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OUR VOCATIONS TEAM

Mary Pat White, RSCJ
Vocations Director

Mary Pat White, RSCJ, has served as Vocation Director for the United States Province since 2010. She lives at Duchesne House for Volunteers in New Orleans where she was one of the founders of the project in 2007. She has a degree in Creation Spirituality and is a spiritual director. She served for many years as an administrator in Network Schools and in campus ministry at several Newman Centers in Northern California. For fun she loves to read novels, hike, bike and enjoy her hobby of photography.

 

Mary Finlayson, RSCJ

Mary Finlayson, RSCJ

Mary Finlayson, RSCJ, was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba. 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. Mary has served on the Boards of Directors of two Sacred Heart schools and was president of the Canadian Religious Conference for two years. Mary is currently on sabbatical in Europe, doing language study.

 

Reyna Gonzalez, RSCJ

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 McGann, RSCJ

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).

 

 

Diane Roche, RSCJ

Diane Roche, 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.

 

Lisa Buscher, RSCJ

Lisa Buscher, RSCJ

Lisa Buscher, RSCJ, entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 2001 in San Diego and took first vows in 2005. She made her final profession last year. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and two Master’s degrees in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Sister Buscher said of her decision to become a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, “I found myself at home in the charism of the Society – to discover and reveal God's love in the heart of the world – because of its focus on both prayer (discovering) and service (revealing). It is that double movement of being "wholly contemplative and wholly apostolic" in the world that attracted me and that permeates every aspect of my life today.” In addition to serving on the vocations ministry team, Sister Buscher works for the The Jesuit Collaborative as the Assistant Director of Contemplative Leaders in Action and the Assistant Director of Hispanic Ministry in Washington, DC. She is a consultant to the vocations ministry team.

 

REGIONAL VOCATION CONTACTS

(Alphabetical by state name.)

Menlo Park/San Jose, California
Martha Roughan, RSCJ

Martha Roughan, RSCJMartha Roughan, RSCJ, has had a long career in education and educational administration, serving as Headmistress, Dean of Students, Head of Middle School, Dean of Studies and Director of Campus Ministry and Community Service in 8 different Sacred Heart schools over a 40 year period. She also served as the principal of Josephinum Academy, the newest member of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools serving an economically challenged population in Chicago. In addition she spent two years working with the homeless population in Washington, DC. In 2008 she assumed the position of Director Formation at the Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. Currently she is serving as the interim Principal for the Lower and Middle schools in Atherton, California.

 

 

San Diego, California
Stephany Veluz, RSCJ

Stephany Veluz, RSCJStephany Veluz, RSCJ, worked as a nurse for many years. She also accompanied men and women in their faith journey in homeless shelters both in New York City and San Diego, California. She is currently a member of the Spiritual Ministry Center in Ocean Beach, California doing retreat work and spiritual direction

 

 

 

 

San Francisco/East Bay, California
Mary McGann, RSCJ

Mary McGann, RSCJMary 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).

 

 

 

Connecticut and Westchester County, New York
Reyna Gonzalez, RSCJ

Reyna Gonzalez, RSCJReyna 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 United States 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.

 

 

 

Miami, Florida
Margaret Seitz, RSCJ

Marge Seitz, RSCJMargaret Seitz, RSCJ, has served as area vocation contact person for several years. She lives in Miami in community with other members of the Society of the Sacred Heart. She has taught in several Sacred Heart Network Schools, and is presently the Assistant Head for Curriculum at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami. 

 

 

 


Chicago, Illinois
Mary Frohlich, RSCJ

Mary Frohlich, RSCJMary Frohlich, RSCJ, teaches spirituality at Catholic Theological Union on the south side of Chicago. She lives in community with five other Religious of the Sacred Heart in a house near the school. She also does spiritual direction, leads hiking retreats, and gives workshops on Ecospirituality and on Carmelite Mystics. She entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 2001 and professed first vows in 2004 and made her final profession in 2012. “What I saw in the Religious of the Sacred Heart was a joyful contemplative life, a loving community life and a passionate commitment to being educators and scholars. … I am sharing life with women who practice prayer, community and mission with great integrity and verve. I am part of a long and deep tradition of spirituality that nourishes me on spiritual, emotional and intellectual levels. I belong to an international community that challenges and enriches me with different languages, cultures and ways of thinking and being.”

