Duchesne House for Volunteers in New Orleans, Louisiana, a ministry of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States – Canada Province, will close at the end of August 2019.
Duchesne House opened in 2007 as a response to the needs of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Religious of the Sacred Heart have staffed the Duchesne House since its foundation. Today, Bonnie Kearney, RSCJ; Sergio Vasquez (an Associate); and Maureen Chicoine, RSCJ, are its current staff.
Since 2010, community life director Clare Pratt, RSCJ, has been the backbone of the Oakwood Community in Atherton, California. Oakwood is one of the Society of the Sacred Heart’s eldercare communities.
On March 1, Sister Pratt stepped down as community life director and Sally Rude, RSCJ, took the reins!
Betty Nakato, RSCJ, and Joan Gannon, RSCJ, were among those featured in a social media campaign celebrating the myriad ways women religious and their supporters stand up for social justice in our communities. The “Stand With Sisters” campaign ran during National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14) and continued throughout the remainder of the month.
February 20, 2019
As a member of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the Society of the Sacred Heart echoes and affirms the statement released by LCWR on sexual abuse by Catholic sisters.
Our experience at the vocation fair of World Youth Day 2019, Panama
From January 22-25, 2019, five RSCJ from the United States – Canada and Mexico Provinces (Mary Finlayson, Maricruz Trigueros, Conny Mateos, Lisa Buscher, Celia Salinas) participated in the vocation fair of World Youth Day.
Dear Family of the Sacred Heart,
Fifteen years ago, under the direction of then provincial Sister Kathleen Hughes and her provincial team, another journey began with the call to Sister Shirley Miller to open our yet to be formed mission advancement office. Shirley, in her 35 years of experience in Sacred Heart schools, in teaching, administration and fundraising, has demonstrated over these many years her skill as an administrator, spokesperson and fundraiser.
The United States – Canada Province is happy to announce that Sandy Ahlheim will serve as the new director of the Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne in St. Charles, Missouri.
She attended St. Louis University and has a degree in education. She is certified in elementary education and middle school science. She holds 25 years’ experience teaching in elementary schools, the last 19 of which have been at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri.