For a quarter of a century, Mary Pat Rives, RSCJ, and her friend Mary West have taken a group of students on a mission trip to a group of villages just outside San Miguel de Allende in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, where they spend a week in service and reflection. Each year, the group of high school students works on such service projects as planting trees and gardens and building dams while engaging in cultural exchange with the native Mexicans. They also bring along solar ovens – a particular godsend for people where energy resources are scarce.
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.