What is National Catholic Schools Week?
The United States – Canada Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart adds its voice to that of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and many other people of faith who have described the decision on the part of the United States government to rescind Temporary Protective Status for more than 200,000 Salvadorans as “heartbreaking,” “cruel” and “deeply disappointing.”
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Sprout Creek Farm, a nonprofit working farm and education center in Dutchess County, has transferred control of its operations to Marist College. The 200-acre farm produces award-winning cheese, raises a variety of farm animals, and offers numerous educational programs focused on agriculture and the environment. The Farm will remain an independent nonprofit.
The Goal Award, bestowed annually, is the most prestigious honor given by Sacred Heart Schools-Sheridan Road in Chicago and was established to recognize a person or organization whose life and work exemplifies one of the five Goals and Criteria. This year, the school is focusing on Goal III, which calls the schools of the Sacred Heart to: commit themselves to educate to a social awareness which impels to action.
On November 18 we celebrate the feast day of Rose Philippine Duchesne.
On this day, we begin a Year of Prayer that will help us celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Society of the Sacred Heart’s courageous decision to live its mission and charism beyond known frontiers.
We likewise begin a Society-wide engagement and conversation to help us integrate more deeply our commitment to Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) in the life and mission of the Society.
Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago, Illinois, bestowed its newly inaugurated Sr. Carol A. Haggarty, RSCJ, ASH’59 Leadership Award on Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, ASH’61.
The United States – Canada Province has established a significant Crisis Fund to help alleviate the suffering and devastation caused by hurricanes, earthquakes, and wild fires in our province and beyond. We hope to continue to grow this fund so that we have funds available to be distributed in a timely fashion after a disaster. We invite your participation in this special funding need.
“Wood hath hope,” said Job.
We Puerto Ricans say the same.
The Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States and Canada began – as did so many American institutions – with an immigrant. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne left her home in France in 1818 with a desire to educate the poor, especially the indigenous people of America. The schools she founded served a diverse population which included immigrants, as well as Native American and African American children.
In 2008, the international Society of the Sacred Heart reaffirmed its commitment to the economically poor and disenfranchised:
“Times Change,” written by Susan Putman Maxwell, RSCJ, is an apt description of the developments in schools of the Society of the Sacred Heart and other Catholic schools throughout the world in the era since the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church. In this book, the author, who has played a significant role in these developments, offers her memoir of the turbulence and the triumphs of this piece of educational history. She traces the development of the vision statement of Sacred Heart education against the background of the educational philosophy of the Society.