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Monday, July 28, 2014

Documentary Featuring Sprout Creek Farm

To read the article about Sprout Creek Farm inside this Esprit de Coeur issue
click here


Earlier today, I was thinking of my two RSCJ friends (Georgie Blaeser and Margo Morris) who live in Poughkeepsie, New York and run Sprout Creek Farm.  I was thinking how delicious their cheese would be on some home grown tomatoes.  Lo and behold, this afternoon I received the following email, along with a link to a wonderful documentary, featuring Sprout Creek Farm from Margo Morris. I'm passing on the sunshine to you!  And, if you have never ordered their cheese, I highly recommend that you do so... it's delicious!

Sprout Creek Farm is a center for eduction, farming and community building.  The farm provides an environment where using the building blocks for positive action will inspire innovative and broader solutions for a better future for children.  Farm to Life showcases some of the young adults who benefit from their programs.  Enjoy the documentary below!  


Dear Friends, 


Filmmaker Sean Tracy has made a beautiful 90 second documentary featuring Sprout Creek Farm's farmers and program participants. The video is part of Unilever's "Project Sunlight," an initiative that tells the stories of people "creating a brighter future for our children."
Please watch and share if you need a little sunlight on this cloudy Monday. 

Click here to watch "Farm to Life"

Sincerely,

Margo Morris
Executive Director
Sprout Creek Farm

Sprout Creek Farm is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children and adults about agriculture, the environment, and our special role to understand, protect, and heal planet Earth, our home. Donate now

Learn more about Sprout Creek Farm in the 2012 Fall issue of Esprit de Coeur magazine. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart..."Joy is the Song or Psalm of the Spirit..."

1 Farm Street Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, 114 Mount Street


July 27th

"Joy is the song or psalm of the spirit under the pressure of happiness, and to give God the fullest and best service possible, we must train our spirit to sing the psalm continually."

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, July 19, 2014

Philomene Tiernan, RSCJ Dies in MH17 ... Revered and Loved by Many Sacred Heart Alums and Educators

Center photo back row L-R: Luke Reed, Lynette Toohey RSCJ and Anne Corry RSCJ (partially hidden)
Front row L-R: Phil Tiernan RSCJ, Janet O'Sullivan, Helen Sinclair, and Rita Carroll RSCJ


July 19th

"Soul touches soul, words and other contacts are not necessary... God allows the paths to cross, that souls may waken in each other the deeper springs that for the most part lie untouched."


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. 

The above collage of photos were all taken in England during the Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Celebrations.  As a very large group of RSCJ, Sacred Heart Educators and Alums, we celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart together on Friday, June 27th.  The next day many went via bus to Cottesmore to visit the birthplace and home of Janet Erskine Stuart and from Sunday, June 29th until  Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 we all were immersed in what was referred to as The Seeking Spirit Programme.

Approximately 82 of the 112 attendees were members of the Society of the Sacred Heart, little did anyone know that one of the attendees who was enjoying a summer sabbatical would never return to her home in Australia. 

Mary Philomene "Phil" Tiernan was born on June 17, 1937.  Phil entered the the Society of the Sacred Heart and made her First Vows on August 9, 1959. She made her final profession on July 21, 1965. Tragically, Sr. Tiernan was on board Malaysian Airline Flight MH17, which was shot down over the Ukraine on July  18, 2014.

Shortly after making first vows Sr. Phil taught at Stuartholme and later at Kincoppal-Rose Bay where she worked for more than 30 years as teacher and director of boarding.  She also served as Provincial of the Australia/New Zealand Province from 1993 - 1999.  

Sr. Tiernan was lovingly referred to as "a grandma that everyone just loved" by current students.   Alumna, Lucy Thackray said, "Sister Philomene Tiernan was one of those all-too-rare people that made everyone she met feel special." The Honorable Malcolm Turnbull, tweeted, "Many women including my wife and daughter Daisy were inspired by the love of Sr. Phil Tiernan, RSCJ.  God bless her and all who died in MH17." 

