Sister Margo Morris, RSCJ, is the president of Sprout Creek Farm in Dutchess County, New York. She has been involved in educational agriculture since 1982. She met with Brett Davis at Sprout Creek Farm to talk about her work at the farm for Davis' oral history book project about Catholic women religious.
Read the article posted by Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter.
Recently, three students from our Network of Sacred Heart Schools in New York City held a fundraiser to help another Sacred Heart School in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The boarding school in Mbansa-Mboma in the Congo had been devastated by fire and looting in February 2014.
Sister Shirley Miller, director of Mission Advancement for the Society of the Sacred Heart United States-Canada Province, recently received a donation from these three New York students along with the following letter:
As St. Philippine Duchesne's feast day nears Nov. 18, the Academy of the Sacred Heart will celebrate the prayerful life of the educational pioneer with 24 hours of adoration Nov. 13-14 at the shrine, located on the grounds of the academy in St. Charles. The St. Louis Review, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, features an article about the 24 hours of prayer and the life of St. Philippine. Read the article here.
A former student writes about the late Marie Lufkin, RSCJ, reflecting on how Mother Lufkin influenced her life. Read the full story here.
A new book, titled Louise Callan, RSCJ (1893-1966): Historian and Biographer of Philippine Duchesne, is available for purchase in print and as an ebook. The author is Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ.
Louise Callan, RSCJ, was professor of history and sacred scripture at Maryville College in St. Louis, Missouri, until her death in 1966. She was greatly loved by her many Maryville students.
Several RSCJs were fortunate to attend various events surrounding the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. Following are some reflections shared by these sisters.
Reyna Gonzalez, RSCJ
I did not miss a single chance to listen to Pope Francis at each step of his U.S. visit, but nothing could compare to attending the Mass he celebrated at Madison Square Garden in New York. The words planted in me through his various presentations took root in a special way at this Mass. I felt especially inspired and hope-filled when he said:
Religious of the Sacred Heart around the world join millions of faithful Catholics and others in celebrating the latest Encyclical Letter of our Holy Father. In it, Pope Francis appeals "for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet" and calls on all of us to participate. We invite you to read Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si', in its entirety on the Vatican website.
On August 20, 2015, the leadership team of the United States-Canada Province sent the following letter to our representatives in Congress:
As U.S. Catholic Sisters who have dedicated our lives to working in communities, schools, parishes, hospitals, and other institutions across the nation and around the world for peace and the common good of all God’s people, we urge you to support the Iran nuclear agreement.
By Sue Acheson, RSCJ, Province of England/Wales