RSCJ News

Thank you and Blessings in your new role, Sandie

Thank you and Blessings in your new role, Sandie

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

Philippine Duchesne – 200 years Crossing Frontiers

Philippine Duchesne – 200 years Crossing Frontiers

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.

Sr Monica McGivern turns 100 years

Sr Monica McGivern turns 100 years

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

Passing the Flame to a New Provincial Council

Passing the Flame to a New Provincial Council

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

Welcoming a New Superior General

Welcoming a New Superior General

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.

General Chapter 2016 Begins!

General Chapter 2016 Begins!

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

Children as Agents of Social Transformation

Children as Agents of Social Transformation

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

3 Invitations from the Transfiguration

3 Invitations from the Transfiguration

Esmey Herscovitch RSCJ reflects on the transfiguration, and sees in it three invitations for us.  How might we accept them? Reflection Surprisingly today the gospel reading (Luke 9:28-36) tells the story of the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, a contrast to the story of last week, that of the temptations of Jesus in the desert. The transfiguration was a moment of consolation and affirmation for Jesus in contrast to the desert experience with its moments of desolation and temptation. Jesus is said to have appeared in glory – he was radiant; perhaps thinking of newlyweds or a mother with a new baby may give us an inkling of radiance;

Sacred Heart Schools International Conference Addresses Contemplation

Sacred Heart Schools International Conference Addresses Contemplation

The Fifth International Conference of Heads of Sacred Heart Schools was held in Mexico City 21 – 25 October 2015.  Principals Helen Sinclair (Stuartholme), Hilary Johnston – Croke (Kincopal Rose Bay), Maureen Ryan (Sacre Coeur) and Province Director of Mission Sandie Cornish attended. The conference theme concerned educating for interiority and contemplation in a complex world. Each day began with prayer and ended with a guided reflection on the day by Lucila Madero RSCJ. Key inputs were: Enlightenment: the Meaning of a Contemplative Path in the Face of our Complex Reality by Pilar Cardo RSCJ How to Help our Young People Come into Contact with Reality by Jorge Rocha and Juan

Vigil for Asylum Seekers Action

Vigil for Asylum Seekers Action

Sr Joan Pender RSCJ, Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Australia and New Zealand, will join a number of Australia’s religious leaders in Canberra on Thursday, 15 October.  They will meet with politicians to express their concern about the plight of asylum seekers throughout the world, and especially their ongoing concern for those detained  by Australia in off-shore detention centres. Prayer Vigil 6 pm 12 October To support this important interfaith initiative, a prayer vigil will be held at Mary MacKillop Chapel at 6.00 pm on 12 October. We pray that the minds and hearts of politicians, and of all Australians, will be touched by the plight of asylum seekers who are