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Alicia Moreja

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COR UNUM

AMASC Newsletter March 2017 Edition

CONTRIBUTORS OF NEWS

1.- Canada
2.- The Vancouver Point Grey Alumnae Association
3.- England & Wales
4.- Brazil
5.- Brazil
6.-
Uganda
7.- India

Sarah Cassidy
National President of CANADA

Over the past six months we have met our goals to increase awareness of CASHA among students in both the Montreal and Halifax schools, offer our existing alumnae/i opportunities to attend events in the cities where we have chapters and to support the RSCJ's and AMASC executive as needed to build global relations for our alumnae/i.
Various class reunions took place as well as traditional annual gatherings where we have our alumnae /i chapters in Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax.
In May 2017, our Vancouver Chapter will host its last gathering as they have decided to close the chapter; 37 years after their school had closed. We wish them support, hospitality and ask them to stay connected.
The alums of the Congo of North America released their 6th newsletter of La Voix de l'amicale where there was an interesting article about the good works Philomène  Makolo  and her  fellow Congolese  alums did on their visit to the Congo in July 2016  visiting and distributing books to the school and health supplies to the clinic.
In the fall, the Stories from the Heart publication was launched in Halifax as the inaugural issue offering a vehicle to communicate news for our Halifax Alumnae and Alumni.  The Sacred Heart School of Montreal stays connected with their alumnae through their semi annual e-newsletters. 
In Vancouver, Maureen Elliott was named a Cor Unum recipient by the Western Region of the  Associated Alumnae & Alumni of the Sacred Heart (AASH). Maureen will be the first Canadian to receive this award at the AASH conference in April 2017 in San Francisco.
We have formed a planning committee and begun the initial phase of organizing a CASHA conference, to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 20-21, 2017. One of our goals will be to incorporate the recently released  theme of study from the AMASC executive  in some of the presentations and discussions, both to prepare those who will be attending the conference in Mexico and allow other alumnae and alumni to participate in the process.


Class of 1976 40th reunion September 2016 in Halifax, Nova Scotia





Description: Black Convent

Convent of the Sacred Heart Alumnae
Vancouver, British Columbia
Also known as The Vancouver Point Grey Alumnae Association
1913 – 2017


The history of the Vancouver Alumnae has been an amazing one during its 104 years. The Alumnae has met as a group in the beautiful Convent Building on 29th Avenue in Vancouver, B.C. every year but one since 1913.
In 1979 the Society of the Sacred Heart sold the property to St. George’s School when the Convent’s enrollment was at its peak. This decision was forced as very few Novices were entering Religious life. The year of the sale, the Alumnae met in President, Barbra Paterson’s mother’s gorgeous house. By chance, Barbra went to a theatre function at St. George’s Senior School that fall and was introduced to Bill Murdoch of St. George’s. As things go, Bill found out that the Alumnae was not meeting in their Convent building. He insisted that this change!
Bill invited us to our first meeting at St. George’s on November 8th, 1980 from 5 pm – 7 pm. The Alumnae were treated to a wine and cheese party complete with special “Murdoch Tours” of the building so that we could see the extensive renovations which had been made since St. George’s purchase.
The school’s overwhelming generosity and hospitality has made it possible for our group to meet in the familiar surroundings of our old building twice each year ever since. This “scrumptious”, welcoming environment has allowed us to become a true contributing Sacred Heart Alumnae Association worldwide.


The Vancouver Point Grey Alumnae Association has been a member of the Associated Alumnae & Alumni of the Sacred Heart since 1957: “AASH is comprised of more than 40,000 women and men educated in Sacred Heart schools and divided among 45 member associations located in 26 states and British Columbia.”The World Association: “Association Mondiale des Anciennes et Anciens du Sacré-Coeur” was formed in 1960. The Vancouver Point Grey Alumnae Association joined and paid their membership through AASH; at that time a “Delegate at Large for Canada” was on the AASH Board.
The Vancouver Point Grey Alumnae Association is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Sacred Heart Alumnae formed in Montreal in 1986. Since that time, our World membership has been paid through CASHA.
Our RSCJ Moderators and Advisor came to our meetings in Vancouver over the years. Their wonderful leadership was a special part of the reason our Alumnae flourished without a school. One of our loved projects was the support of RSCJ schools and projects in Africa. Our Alumnae has had the privilege of making a difference to these projects for 25 years. Sacred Heart Primary School, Kyamusansala, Uganda; Uganda/Kenya Province Solidarity Fund; Laini Saba Primary School, Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya.
We have had such fun putting on local meetings, celebrations and even the AASH Western Regional Conference of 1996 with Saint George’s at our side. Several of our members have stepped up and been part of AASH, AMASC and CASHA Executive Boards over the years. Know that these three lovely Alumnae Associations have all contributed to our success. It is heartwarming to think that a tiny bit of the Vancouver Point Grey Alumnae Association will live on. Our wonderful friend, Shelagh O’Dwyer’s Special Event at each AASH National Conference will embody our Spirit for many years to come. How lucky we have been to attend conferences and make Sacred Heart friends across the USA, Canada and difference parts of the world. Attending Conferences in safe, lovely places with amazing speakers and events has been such a privilege.
 All marvelous things must come to an end.
Our final meeting at St. George’s School will be on May 27th, 2017 where we will celebrate our Alumnae and our wonderful host, St. George’s School. With much love always,
Airlie Ogilvie '65                                                                                                                       

Past President of The Vancouver Point Grey Alumnae Association
mapleair@shaw.ca
604-266-4206

 

Gillie Collyer
Former National President of England-Wales

"AMASC in England and Wales has struggled for the past few years but we have maintained our lunches twice a year for the old faithfuls! These are always much appreciated although our numbers are diminishing.
However change is afoot! The Woldingham Sacred Heart Association has agreed to be the lead school in trying to build on the successful network of Sacred Heart Schools and encourage Alumni in the English schools to engage with the world association once they leave. Trish Frisby will be the new AMASC representative in England and Wales under the umbrella of Woldingham Sacred Heart Association. She is very qualified for this having been to school at Hammersmith, attended Digby Stuart and taught at Woldingham School. Trish also has good contacts with the Schools network.
It is very early days as the meeting to agree with this has only just taken place but I am very encouraged by this and look forward to the future."

