Maura Keleher, RSCJ, celebrated her 50th Jubilee with the Society of the Sacred Heart in 2012. At the time, she was serving as the school archivist at Convent of the Sacred Heart (Ninety-First Street). She recently retired from that position, so we thought now would be a good time to look back at her interview.
Nancy Koke, RSCJ, has served in the Uganda/Kenya province of the Society of the Sacred Heart for three and a half years. While on a home visit this spring, the ministry in which she serves was never far from her thoughts. She created the presentations below to try to convey the beauty and the poverty of the people she serves in Chekalini, Kenya.
Betsy Hartson, RSCJ Class of 1955 is a living model of many of the values upon which the Religious of the Sacred Heart were founded. Hartson has been involved in educating for over 25 years in Sacred Heart schools, but she has applied the educational mission to her efforts outside of the Society’s schools as well. Currently, and for the past 12 years, Hartson has been the Program Director of an adult education program called Living Wages.
It would be tempting to draw a contrast between a religious of the Sacred Heart and the “heartless” world of corporate America. Yet many mid-career executives are drawn to the classes taught by Terri Monroe, RSCJ at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Sister Monroe does not experience this as a conflict or problem. In fact she would likely say the perceived contrast stems from a “mental model” out of sync with today’s social reality.
For a quarter of a century, Mary Pat Rives, RSCJ, and her friend Mary West have taken a group of students on a mission trip to a group of villages just outside San Miguel de Allende in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, where they spend a week in service and reflection. Each year, the group of high school students works on such service projects as planting trees and gardens and building dams while engaging in cultural exchange with the native Mexicans. They also bring along solar ovens – a particular godsend for people where energy resources are scarce.
The spring 2012 issue of Heart Magazine marks the 25th edition of this publication. With a focus on the Society's priority for justice, peace and integrity of creation, it tells just a few of the stories of how this "little Society" - as St. Madeleine Sophie Barat called it - serves to discover and reveal the incarnate love of God.
The Society of the Sacred Heart as a congregation has heard a call to work more closely and insert ourselves more concretely with the poor so as “to let the world set our agenda.” In 2000 we decided to pursue NGO status at the United Nations because we felt that as an international congregation of educators with a presence in 44 countries around the world, we have something to contribute at the international scene.
The Winter issue of Heart magazine is here! This issue celebrates the announcement of the next Provincial, a new Network school, a new internship opportunity and the wonderful care our elder Sisters receive. It is full of the "good news" in the Heart of the world. If you have any comments or questions, please contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Phelan, RSCJ, who serves as the Society of the Sacred Heart general archivist in Rome, visited St. Louis this summer. While she was here, Province Archivist Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ interviewed her. Here’s a glimpse of their conversation:
Q. As general archivist, what are the most important things you have been doing?