Sr. Aideen Kinlen, RSCJ and Sr. Tiernan had been together on retreat in France where they visited the home of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, Foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Joigny and also the reliquary in the church of St. Francis Xavier in Paris.   

Prior to this trip, Sr. Tiernan was enrolled in a faith and spirituality renewal course at All Hallows College for the entire month of May.   Sr. Kinlen stated that "Sr. Phil really loved her stay in Ireland and said it was 'great craic'  here."  

I met Sr. Phil Tiernan in England where she had come to take part in the Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Celebrations.  We had an opportunity to dine together and afterward it was easy to see why she was so loved and revered by fellow educators, current students and alumnae.  In conversation she was like a magnet that drew you in with her warm smile.  We both shared the pride of having roots in Ireland.  

This summer also brought Sr. Tiernan and a few family members to the Netherlands where her Uncle Patrick E. T. Tiernan would be remembered as a war hero.  Patrick Tiernan left Murgon in 1942 and joined the army and became an airman for RAAF.  ironicly Sr. Tiernan's Uncle Pat who was flying a Halifax MZ715 bomber was shot down on June 16, 1944. Seventy years after her Uncle's death, Sr. Tiernan along with other relatives gathered at the Dodewaard Cemetery to pay tribute to him.  

Aideen Kinlen who knew Phil for over twenty years states that while in retreat together the subject of death came up and Sr. Kinlen shared a poem entitled "What Will Matter" which Sr. Tiernan indicated she looked forward to sharing with others stating, "Oh that's wonderful, I'm taking that home to Australia with me."


"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."

by Michael Jospehson 2003



Photo of Phil Tiernan above by Sr. Mary Schumacher, RSCJ

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sacred Heart Alumna Elaine Stritch Has Died at age 89

Elaine Stritch
1925 - 2014

July 17, 2014

Elaine Stritch,  a 1943 graduate of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Detroit, Michigan  (Lawrence Ave.) and Duchesne Residence School in N.Y. has died of natural causes.  Elaine lived for  many years at the Carlyle Hotel in New York where she performed at Cafe Carlyle.  As her health was failing,  Elaine decided to move back to her hometown in Michigan last year so that she could be near her sister's children.  Elaine was married to John Bay who died in 1982.  Her parents, George and Mildred Stritch, as well as, sister's Georgene Moran and Sally Bolton all predeceased her. 

A documentary on her incredible life and career was released earlier this year and the DVD "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" was released on June 24th. 



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart "... the things of faith transcend the things of reason;..."

Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ
1857 -1914


July 15th

"We always require to remind ourselves of this - that the things of faith transcend the things of reason; that things are not what they appear; that we are walking among symbols and parables and shadows and promises."


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, July 8, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "We are all God's property,..."

Bird photos taken by Mary Schumacher, RSCJ


July 8th

"We are all God's property, and our life must be one wild bird's song of praise, one wild flower's face looking up to 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. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "You begin every day,..."

Barat House Court Yard Garden - Roehampton

July 7th

"You begin every day, just where you are, no matter where.  It is always here and always now."


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. 


Friday, July 4, 2014

The American Flag: A Pilgrimage to Cottesmore

Photos above from the Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Celebrations
A Pilgrimage to Cottesmore

On Saturday, June 28th a group of RSCJ, Sacred Heart alums and Educators made a Pilgrimage to Cottesmore, the birthplace of Janet Erskine Stuart. Our group of seventy was spilt into two coach buses.  Our bus headed to a charming little town called Oakham for a delightful self guided tour of the town. Next we stopped not too far at the Barnsdale Gardens for a delicious lunch prepared and waiting for us.  Our last stop was to visit St. Nicholas Church where Janet's father, Rev. Andrew Godfrey Stuart, Rector at Cottesmore.  Behind the church is a cemetery and therein lies both her parents as well as many siblings.

The highlight was that we were given permission to see the inside of Janet Erskine Stuart's home  which has been occupied for the last twelve years by a very gracious couple and their two teenage children. The host family could not have been more gracious. In anticipation of our arrival the homeowner had an American flag flying for all of us to see.  

More on my trip in the next week or so.  In the meantime, I wish you and yours a very safe July 4th holiday weekend!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "Joy is the song of the spirit..."

Taken near Froebel Lake - Roehampton University (England)
Enjoy the one minute video below


"Joy is the song of the spirit under the pressure of happiness."

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, June 29, 2014

Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Celebrations and Feast of the Sacred Heart Celebrated in England

Top L-R:  Superior General, Kathleen Conan, RSCJ and Anne Wachter, RSCJ,
Headmistress Sacred Heart School Halifax; Sacred Heart Students;
Robert Kaggwa, Chaplain, Digby Stuart College;
Helen McLaughlin, RSCJ (Superior General 1982-1994) and
Muriel Cameron, RSCJ; Mon McGreal (ENW) and Kathleen Friel, RSCJ (IRS);
Dorothy Bell, RSCJ and Joan Faber, RSCJ (both from ENW);
Helen Ryan Sinclair, Principal Stuartholme, Brisbane and Jane Maltby, Provincial for England - Wales Province


This past Friday, I celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart in Roehampton, England.  What a spectacular day!  In the morning a group of us (RSCJ, Sacred Heart alums, and educators) took the Number 72 bus into Hammersmith and toured the Sacred Heart High School that opened in 1893.  Our tour guides (Catherine and Nicole) were delightful and charming young ladies.   

Afterwards I headed via the tube to Mayfair to visit the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Farm Street.  I was told that this is the very same church where in the Sacred Heart Chapel, Janet Erskine Stuart was received into the Roman Catholic Church.  I arrived in the afternoon as Mass was being said for the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  

My day culminated with a very special mass celebrated in the Digby Stuart Chapel in Roehampton.  It was a treat to see so many familiar faces and to meet many new folks that were in town for the Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Celebrations.   

The Seeking Spirit Conference begins on Sunday June 29th until Wednesday, July 2nd - so stay tuned  or follow me on Twitter as I will try to post more photos and stories of my most memorable trip this summer!

Friday, June 27, 2014

RSCJ and Alums Celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart

Photo taken in England at the July 22-26, 2013 Opening Conference
Celebrating the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart 


The Society of the Sacred Heart and Sacred Heart alums all over the world (AMASC)  celebrate the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus today.  Some of our young students still in school, as well as, many alums from all over the world will gather today with members of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ) to celebrate mass and participate as the RSCJ renew their vows with the following prayer:  

CELEBRANT:  I now invite the Religious of the Sacred Heart to renew their vows.

RELIGIOUS: Trusting in the fidelity of God and the love of my sisters, I renew with all my heart the vows that I have made to follow Jesus Christ until death by obedience, poverty and chastity in the Society of the Sacred Heart, and I commit anew to its mission of manifesting the love of Christ by the service of education, according to our Constitutions.

RESPONSE OF THE CONGREGATION: May God who is the source of all good intentions enlighten your minds and strengthen your hearts.  May God help you to fulfill with steadfast faith all you have promised.  Amen.

I will celebrate with RSCJ, Alums and Sacred Heart Educators in England, and many others who like myself have come from all over the world this week to participate in the Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Celebrations.  I look forward to seeing many familiar faces such as: Superior General Kathleen Conan, RSCJ, as well as members of her General Council; Provincial Jane Maltby, RSCJ for England Wales Province; and Pam Snyder, President of AMASC.  The Feast of the Sacred Heart mass will be hosted in the Digby Stuart Chapel here in Roehampton, England.

Our group will stay here on the beautiful campus until Sunday when we depart for High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire.  

So stay tuned as the #JES celebrations unfold and watch for postings to my Sacred Heart photo album which can be accessed on the right of this blog post.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Quote from Janet Erskine Stuart: "It takes twelve falls to make a horsewoman."

Horsewoman painting by Rudolf Frentz


June 26th


"It takes twelve falls to make a horsewoman."

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).  

This quote reminds me of the wonderful talk given last year at the Society's Spirituality Forum by Lyn Osiek, RSCJ.  Sr. Osiek's topic was "Discovering Janet Erskine Stuart and her Equine Legacy".   

"Mother Janet Stuart was so multi-faceted that it is difficult to know where to begin in order to understand her. One approach is through an aspect of life that she knew and loved deeply: her life-long love of horses. As a young woman, she was an expert hunter and handler of horses, and these skills were not forgotten when she traveled around the world during both her time as companion to her predecessor Mother Mabel Digby and her own tenure as Superior General of the Society."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Quote from Janet Erskine Stuart: "So we must remember..."


June 24th

"So we must remember that it is better to begin a great work than a small one..."


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, June 23, 2014

Quote from Janet Erskine Stuart: "...I say 'Let go' and so does God!"



June 23rd

"God wants to take you sailing out into the glory of His thoughts and Love, and through sheer fright you cling to the rope... I say 'Let go' and so does God!"


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


This week many Sacred Heart alums and friends of Janet Erskine Stuart will be traveling to England to take part in Centenary Celebrations.  I am joyfully returning to England to take part in some of the events.  So to those I know and those I will meet along the way; I wish all attendees a pleasurable journey and a very rewarding time together!   

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, June 22, 2014

Quote from Janet Erskine Stuart: "When no-one else understands, He does."

Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue - Atherton, Calf


June 22

"When no-one else understands, He does.  When no-one else is aware, He is; so that in reality we are never alone."



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

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "The way to do much in a short time is to love much."

Sacred Heart Chapel - Roehampton

June 21st

"The way to do much in a short time is to love much.  People will do great things if they are stirred with enthusiasm and love."



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

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "Day by day..."


Courtyard near Sacred Heart Chapel - Roehampton University

June 19


"Day by day we write the story of our lives; no day in our life is without influence on the last, for ourselves as well as others."



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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "...do the very best we can..."

As seen in the garden of Sacred Heart Schools Atherton, Calf

June 18th

"It is always here and now, there is always the present moment to do the very best we can and the future depends on the ways these moments are spent."


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

Monday, June 16, 2014

Philippine Duchesne writes to her sister: "Is Divine Providence as good to you as to us?"

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
 
as seen at
 Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Houston


June 16, 1815 ~  Philippine writes to her sister Amelie, (Madame Constans de Mauduit): "Is Divine Providence as good to you as to us? God is always good, but sometimes He gives His justice the right of way, and it is in this sense, also that I use the word good.  Well, whether you suffer the miseries of life or enjoy the more pleasant attentions of Providence, we are all having the same experiences."


Taken from the book: Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: ..."Don't attempt the impossible..."


June 15th

"Beware of extremes, beware of inhuman efforts, of violent measures, of all that drives you off your balance...Don't attempt the impossible...Take yourself as you are, whole, and do not try to live by one part alone and starve the other."


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

Friday, June 13, 2014

Our American Voice Summit Celebrates Students' Civic Engagement



On June 10, 2014 more than 300 Chicagoland middle grade students from 18 different schools convened for the third annual Our American Voice (OAV) Summit at the UIC Forum in Chicago, IL. The purpose of the Summit is to bring together OAV student participants to share and celebrate their successes and accomplishments.

The OAV program sponsored by the Barat Education Foundation teaches students the four core principles of civic engagement and gets them immersed in working on projects that matter to them, their school and community.  These school initiatives completed in collaboration with community agencies and elected officials include: creating safer surrounding environments for students walking to school; cleaning up neighborhoods; putting an end to bullying; assisting and becoming more respectful of others. 

"Our OAV participants with guidance and support of their teacher/facilitators have worked diligently to make a difference and to positively impact their communities," says Sheila A. Smith, Barat Education Foundation CEO and Chair. "We are pleased to host this summit to recognize their achievements and contributions as young citizens." 

