October, 9 2019
A reflection by Rhonda Morley, Associate, Fairchester
Sunday, September 29, 2019
The Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States and Canada began – as so many American and Canadian institutions – with an immigrant. Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne left her home in France in 1818 with a desire to educate the poor, especially indigenous people of America.
Orange Shirt Day in Canada: Every Child Matters
Monday, September 30, 2019
As Religious of the Sacred Heart in the United States – Canada Province, we are called by our 2016 Chapter Calls to stand in solidarity with “those who have been wounded, displaced, and excluded,” and “to defend justice, peace, and the integrity of creation in response to all of those who are searching for meaning in their lives.” (General Chapter 2016)
A Life Given In Love: Reflections on Philippine Duchesne, edited by Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ, is now available to order online. This book was original printed in a limited supply and distributed to Sacred Heart communities and schools.
September 20, 2019
Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat stated that she would have founded the Society of the Sacred Heart for the “sake of a single child.” This commitment is at the heart of our mission. Committed to the well-being and safety of all children, the United States – Canada Province joins with schools, the Global Catholic Climate Movement and intergenerational groups across the globe in supporting the Global Climate Strike Movement on September 20, 2019.
On September 16, 2019, members of the Central Team, formally known as the General Council, of the Society of the Sacred Heart arrived in Albany, New York, to commence their month-long visit in the United States – Canada (USC) Province.
On September 14, 2019, RSCJ and friends celebrated a liturgy in the novitiate community in Chicago, Illinois, to officially welcome Ruth Cunnings, NSCJ, to the novitiate.
Provincial Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, and Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, representing the Provincial leadership team attended the gathering along with Chicago-area RSCJ, Maryknoll Sisters and Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) with whom RSCJ are collaborating in the novitiate program this year.
The Religious of the Sacred Heart join all who are mourning the loss of Cokie Roberts, legendary journalist, political commentator and Sacred Heart alumna. As we listen to Cokie’s well-deserved accolades, our hearts are filled with a profound mixture of sadness and gratitude.
We have lost a wonderful friend and a faithful partner in mission. In all that she did, Cokie was that eloquent lesson to the world whom Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat described when she wrote to the Children of the Sacred Heart, “Through your very lives, you will extend into the world our mission.”
Join Fr. Michael Joncas as he discusses his newest mass setting, The Mass in Honor of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne. Learn the story behind this wonderful new setting dedicated in honor of the 200th anniversary of Saint Rose Phillipine Duschene’s arrival in the New World.
A reflection by Catherine Kestler, Associate
The Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) and Associate’s Indiana Dunes Hiking Retreat took place on August 15-20, 2019. Associates Jane Steinfels, Lori Wilson and I joined Mary Frohlich, RSCJ, Diane Roche, RSCJ, and Jane O’Shaughnessy, RSCJ, at a rural La Porte, Indiana, farmhouse. From there, we ventured to the amazing dunes of Northwestern Indiana.