Philippine for Us Today?

(From a letter written by Helen McLaughlin, RSCJ, Former Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart, to the communities of the Society of the Sacred Heart)

I feel it is important for each one of us to take up Philippine’s life and to reflect on her message. She has surprised us now by stirring the surface of our immediate consciousness with extraordinary energy! What is she trying to communicate to us today? Who is she for us: