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Friday, October 24, 2014

Tea at Duchesne House - Roehampton, England

 My visit with RSCJ in England (L-R): Dorothy Bell and Mary Grant; Joan Faber and MER;
Mon Barudi, Anne Attard, Amy Micallef Eynaud, MER and Mimi Goddard;
MER and Eileen Foster



"To be a joy-bearer and a joy-giver says everything; it means that one is faithfully living for God and that nothing else counts, and if one gives joy to others we are doing God's work. With joy without and within, all is well.  I can conceive no higher way.  Joy is the most heavenly atmosphere found on earth - we ought to cultivate it as a duty always."


Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And. to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.

What a joy it was for me to have the opportunity to be in England earlier this month to celebrate the Eucharist of Thanksgiving for Janet Erskine Stuart on October 11th with fellow Sacred Heart alums and RSCJ.  
One of the many highlights of my trip was a visit with the retired RSCJ living at Duchesne House and New House and having afternoon tea and delicious homemade cake. It was so good to see many of the same familiar faces that our Sacred Heart embraces - specifically on Sunday the following RSCJ: Mon Barudi, Frances Lynch, Norah Lester, Lucia Park, Joan Faber, Amy Micallef Eynaud, Mimi Goddard, Mary Grant and Anne Attard.

Many thanks to Sr. Dorothy Bell, rscj who graciously hosted me during my stay in Hammersmith at Bute Gardens and arranged for Sr. Eileen Foster, rscj to meet me and discuss the history of the Society of the Sacred Heart in England.  Before retiring Sr. Foster worked in the Provincial Archives in Roehampton so we enjoyed a nice visit on Sunday afternoon.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Feast of Mater Admirabilis

Mater as seen at Mount Anville Secondary School


O Mother will it always be That every passing year
 Will make thee seem more beautiful, Will make thee grow more dear?
How near to God, how dear to God, Dear Mother thou must be –
We scarce can raise our hearts to Him, Unless we think of thee.
O Mother thou art fair to see, More fair than starry night, Thy radiance is a tender beam From God’s own heav’nly light
Ah this we know, how true it is That every passing year
 Will make thee seem more beautiful, Will make thee grow more dear
All pure, all good, all sinless thou, Beyond mere human ken
All tender and all pitying, Toward us, frail sons of men

The more we seek to know thy heart, The more there is to learn – Like thee to be most rich in grace, We pray and hope and yearn.

written by Agatha Pfeiffer, Sacred Heart alumna of Hilltop

Sunday, October 5, 2014

AASHLA Hosts Annual Tapas Themed Fundraiser



I enjoyed a spectacular evening in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 21, 2014 when the Alumnae of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles (AASHLA) hosted their annual fundraiser at the home of Kathy and Monte Purcelli.  

Jill Buyan, President of the AASHLA and I arrived early to help Kathy transform her backyard into a festive and fun place to enjoy the Tapas themed party.  Kathy and Monte Purcelli were such gracious hosts and Kathy is an amazing cook too! The entire Tapas themed dinner menu was prepared by her!  

Besides the delicious food that Kathy prepared, Suzanne Branchflower organized a raffle which many alums had contributed various items to.  Additionally, custom designed jewelry featuring our beautiful Mater was on display and available for sale.  

By the way, if you are planning on attending the AMASC Congress in Arizona (November 6-9, 2014) you will see the beautiful necklaces, earrings and barrettes available for sale at the Le Marché Du Sacré Coeur.  

This was surely a wonderful evening filled with Sacred Heart friendship, great food and lots of fun!  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart and "Mickie" sings, "Ask Anyone Who Knows"




"Sing, even if there are tears in your heart."


Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

"We all go through tough times, and if there's one thing I know I can always turn to, it's music. I was reminded that singing is like praying twice, and I know that I'm praying, and God is listening."                    

                   ~ Mackenzie M., Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School, San Francisco, California

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And. to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.

The above photo of my mother, Mary "Mickie" Ryan was taken in 1953 at my grandparents' 50th Wedding Anniversary. The song she sings while playing the Organ is "Ask Anyone Who Knows" (Lyrics below) and was recorded at a later date at home.  Her beloved husband Phil died on September 21, 1970 and she happily and finally joined him on August 29, 2014.   


"Ask Anyone Who Knows"

There is no shore without an ocean
Ask anyone who knows
There is no love without devotion
Ask anyone who knows

A dream will stray, lose its way
If it can't come true
Night and day all my dreams
Are so dependent on you

A sigh can mean a sweet beginning
Ask anyone who knows
It's love that keeps the whole world spinning
And heaven only knows

I have no heart when we're apart
It leaves me when you go
And darling if you don't believe me
Ask anyone who knows


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "Every Friendship..."

Anne Davidson, RSCJ an icon artist has depicted the first meeting of
Madeleine Sophie Barat and Philippine Duchesne in Grenoble


August 24th

"Every friendship with God and every love between God and a soul is the only one of its kind."


Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And. to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "Your Life is a Sacred Journey. It is about change, growth, ..."