The following schools participated in the 2014 OAV Summit: Mary E Courtenay Language Arts Center; John B. Drake Elementary School; Charles W. Earle Elementary School (Earle STEM); Emerson Elementary School; Evergreen Academy Elementary School; Freedom Middle School; Lionel Hampton Fine and Performing Arts Elementary School; Heritage Middle School; Hiawatha Elementary School; Edward N. Hurley Elementary School; Irving Elementary School; Komensky Elementary School; Arthur A. Libby Elementary School; Irvin C. Mollison Elementary School; Pershing Elementary School; John J. Pershing Elementary Magnet School ("Pershing East"); Piper Elementary School and Ida B. Wells Preparatory Elementary School.

The OAV Summit included Opening Remarks by the following: Sheila Smith, Chair, Barat Education Foundation; Suzy Evans, Program Manager, Our American Voice; Dr. Mara Grujanac, Director, Barat Education Foundation and Jacques Agbobly, former OAV participant.  

Throughout the morning and afternoon sessions, the students engaged in four activities:

  • Activity 1: Who are We? 
  • Activity 2: Most Important Thing About Our American Voice
  • Activity 3: Our American Voice in Words: Capturing the OAV Experience
  • Activity 4: Our American Voice in Images: Evoking OAV Through History

followed by a Panel Discussion with Our American Voice Civic Capitalism Participants.

In the afternoon, Suzy Evans, Program Manager, Our American Voice called each school up to the podium to be recognized for their project work.  The OAV came to a conclusion when Karina Giraldo, Piper Elementary School introduced the topic: Where Do We Go From Here?.  One of the participants answered: "I pledge to stay involved and find ways to stop the violence in my community".  Never were words so powerfully spoken and meaningful!  This was from just one of over 300 middle grade school students, who have learned how to creatively solve problems in their communities due to their participation in Our American Voice!

Top - Bottom: OAV Registration; participants get settled;
Activities; Jacques Agbobly addresses the audience;
18th Ward Alderman Lona Lane with students; three young participants;
Dr. Allan Gitelson with Sheila A. Smith, BEF Chair

The Our American Voice Program is a nonpartisan, in-school/after-school project based learning initiative that links the basics of American history, government and civics with technology and community involvement to educate, engage and empower elementary and middle-grade students to become participative citizens in their communities.  The Program teaches students critical thinking, collaboration, leadership skills, and that citizenship starts not with the big issues but with issues that are close to home.  More than 1500 young girls and boys across the Chicago metropolitan area, as well as in Roanoke Virginia and southern New Mexico, have participated in Our American Voice.  

OAV is operated and licensed by the Barat Education Foundation and receives partial support from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the Alice B. Drake Endowment.  For more info about the Our American Voice program, visit www.ouramericanvoice.org

Further reading published on June 13, 2014: "Berwyn kids clue in the adults" by Marlen Garcia, Sun Times Reporter 



Photo Album of the Our American Voice - 2014 Summit
click on center to start slideshow 


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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "Life faces you with courageous challenges...

Stuart Center - Washington, D.C. 

June 8th - 
"Life faces you with courageous challenges at every step of the way."  
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



Thursday, June 5, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday: Esprit de Coeur Magazine - Summer 2013


Esprit de Coeur ~ Summer 2013 (PDF copy)
St. Madeleine Sophie Barat Window as seen in St. Cecilia Cathedral Omaha, NE


This issue of the Esprit de Coeur was painstakingly prepared and unfortunately never printed and/or distributed last year (Summer 2013).  An entire fiscal year for the Associated Alumnae/i of the Sacred Heart has past and there has been very little communication and/or sharing of stories about our wonderful alums. Recently I have heard directly and indirectly from many alums concerned as to  why so little is happening with AASH.  While I do not have the answers, I do have this issue of Esprit de Coeur to share on #ThrowbackThursday with you!  I hope you all enjoy reading this issue cover to cover. May the many photos and stories that you read have you reliving the Joy that you experienced as a Sacred Heart alum!

