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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Feast of Mater Admirabilis Proclaimed by Pope Pius IX in 1846

Mater Admirabilis


October 20, 1846 ~ "Pope Pius IX visited the Monastery of Trinita dei Monti. While on tour, he asked what was hidden behind the curtain. Pulling back the curtain to the surprise of all, there was the most beautiful fresco of Mary, the painting of Pauline Perdrau.  The Pope exclaimed Mater Admirabilis, thus giving her the title that she bears to this day."



Note: The ahove excerpt taken from Visions of Jesus Christ

Friday, October 16, 2015

In Memory of Sister Marge Seitz, RSCJ on the Feast of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque


Photo Credits: Ada Stevens, Maureen E. Ryan and Mary Schumacher, RSCJ

Margaret T. Seitz, RSCJ
Date of Birth: April 13 1936
Date of Profession: July 22, 1965
Entered into Eternal Life: October 14, 2015

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Visitation nun, born in France and known to have learned from "a vision of our Blessed Lord that it was His divine will that a liturgical feast be kept in honor of His Sacred Heart and in reparation for man's gratitude"

This feast day reminds me of a beloved RSCJ named Margaret T. Seitz, known to her students as Sister Seitz and to family and many friends as  "Marge".  Sister Seitz died suddenly of a heart attack on Wednesday evening surrounded by members of her community in Florida.  The Carrollton community writes that they are comforted by the memories of "her wonderful sense of humor, her love of teaching and her love of the students. A true educator." 

Mr. Olen Kalkus, Head of School at Carrollton of the Sacred Heart writes: There will be a viewing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. this Sunday, October 18 at the Maspons Funeral Home, 3500 SW 8th Street. A Mass celebrating her life will be offered this Monday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Hugh’s Church. All are welcome to attend.
 On Tuesday morning our students and faculty will celebrate the Feast of Mater, as planned, keeping the memory and spirit of Sr. Seitz close to our hearts.
 I ask you all to join me in keeping Sr. Seitz, and her family and loved ones in your prayers.
 Yours in Prayer,
 Olen

For more information about Sister Margaret T. Seitz, RSCJ, please visit rscj.org


"I need nothing but God, and to loose myself in the heart of Jesus." 
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Amazing Sophie by Dacia Van Antwerp

Amazing Sophie by Dacia Van Antwerp, BH'48, MC'52


Dacia Van Antwerp is no stranger to the story of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart. After all she spent 16 years being educated by the Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) and is an alumna of both the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield, Michigan and Manhattanville College.  After graduation Van Antwerp decided to become an RSCJ and joined the Society of the Sacred Heart. She taught for 17 years in various Sacred Heart schools until a life altering event occurred and she chose another life path.  She discusses her journey in the book she wrote entitled You Go Girl: Life and Adventures of a Former Nun

Upon making a retreat in Joigny, France, the birthplace of Madeleine Sophie Barat,  Van Antwerp was so inspired that she decided to write a book for children about the Saint whom she admired so much.  The story of Amazing Sophie is a delightful children's book that tells the story of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, complete with illustrations by Carla Maria Melendez Relli, ASH, 2020. All of the net proceeds of the book will go to the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield, Michigan. 





The above video was recorded on October 20, 2012 (Feast of Mater Admirabilis) during the AASH Central Regional Meeting hosted in Detroit, Michigan.  To oder a copy of Amazing Sophie click here - Info/Order Book

Thursday, October 1, 2015

#TBT: "Hello Martha, Hello Mary", in memory of Reverend E. Corbett Walsh, SJ


Pictures of Fr. Walsh, SJ taken with  his siblings & Sacred Heart friends:
 
AASH 2011 Conference in Miami; AASH 2012 Regional Meeting in Cape Cod, MA
and AASH 2015 Conference in Boston, MA


The following #TBT blog post is written in memory of Reverend E. Corbett Walsh, SJ who was called home to be with God on September 24, 2015.  Father Walsh, SJ is survived by the following siblings: Bonnie Stoloski,  NC'59; Robert B., Thomas F., Inez Moore, Quentin I., and Toni Curry, NW'68. For many years Sacred Heart alums either met or interacted with Fr. Walsh, SJ as he was often asked to celebrate Mass and/or speak to alums at various Sacred Heart gatherings at the request of his sister Toni Walsh Curry, AASH past President (1981-1983).

On September 22, 2012, Father Walsh, SJ was invited to be a guest speaker at the Associated Alumnae/i of the Sacred Heart (AASH) Eastern Regional Conference hosted at The Wianno Club, Osterville, MA.  Rev. E. Corbett Walsh, SJ gave a talk entitled: "Hello Martha, Hello Mary".  Father Walsh tells those in the audience (Sacred Heart alums) of his partiality to the Gospel according to Luke.  He also tells us how his youngest sister "Anthony" aka Toni Curry, AASH past President (1981-1983) came to be named.  Toni is the current President of the Cape Cod & Islands Alumnae/i of the Sacred Heart Association and she was Co-Chair of the 40th Biennial AASH Conference hosted in Boston, April 9 - 12, 2015. Those who watch this video (twenty-five minute portion of his talk) will find Fr. Walsh an engaging, very charming, intelligent priest whose stories are both endearing and heartwarming, sprinkled with his wonderful sense of humor.  During his talk Fr. Walsh mentions that when you read Luke you often think of Father Faber (see quote below) and some of his poems. 

Rev. E. Corbett Walsh, SJ  you will be sorely missed by your extended Sacred Heart family...may you rest in eternal peace.




"There's a wideness in God's mercy
like the wideness of the sea;

there's a kindness in his justice,

which is more than liberty.

For the love of God is broader
than the measure of man's mind;
and the heart of the Eternal
is most wonderfully kind."