Wisteria Walk at the University of Roehampton

August 20th

"Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement and transformation.  It is continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul teaching you to see clearly and deeply, helping you to listen to your intuition."


Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And. to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "God has never found fault with ..."

Sacred Heart School of Halifax
photo circa 2007


August 17th

"God has never found fault with anyone for trusting too much and expecting too much of Him."

Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And. to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "...and this submission of mind is the thing to pray for."

Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception
FARM STREET


August 14th

"There is one thing above all to hold on to, the attitude of submission to God's truth, known or unknown.  The submission is to Him, and this submission of mind is the thing to pray for."


Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And. to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "we are called to a higher, fuller, richer life within..."

Sacred Heart statue as seen at Digby Stuart College


August 9th

"We are called to a higher, fuller, richer life within...called to work with God, to walk with God, to have influence with God."

Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And. to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "Do not give up any high aspirations,..."



August 5th

"Do not give up any high aspirations, aim at the very highest and the best, but understanding that to get this is a life's work, not the work of a day, so never let failure cast down or disappoint you, but always begin again with great courage and especially great confidence."

Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart


The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order).   And, to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "A thing not learned in a day..."

Celebrating the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart


August 4th

"A thing not learned in a day, but by constant practice of letting go of the human standard.  To seek simply 'What does God think, judge, will, in this matter?' is an eternal thought, judgement and decision that will give peace, strength and stability.  All human thoughts and wills flicker so feebly. This is a steady light." 

Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart


The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order).   And, to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Prayer on the Feast of St. Ignatius



July 31st - Today is the Feast of St. Ignatius ~ 



Dearest Lord, Teach Me to be Generous
DEAREST LORD, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve Thee as Thou deservest; to give, and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to seek reward, save that of knowing that I do Thy Will, O Lord. Amen

The prayer above was taken from the book: SPECIAL DEVOTIONS Compiled for Children of the Sacred Heart - Revised Edition 1956


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mary Kay Farley: A True Child of the Sacred Heart

Mary Kay Tracy Farley
(1935 - 2014)

Mary Kay speaks to alumnae at the 25th Annual Sacred Heart Luncheon

Mary Kay Farley passed away July 29, 2014 at Hiland Cottage of Hospice of Little Traverse Bay. She had lived a long and happy life and went to the promised land with a smile on her face.

Mary Kay was born in Detroit, Mi. in 1935 the daughter of Emmet and Frances (Carney) Tracy. She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grosse Pointe, Mi. She then attended Manhattanville College and Loyola (Chicago) School of Social Work graduating in 1959. She married James D. Farley in Grosse Pointe, Mi. on Feb. 27, 1960.

As an athlete, winning was important to Mary Kay, but good sportsmanship was more important. She was an honor girl at Moss Lake summer camp and learned to be a cheerful winner and a graceful loser. These traits carried throughout her lifetime. She enjoyed golf and won 24 club championships at 6 separate clubs. She probably lost 50 or more as she entered every contest that offered a trophy or plate as a prize. "Showing Up" was her mantra and she often won because few others chose to compete. She was a long-time member of the United States Senior Women's Golf Association and played in their competitions until she could no longer play golf.

Mary Kay was especially devoted to orthopedics as her youngest son was born with Scoliosis. She observed his treatments at a hospital for special surgery in New York and became a hospital trustee in 1980. She was also an officer and director of Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), an arm of the American Academy of Orthopedics. She was named an honorary orthopedic surgeon when she retired from the OREF board in 2001.

Mary Kay is survived by her husband, 4 children, 2 of their spouses, 6 grandchildren, her brother Emmet Tracy Jr, and her sister Denice Summers, also surviving are 7 sisters-in-law, 3 brothers-in-law and 35 nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by her brother Thomas Tracy.

Her special qualities were her organizational ability, her generosity of spirit and her cheerful disposition. She was never depressed even when battling pancreatic cancer. She was a true daughter of Detroit and loved every moment of her early years spent there. She also cherished the many summers she spent in northern Michigan.

Having known true joy on earth, she expected to encounter it again in Heaven. If you sink an especially long putt or score an unbid grand slam in bridge, think of her.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Regents of the University of Michigan (for the medical school's pancreatic cancer research), University of Michigan Office of University Development, 3003 S. State St., Suite 8000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288 or to the Society of the Sacred Heart (Retirement Fund), Society of Sacred Heart Mission Advancement Office, 4120 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108.

The Mass of the Resurrection will take place on Saturday Aug. 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Holy Childhood of Jesus Catholic Church in Harbor Springs, Mi. Fr. Joseph Graff will be the celebrant. Friends may arrive at the church beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday. Interment will take place in Holy Childhood Cemetery in Harbor Springs.

The family entrusted Schiller Funeral Home for the arrangements. Online shared memories and condolences may be made at stonefuneralhomeinc.com.



Published in GreenwichTime on July 30, 2014



"What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories of those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what."

The above is taken from part of the poem "What Will Matter" by Michael Josephson.