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 and other wisdom figures.
My name is falling star I twinkle through the night sky. Many children wish on my. Once I fell in a hole darker than the heavens; But I wasn’t afraid because I gave myself light. – Alla, a 9-year-old refugee.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep… People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep. – Jalaluddin Rumi
The Eros of the Human Spirit The Writings of Bernard Lonergan, SJ By Elizabeth J. Snedden Sister Elizabeth J Snedden, RSCJ, has twice had the benefit of a Lonergan Fellowship at Boston College. She is originally from Auckland, New Zealand where she currently lectures in spirituality and theology at Good Shepherd College, and The Catholic Institute of Theology of New Zealand. She has taught for many years in Sacred Heart Schools in Australia and New Zealand, and holds a doctorate in Theology from Melbourne University of Divinity in Australia. You are invited to a book launch Saturday, December 9, 2017 3.00 – 4.30 pm by Dr Kathleen
May Mater keep us throughout our busy and overcrowded days in the radiance of the things that are not seen. Marie Therese de Lescure October 20th marks the Feast Day of Mater Admirabilis Many internet sites cover the story of Mater Admirabilis including this charming YouTube clip, which is delightful. Many thanks to the Sacred Heart Grade 11 girls in Halifax who prepared this video for the Feast of Mater Admirabilis October 20, 2014
Plan Ahead: Is there some small response I can make to mark the urgency of this reminder of the poverty that exists in our world? – skip a meal or a tea break; – reverence the food with which I am gifted today – acknowledge and give thanks for the riches with which I am blessed and sometimes take for granted. – write a prayer marking the significance of this day. – visit this website for resources I can use to mark this day – including background; a prayer service; a poverty quizz and more. https://educationforjustice.org/events/international-day-eradication-poverty-1 Another link which offers further in-depth information around this significant event. http://rscj-anz.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/International-Day-for-the-Elimination-of-Poverty.pdf
About World Food Day – from Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. It’s also a day for us