Inside this non-published Summer 2013 issue of Esprit de Coeur you will find: Many photos and stories relative to the 39th Biennial Call to Conference that was hosted in Omaha April 10-14, 2013; Highlights from Sacred Heart Preparatory (Atherton, Calf) 2013 graduation; Details on the Joan Lueder Coffey IVC Service Award; Sacred Heart Alum Authors are highlighted  in 'Top Shelf'; Tributes to the 2013 Cor Unum Recipients and Janet Erskine Stuart Spirit Award Recipients; Keynote address at the Cor Unum Luncheon given by Shirley Miller, RSCJ;  Provincial Update and News from the RSCJ; AASH Past President Profile features Margaret McLaughlin; Regional Resolutions Adopted at the Conference and so much more! 

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

With Heartfelt Gratitude: Fr. John Cusick Retires from Old St. Pat's Church

Mass program cover.  The colorful vestments above were all designed by Artist John David Mooney

Today we celebrated the Feast of the Ascension.  And, for many parishioners of Old St. Patrick's Church the 11:15 a.m. Mass was bittersweet. Because today we honored Fr. John Cusick who is retiring after 44 years of priestly ministry! Fr. Cusick grew up in Chicago's South Side but he has called Old St. Patrick's Church his home for the past 30 years!  

Taken from today's Mass program: "Fr. John Cusick, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, was ordained in 1970.  He was the creator, coordinator, and director of Young Adult Ministry from 1977-2013.  This past year, he served as a consultant to the Office. Crain's Chicago Business named John Cusick as one of seven clergy persons profiled as "preachers to seek out in Chicago."  In February 2012 he received the Blessed John XXIII Award from the Association of Chicago Priests for "excellence in priestly ministry and significant contributions to the life of the Church in Chicago." Those of us who gather at Old St. Patrick's know and appreciate him for his gifts of preaching, leadership, creativity, and compassionate service that he so generously shares with us.  We are grateful to Fr. John for all that he has done to contribute to the life and spirit of Old St. Patrick's and her people!

Photos above L-R: Fr. Jack Wall, Fr. John Cusick and Fr. Tom Hurley, Pastor of
Old St. Patrick's Church; John David Mooney, Fr. Cusick and Denise Stauder, SR'62, MV'66

After communion kind words were shared by Fr. Jack Wall, former Pastor of Old St. Pat's and Fr. Tom Hurley, current Pastor.  A check to help with travel expenses and a framed customized rendering of Old St. Pat's was bestowed on Fr. Cusick as Fr. Tom Hurley, Pastor of Old St. Pat's Church said, "A priest never really retires; not until he is lying vertically in the middle aisle of the church is a priest considered retired."  So fortunately for all of us, Fr. Cusick plans on being back at Old St. Pat's later in the year, perhaps November or December to help with presiding Masses.   

Some of you are reading this and wondering what is the connection with Sacred Heart?  Well, six degrees of separation. Besides it history: Old St. Patrick's is the second parish founded in the city of Chicago and the city's oldest public building.  Old St. Pat's windows were designed by Thomas A. O'Shaughnessy whose many descendants are Sacred Heart alums. 

But the Sacred Heart connection here is woven in the vestments that you see Father Cusick wearing in the top photo. They were all donated by a Sacred Heart alumna! Five years ago, Old St. Pat's parishioner Denise Stauder, an alumna of Sacred Heart Schools (Sheridan Road) and Maryville College had come into some money.  Denise went to Fr. Cusick and asked what was most needed and his response was new vestments to complement the church's newly renovated interior. 

Instead of just purchasing vestments, Stauder decided to contact John David Mooney, an artist friend of hers to design the vestments.  Mooney, an alumnus of Notre Dame is described as a "very creative, esoteric and spiritual man with a great heart and an absolutely expansive mind".  To read more about John David Mooney and the "Legacy in fabric" - click here.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday: Sacred Heart Commencement Exercises Held on June 27, 1876

Sacred Heart Graduates from Taylor Street (circa late 1800's)

Recent correspondence with a fellow Sacred Heart alum had me researching Sacred Heart students of yesteryear.  While researching the newspaper archives, I came across an article in the Chicago Tribune dated, June 28, 1876.  And, since it's the time of year when commencement exercises are held, I thought I would use the theme of a #ThrowbackThursday and take this opportunity to share  the article here in my blog.  Below is a recount of the events of the day taken from the newspaper story. 

