OUR VOCATIONS TEAM
Mary Finlayson, RSCJ, was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada. She began her teaching career in 1982 and entered the Society in 1985. She professed final vows in 1995 in Rome. Mary has served as a teacher, director of music in parishes, in leadership for six years on the Provincial Team of the Canadian Province and seven years as its Provincial until its union with the Province of the United States in 2013. As well as English, Mary speaks Spanish and French and has done simultaneous translation for the Society at international meetings and for those preparing for final vows in Rome. She has served on the boards of directors of several Sacred Heart schools and was President of the Canadian Religious Conference for two years. Mary currently lives in San Diego.
Reyna González, RSCJ, spent 6 years as Vocation Director for the Mexico Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart and many years as Director and Founder of various projects serving women, children and youth. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Sacred Heart International Service Project. Sister Gonzalez currently lives in the U.S. and works with immigrant populations as well as the organizations that serve them. She specializes in non-profit management, popular education methodology and international/intercultural projects.
Mary E. McGann, RSCJ, is Associate Professor of Liturgy and Music at the Franciscan School of Theology and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where she teaches course in liturgy, spirituality, ecology, and women’s studies. For the past four years she has directed the school’s immersion program which aims at preparing students as globally conscious leaders. She is the author of four books, including A Precious Fountain: Music in the Worship of an African American Catholic Community (Liturgical Press, 2004).
Lynne Lieux, RSCJ
Sister Diane Roche has been a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart since 1974. She earned a BA in English from Emmanuel College in Boston and a Masters of Urban Affairs from Boston University. Her primary interest throughout her life has been in low income housing and the building of community in inner city neighborhoods including Roxbury, MA, Seattle, WA, St. Louis, MO, and Washington DC. She also spent four years in Haiti helping the Religious of the Sacred Heart there raise money for their educational outreach to children and working with RSCJ there to develop organizational structures. She has served as Dean of Students at Forest Ridge School in Seattle and as Assistant Vocation Director for the United States Province. She is currently a full time, live-in mentor at the Magnificat House of Discernment sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Annette Schmeling, RSCJ
Annette Schmeling entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1983. She holds a doctorate in Education and Leadership from the University of San Francisco and two Communication degrees (B.A. and M.A.) from Marquette University. Sr. Schmeling is a Consultant, Trainer and Communications Professional who specializes in both Contemplative Dialogue and Social Media. She works with individuals, communities and organizations seeking to discover and learn new strategies of engagement and community development. Her career began, and extended through 30 years, as a Student Affairs professional in Catholic higher education.