This spring issue of Heart magazine focuses on being One Body, exploring many aspects of the Society of the Sacred Heart’s mission. Read about the Society’s history and the hopes and challenges for its future.
Rose Philippine Duchesne was born August 29, 1769, in Grenoble, an ancient city, France’s beautiful gateway to the Alps. One of eight children in a family of privilege, she was strong-willed, impetuous and generous.
For 30 years, Sister Shirley Miller, has seen and heard God in every person she met on her journey through life. Wherever she has encountered them — in the mountains, by oceans and rivers, at the countryside, and in classrooms — she has been enriched by what people have revealed to her. “Each day we are given opportunities to see beauty all around us,” says Sister Shirley. “All we have to do is pay attention.” This book is an invitation to do just that. You don’t need a camera, just an attentive heart.
Our hearts overflow with gratitude for the blessings we received during our past fiscal year that ended August 31. We are very grateful for the generous gifts you sent in response to our special appeal to help protect our sisters in the early months of the pandemic and pivot our important work in the midst of uncertainty.
This moment in religious life is generating interest and energy around how congregations can adapt to what is been asked of us today in the cries of the world and cries of the earth. This book brings together God's call, the world's needs and charisms in consecrated life in a way that dynamically engages the vows, prayer, community and ministry for the particular time and contexts in which we live. Here is a valuable theological and pastoral resource for the conversion, transformation and revitalization needed in consecrated life today.
This year has brought about many unexpected changes, from the way we work, teach, communicate and spend time with one another. The COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the renewed call to anti-racism work, shifted our focus for this issue of Heart magazine. In this issue we cover province programs that took place pre-pandemic, get a glimpse into how Network of Sacred Heart schools transitioned to virtual learning, and contemplate our call to racial justice in light of the Feast of the Sacred Heart coinciding with Juneteenth.
Illustrated by Pilar Campos Fernández-Figares and translated by Kim King, RSCJ
Meet Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, a courageous woman who founded the Society of the Sacred Heart.
From a young child born in Joigny, France, to becoming a nun in Paris, she devoted her life to God, educating young girls and helping the poor. This inspirational children’s story is beautifully illustrated.
Illustrated by Patricia Reid, RSCJ and told by Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ
The stories in the Bible continue to be told and retold, learned and loved by every generation and every age level. This book offers some of the most popular and some that seldom get much attention, all told from a different perspective, for young readers to get to know these wonderful people of the Bible and learn how to tell their own stories about them.
Our United States – Canada Province is one of 28 provinces that make up the global Society of the Sacred Heart. Religious of the Sacred Heart consider themselves members of one international community, and this unity is important. The words cor unum et anima una in Corde Jesu (one heart and one soul in the Heart of Jesus) appear on each of our profession crosses.
Edited by Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, 1769-1852