 

 

Grand Coteau/Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Lynne Lieux, RSCJ

Lynne Lieux, RSCJLynne Lieux, RSCJ, is currently in her fifth year as Headmistress of Schools of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, LA. Sister Lieux has served in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools for 27 years. Her undergraduate degree is in mathematics and she holds a Master's degree in physics from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently a doctoral student in educational leadership at the University of New Orleans. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, fly fishing, and golf.

 

 

 

New Orleans, Louisiana
Diane Roche, RSCJ

Diane Roche, RSCJSister 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.

 

 

Boston, Massachusetts
Barbara Quinn, RSCJ

Barbara Quinn, RSCJBarbara Quinn, RSCJ, is the Associate Director of Spiritual Formation at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Sister Quinn earned a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry (spirituality concentration).  Prior to coming to Boston, Sister Quinn served as the director of the Center for Christian Spirituality at the University of San Diego. Her ministries have included spiritual direction and retreats, teaching on college and graduate levels, lay leadership training, formation work, and administration. She enjoys playing golf.

 

 

 

Detroit, Michigan
Bridget Bearss, RSCJ

Bridget Bearss, RSCJBridget Bearss, RSCJ is a graduate of Maryville College of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis, MO. She holds a graduate degree in Education Administration from Washington, University in St. Louis, MO. She has served in several Network Schools and presently is Headmistress at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, near Detroit, Michigan.

 

 

 

 

St. Louis/St. Charles, Missouri

 

Albany, New York
Marie Buonato, RSCJ

Marie Buonato, RSCJMarie Buonato, RSCJ lives in Albany, New York where she serves in pastoral care. She has degrees in school counseling and spirituality. For many years she taught and administered in our Network Schools.

 

 

 

 

New York, New York
Eve Kavanagh, RSCJ

 Eve Kavanagh, RSCJEve Kavanagh has lived in New York since 1987. She is a retired community health nurse and still does some volunteer nursing. She teaches Scripture to adults in her neighborhood and loves to spend time with members of her community. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omaha, Nebraska

JoEllen Sumpter, RSCJ

JoEllen Sumpter, RSCJJoEllen Sumpter, RSCJ is a graduate of Duchesne Academy and Duchesne College in Omaha, Nebraska. She has taught at the high school level in our Network Schools for many years. Her BA degree is in Biology. She also holds a Master's degree from Creighton University in Biology and a Master's degree from Northwestern in Dance Education.

 

 

 

 

Houston, Texas
Sara Kay Thompson, RSCJ

Sara Kay Thompson, RSCJSara Kay Thompson, RSCJ attended Mount Anville College of the Sacred Heart in Dublin, Ireland and received her art therapist degree from Regis College in  Boston. She presently lives in Houston, TX where she works at Magnificat House,  transitional housing for women who are suffering from homelessness, mental illness and HIV, some of whom are former offenders.

 

 

 

 

Seattle, Washington
Kathleen Sulllivan, RSCJ

KKathleen Sullivan, RSCJathleen Sullivan, RSCJ, taught every grade in grade school and every year in high school before earning a Master’s in computer science from the University of Iowa and a PhD in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Since retiring from the Mathematics Department at Seattle University after 24 years of teaching at the university level, she enjoys tutoring in math at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, as well as returning to Seattle University for spiritual and intellectual renewal.

 

 

 

Washington, DC
Elizabeth Hartson, RSCJ

Elizabeth Hartson, RSCJSister Betsy Hartson ministers at Living Wages Adult Education Center in SE Washington, DC. Two programs, located at St. Teresa of Avila Parish and St. Thomas More Parish, have helped 400 women and men to receive their high school diplomas. Sister Hartson lives in community in NE Washington DC and is passionate about social justice, protesting injustice and standing up for those in society whose voices are not heard.