Recently, three students from our Network of Sacred Heart Schools in New York City held a fundraiser to help another Sacred Heart School in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The boarding school in Mbansa-Mboma in the Congo had been devastated by fire and looting in February 2014.
Sister Shirley Miller, director of Mission Advancement for the Society of the Sacred Heart United States-Canada Province, recently received a donation from these three New York students along with the following letter:
A former student writes about the late Marie Lufkin, RSCJ, reflecting on how Mother Lufkin influenced her life. Read the full story here.
Religious of the Sacred Heart around the world join millions of faithful Catholics and others in celebrating the latest Encyclical Letter of our Holy Father. In it, Pope Francis appeals "for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet" and calls on all of us to participate. We invite you to read Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si', in its entirety on the Vatican website.
More than two hundred Religious of the Sacred Heart from the United States - Canada Province, along with a few guests, gathered in Saint Louis, Missouri, July 15 - 19. The first days of the gathering focused on a report of the work done in the province since the last assembly in July 2012 and conversations about our priorities for the future. The final two days were devoted to preparing as a body for the Society's general chapter in 2016.
All Religious of the Sacred Heart around the world received this message from the general council in anticipation of the Feast of the Sacred Heart on June 12:
On this Feast of the Sacred Heart we turn our gaze to the God of deep compassion, to the God of love and mercy, who, knowing the world in which we live, its sorrows, violence, possibilities and challenges, reminds us that God is close to us, among us, teaching us to walk, raising us up in arms of love, curing, freeing us from yokes …
Betty Nakyanzi, RSCJ, has been studying in the United States for the past year and a half. She just completed her Master's Degree at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and will soon return to the Uganda - Kenya Province. She was featured recently on the Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter.
Joan Magnetti, RSCJ, will receive the Outstanding Alumni Service Award from the Manhattanville Alumni Association Board during their upcoming alumni reunion event.
From Saturday April 27 through Friday, May 1, 2015, several Religious of the Sacred Heart, associates and friends made a meaningful, educational trip to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. They were participating in the Border Witness Experience, led by Ramona Casas and Eva Soto of ARISE, a resource center serving the immigrant population in Alamo, Texas.
In anticipation of the 150th anniversary of Saint Madeleine Sophie's death (May 25), the Province of Ireland and Scotland has created a lovely online journey with Sophie. Beginning Sunday, May 17th and continuing through her Feast on Monday, May 25th, each day has a special focus, allowing us to develop and savor a new relationship with our beloved Sophie.
This summer, Mary Forsyth will become president of the Associated Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart, following two years on the AASH executive committee. An alumna of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in El Cajon, she has taught in Sacred Heart schools, served on the National Development Board and otherwise made herself indispensable over the years. She recently agreed to answer a few questions from her friend Shirley Miller, RSCJ, about her commitment to the Society.
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