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
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.
- 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.