A native of Columbus, Ohio, Kimberly M. King's poetry has frequently appeared on this site and in Heart magazine. She has been published in several magazines and newspapers and she keeps a regular blog. In addition to her ministry as an educator in four Sacred Heart Schools in the USC province, Sr. King has done formal and informal translation work for the Society and participated in a variety of international service opportunities during summers.
By Jennifer Brinker, St. Louis Review
For more than three decades, Sister Connie Dryden was a teacher in Kenya and Uganda. In many ways, it was a different way of life from her American upbringing. Besides living simply, she was working with a younger community. More than half of the population was under 15 years old, she said - a society affected by lack of resources, disease and the casualties of war.
Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, is in her tenth year as Head of School at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, the oldest and one of the largest private independent elementary schools in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Academy was founded in 1818, when St. Rose Philippine Duchesne opened the doors of the log cabin school which was situated on the current Academy property.
Originally from California, Frances Gimber, RSCJ, first met the Society of the Sacred Heart as a student at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, in Menlo, California (now called Atherton). After graduating from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, she entered the Society in 1955. She made her first vows in 1958 and her final profession in 1964. She celebrated the 50th anniversary of her final profession in February.
Chicago native Carol Haggarty, RSCJ, is a true Child of the Sacred Heart. Her grandmother went to a Sacred Heart school in France. Her mother was a graduate of the Sacred Heart Academy on Pine Grove, in Chicago, the predecessor to the Convent of the Sacred Heart on Sheridan Road. Carol and her two sisters went to Sheridan Road, her two great-nieces are there now. It was the example of the religious at Sheridan Road – their kindness to the students and love for each other – that drew Carol to consider religious life.
Mary Patricia White grew up surrounded by Religious of the Sacred Heart. The St. Charles native attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart from her earliest days, and her family had strong connections to the Society of the Sacred Heart going back generations. Growing up, she “kept watching them” she says, touched by their care for her and their loving presence. The decision to enter happened very naturally. And now, 50 years since her first profession, Sister Mary Pat White is the vocations minister for the Society of the Sacred Heart.
Elaine Abels, RSCJ believes that every interaction provides an opportunity for a mutual exchange and an awareness of the Divine within. This conviction is the foundation of her ministry as spiritual care director at The Sarah Community, a non-profit elder care community in Bridgeton, Missouri, with three buildings offering different levels of care, from independent retirement living to skilled nursing care. While Sister Elaine is there to meet the spiritual needs of 300+ residents, she spends the majority of her time with the residents of the skilled nursing home, Anna House.
Shirley Miller, RSCJ has been walking in the paths of many RSCJ before her in thoughtful prayer, work, and deed. She has touched many a student’s life through her intellect, common sense, and clear love of life as an educator. She also possesses strong leadership and business skills that would take her in a different direction allowing her to meld all of these qualities into even more meaningful work and create a legacy that will endure.
As college sophomore at University of Detroit Mercy, Irene Herbst, RSCJ, experienced a life-changing moment at a mass one evening. “I heard Jesus calling me to religious life during thanksgiving after communion,” she recalls. In the quest to further understand the nature of this call, her spiritual director at the time connected her with a local group of RSCJ. There, she met Mother Wansboro, who mentored her throughout her remaining two years at college.