At a recent meeting of the membership of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, the heads of school and board chairs unanimously approved the appointment of Ian Humphreys as the director of program planning for the Network. Ian currently serves at Convent of the Sacred Heart, 91st Street, and will complete the academic year there. He will begin his work for the Network and alongside the Conference for Sacred Heart Education in September of 2015.
In a letter dated October 27, 2014, Margo Bieker, chair of the head of school search committee, wrote:
The England-Wales Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart has a range of information on Janet Erskine Stuart on their website, including videos from the Spirit Seeking Conference this summer. We invite you to visit and spend a while getting to know this remarkable woman.
Over 311,000 people gathered in New York City on September 21st to express their worry about the future of this planet that is our only home. For some it was the prospect of rising temperatures caused by carbon emissions that had them marching and carrying signs. For others it was the callous pollution of ground water by fracking operations. For others, it was the injustice suffered by the poorest and most vulnerable peoples on earth who are always the first to suffer from the profit seeking of corporations, nations and wealthy individuals. Tucked into the crowd, just in front of the Noah’s Ark float, were three RSCJ and several colleagues carrying a sign with the familiar Sacred Heart logo surrounded by the names of all the countries where RSCJ serve and the words “Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.”
On this, September 15, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we are delighted to share the newest icon from Patricia Reid, RSCJ. Sister Reid spent several months writing this icon for the new United States – Canada Province.
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.