A life of consecration prefigures what Christians hope for by calling into question the value of power, sexuality and material possessions. Religious life challenges the idea that these things alone bring happiness and shows that we can be more fulfilled, happier and more whole without being attached to them. Furthermore, detaching ourselves from these desires allows others to live with more dignity and greater ease, as well. Consecrated life, then, is a prophetic witness to the joy of the eschatological call of Christianity.
Edited by John R. Peteet, H. Steven Moffic, Ahmed Hankir, Harold G. Koenig
Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, is the lead author of the chapter titled “Clergy-Clinician Collaboration.”
Christianity and Psychiatry, published by Springer is a valuable resource for mental health professionals seeking to understand and address the particular challenges that arise when caring for Christian patients.
This book explores the life of Catherine Collins, RSCJ, founder of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and the Center for Educational Design and Communication (CEDC) in Washington, D.C. “Kit,” as she was called, was a visionary, creative and influential educator. Schools of the Sacred Heart (now 25 total in the United States and Canada) owe the articulation of their educational philosophy, Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools, to her initiative.
With the changes of the last year has come adaptation and emergence into something new. With a global pandemic still looming, the Society of the Sacred Heart, United – States Canada Province, continues to emerge into a new future, remembering and reflecting on its' roots, remaining open to the present, and focusing on how the experiences and challenges of this unique time inform the Society's mission moving forward.
This spring issue of Heart magazine focuses on being One Body, exploring many aspects of the Society of the Sacred Heart’s mission. Read about the Society’s history and the hopes and challenges for its future.
Rose Philippine Duchesne was born August 29, 1769, in Grenoble, an ancient city, France’s beautiful gateway to the Alps. One of eight children in a family of privilege, she was strong-willed, impetuous and generous.
For 30 years, Sister Shirley Miller, has seen and heard God in every person she met on her journey through life. Wherever she has encountered them — in the mountains, by oceans and rivers, at the countryside, and in classrooms — she has been enriched by what people have revealed to her. “Each day we are given opportunities to see beauty all around us,” says Sister Shirley. “All we have to do is pay attention.” This book is an invitation to do just that. You don’t need a camera, just an attentive heart.
Our hearts overflow with gratitude for the blessings we received during our past fiscal year that ended August 31. We are very grateful for the generous gifts you sent in response to our special appeal to help protect our sisters in the early months of the pandemic and pivot our important work in the midst of uncertainty.
This moment in religious life is generating interest and energy around how congregations can adapt to what is been asked of us today in the cries of the world and cries of the earth. This book brings together God's call, the world's needs and charisms in consecrated life in a way that dynamically engages the vows, prayer, community and ministry for the particular time and contexts in which we live. Here is a valuable theological and pastoral resource for the conversion, transformation and revitalization needed in consecrated life today.
This year has brought about many unexpected changes, from the way we work, teach, communicate and spend time with one another. The COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the renewed call to anti-racism work, shifted our focus for this issue of Heart magazine. In this issue we cover province programs that took place pre-pandemic, get a glimpse into how Network of Sacred Heart schools transitioned to virtual learning, and contemplate our call to racial justice in light of the Feast of the Sacred Heart coinciding with Juneteenth.