SOPHIE BARAT HOUSE, (1719 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115), founded in 1994, is a ministry of the Religious of the Sacred Heart in an easily accessible neighborhood of New Orleans. Taking our inspiration from our foundress, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, we seek, with help of others who choose to collaborate with us, to be a conduit of God’s love for men and women. Inspired by the Constitutions of the Society of the Sacred Heart, the “community takes to heart the need to create a climate which favors experience of God, sharing among ourselves and with others”.
There are eight Religious of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans in three communities. They get together every other Tuesday for a liturgy in one of the communities. Several members of the area are involved in spiritual accompaniment at the Sophie Barat House and Duchesne House ministries.
- Carol Burk, RSCJ, volunteers as a tutor in charter schools and teaches knitting to Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans (The Rosaary) afterschool students.
- Anne Byrne, RSCJ, is the coordinator of Duchesne House for Volunteers, a province ministry.
- Annice Callahan, RSCJ, retired from the University of San Diego and serves in pastoral ministry and spiritual direction at Sophie Barat House.
- Lorraine Landry, RSCJ has served for more than 20 years as the art teacher in the prep school of the Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans (The Rosary)
- Maureen Little, RSCJ is a religion teacher at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans (The Rosary), where she also serves as coordinator of campus ministry and director of formation to mission.
- Jane McKinlay, RSCJ, offers spiritual direction at Sophie Barrat House.
- Anne Sturges, RSCJ, is in pastoral ministry at a New Orleans hospice.
- Judy Vollbrecht, RSCJ, is now in transition after returning to the province after a long-term ministry in Haiti.
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.