THE SACRED HEART

COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES 


"The closing exercise of the scholastic year at the Seminary of the Sacred Heart, corner of Taylor and Throop streets, were held yesterday afternoon.  As usual, the invitations were limited.  The Sisters, who are doing a noble educational work, avoid publicity as much as possible, and only care that the immediate results of their labors shall be witnessed by the clergy of their own faith.  Those who were present at the exhibition -- which  was in every respect excellent and worthy of the institution -- were the Rt. Rev. Bishop Foley, Fathers Damen, Cooemans, Sautois, Corbett, Niederkorn, Schaffel, O'Neil, Zealand, Coughlin, Condor, Van Lent, Hillman, of the Society of Jesus; Fathers Donohue, Conway, Macher, Dr. McGovern, and several other priests.

The exercises took place in the study hall, a large cheerful room, which was neatly decorated for the occasion.  All the pupils were attired in white, the dresses of the graduating class especially beautiful.

The proceedings opened with the "Grande Marche de Concert" (Wollenhaupt), which was admirably played by Misses Brenock, K. Naghten, L. O'Connell, and C. Sauter. The salutatory, quite a model in its way was delivered by Miss N. Kehoe, who charmed everyone with her fine elocution.  Miss A. Freeman followed with a vocal solo, "My Harp, My Beloved Harp." This was sung with great taste and feeling, and was one of the most pleasing features of the programme.

A French sketch, "La Joie, La Tristesse, et La Moderation," was next enacted by Misses M. Brenock, N. Kehoe and J. Almini.  this showed the careful training in the French language these pupils had received.  the pronunciation was good, and their gestures proved they had caught the spirit of the piece.

An instrumental duo, "II Trovatore Fantaste" (Alberti), was played in good style by Misses N. Cunningham and A. Reid.  Miss M. Connolly followed with a German poetical recitation, "Hirtenruf", which she rendered with a due regard to the sentiment of the piece as well as the elocutionary proprieties. 

The "Consecration Hymn to the Sacred Heart", a beautiful composition, was next on the programme. It was exceedingly well sung by a number of pupils.

That the graduating class is composed of young ladies of learning and ability was proven by their joint production, "The Mission of the Child of the Earth", a poetical sketch, which was performed by Misses A. Towel, B. Londergan, H. LeBrun, A. Williams, A. Stamm, M. Onahan, J. West, E. O'Hara, M. Towel, M. Garrity, L Koenig, C. Eagle, E. Walsh, K. McQuaid, - the youngest scholars in the Seminary.  This charming little production shows the "child of earth" tempted to join in the revels of the fairies, but she resists all their entreaties, on the ground that her missions to bear an earthly cross. The manner in which the delights of fairydom were described by the little girls was very fascinating. 

The overture, "Siege of Corinth" (Rossini), was given by Misses N. Cunningham, A. McLaughlin, A. Reid, and A. Fanning with great effect, their execution being remarkably brilliant. Misses A. Reid and M. McManus displayed the vocal talent in the duo, "Genevieve et Attila".

At this stage Bishop Foley bestowed graduating honors on Misses M. Brenock, N. Kehoe, N. Cunningham, and M. Connolly.  The valedictory was then delivered by Miss Brenock, and the formal part of the programme was brought to a close by the "Parting Song" which was sung by the graduates and A. Reid, C. Sauter, A. McLaughlin, M. McLaughlin, S. Smith, H. Hooker, A. Coffee, J. Almini, R. Heeney, M. McMannas. 

HONORARY DISTINCTIONS AND PREMIUMS were then awarded as follows, Bishop Foley taking a prominent part in the ceremony:  First medallion and first blue ribbon, Maggie Ryan and Annie Reid; second medallion and second blue ribbon, Mary Conway and Annie Horan; third blue ribbon, Anna McLaughlin and Mary Connor; fourth blue ribbon, Jessie Cole; fifth blue ribbon, rosie Dunham, Addie Sheahan and Susie Smith; distinguished, Carrie Sauter and H. Clifford.

