“Wood hath hope,” said Job.
We Puerto Ricans say the same.
The Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States and Canada began – as did so many American institutions – with an immigrant. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne left her home in France in 1818 with a desire to educate the poor, especially the indigenous people of America. The schools she founded served a diverse population which included immigrants, as well as Native American and African American children.
In 2008, the international Society of the Sacred Heart reaffirmed its commitment to the economically poor and disenfranchised:
“Times Change,” written by Susan Putman Maxwell, RSCJ, is an apt description of the developments in schools of the Society of the Sacred Heart and other Catholic schools throughout the world in the era since the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church. In this book, the author, who has played a significant role in these developments, offers her memoir of the turbulence and the triumphs of this piece of educational history. She traces the development of the vision statement of Sacred Heart education against the background of the educational philosophy of the Society.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) shares the disappointment of millions of people across the country who had hoped and prayed that President Trump would continue the protection offered Dreamers by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is a common sense path to stability for families, communities, and local economies and a reaffirmation of American values. Ending DACA will cause irreparable harm to families and communities and force 800,000 of our young people back into the shadows.
The sale of Kenwood Convent of the Sacred Heart in Albany, N.Y., owned by the Society of the Sacred Heart since 1859, was finalized on August 21, 2017. A limited liability corporation, Kenwood Commons LLC, purchased the property for an undisclosed amount. The Society was represented by the Albany office of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Blake Realtors.
According to an article in the Albany Times Union, Kenwood Commons CEO Sandy Schaefer said he envisions more than 100 condominiums in the 250,000-square-foot property.
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.