In a letter dated October 27, 2014, Margo Bieker, chair of the head of school search committee, wrote:
The England-Wales Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart has a range of information on Janet Erskine Stuart on their website, including videos from the Spirit Seeking Conference this summer. We invite you to visit and spend a while getting to know this remarkable woman.
The Reverend Mark R. Francis, CSV, president of Catholic Theological Union (CTU), Chicago, announced that Maria Cimperman, RSCJ, has been appointed the first director of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life. The center will launch in February 2015 in celebration of “The Year of Consecrated Life” designated by Pope Francis to begin on November 30, 2014.
Over 311,000 people gathered in New York City on September 21st to express their worry about the future of this planet that is our only home. For some it was the prospect of rising temperatures caused by carbon emissions that had them marching and carrying signs. For others it was the callous pollution of ground water by fracking operations. For others, it was the injustice suffered by the poorest and most vulnerable peoples on earth who are always the first to suffer from the profit seeking of corporations, nations and wealthy individuals. Tucked into the crowd, just in front of the Noah’s Ark float, were three RSCJ and several colleagues carrying a sign with the familiar Sacred Heart logo surrounded by the names of all the countries where RSCJ serve and the words “Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.”
Sacred Heart Schools around the province are blessed with remarkable students, with caring hearts, admirable goals and laudable work habits. Right now, two of them are in the news. We think you'll be just as proud of them as we are.
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.