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Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat: Foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart

Illustrated by Pilar Campos Fernández-Figares and translated by Kim King, RSCJ

Meet Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, a courageous woman who founded the Society of the Sacred Heart. 

From a young child born in Joigny, France, to becoming a nun in Paris, she devoted her life to God, educating young girls and helping the poor. This inspirational children’s story is beautifully illustrated. 

'Santa Rosa Filipina Duchesne: Un Corazón de Fuego atravesando Fronteras' (Spanish Edition)

Hace doscientos años, Rosa Filipinia Duchesne se embarcó para cruzar el Atlántico y establecer la Sociedad del Sagrado Corazón y educar a los niños del Nuevo Mundo. Al abrir la primera escuela católica al oeste del Misisipi, la Madre Duchesne, conocida como "la mujer que siempre reza", atravesó fronteras para poner fe, amor y educación en el mundo.

'Coral Castles'

Carol Bialock, RSCJ, is not a traditional nun. She is a poet, an activist and a student of Sufism, and she has spent her life deeply devoted to those in need. And now she is a published author as well, seeing her vivid book of poems, Coral Castles, released by Fernwood Press on her 90th birthday.

‘Philippine Duchesne, Pioneer on the American Frontier (1769-1852) Volume 1 and 2: Complete Works’

In 1818, Mother Rose Philippine Duchesne, of the newly-founded Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, left France to participate in the missionary expansion of the Catholic Church in the New World, at the request of Bishop Louis William Dubourg, named bishop of “Louisiana.” This vast area, acquired by the United States from France in 1803, extended over a territory of 530,000,000 acres (828,000 square miles), from New Orleans to Canada, including all the lands drained by the vast river system of the Mississippi and the Missouri, the future Midwest of the United States.

'Grave on the Prairie'

Grave on the PrairieSaint Philippine Duchesne and four religious companions of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus came from France to Louisiana in 1818 with the express desire of working among Native Americans to bring them knowledge of the love of Jesus Christ for them.


'Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: A Dream Come True'

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: A Dream Come True

Karen Olson, RSCJ, has written a life of Philippine for middle school children. Entitled Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: a Dream Come True, the book is liberally illustrated with photos taken by Karen during her travels to places where Philippine lived. The narrative is based on the standard biographies by Louise Callan and Catherine Mooney. It answers actual questions some middle school students posed to Karen about Philippine’s life and personality and about canonization.

'In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World'

Written by a diverse group of younger women religious from North America, In Our Own Words offers a collection of essays on issues central to apostolic religious life today. The thirteen authors represent different congregations, charisms, ministries, and histories. The topics and concerns that shape these chapters emerged naturally through a collaborative process of prayer and conversation. Essays focus on the vows and community life, individual identity and congregational charisms, and leadership among younger members leading into the future.