Green ribbons, Helen Quertier, Alice Williams, and Emma Ludwig. Red ribbon, Ella O'Hara.

DAY SCHOLARS

Blue ribbons, Lizzie O'Connell, Katie Naghten, Mary Garvin, Anna McMahon, Lizzie Kehoe, Laura McGovern, Mary McManus, Maggie Healey, and Nora Breene.

Green ribbons, Jennie Nesbitt, Johanna Burke, Gertie McMahon, Annie Towle, Mary Keating, and Blanche Lonergan.

Red ribbons, Annie Schaefer, Louisa Collins, and Katie McQuaid.

PREMIUMS OF THE FIRST ORDER

Exemplary conduct, Maggie Ryan; distinguished, Annie Reid and Mary Conway.

Christian conduct, first course, Annie Reid; distinguished Annie McLaughlin and Maggie Ryan. Second course, Maggie Dillon and Gertie McMahon; distinguished, Mary Garvin, Amelia McLaughlin, C. Sauter, M. Healey.  Third course, Lula George; distinguished, Johanna Burke and Jennie Nesbitt.  Fourth course, Anni Schaefer; distinguished, Louisa Collins.

Application, first English Class, Jennie Cole and Annie Horan; distinguished, Lizzie O'Connell and Anna McLaughlin.  Second class, Mary Conway; distinguished, Mary Connor.  Third class, Susie Smith and Lizzie Kehoe; distinguished, Kittie Shea, Lulu George, and Maggie Dillon. Fourth class, Carrie Sauter; distinguished Gertie McMahon and Nellie Shea. Second division, Julia Walsh. Fifth class, Helen Quertier;  distinguished, Kittie Smyth. Sixth class, Annie Schaefer; distinguished, Annie Stamm.

Premiums of Success - Anna McLaughlin; distinguished, Annie McMahon and Lizzie O'Connell.

PREMIUMS OF THE SECOND ORDER

First English Class -- Lizzie O'Connell, Anna McLaughlin, Annie Reid, Katie Naghten, Maggie Ryan, Mary McManus, Annie Fanning, Jessie Cole.
Second Class -- Mary Conner, Mary Conway, Lulu Koatz, Josie Ochnini, Rosie Heeney, Annie McMahon, Minnie Buckley, Katie Duffy.
Third Class -- Rosie Dunham, Susie Smith, Lulu George, Addie Sheahan, Katie Shea, Amelia McLaughlin, Maggie Dillon, Laura McGovern, Mary Mullaney, Ophelia Heatley, Lizzie Kehoe, Mary Garvin, Mary Gearey, Isabella Waller, Maggie Healey, Mary Mcenery, Mary Walsh.
Fourth Class -- Carrie Sauter, Kizzie Keller, Hannah Clifford, Nellie Shea, Nellie Healey, Helen Hooker, Gertie McMahon, Johanna Burke, Annie Towle, Lizzie Carey, Mary Keating, Second divison, Alice Williams, Mary Koenig, Maud Loneragn.
Fifth Class - Helen Quertier, Kittie Smyth, Emma Ludwig, Jennie Nesbitt, Blanche Lonergan, Lizzie Downey, Laura Koenig, Sarah Gaynor, Julia Kanff.
Sixth Class -- Annie Schaefer, Annie Stamm, Louisa Collins, Ella O'Hara, Hattie Le Brun.
Seventh Class -- Katie McQuaid, Julia West, Lena Koenig, Ella Walsh.

After the prizes had been awarded, Bishop Foley delivered a brief address to the pupils.  He congratulated them upon their happy knack of dressing their thoughts in beautiful language, as well as their persons in chaste and elegant attire.  The exercise of the day had afford him great pleasure and satisfaction.  He had been agreeably surprised at the learning and ability displayed, and at the lady-like manner and deportment which characterized every pupil.  He hoped that after leaving the Institution, the pupils would put into practice the virtues which the good Sisters of the Sacred Heart had taught not alone by precept, but by example.

This closed the proceedings.  The seminary will reopen on the 1st of September, at which time a branch will be started on the North Side."  ###