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New York City

New York is home to a dozen or so Religious of the Sacred Heart and frequently hosts long-term visitors from other provinces of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Our members include:

  • Elisabeth Brinkmann, RSCJ, serves at Convent of the Sacred Heart, 91st Street.
  • Lydia Cho, RSCJ, is a Marriage Family Therapist.
  • Joan Ewing, RSCJ, is a staff member in a GED Plus program in the Public School System. 
  • Eleanor Fox, RSCJ, ministers in an English as a Second Language program, the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP, CUNY being City University of New York). It operates in each of the several CUNY community colleges. She tutors in Borough of Manhattan Community College's program, where she prepares students who lack the necessary English skills to pass the writing test required before they can take credit courses.
  • Judy Garson, RSCJ, works on immigration reform, principally by volunteering part-time at the Westchester Hispanic Coalition, located in White Plains, NY. Sister Garson was introduced to the ministry after Imma De Stefanis, RSCJ and Reyna Gonzalez, RSCJ, worked with the organization, and they realized there was a need for an assistant to the director.
  • Joan Kirby, RSCJ, represents the Temple of Understanding at the United Nations where she is deeply involved in the movement for a Sustainable Environment. The Temple of Understanding is the oldest interfaith organization in the United States, with a mission to educate to understand and respect different religious traditions.
  • Cecile Meijer, RSCJ, who serves in the Society’s United Nations non-governmental office.

Helping hands across continents

Helping hands across continents

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:

Maura Keleher, RSCJ

Maura Keleher, RSCJ, celebrated her 50th Jubilee with the Society of the Sacred Heart in 2012. At the time, she was serving as the school archivist at Convent of the Sacred Heart (Ninety-First Street). She recently retired from that position, so we thought now would be a good time to look back at her interview.