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.
How often do we race along at a speed too fast to attend to life around us? How frequently are we caught in the windstorm of noise and activity and thus unable to hear faint whispers that hold the power to stir our souls? – Anne D. LeClaire Listening Below the Noise
EULOGY FOR SISTER HELEN GILROY 6th January 1918 – 7th December 2017 Our Sister Helen Gilroy, whom her family know as Auntie Nell and we often called Gillie, made a frequent song request at community sing-alongs: “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.” I suspect that she was singing to Jesus, her beloved, but for many other people it was she herself who brought sunshine into the lives of others. As unifying centre of her network of family; as tender infirmarian helping so many RSCJ to die well over the years; as welcomer of the lost and lonely at the Crypt in Wellington; as gifted and well-loved teacher; or homebody
It is with sadness that we are called to celebrate the long and fruitful life of Sr Helen Gilroy, RSCJ who passed away in the early hours of Friday, 7th December. Helen’s requiem will be held in the Sophia Chapel at Baradene, 327 Victoria Ave, Remuera on Monday, 11th December at 10.30am. May Helen rest in the peace of her Lord.
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