The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)* condemns racism in all its harmful forms whether the violent acts of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacist groups or the daily acts of hate and discrimination that diminish us all.
We grieve with the citizens of Charlottesville and all people of goodwill. We mourn with all who have lost loved ones, with all who live in fear, with all whose dignity is threatened by hate and violence. We lament the racism that continues to afflict our communities and threaten the values that we hold dear.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Minister, Civil Rights Activist
The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, and many other people and organizations of good will in calling for a diplomatic solution to the tension between The People's Republic of Korea and the United States. Our charism, which calls us to make known the love of the heart of Christ, demands that we personally and collectively seek to act in ways that de-escalate violence.
[Orlando, FL] At the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR),* held August 8-11, 768 participants explored the assembly theme of “Being the Presence of Love: The Power of Transformation.”
Drawing on the rich heritage of contemplation in which these Catholic sisters are steeped, the participants engaged in processes that drew them together across the lines of their individual orders to ask how their lives and their ministries could best serve the needs of the world today.
As Religious of the Sacred Heart in the United States-Canada Province, we are called by our recent Chapter Documents to stand in solidarity with “those who have been wounded, displaced, and excluded because of poverty, violence, and environmental degradation.” The recent decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord and to stop future payments to the Green Climate Fund compels us to add our voice to the growing chorus of people of good will from around the world who are deeply concerned about the negative impact this will have both locally and globally.
A friend of the RSCJ in Canada, Christine Gervais, Ph.D. studies women religious and has just annouonced the release her new book entitled Beyond the Altar: Women Religious. Christine and her husband Grant are founders of Acceso International, a charitable organization that works on all levels to make education more accessible to disadvantaged groups in Latin America, Caribbean, and Canada.
Convent & Stuart Hall Schools of the Sacred Heart reently took a high school co-ed curriculum trip to Italy, which included a visit to the moastery at Trinita dei Monti. Read the full story here.
During the February break, faculty and staff of Convent & Stuart Hall traveled to Cuba to learn about the country and retrace the steps of Sacred Heart on the island. Meeting with a number of RSCJ, the experience was especially timely given the upcoming bicentennial of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and her travels, which included a stop in Cuba. To learn more, click this link.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply disturbed by many of President Trump’s recent executive orders. His misplaced priorities and denigration of the values that form the bedrock of this nation, threaten us all.
Watch Mary Mardel, RSCJ, tell the story of Convent & Stuart Hall like you've never heard before in this 12-part series of short films. Click this link to see the films.