On this, September 15, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we are delighted to share the newest icon from Patricia Reid, RSCJ. Sister Reid spent several months writing this icon for the new United States – Canada Province.
Biking in 90 degree heat with 100 percent humidity from one urban compost pile to another may not be every teenager’s idea of the perfect summer adventure, but that is exactly what five intrepid Sacred Heart students and one equally committed teacher did in New Orleans as part of the “Biking For A Sustainable Future” network service project this past July. The inspiration for this project came from several Convent of the Sacred Heart students in Greenwich, Connecticut who, in the end, were not able to participate.
Monday, August 25, was not just another day at the Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne in St. Charles. In fact we had much to celebrate on this, the Feast of St. Louis, as we welcomed Prince Louis de Bourbon and his wife, Princess Margaret and Archbishop Thierry Jordan of Reims, France, as well as Bishop Edward Rice of St. Louis and other distinguished visitors.
The connection between Religious of the Sacred Heart of Grand Coteau and St. John Berchmans is deep and time-tested and blessed.
On Sunday, August 17, several RSCJ attended the blessing of the new high altar relief in the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport, Louisiana. Earlier in the week, on August 13, the anniversary of the death of St. John Berchmans, Father Peter Mangum, of the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in Shreveport, and Father Felix Van Meerdergen, of Deist, Belgium, had celebrated Mass at the Shrine of St. John Berchmans in Grand Coteau.
When Duchesne Academy (Houston) Upper School Theology teacher and Campus Minister, Sara Hoegen was challenged by a friend to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, she promptly accepted. She also took the idea to her students and colleagues at Duchesne and after school on Friday, August 15, a small group gathered to watch as she and four others took the challenge and issued their own challenges.
On Saturday, August 9, we celebrated the opening of our new noviceship in Halifax with a Liturgy with Associates and Religious of the Sacred Heart. We are blessed to have one novice studying this year and a vibrant community of religious surrounding her to aid her on her journey. We thank God for the gift of Evelyn Oluoha. Joining her at the Sophie Community are Sisters Anne-Marie Conn, Donna Dolan, Mary Finlayson, Kim King, Sally Rude and Anne Wachter. What follows is the homily delivered by Sheila Hammond, RSCJ at the liturgy on Saturday.
Thérèse Tshibuabua, an alumna of the Pensionnat du Sacré-Coeur de Mbanza-Mboma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, recently offered thanks to the Sacred Heart family for the prayers and financial support offered in the wake of the fire at the school.
By Peter Finney, Jr. for the New Orleans Clarion-Herald
Religious Sister of the Sacred Heart Lynne Lieux grew up blissfully insulated in New Roads, Louisiana, and for more than three decades in her ministry as an educator of girls in the tradition of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, she has marveled at the richness of blessings and opportunities showered upon her in religious life.
Melanie Guste, RSCJ, recently wrote a reflection about her personal challenge of finding God in the storm - specifically Hurricane Katrina. To read Sister Guste's article, visit the Clarion-Herald of New Orleans.
Mary-Jane Ferrier, RSCJ, is deeply committed to protecting the environment, especially in her corner of the world, South Portland, Maine. She is a long-time member of citizens-action group, Protect South Portland, which was formed to stop ExxonMobil from turning South Portland into a major export facility for Canadian tar sands oil. On Monday, July 21, the South Portland City Council voted to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance to protect the city from a tar sands crude oil terminal.