The Goal Award, bestowed annually, is the most prestigious honor given by Sacred Heart Schools-Sheridan Road in Chicago and was established to recognize a person or organization whose life and work exemplifies one of the five Goals and Criteria. This year, the school is focusing on Goal III, which calls the schools of the Sacred Heart to: commit themselves to educate to a social awareness which impels to action.
On November 18 we celebrate the feast day of Rose Philippine Duchesne.
On this day, we begin a Year of Prayer that will help us celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Society of the Sacred Heart’s courageous decision to live its mission and charism beyond known frontiers.
We likewise begin a Society-wide engagement and conversation to help us integrate more deeply our commitment to Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) in the life and mission of the Society.
Sacred Heart Schools in Chicago, Illinois, bestowed its newly inaugurated Sr. Carol A. Haggarty, RSCJ, ASH’59 Leadership Award on Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, ASH’61.
The United States – Canada Province has established a significant Crisis Fund to help alleviate the suffering and devastation caused by hurricanes, earthquakes, and wild fires in our province and beyond. We hope to continue to grow this fund so that we have funds available to be distributed in a timely fashion after a disaster. We invite your participation in this special funding need.
“Wood hath hope,” said Job.
We Puerto Ricans say the same.
The Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States and Canada began – as did so many American institutions – with an immigrant. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne left her home in France in 1818 with a desire to educate the poor, especially the indigenous people of America. The schools she founded served a diverse population which included immigrants, as well as Native American and African American children.
In 2008, the international Society of the Sacred Heart reaffirmed its commitment to the economically poor and disenfranchised:
“Times Change,” written by Susan Putman Maxwell, RSCJ, is an apt description of the developments in schools of the Society of the Sacred Heart and other Catholic schools throughout the world in the era since the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church. In this book, the author, who has played a significant role in these developments, offers her memoir of the turbulence and the triumphs of this piece of educational history. She traces the development of the vision statement of Sacred Heart education against the background of the educational philosophy of the Society.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) shares the disappointment of millions of people across the country who had hoped and prayed that President Trump would continue the protection offered Dreamers by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is a common sense path to stability for families, communities, and local economies and a reaffirmation of American values. Ending DACA will cause irreparable harm to families and communities and force 800,000 of our young people back into the shadows.
The sale of Kenwood Convent of the Sacred Heart in Albany, N.Y., owned by the Society of the Sacred Heart since 1859, was finalized on August 21, 2017. A limited liability corporation, Kenwood Commons LLC, purchased the property for an undisclosed amount. The Society was represented by the Albany office of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Blake Realtors.
According to an article in the Albany Times Union, Kenwood Commons CEO Sandy Schaefer said he envisions more than 100 condominiums in the 250,000-square-foot property.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)* condemns racism in all its harmful forms whether the violent acts of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacist groups or the daily acts of hate and discrimination that diminish us all.
We grieve with the citizens of Charlottesville and all people of goodwill. We mourn with all who have lost loved ones, with all who live in fear, with all whose dignity is threatened by hate and violence. We lament the racism that continues to afflict our communities and threaten the values that we hold dear.