Book Reviews

Review of books written by or about RSCJs and Alumna

Welcome to Sister Carolyn Osiek, rscj who wil suggest books for the AMASC website limiting them to those by or about the RSCJs as well as those by or about Sacred Heart Alumnae.

Sister Osiek, rscj is the Archivist for the Society of the Sacred Heart, U.S. Province as well as Scripture Scholar and Author who lives in St. Louis. Sister Osiek is also Charles Fischer Professor of New Testament Emerita, Brite Divinity School.

A Child’s Life of St. Madeleine Sophie

By Dacia Van Antwerp, ASH, 1948 Illustrations by Carla Maria Melendez Relli, ASH, 2020
Published by Denton Publications
2121 Clawson Avenue, Apt. 101
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
Cost $14, MI residents add 6% MI sales tax = $14.84
All net proceeds from the sale of this little book\will go to
 the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA.

Sophie's Fire

By Constance Solari (CreateSpace, 2012). A historical novel based on the life of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. See its website with much information about St. Madeleine Sophie's life and historical context, and Available at

Barat College: A Legacy, a Spirit, and a Name

By Martha Curry, RSCJ.. A new book published by an RSCJ about the history of Barat College, Lake Forest, IL, founded by the Society. It has many alumnae who will be interested.
Chicago, Illinois: Loyola Press, 2012.
$20.00 plus shipping. ISBN 3734-8.
The book can be ordered from Loyola Press, 1-800-621-1008,
or by mail to: Loyola Press, 3441 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60657.
It is not available online. More information at

The Society of the Sacred Heart in Nineteenth-Century France, 1800-1865.

By Phil Kilroy, RSCJ. Cork University Press; available April 30, 2012. ISBN 1859184995.

Madeleine Simon RSCJ: Born Contemplative.

New Edition - Introducing Children to Christain Meditation: Edited by - Penelope Sturrock
Madeleine Simon RSCJ had an intuitive understanding that children are 'born contemplative'. This book helps adults who care for children to share in their openness and longing for God in the silence, stillness and simplicity of Christian meditation. This new edition brings an experiential dimension to her enduring message. An invitation at the end of each chapter encourages the reader to respond not only to the content but, more importantly, to the experience of sharing the prayer of silence with children. The book will help practicing meditators who are looking for a way to introduce meditation to children. It will also encourage those who have not practiced meditation to begin in the interest of children.

La Société du Sacré-Coeur dans le monde de son temps 1865-2000

de Monique Luirard et Clare Pratt. Presses Universitaires du Septentrion (30 décembre 1995)

Les Années pionnières 1818-1823

de Chantal Paisant Le Cerf, 2001. Correspondence of St. Philippine Duchesne and her four companions on their journey to America.

A Trail of Light: The Very Full Life of Anita Figueredo

Bloomington, IN: Wordclay, 2009. Anita Figueredo Doyle was a prominent alumna of Manhattanville and board member at University of San Diego. She was a surgeon who practiced many years in San Diego. Sarita Eastman is Anita's daughter. The book is available in English and Spanish from

Madeleine Chi, Shanghai Sacred Heart: Risk in Faith, 1926-1952.

Published by the Society of the Sacred Heart, 2001; order from Society of the Sacred Heart Archives, U.S. Province.
This one is not new, but important for your international

Sister Karuna Mary Braganza rscj.

Read more on the Book and Journal Review

Kathryn Sullivan, RSCJ (1905-2006): Teacher of the Word

Southward, Ha!The Society of the Sacred Heart Enters "Land of the Spanish Sea"

Check the Flyer of the introductory books available in English

In French:

La mission au féminin : Témoignages de religieuses missionnaires au fil d'un siècle (XIXe-début XXe siècle)

Chantal Paisant (Auteur), Collectif (Auteur)
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