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.
Religious of the Sacred Heart in the United States - Canada Province join with our sisters around the world in mourning the loss of Philomene Tiernan, RSCJ. Sister Tiernan was one of the 298 people onboard the Malaysian Airline plane that went down over the Ukraine on Thursday, July 17. A former provincial of the Australia-New Zealand Province, Sister Tiernan served at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School in Sydney. She was returning to Sydney following the Janet Stuart Conferences in England. She was a much loved member of her religious community and her school community.
The Chapel at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco (Broadway) was recently named in honor of Mary (Be) Mardel, RSCJ. Sister Mardel served as a teacher, principal and Director of Schools at Convent & Stuart Hall, and is credited with leading the transition of the school from one owned by the Society to an independent organization. For the full story, visit the school's website.
The Sacred Heart Schools in Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia, have been accepted as provisional members of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. While each school is well established as a Sacred Heart School, they are not currently members of the Network, which, prior to the merger of the United States and Canadian provinces, had been a network of schools only in the United States. Now that the provinces have combined, the schools are following suit.
Joan Magnetti, RSCJ, was recently honored for her fifty years of service in education. Nearly 300 guests attended the Annual Ladies Luncheon to benefit the Catholic Academies of Bridgeport, where Sister Magnetti has served as executive director for the past four years. The Catholic Academies serves 1,025 inner-city children in three Bridgeport Catholic schools. More than 65 percent of students receive some sort of tuition assistance, and the Catholic Academies grants more than $2 million in scholarships annually. The luncheon benefited the scholarship fund, raising more than $220,000.
In anticipation of the creation of the Conference of Sacred Heart Education in the United States and Canada, the leadership team of the United States – Canada Province has asked Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, to become the first Head of the Conference. Sister Cooke, currently serving as headmistress of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, has generously agreed to lead the Conference when it is launched in August 2015.