Dear Sisters and Friends,
Since the closing celebration of the bicentennial, these weeks have been filled with expressions of gratitude from across the province and across the world. The family of the Sacred Heart has experienced deeply the cor unum that binds us together, whether in weekly emails, a common day of global service or a live-streamed closing liturgy with viewers in at least 27 countries.
About the Award
Since 2017, the Sister Carol A. Haggarty, RSCJ Leadership Award has been given to an RSCJ, a Sheridan Road alumna/us, or a former Sacred Heart School faculty or staff member who best exemplifies the leadership and commitment to Sacred Heart education, as demonstrated by the late Sister Haggarty.
Over 1,000 members of the Sacred Heart family, near and far, gathered at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on the Feast Day of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne to celebrate the closing of the Province's bicentennial celebrations.
Members of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, along with 30 descendants of the Duchesne and Perier families, Network of the Sacred Heart educators and students, and RSCJ were recognized and honored in the opening procession, which illustrated the story and legacy of Philippine and the Society of the Sacred Heart in North America.
The United States – Canada Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart stands with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in their hope that members of the caravan of migrants from Central America, currently at the southern border of the United States to seek asylum, will be received in a way that respects international law and human dignity.
Every five years since 1983, the Potawatomi have organized a caravan to retrace the Trail of Death. They stop at many of the places of encampment to do ceremonies and to remember the dead. Since 2018 is the bicentennial of Saint Rose Philippine’s arrival in the United States in 1818, the Religious of the Sacred Heart asked to join the Potawatomi on their caravan as part of our own remembering of Saint Philippine and our mission to the native peoples.
Saturday, September 29, 2018, at noon was a special moment in the RSCJ Cemetery in Lake Forest, Illinois.
What had been a gloomy, cold day suddenly became sunlit and beautiful as 64 people gathered to bless the refurbished cemetery of 154 RSCJ who served Chicago and Lake Forest beginning in 1856.
The Academy of the Sacred Heart and the Rosary Sacred Heart Alumnae Association are pleased to announce Sister Jane McKinlay, RSCJ, as recipient of the 2018 Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat Award. This award is given to a Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) who has contributed greatly to the needs of the students and the Rosary community.
Sunday, September 23, was full of emotions as descendants of known enslaved persons by the Society of the Sacred Heart gathered at St. Charles Borromeo Church and Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, to remember and honor their ancestors.
This gathering, formally named “We Speak Your Names,” marked the first of the Society’s efforts towards reconciliation for their complicity and participation in the sin of slavery.
On September 18, 2018, St. Philomena School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, formally entered the application process to become a member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in the United States and Canada.
The Faithful Companions of Jesus (fcJ), an international order of Roman Catholic sisters living and ministering in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas with headquarters in England, opened St. Philomena School in 1953. While the fcJ sisters operate schools internationally, St. Philomena School is their only educational ministry in the United States.
On Friday, September 14, 2018 students, faculty, parents, alumnae/i, RSCJ and friends of the Sacred Heart gathered at the Academy of the Sacred Heart (ASH) in St. Charles, Missouri, to celebrate Mass in honor of its 200th anniversary.
Archbishop Robert Carlson presided in a packed gym decorated in honor of Philippine. Students and alum of ASH participated from greeting, carrying offerings, serving and leading music.