Elaine Abels, RSCJ believes that every interaction provides an opportunity for a mutual exchange and an awareness of the Divine within. This conviction is the foundation of her ministry as spiritual care director at The Sarah Community, a non-profit elder care community in Bridgeton, Missouri, with three buildings offering different levels of care, from independent retirement living to skilled nursing care. While Sister Elaine is there to meet the spiritual needs of 300+ residents, she spends the majority of her time with the residents of the skilled nursing home, Anna House.
St. Louis/St. Charles
The St. Louis/St. Charles Area is home to the provincial house, the administrative offices of the United States-Canada Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart. There are nearly 30 Religious living in six communities. Ministries include provincial service, service in the Academy of the Sacred Heart and Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill, two Network Schools, research and publishing, formation to mission, social justice work, Archive work, spiritual care of the elderly.
- Sisters Barbara Dawson, Meg Causey, Sheila Hammond and Diana Wall serve as the leadership team for the U.S. Province.
- Elaine Abels, RSCJ, is spiritual care director at the Sarah Community, a senior community.
- Mary Loretta Busch, RSCJ, retired from teaching at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Charles.
- Constance Dryden, RSCJ, ministers with senior adults as an in-home caregiver.
- Jan Dunn, RSCJ, is the interim executive director for the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.
- Emma Fernandez, RSCJ, is in service at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Charles, in particular as sacristan in the Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne.
- Mary Louise Gavan, RSCJ, serves in the Archives of the U.S. Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
- Nancy Ghio, RSCJ, works in the middle school office at Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill School.
- Formerly the archivist for the U.S. Province, Frances Gimber, RSCJ, is a writer and editor.
- Maureen Glavin serves as head of school for the Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Charles.
- Carol Haggarty, RSCJ, serves in provincial ministry.
- Irene Herbst, RSCJ, is a religion teacher at Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill School.
- Former Provincial Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, serves in formation to mission for the province and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.
- Kimberly King, RSCJ, serves as librarian at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Charles. She is also a published poet.
- Susan Maxwell, RSCJ, was a member of the previous provincial leadership team. She has extensive Network of Sacred Heart Schools experience and is currently researching the history of the Network.
- Shirley Miller, RSCJ, is the director of the office of mission advancement for the U.S. Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart, recently concluding the In Mission for Life campaign for ministry and elder care.
- Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ, is the newest member of the United States Province. She teaches at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.
- Margaret Mary Munch, RSCJ, is an educator at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, as well as a docent at the St. Ferdinand’s Shrine in Florissant,
- Pamela Neels, RSCJ, is a psychotherapist at an interfaith nonprofit.
- Pricillian Nyirampamira, RSCJ, is a full-time student.
- Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, is the archivist for the U.S. Province. She is also an author and frequent tour leader.
- Mary Pat Rives, RSCJ, is the school nurse at Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill, a Network school.
- Maria Schlömer, RSCJ, is in transition.
- Regina Shin, RSCJ, provides administrative support for the United States-Canada Province.
- Sally Stephens, RSCJ, is the director of the Oak Hill School library.
Shirley Miller, RSCJ has been walking in the paths of many RSCJ before her in thoughtful prayer, work, and deed. She has touched many a student’s life through her intellect, common sense, and clear love of life as an educator. She also possesses strong leadership and business skills that would take her in a different direction allowing her to meld all of these qualities into even more meaningful work and create a legacy that will endure.
As college sophomore at University of Detroit Mercy, Irene Herbst, RSCJ, experienced a life-changing moment at a mass one evening. “I heard Jesus calling me to religious life during thanksgiving after communion,” she recalls. In the quest to further understand the nature of this call, her spiritual director at the time connected her with a local group of RSCJ. There, she met Mother Wansboro, who mentored her throughout her remaining two years at college.
Sister Maria Schlömer was born in Karlsbad, Germany. She made her first profession with the Mariannhill Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood in 1962 and her final profession in 1970 and transferred to the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1982 and transferred her vows in 1985. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kutztown University in 1972 and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Sister Margaret (Meg) Causey was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. She came to know the Society of the Sacred Heart while teaching at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston. She also taught at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles and Newton Country Day School, Newton Massachusetts and served as principal at Oak Hill School before entering the Society in 1986. She made her first vows in 1988 and last year celebrated her 25th Jubilee.
As an educator at Villa Duchesne since 2000 and through my wife, Lisa, I have experienced many wonderful women who are part of the RSCJ. Their lives beat to the drum of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. That drumbeat is something that I've always picked up in their presence. When I am around these special women, I am always greeted by someone alive in Christ, wanting to be engaged, wanting to share that beat with me. This has inspired my teaching, and I am proud to have known several RSCJ who carry on the wonderful legacy of Philippine, Madeleine Sophie, and Janet. I thank God for them.
Sister Juliet Mousseau, who wrote this week's reflection in honor of the Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie, recently released a translation of poems: Adam of Saint-Victor, Sequences, a translation of liturgical poetry written by Adam of Saint Victor, who lived in the twelfth century. From the publisher: Adam of Saint-Victor's (1146) sequences are recognized as sophisticated liturgical poetry, the highest development of this literary genre.
Welcome to the Archives of the United States - Canada Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
Our holdings include documents and visuals about the mission, ministry, governance and life of the Religious of the Sacred Heart in North America and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools from 1818 to the present.