Sacred Heart Education

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

Advent Inspiration from ANZRATH

Advent Inspiration from ANZRATH

During Advent we wait in hope for the birth of the Christ child.  This Inspirational People of 2015 Advent Calendar helps us to count down the days.  Each day another story of an inspirational person is revealed. These stories of people taking action against trafficking in persons remind us that we are not powerless.  The Calendar is the work of Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ANZRATH). Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans raises awareness of human trafficking, its causes and of the scope for local action.  ANZRATH collaborates with other organizations in New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region, and around the world, to advocate for measures

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

Mater Admirabilis Contemplative in Action

Mater Admirabilis Contemplative in Action

One of the qualities of leadership that the Province Framework for Formation for Mission seeks to foster is contemplative leadership.  Province Director of Mission, Sandie Cornish reflects on Mater Admirabilis as a model of contemplative leadership, drawing on the different depictions of Mater painted by Pauline Perdrau over the years. Mater Admirabilis Model of Contemplative Leadership A collection of these paintings, collected by Margaret Phelan, the Director of General Archives of the Society of the Sacred Heart, can be viewed here.    

Earth Hour 2015 – 8.30 – 9.30 pm 28 March

Earth Hour 2015 –  8.30 – 9.30 pm 28 March

Will you be switching off and unplugging for Earth Hour 2015? The International Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation Coordination Committee of the Society of the Sacred Heart is inviting the whole Society internationally to focus on the causes and consequences of climate change.  Participating in Earth Hour 2015 is one way in which you can support this international priority. Learn about Earth Hour. Find events near you. Buy the cookbook for year round action. See who else is switching off – and add your picture to the wall.

Day of Prayer, Reflection & Action Against Trafficking

Day of Prayer, Reflection & Action Against Trafficking

The World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking will be celebrated for the first time on Sunday 8 February 2015, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita.  The Day has been declared in response to a request from women religious to Pope Francis. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia are getting behind it and have produced a range of useful resources for schools, parishes, religious communities and groups.  The Society of the Sacred Heart is a long time supporter of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans and New Zealand Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans.  We encourage you to join in prayer, reflection and

Be a Good Egg

Be a Good Egg

Five years ago Australian supermarkets did not have any Easter chocolate certified as slavery-free, but in 2013 there were at least six slavery-free Easter eggs and rabbits available. Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) identified the following products available in 2013: Divine eggs (milk & dark) Green & Black eggs (milk & dark) Chocolatier eggs (milk & dark) Chocolatier (3 rabbits boxed with 3 tiny eggs) Cadbury dairy milk eggs Oxfam chocolates – a large range of chocolate bars If you know of other slave-free products available for Easter 2014, please email ACRATH at campaigns@acrath.org.au. An action booklet can be downloaded here.

The Francis Effect: Living the Joy of the Gospel

The Francis Effect: Living the Joy of the Gospel

Catholic Mission Australia has collaborated with Catholic Religious Australia to produce a collection of reflections on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. It can be read online as an ebookor you can order a copy from Catholic Mission. Province Director of Mission, Sandie Cornish, contributed a reflection on the social dimension of evangelization.