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.
The Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum in Atherton, California July 10th-14th was a huge success. One of the highlights for the Healthy Waters and Coastal Restoration Group was a panel of RSCJ group members who presented one of the breakout sessions entitled Perspectives on Water: Hearing the Call to Integrity of Creation. The five RSCJ panelists were Mary McGann, Maria Cimperman, Sr. Anne Marie Conn, Eleanor MacClellan and Melanie Guste. Sister Guste also served as the moderator for the panel.
Two Religious of the Sacred Heart, Fran Tobin and Mary Ann Foy, are members of STOP SLAVERY: Northern California Coalition of Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking, a coalition of nine Bay Area congregations. Reflecting on the reality that the incidence of trafficking rises at major sporting events, the coalition decided to take action steps in advance of the America’s Cup races scheduled for August and September. A year ago the sisters identified a prominent hotel corporation with known connections to event preparations and compiled a list of its hotels in the Bay Area.
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.
Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, has published a new book, Becoming the Sign: Sacramental Living in a Post-Conciliar Church, based on her presentation at St. Mary's College as part of the Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality series.