The Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States and Canada strongly condemns the gross violation of human dignity that we, along with millions of others, witnessed in the video of George Floyd’s last minutes. We are outraged at yet another killing of an unarmed African-American man, and stand in solidarity with all people of color who are at risk of violence in our country. We also call for a quick and fair legal process to ensure accountability and justice.
During this unprecedented time in Sacred Heart education, all of our Network schools closed and offered virtual learning. The administration, faculty and staff found numerous and creative ways to share normal school activities with students at home. One example of an activity normally held in May at some of our schools is a “May crowning” celebration. Several schools taped the various parts of the prayer service and crowning and created videos to share with students online.
By Lyn Osiek, RSCJ, Archivist for the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States – Canada Province
On a gloomy Sunday, three groups of Associates – Chicago, Halifax and St. Louis – used Zoom to meet with their groups virtually. A new way of being connected is forming across our province and Associates are embracing it!
A message of solidarity to the communities affected by the shootings in Nova Scotia
Religious communities in Canada and all consecrated persons, though currently in confinement, unite in prayer from coast to coast for the victims and their grieving families of Portapique, Wentworth, Debert, Shubenacadie/Milford and Enfield.
My vocation as a Religious of the Sacred Heart shapes how I interact with people. As a teacher, this means that I share the love of God primarily with my students, and I see teaching as a relationship that is based on respect and honor for the unique individual in front of me.
Coronavirus knows no boundaries nor does the charism to live out of the Heart of Jesus in our wounded world. Our boundaries may now simply be our place of residence, unless we envision a bigger picture of relationship with others. Even then, this pandemic has removed barriers and has created connections in ways we could not have imagined.
In seeking to understand and grapple with the current outbreak of COVID-19, many have understandably reached for the worst pandemic of the 20th century, the 1918 Spanish Influenza. Given that interest, the Province Archives of the Society of the Sacred Heart decided to see how the Society in the United States was affected by that pandemic
We continue to pray for the many people who are suffering from this virus – our family and friends, our sisters, our colleagues, those who put their lives at risk to care for the afflicted. While many of us are not allowed to leave our houses, let us pray especially for those who have no home, who have no resources, who feel alone or abandoned.