St Madeleine Sophie Barat founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in France in 1800. Following her family’s custom, we call her Sophie. Sophie dreamed of restoring religious values to post revolutionary France. She wanted young people to know the love of the Heart of Jesus and to make reparation for the sacrileges committed during the Revolution. She saw Christian education as a way of renewing the social order. Years later, she recounted her original vision in this way: “My original idea of our little Society of the Sacred Heart was to gather young girls together and establish a little community which night and day would adore the Heart of
St Rose Philippine Duchesne established the first house of the Society of the Sacred Heart outside of France, and she is the second saint of the Society. Philippine, as she was known, had joined the Visitation order before the Revolution of 1791. In 1801, she tried to re-establish the convent at St Marie d’en Haut which had been dispersed by the Revolution. When she came into contact with the Society of the Sacred Heart through Fr Joseph Varin, she readily joined the fledgling foundation. From their first meeting, Philippine and St Madeleine Sophie Barat were firm friends. Philippine had a strong desire to go as a missionary to share the love of
Janet Erskine Stuart was the Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart from 1911 to 1914. She was the first Superior General to travel extensively, visiting the Society in many parts of the world. She is remembered as an outstanding educator and spiritual guide. Janet Erskine Stuart was born in 1857 at the Cottesmore Anglican Rectory in Rutland, England. Her father was an Anglican minister, and her conversion to Catholicism at the age of 21 was difficult for him. In 1881 she entered the Society and spent almost her whole life as an RSCJ as a member of the Roehampton community. Janet is credited with raising the standard of
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Reflection quotes from former leaders of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
Forty years on and our world is still pleading with us to address the urgent needs of today. – What are the urgent needs of 2017? – Are they different to those of 1967? – How can we respond to these needs; individually and as one body?
Reflect on your ability to take pleasure in things, to enter into oneness with the universe, to feel connected to the cosmos. Has your connection increased, diminished or remained the same. – JPIC Spiritual Journey
Many of you, especially in the Wellington Diocese, will remember Sr Monica McGivern RSCJ, founder of the Drop in Centre known as The Crypt which could be found under St Mary of the Angels. Sr Monica began the Centre in 1982. She was available to anyone needing a listening ear or wanting to rest in the presence of someone who cared about all who visited her ministry. Sr Monica will turn 100 this year. Whilst very frail, she will quietly celebrate her very full and faith-filled life with her community on May 25th. Anyone wishing to send Monica a message can do so by contacting : Sr Elizabeth Snedden, 111
Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2017 Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2017 focuses on the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Its title is The Word is a Gift. Other Persons are a Gift and you can find the full text here. Our Province offers these Reflections on Pope Francis Message for Lent 2017 to encourage members of the Sacred Heart Family to reflect on Pope Francis’ Message in the light of core elements of our spirituality, and the calls, or major directions, identified by General Chapter 2016. Links to Resources Catholic Religious Australia provides links to a wide range of resources for Lent 2017 on this page. Here
Religious of the Sacred Heart from the Australia New Zealand Province gathered on 29 January 2017 for a liturgy passing the flame from the outgoing to the incoming Provincial Council. The outgoing Provincial Council – Joan Pender (Provincial), Esmey Herscovitch, Kathleen Muirhead and Susan Ross – gave thanks for the loving support they received from members of the province during a challenging six years in office. They said, “We have endeavored to do our very best aware of our limitations. Thank you for your understanding during the more difficult moments. We were so often uplifted by your kind words of support along the way.” All gathered joined in thanksgiving and
In 2018 the Society of the Sacred Heart will celebrate the 200th anniversary of St Philippine Duchesne and companions setting out for the ‘New World’ in the Rebecca. It is worth reflecting on this ‘Rebecca moment’ as we discern how to live our mission in the new worlds that are emerging today. In this imaginative exercise Province Director of Mission Sandie Cornish invites us to reflect on what we can learn from the ‘Rebecca moment’ for how we manage risk for mission. Download the resource the-mission-to-america-managing-risk-for-mission.