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Community and Love. The unexpected twists and turns of a becoming a nun.

Life sometimes leads down unexpected roads. Mine is leading to religious life--to the life of a Catholic nun. Jesus is leading me on a journey, and that journey is both exciting and a bit bewildering to me. On July 18, 2012, I professed temporary vows! Now, I live as a Religious of the Sacred Heart, in ministry teaching church history at a theology school, sharing my world with a wonderful community of sisters. So, the journey continues. May we enjoy it to the fullest!

All this life and heaven too

I'm a religious sister, part of the Society of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ), an international congregation. We are called to discover and reveal God's love for all, whose source is in the Open Heart of Jesus. We aim to be contemplative in spirit, generous and educative in mission and passionate for justice, peace and the integrity of creation. I grew up in Mitcham, SW London, straddling two cultures. My earliest memories include helping my mum make risotto, gnocchi and delicious stuff with herbs and garlic - and cleaning the bowl after cake-making!

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Society of the Sacred Heart, United States - Canada

4120 Forest Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO  63108

Telephone: 314.652.1500
Fax: 314.534.6800

Communications and Public Relations
Linda Behrens, Director: lbehrens@rscj.org
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A Journey to the Heart of God in Uganda

Students at the Sacred Heart Primary School, Uganda

One could not describe the Mission Immersion Program that took place this summer as anything other than life changing.  Nine Sacred Heart educators from eight Network of Sacred Heart Schools travelled to Uganda to enhance partnerships built on solidarity and mutuality between the United States Sacred Heart family and the Sacred Heart Uganda family through the RSCJ Uganda/Kenya educational mission.

Carlota Duarte, RSCJ: Giving Voice to Indigenous Peoples

Carlota Duarte, founder of the Chiapas Photography Project

If it was heritage that drew Carlota Duarte, RSCJ, to southern Mexico, it was the prospect of empowering people through art that convinced her to stay. For the last twenty years, Sister Duarte has overseen the Chiapas Photography Project, which has trained more than two hundred indigenous photographers – Mayan Indians – in creative skills that are enabling them to tell their own story, building dignity and cultural pride in Mexico’s poorest state.

Remembering our Sisters

Early during the 2012 provincial assembly, Religious of the Sacred Heart paused to remember the 36 RSCJ who died since the last assembly in 2009. All of us owe these women a debt of gratitude for their lives of ministry and commitment to making Jesus' love visible in the Heart of the world.