As we celebrate and reflect during the month of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, we recognize the many ways the wide Sacred Heart family continues to discover and reveal God's love in the heart of the world. The mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart continues to deepen and flourish in the United States – Canada Province, and at the heart of this mission lies connection.
Heart is published two times a year to highlight the mission and ministries of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada, for a wide circle of friends. The covers, photographs of hearts in nature, symbolic of Christ's presence at the heart of the universe, bear witness to the contemplative dimension of the Society's "wholly contemplative, wholly apostolic" mission: To discover and reveal God's love through the service of education.
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In this Mission Advancement Annual Report issue of Heart magazine, the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States – Canada Province shares stories of light and gratitude. Read about the beginnings of the Province's mission advancement office in RSCJ Q&A with Shirley Miller, RSCJ; reflections from Ruth Cunnings, RSCJ, who recently professed her first vows; memories and insights from alumnae/i of Network of Sacred Heart schools; and how members of various generations of the Sacred Heart family remain engaged with the Society's mission.
With the changes of the last year has come adaptation and emergence into something new. With a global pandemic still looming, the Society of the Sacred Heart, United – States Canada Province, continues to emerge into a new future, remembering and reflecting on its' roots, remaining open to the present, and focusing on how the experiences and challenges of this unique time inform the Society's mission moving forward.
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.
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.
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.
Education is at the heart of everything we do as Religious of the Sacred Heart. Untold numbers of people have come to know and experience God’s love through their Sacred Heart education or through relationships with Religious of the Sacred Heart. This issue explores a variety of stories about Sacred Heart schools ministries, RSCJ ministries and the breadth of Sacred Heart education today.
During our bicentennial celebrations in 2017 and 2018, our goal was to make Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne better known and to highlight the Society’s internationality.
In this issue of Heart magazine, you will read about our bicentennial events in 2018. Global Service Day and the Frontiers Conference offered international context, and the closing Mass provided joy and glorious music. We also spoke the names of those enslaved by the Society in the 1800s and walked with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation as they remembered a heartbreaking time in their history.
Even though Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat never used the words social justice or justice, peace and the integrity of creation (JPIC), the spirituality and values that she held are the same – the importance of human dignity, right relationships, preventing inequality and respecting God’s creation.
This issue of Heart explores some of the ways our Stuart Center and many individual Religious of the Sacred Heart demonstrate their commitment to JPIC by engaging with issues related to youth, immigration and ecology in their daily lives.
Two hundred years ago, Mother Rose Philippine Duchesne and four companions set sail for the New World. These were the first Religious of the Sacred Heart missionary sisters. These courageous women led the way for multitudes of RSCJ to take Sacred Heart education around the world!
In 2017 and 2018, we are celebrating! The pages of this issue of Heart magazine are special because they are filled with our bicentennial activities from 2017. Read about the Spirituality Forum, pilgrimages, the Year of Prayer, a celebration in New Orleans, upcoming events and more!