The connection between Religious of the Sacred Heart of Grand Coteau and St. John Berchmans is deep and time-tested and blessed.
On Sunday, August 17, several RSCJ attended the blessing of the new high altar relief in the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport, Louisiana. Earlier in the week, on August 13, the anniversary of the death of St. John Berchmans, Father Peter Mangum, of the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport, and Father Felix Van Meerdergen, of Deist, Belgium, had celebrated Mass at the Shrine of St. John Berchmans in Grand Coteau.
When Duchesne Academy (Houston) Upper School Theology teacher and Campus Minister, Sara Hoegen was challenged by a friend to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, she promptly accepted. She also took the idea to her students and colleagues at Duchesne and after school on Friday, August 15, a small group gathered to watch as she and four others took the challenge and issued their own challenges.
On Saturday, August 9, we celebrated the opening of our new noviceship in Halifax with a Liturgy with Associates and Religious of the Sacred Heart. We are blessed to have one novice studying this year and a vibrant community of religious surrounding her to aid her on her journey. We thank God for the gift of Evelyn Oluoha. Joining her at the Sophie Community are Sisters Anne-Marie Conn, Donna Dolan, Mary Finlayson, Kim King, Sally Rude and Anne Wachter. What follows is the homily delivered by Sheila Hammond, RSCJ at the liturgy on Saturday.
Melanie Guste, RSCJ, recently wrote a reflection about her personal challenge of finding God in the storm - specifically Hurricane Katrina. To read Sister Guste's article, visit the Clarion-Herald of New Orleans.
The Chapel at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco (Broadway) was recently named in honor of Mary (Be) Mardel, RSCJ. Sister Mardel served as a teacher, principal and Director of Schools at Convent & Stuart Hall, and is credited with leading the transition of the school from one owned by the Society to an independent organization. For the full story, visit the school's website.
The Sacred Heart Schools in Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia, have been accepted as provisional members of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. While each school is well established as a Sacred Heart School, they are not currently members of the Network, which, prior to the merger of the United States and Canadian provinces, had been a network of schools only in the United States. Now that the provinces have combined, the schools are following suit.
In anticipation of the creation of the Conference of Sacred Heart Education in the United States and Canada, the leadership team of the United States – Canada Province has asked Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, to become the first Head of the Conference. Sister Cooke, currently serving as headmistress of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, has generously agreed to lead the Conference when it is launched in August 2015.
Anne Corry, RSCJ, from the Australia/New Zealand Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart, is the international Society’s coordinator of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) activities. She recently updated members of the Society on her work over the past several months. Here are some of the highlights of her report:
The August issue of the Corps Connector - the newsletter of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps - features a piece on Sister Betsy Hartson's ministry, Living Wages. Sister Hartson and a colleague, Bob Crittenden, founded Living Wages in 1998 because they believed education was the key to ending poverty. Read the IVC article. To learn more about Sister Hartson, see her profile on this site.
Sister Juliet Mousseau, who wrote this week's reflection in honor of the Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie, recently released a translation of poems: Adam of Saint-Victor, Sequences, a translation of liturgical poetry written by Adam of Saint Victor, who lived in the twelfth century. From the publisher: Adam of Saint-Victor's (1146) sequences are recognized as sophisticated liturgical poetry, the highest development of this literary genre.