As we gathered around our tables at St Joseph’s, Baulkham Hills, for our Assembly, the small labyrinths at the centre of each table gave us a clue to the spirit in which we would explore the way we might organise ourselves in the future. If we were a commercial company we might have said that we were about to engage in some “blue sky thinking” but, for us, the image of a pilgrimage was more inspirational. The various items that are the traditional signs of a pilgrim on a journey, staff, sandals, backpack etc invited us to think creatively about what would be essential on the way ahead and what
The students at Kincoppal-Rose Bay celebrate Sacred Heart Day on a date that fits in with the school calendar as often the feast occurs it the holidays. The two or three occasions when it does coincide the RSCJ in Sydney have attended the Mass and renewed their vows. This was greatly appreciated by both staff and the students old enough to understand. This year as Sacred Heart Day was celebrated before the feast I was asked at the Mass to say something about the vows in place of an actual renewal. I wanted to share with you what I, representing the RSCJ, offered in few words as an understanding of
St Madeleine Sophie would have approved of Sorry Day being so close to her Feast Day, but it does mean that we gather for two significant liturgies on consecutive days at Stuartholme. On Thursday we gathered in the Chapel for a prayerful Mass in honour of Sophie followed by celebrations on the Oval. The following day, we gathered again in a more solemn mood for our annual National Sorry Day Liturgy. Our Liturgy was introduced by reminding us of its special significance this year. “In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.
Sr Monica McGivern turned 100 years on May 25th 2017. Her family, community and friends gathered to honour Monica’s long and fruitful life. Her life well lived has been documented in pictorial form by her family. This event will be covered more fully in the very near future. Photography: Michael Smith
The ANZ Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart held a ‘thank you and farewell’ afternoon tea for Sandie Cornish who finished her role as Province Director of Mission on 29th April 2017. Sandie has another position, as Private Secretary to the Bishop / Director, Office of the Bishop in Broken Bay. We thank Sandie for her valuable contribution to the Society of the Sacred Heart during her time with us. She has used her considerable skills and gifts to put in place a number of programmes for ongoing formation to mission and contributed significantly to our social media profile and the Province’s website. We thank Sandie for all
Society of the Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum 2017 Philippine Duchesne: Celebrating Her Life and Legacy July 12-16, 2017 Featured Speakers: Catherine Mooney Lives That Matter: Philippine Duchesne and Solidarity Across Frontiers Gerardette Philips RSCJ Crossing Religious Frontiers: Discovering Anew the Interior Life Priscilla Solomon CSJ All My Relations: Circle of Life To register and/or get more information, click here.
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
The Australia New Zealand Province welcomes the election of Barbara Dawson RSCJ as Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart. We ask you to pray for her as she begins her eight year term. Lighting the Founder’s Candle The photo below shows Barbara lighting the candle that was by the bedside of St Madeleine Sophie Barat at the time of her death. It is a tradition for each new Superior General to light Sophie’s candle. Outgoing Superior General Kathleen Conan RSCJ looks on. The photo appears courtesy of www.rscjinternational.org where you can also view a video of the celebration of Barbara Dawson’s election.
RSCJ Arrive in Nemi The international website of the Society of the Sacred Heart will post updates as the General Chapter takes place. Visit this page for a video of participants arriving. Can you spot Joan Pender, Lynette Toohey and Anne Corry from the Australia New Zealand Province? How many other RSCJ can you recognise? Thanks to Anne Corry (right) for this lovely photo of herself with Joan (left) and Lynette (centre) preparing for the Chapter. General Chapter Opening Liturgy Here is the opening liturgy material to help you to accompany the Chapter in your prayers. The celebrant for Mass is Fr Adolfo Nicolas SJ, the Superior General of the
The Society of the Sacred Heart’s first written submission to the United Nations Social Development Commission focused on the dialectical methodology of Popular Education. The Medical Mission Sisters joined our UN office in making this submission, titled Children as Agents of Social Transformation for a Sustainable Future. The submission explains that RSCJ “in Latin America have been carrying out our educational mission for over 160 years through formal education and popular education, focusing in general on those on the margins of society, those who are desperately poor and those who are excluded from participation in society. Children living in poverty have our special attention.” From this experience the Society affirms “the centrality