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.
St Philippine Duchesne is remembered in the USA as a frontierswoman, and certainly she suffered the harsh reality of life on the frontier. She also suffered from feeling that she was a failure. However today we see clearly the fruit of her work. – what can we learn from the steadfast love that drove Philippine Duchesne? – how are we giving our lives to others in love? – where do we find joy and a sense of success?
In 2018 the Society of the Sacred Heart will celebrate the 200th anniversary of St Philippine Duchesne and companions setting out for the ‘New World’ in the Rebecca. It is worth reflecting on this ‘Rebecca moment’ as we discern how to live our mission in the new worlds that are emerging today. In this imaginative exercise Province Director of Mission Sandie Cornish invites us to reflect on what we can learn from the ‘Rebecca moment’ for how we manage risk for mission. Download the resource the-mission-to-america-managing-risk-for-mission.
In his Message for Lent 2015 Pope Francis addresses the globalization of indifference – a frequent theme in his homilies and talks. He invites us to reflect with him on three texts from the Bible – 1 Cor 12:26, Gen 4:9, and Jas 5:8. In this reflection sheet, Make Our Hearts Like Yours – Lenten Reflection 2015, we take up the invitation. In addition to considering each text in its context and Pope Francis’ reflection on it in his Lenten Message, we pose questions that place each text in dialogue with the Goals of Sacred Heart Education, and the life of St Philippine Duchesne.
Philippine Duchesne … Heart of Oak … Woman who Always Prays This year’s Province Retreat will take place at the beautiful Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre in Ormiston, just out of Brisbane. Check out the venue here. This contemplative retreat will be lead by Diana Hayes RSCJ. It offers an opportunity to know St Philippine Duchesne better and allow her to encourage us in our own journey into the Heart of God. Much of the time will be spent in silence, personal prayer and reflection. Province Retreat 2015 Flyer Anyone who is interested in Sacred Heart spirituality is welcome to join us at the Province Retreat. Some funded places are
19 January marks the 135th anniversary of the arrival of the first Religious of the Sacred Heart in Aotearoa New Zealand, and thus the beginning of the RSCJ presence in what is now the Australia New Zealand Province. This year is also the 75th anniversary of the beatification of Philippine Duchesne, whose 30th anniversary of her canonization will take place in 2018.Our Province has a special link to Philippine. She took the Society of the Sacred Heart to the USA and RSCJ from the USA brought the Society to Aotearoa New Zealand. They were the first RSCJ in what is now the Australia New Zealand Province. The graphics in the Province Orientation Handbook 2015 reflect
St Philippine Duchesne holds a special place in the history of the Society of the Sacred Heart. One of the Society’s two recognized saints, Philippine was the first to take the Society of the Sacred Heart beyond Europe. The Religious of the Sacred Heart in the USA – Canada Province offer a series of reflections on St Philippine Duchesne on their website: Philippine: Woman with a Global Heart Philippine in the Communion of Saints We are Philippine’s Legacy Waiting, Always Waiting for the Vision to be Fulfilled Whispers from Heaven Courage and Confidence in our Lives Today Philippine Honored in a Special Way in St Louis Carrying on the Mission
Find out more about St Philippine Duchesne and view images of the shrine in her honour at St Charles, Missouri, at this website.
Saint Philippine Duchesne took the Society of the Sacred Heart beyond Europe to America. She had a great desire to be with the Indigenous people. A brief biography is available on the Vatican website.