The Society of the Sacred Heart oversees four communities within the United States that offer a variety of ministries, retreat programs, and year-long programming for young adults.

What all welcoming communities have in common:

  • Intentional, regular programing for young adults
  • A commitment to justice and spiritual growth
  • A space where young adults are welcomed for meals, conversation and prayer

Welcoming communities differ with regard to:

  • Overnight housing
  • Volunteer work
  • Frequency and types of programs

Sophia House

Outreach to women and young adults in Berkeley, California

Sophia House is a welcoming community located in Berkeley, California. The mission of Sophia House is to reach out to women and young adults in the greater San Francisco Bay area. Currently, five RSCJ live in the community, and there is room for more. The community at Sophia House places an emphasis on simplicity of life, care for the environment, contemplation, community. They regularly welcome people to the house, as individuals and groups, for prayer, meals, discussion, and celebrations. For example, their first party was a Chinese New Year celebration with some friends from Southeast Asia. Each member carries out her own ministry, but each has also committed herself to the shared ministry of the House.

For more information on visiting contact Mary Jo McFayden, RSCJ.

Anne Montgomery House

Anne Montgomery House is an intentional community founded to provide a one-year experience of community living for young women interested in spirituality and justice. The house is named for Anne Montgomery, RSCJ, a dedicated peacemaker who lived her Sacred Heart spirituality primarily through volunteer work with two groups: Christian Peacemaker Teams bringing peace to war-torn regions worldwide, and the Plowshares Movement, working for nuclear disarmament through nonviolent protest.  

Three Religious of the Sacred Heart live in the community, Sisters Diane Roche, Julie Yachtis and Clare Pratt. There is room for between 2 and 4 younger members.  Every member of the community contributes actively to social justice in some way, whether it be advocacy, protest, community organizing, or some forms of direct service.  Organizations where members are (or have been) involved include, Sojourner Magazine, Network Lobby, Center for American Progress, (CAP) and the Stuart Center of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Activities include:

  • two liturgies, one at the start of the year and one near the end
  • morning prayer and reflection Monday through Friday as a group
  • three evenings of Taizé prayer a year
  • workshops on topics such as discernment and centering prayer  
  • gatherings of young adults for sharing over a meal
  • neighborhood engagement
  • composting and recycling
  • partnering with groups such as the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Living Wages, the Franciscan Action Network, Little Friends for Peace, and the Associates of the Society of the Sacred Heart

All members of the community help prepare meals, lead prayer and help with household chores. When we are not hosting events in the house, we maintain a moderately quiet atmosphere conducive to prayer and study.

The application process begins each March and consists of a written application which, if approved, is followed by an interview (either in person or by video conference). The cost for participation varies, but can range from $510/month for a shared room to $700 for  a private room.  The monthly fee included program costs, utilities, food, internet and housing. 

To inquire or for questions, please contact Diane Roche, RSCJ.

Heart of Oak Community

In the Heart of Oak community in Newton, Massachusetts, we create space to share our spirituality and mission as Religious of the Sacred Heart with young adults who teach us in turn about their deep longings, struggles, and hopes for a world ever new. 

For more information contact Sister Barbara Quinn, RSCJ at bquinn@rscj.org or Sister Mary Patricia White, RSCJ at mwhite@rscj.org

​Rebecca House

Rebecca House is an RSCJ community located in White Plains, New York and committed to welcoming young adults seeking an experience of community, reflection and social action. Short- and long-term volunteers ages 21-30 from the U.S. and abroad are welcome! For more information contact Reyna González, RSCJ, or Imma De Stefanis, RSCJ.