Lisa Buscher, RSCJ, (far left) and Mary Finlayson, RSCJ, (in green) welcoming pilgrims at the Vocation Fair of World Youth Day 2019, Panama.

We hope you enjoy these "Stories from the heart" from our 2018-2019 Annual Report as they highlight the experiences of those throughout our Sacred Heart community.

Inviting others to know love

by Mary Finlayson, RSCJ, director of vocation ministry

As director of vocation ministry for the United States – Canada Province, my role is to share the mission and charism of the Society with women who are discerning God’s call to love, to give their life to love by discovering how their own charism, their gift for the world, might best be lived and shared.

I remember asking myself that question 34 years ago: How can I be my most loving self? With whom and where? Of course, the next task to explore with discerners is whether their personal charism harmonizes with our RSCJ charism to discover and reveal the love of the Heart of Jesus in the Society of the Sacred Heart. On my desk, I have a pink paper that says: “Go to the Heart of Jesus and draw from it, and when you need more, go back to the Source and draw again.”

That quote from Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat was given to me as a young discerner and resonates now more than ever.

As my relationship with Jesus, with love, with Christ present in everyone, deepens and grows, I feel an ever-stronger call to share it, to invite others to know love in themselves, given to them to share with the world.

Annual Report 2018-2019