August 20, 2018
[Silver Spring, MD]
The recent news detailing the extensive and sometimes brutal sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests in the United States has left us at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious sickened and ashamed of the church we love, trusted, and have committed our lives to serve. We weep and grieve with all who over the decades have been victimized by sexual predators within the faith community and feel their pain as our own. We recognize that the damage done to many is irreparable.
Friday, August 10, sisters from all over the country, including several RSCJ, gathered at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri, to participate in the action "Being in Communion: Standing Against Racism." This action was a part of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Assembly and included song and several minutes of silence and prayer.
On Friday, July 27, RSCJ and Sacred Heart alum, friends and family members gathered at the Shrine of Saint Philippine in St. Charles, Missouri, to celebrate a liturgy and blessing of leadership. Under the leadership of Provincial Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, the Society bid farewell to the outgoing team, Margaret (Meg) Causey, RSCJ; Anne-Marie Conn, RSCJ; Mary Finlayson, RSCJ; and Diana Wall, RSCJ, and welcomed the incoming team, Donna Collins, RSCJ; Maureen Glavin, RSCJ; Theresa Moser, RSCJ; and Diane Roche, RSCJ. The new leadership team took office August 1.
On Thursday, July 19, 2018, hundreds of people packed into the Missouri History Museum to hear Cokie Roberts' presentation "Extending America's Promise: Pioneering Women." Roberts' presentation was the culmination of the History Museum's Crossing Frontiers lecture series, which celebrated women who have crossed both physical and metaphorical frontiers, and broadened horizons for women. This event also marked the beginning of the 2018 Frontiers Conference sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart. Many RSCJ, Sacred Heart alums and friends, and members of the public attended.
At its recent annual conference, the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) presented its 2018 Anton Boisen Professional Service Award to Patricia Murphy, PhD, BCC, who is associate professor in the Departments of Religion, Health, and Human Values and Psychiatry, as well as staff chaplain in Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. The Boisen Award is presented to APC board-certified chaplains who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in professional chaplaincy and make unique contributions to contemporary chaplaincy care.
In celebration of the Bicentennial of Philippine's arrival in the New World, join our beloved Saint and visit the sites where she lived and walked!
Download "In the footsteps of Saint Philippine Duchesne: A self-guided tour" below.
On June 29, a sculpture of Saint Philippine was unveiled and blessed by the Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, archbishop of St. Louis, and Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States – Canada Province.
June 3 – 9, the Stuart Center in Washington, D.C., hosted the Sacred Heart Global Citizen Program, bringing together 12 participants from Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States to participate in a week of exploration, conversation, reflection and prayer. This year’s focus was Ecological Transformation through Spirituality.
On the Feast of the Sacred Heart, we invite you to reflect on words from our Superior General, Barbara Dawson, RSCJ: “All of us are called to pray deeply. We are called to deepen our love – within the Heart of Christ, for each other and for our world and its people. We are called to participate in whatever way is possible for us. No one is too old or too young to be co-creators of our future.”
One heart and one soul in the Heart of Jesus,
The Provincial Team
Saint Madeline Sophie Barat stated that she would have founded the Society of the Sacred Heart for the "sake of a single child." Because this commitment to the safety and well-being of children is at the heart of our mission, the United States – Canada Province stands in strong opposition to the present policy of separating children from their parents as they seek asylum in the United States.