Meet our provincial team!
Provincial Barbara Dawson, RSCJ and her team of Sisters Margaret Causey, Anne-Marie Conn, Sheila Hammond and Diana Wall provide leadership and set direction for the province. Their first three-year term began August, 2012; they have agreed to serve a second three-year term. The provincial team must know the resources and needs of the province and give direction to the apostolic service of the province. They foster communion and ensure ongoing formation and maintain communication with the hierarchy of the Church so as to maintain mutual relationships and follow its lawful directives. A full list of their responsibilities is found in our Constitutions.
Barbara Dawson, RSCJ, is a lawyer and educator. She has already served two terms as head of the U.S. Province, 1993-99. A native of San Francisco, Sister Dawson’s most recent ministry was Jakarta, Indonesia, where she consulted with the Society of the Sacred Heart Indonesia on plans for mission and ministry. Prior to her service in Indonesia, she was head of school at St. Martin de Porres School in West Oakland and a consultant to the Urban Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Oakland, CA. Sister Dawson earned her bachelor of arts from Lone Mountain College (now the University of San Francisco), and a law degree from the University of San Francisco. She earned a master of arts in international comparative education from Stanford University. She is a member of the bar in both California and Missouri and serves on the board of trustees for Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and the School of Applied Theology, Berkeley.
Margaret (Meg) Causey, RSCJ, was a member of the leadership team with Provincial Paula Toner 2010-12. Prior to this service, she worked in administration and curriculum at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She founded the Duchesne Center at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, and has taught ethics and theology. Sister Causey has extensive experience with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and was head of Oak Hill School in St. Louis for several years prior to entering the Society. Sister Causey holds a Ph.D. in theology from Marquette University; an MTS in theology from the Weston School of Theology; an MS in educational administration from Washington University, St. Louis, MO; and a BS in English education from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
Anne-Marie Conn, RSCJ served in provincial leadership for the Canadian province for 15 years, nine as provincial superior. She joined Sister Dawson's provincial team upon the creation of the Province of the United States - Canada. She is an educator who seeks to empower others in the use of their gifts and support them in their ministry. Her ministry history includes program administration and coordination at Genesis Farm and Sprout Creek Farm, pastoral ministry and spiritual direction. She taught at Sacred Heart School of Halifax and Convent of the Sacred Heart, Halifax, as well as other, non-Sacred Heart schools. She earned two Master Degrees, in Pastoral Ministry and in Culture and Spirituality, and two Bachelor Degrees.
Sheila Hammond RSCJ, joined the provincial leadership team after seven years as the director of pastoral care at Saint Louis University Hospital. Previously she served as a member of the provincial team with Provincial Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, 1999-2005. She has also served as director of chaplaincy services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, director of formation for the U.S. Province and as chaplain for hospitals in Detroit and Lansing, Michigan. Her graduate degree in theology is from St. Louis University and her bachelor’s degree is from Manhattanville College.
Diana Wall, RSCJ, served as director of institutional advancement at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Seattle. Sister Wall also ministered in development for the Uganda/Kenya province of the Society of the Sacred Heart and at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans. She used her knowledge of administration and healthcare in eldercare administration for the U.S. province. Sister Wall is a graduate of Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco, and also holds an MBA in Management.
Read about our governance in our Constitutions.