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Sophie Barat House

  • The welcoming facade of Sophie Barat House, New Orleans
  • Sophie Barat House

SOPHIE BARAT HOUSE, founded in 1994, is located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, a block from the St. Charles Avenue street-car line. Taking inspiration from our foundress, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, the staff seeks to be a conduit of God’s love for men and women. Inspired by the Constitutions of the Society of the Sacred Heart, the community takes to heart the need to create a climate which favors experience of God, sharing among ourselves and with others. In an atmosphere of peace, hospitality, and prayer, we offer opportunities to reflect (both singly and in groups) on our Christian lives. When you visit, you will find Religious of the Sacred Heart ready to help journey with you on your spiritual path as they carry out St. Madeleine Sophie Barat’s directive to be channels of Sacred Heart spirituality to adult men and women. Meet our spiritual directors.


  • That prayer in which one rests in God through the quieting of one’s mind and heart
  • Praying in this way with others on the First Fridays is offered under the direction of Sister Jane McKinlay
  • October through June
  • $10 monthly


  • Explore the Gospel of Mark in its vivid picture of a Jesus who is a man in a hurry, a healer, excorsist and bringer of Good News to a community in dire need of encouragement
  • Led by Sister Maureen Chicoine 
  • Meets 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, beginning September 11, 2017 (excluding holidays and Mardi Gras)
  • $10 a session

For more information, contact Sister Maureen at 909-641-7871


  • Combines presentations on aspects of the faith journey with quiet time and reverent sharing. We find that hearing others speak of the ways God is meeting them creates rapport as well as support for the journey.
  • Facilitators: Sister Jane McKinlay and John Gniady
  • Meets monthly, September – May
  • Four women’s groups; one men’s group

    The women's groups meet at 10:00 a.m. on either:

    2nd Tuesday
    3rd Monday
    3rd Wednesday (mothers of Academy of Sacred Heart students)
    3rd Thursday

    The men's group meets at 4:40 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

  • $10 a session


  • Sister Judy Vollbrecht meets weekly with women in the county jail for reflection and prayer. If you know of a woman who is in prison or jail who wants spiritual accompaniment, contact Sister Judy at 504-899-6027


  • Payable to SOCIETY OF THE SACRED HEART, help support the ministry of Sophie Barat House
  • Monthly group events: $10
  • Days of Prayer: $30
  • Stipend for spiritual guidance is arranged with the guide
  • Larger offerings are acknowledged for tax purposes

For more information, contact Sister Jane McKinlay at jmckinlay@rscj.org.