Vocations Team

Mary Pat White, RSCJ

Mary Pat White, RSCJMary Pat White, RSCJ, has served as Vocation Director for the United States Province since 2010. She lives at the Sophia House in Berkeley, CA. 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, 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. Sister Finlayson 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, Sister Finlayson 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 two Sacred Heart schools and was president of the Canadian Religious Conference for two years.

Reyna González, RSCJ

Reyna González, RSCJ, spent six 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. Sister Gonzalez led the team that developed the My Call Me Back app.

Mary McGann, RSCJ

Mary E. McGann, RSCJ, Adj. Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology and the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley), has a broad range of teaching/research interests, including the relationship between worship and ecology (food justice, water, sustainability, permaculture), women and spirituality, and the inculturation of liturgy.  She is author of several articles and three books, including award winning A Precious Fountain: Music in the Worship of an African American Catholic Community (Liturgical Press, 2004).

Diane Roche, RSCJ

Diane Roche, RSCJ, 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, Massachusetts; Seattle, Washington; St. Louis, Missouri; 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 of the Sacred Heart in Seattle and as Assistant Vocation Director for the United States Province. She is currently the director of the Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation at the Stuart Center in Washington, DC.

Lisa Buscher, RSCJ

Lisa Buscher, RSCJ, has a background in spiritual direction, campus ministry and vocation ministry, as well as teaching in various Sacred Heart schools. Before entering the Society of the Sacred Heart, she worked in full-time lay parish ministry in the Diocese of Phoenix. Sister Buscher coordinated and directed ministries with youth, liturgy, music and Christian Initiation. Sister Buscher is a graduate of Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, and earned a Masters Degree and Master's in Divinity in Theology from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. She currently ministers in Washington, DC, as assistant director of Contemplative Leaders in Action and Hispanic Ministries for The Jesuit Collaborative.

 

 

 

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