Dear Family of the Sacred Heart,
Fifteen years ago, under the direction of then provincial Sister Kathleen Hughes and her provincial team, another journey began with the call to Sister Shirley Miller to open our yet to be formed mission advancement office. Shirley, in her 35 years of experience in Sacred Heart schools, in teaching, administration and fundraising, has demonstrated over these many years her skill as an administrator, spokesperson and fundraiser.
The United States – Canada Province is happy to announce that Sandy Ahlheim will serve as the new director of the Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne in St. Charles, Missouri.
She attended St. Louis University and has a degree in education. She is certified in elementary education and middle school science. She holds 25 years’ experience teaching in elementary schools, the last 19 of which have been at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri.
This January, members of The Sarah Community, a retirement facility in Bridgeton, Missouri, thanked and honored Elaine Abels, RSCJ, at their annual Founders’ Day Award Ceremony as she concludes 12 years of service to the community.
This January, Gail O’Donell, RSCJ, and Gina Rodee, RSCJ, facilitated a Busy Person’s Retreat (BPR), a Sacred Heart retreat tradition within the province and Network schools for over 10 years, at the provincial office in St. Louis, Missouri.
During the week long retreat, staff members had the option to participate in daily morning prayer, meet with a spiritual companion throughout the week, and were encouraged to take time out of their busy days to pray.
Carol Pfitzinger has served as the director of the Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne in St. Charles, Missouri, for the last 30 years. For over three decades, she has welcomed visitors from around the world in addition to countless local groups to the Shrine to learn more about our beloved Philippine.
On Monday, December 3, 2018, at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse on Boston’s waterfront, the Conservation Law Foundation of New England (CLF) honored Protect South Portland (PSP) for their work to ban the transportation of tar sands oil through the Portland Montreal pipeline through the city’s harbor and Casco Bay.
Mary-Jane Ferrier, RSCJ, received the award on behalf of PSP, a grassroots community group based in South Portland, Maine, with the mission “to promote actions and practices that serve to protect the environment, health and welfare of South Portland.”
The Provincial Team is pleased to announce that Janet Anderson has been named the new director of finance in the United States for the United States – Canada Province. In addition, the team welcomes Mary Halsey as the new controller for the province.
Janet has worked for the Society for 10 years, having served as controller since 2013.
Christmas 1818 in St. Charles
The girls who had already made their First Communion were invited to spend Christmas Eve at the convent with the boarding pupils. They arrived with their blankets or buffalo robes, each prepared to make her own shake-down for the night in the school room. After supper they gathered around the log fire that lighted the rough, low-ceilinged room with its bright glow, and enjoyed a story hour.
Dear Sisters and Friends,
Since the closing celebration of the bicentennial, these weeks have been filled with expressions of gratitude from across the province and across the world. The family of the Sacred Heart has experienced deeply the cor unum that binds us together, whether in weekly emails, a common day of global service or a live-streamed closing liturgy with viewers in at least 27 countries.
About the Award
Since 2017, the Sister Carol A. Haggarty, RSCJ Leadership Award has been given to an RSCJ, a Sheridan Road alumna/us, or a former Sacred Heart School faculty or staff member who best exemplifies the leadership and commitment to Sacred Heart education, as demonstrated by the late Sister Haggarty.