Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat stated that she would have founded the Society of the Sacred Heart for the “sake of a single child.” This commitment is at the heart of our mission. Committed to the well-being and safety of all children, the United States – Canada Province strongly opposes the separation and detainment of children seeking asylum with their families at the United States Southern Border and the inhumane conditions under which they are being held. The current government policies terrorize and traumatize children, and must be stopped.
Carol Bialock, RSCJ, is not a traditional nun. She is a poet, an activist and a student of Sufism, and she has spent her life deeply devoted to those in need. And now she is a published author as well, seeing her vivid book of poems, Coral Castles, released by Fernwood Press on her 90th birthday.
The 2016 General Chapter articulated this intention for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and provided the impetus for convening the International JPIC meeting in the Philippines, November 14 – 25, 2018.
In preparation for this meeting, the entire Society and members of the Sacred Heart family engaged in a reflection process that held three goals:
Come celebrate with us the memories on Bayou Road as we give thanks for sharing in our ministry of hospitality and transformation.
Monday, August 5, 2019
In April 2019, students and educators from Network of Sacred Heart schools gathered at Woodlands Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois, for an intensive dialogue training with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
Sharon Karam, RSCJ, received the Woman of Conscience Award at the 42nd annual AASH (Associated Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart) National Conference, held in New Orleans, April 26–27.
The following remarks, presented by Jan Dunn, RSCJ, illuminate the love and heart Sister Karam so graciously gives to those she encounters.
In 1818, Mother Rose Philippine Duchesne, of the newly-founded Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, left France to participate in the missionary expansion of the Catholic Church in the New World, at the request of Bishop Louis William Dubourg, named bishop of “Louisiana.” This vast area, acquired by the United States from France in 1803, extended over a territory of 530,000,000 acres (828,000 square miles), from New Orleans to Canada, including all the lands drained by the vast river system of the Mississippi and the Missouri, the future Midwest of the United States.
This past March, Irma Dillard, RSCJ, joined the faculty, staff and students at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart for their “Social Action Day.”
Social Action Day focused on examining racism in light of the Chapter Calls, the work that the Society has done to explore and address its past with slavery, and what that means for all of us today.
This past March, the United Nations (U.N.) Headquarters in New York hosted the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), bringing together more than 5,000 delegates from around the world, including several RSCJ from the United States – Canada Province.
Sheila Smith, RSCJ, the international Society of the Sacred Heart’s U.N.-NGO (nongovernmental organization) representative, along with Anne-Marie Conn, RSCJ, and Bridget Bearss, RSCJ, among other RSCJ in the New York metro area, attended the commission, which took place March 11-22, 2019.
Driven by the Sacred Heart mission, at age 82, Rose Quilter, RSCJ, continues to be a lifelong learner who seeks to serve as a conduit of empowerment for those on the margins as she listens to the voices of immigrant families living in Texas on the United States-Mexico border.
“It’s been such an adventure,” said Sister Quilter, reflecting on the journey that led her to the Rio Grande Valley and ARISE (A Resource in Serving Equality).