Maria Helena Pimenta de Mello
Presidente ANASC Brazil

 

INFORME DE ACTIVIDADES DE LA ANASC-BRASIL EN EL PERIODO SEPTIEMBRE 2015/AGOSTO 2016 CHARLAS
En continuación al proyecto de proporcionar actualización cultural y espiritual a las ex-alumnas, promovimos algunas charlas en este período:

Febrero/2016
: charlas sobre el tema “El drama del Medio Oriente entre xiitas y sunitas: “pano de fundo” para las migraciones y el crecimiento de los atentados.”

 


La ex-alumnaRosa Maria Guerreiro, profunda conocedora del asunto, desarrolló el tema con propriedad y, al final,contestó preguntas del público presente.se. Septiembre/2016:
en continuación a la serie “Una tarde con...”,
la ex-alumna Anna Maria daVeiga Mandelert proporcionó  a todos una tarde con el gran escritor brasileño Machado de Assis. Anna Maria conquisto la platea charlando sobre el autor y utilizando el mismo estilo jovial y accesible como era el de él.
BAZARES DE BENEFICENCIA
En el campo de la Acción Social, promovimos tres Bazares en beneficio de las obras sociales asistidas por la ANASC-BRASIL.
en Octubre/2015, el Bazar de Navidad, en Abril/2016, el Bazar de las Madres, en Julio/2016, el bazar de las pulgas “Desapega”, con artículos reutilizados, en excelente estado y a precios muy atractivos. Fue un gran éxito y un momento de congraciamiento.

Ex-alumnas organizadoras de los Bazares

Toma completa del Bazar de Navidad


FIESTAS TRADICIONALES
Como siempre conmemoramos con cariño nuestras fechas importantes: Fiesta de Mater:
El 20 de Octubre/2015 reunimos las ex-alumnas para un “Fiesta de la Memoria” Fue un gran suceso! Salón repleto, mucha alegrías y emoción en una cita con el pasado que ha marcado da vida de todas. Fue una bella celebración que reunió ex-alumnas y RSCJs

 

 

 

 


Fiesta de Magdalena Sofia :
Con un concierto de la Orquesta Sinfónica Joven de Rio de Janeiro conmemoramos el día de nuestra fundadora. Esta Orquesta es parte del Proyecto Acción Social por la Música de Brasil, dirigido por la guatemalteca casi brasilera Fiorella Solares y abarca niños y jóvenes de diferentes comunidades de bajos ingresos, intentando llevar esperanza por un mundo más integrado y justo. La ANASC-BRASIL en parcería con Pró-Saber promueve estos conciertos con el objetivo de remunerar los músicos y divulgar su trabajo.
Presentación del grupo de cuerdas de la Orquesta Sinfónica Joven de Rio de JaneiroACCIONES SOCIALES

Trabajo voluntario Berço de Mater (Cuna de Mater). Prosigue muy bien nuestro trabajo voluntario de producción de ajuares para niños de bajos ingresos. En el período de este Informe hemos distribuido 141 ajuares para “Clínicas da Família” en la comunidad de Rocinha, al Grupo Pró-Vida y por solicitaciones de ex-alumnas. Entrega de ajuares en la
Clínica de la Familia en la Comunidad de la Rocinha Cine Floresta Nossa (Cine Nuestro Bosque)
Localizado en el barrio de Alto da Boa Vista y bajo la dirección incansable de Maria Cecília Amarante (RSCJ), el trabajo tiene el propósito de ofrecer a los jóvenes un diálogo diversificado y intenso con diferentes experiencias de arte, poesía, música, teatro, fotografía y cine. La ANASC-BRASIL colabora enviando mantenimientos, material de limpieza y material escolar.
 
Madre Amarante y algunos/algunas alumnos/alumnasAcogida para niños y jóvenes de Belfort Roxo.
La ex-alumna Thereza Maria de Figueiredo Quadros, Comisaria de Justicia de la ciudad de Belfot Roxo, desarrolla una acción de protección y cuidados con niños y adolescentes abandonados por sus padres por las más diversas razones. La ANASC-BRASIL contribuye mensualmente con una donación en dinero para adquisición de materiales necesarios a esta acogida.

Niños amparados por el trabajo de Thereza Maria Quadros
Guardería “Mundo Infantil”  - Comunidad Dona Marta (Botafogo)
Con supervisión de los padres jesuitas del Colégio Santo Ignacio y coordinación de la ex-alumna Constança Ferreira de Carvalho, la guardería acoge los niños de la comunidad y recibe auxilio de la ANASC-BRASIL para las fiestas de Navidad, Pascua, etc...   

Guardería “Mundo Infantil”  - Comunidad Dona Marta (Botafogo)
Fiesta Junina en la Guardería Mundo Infantil

Con supervisión de los padres jesuitas del Colégio Santo Ignacio y coordinación de la ex-alumna Constança Ferreira de Carvalho, la guardería acoge los niños de la comunidad y recibe auxilio de la ANASC-BRASIL para las fiestas de Navidad, Pascua, etc...          

            
 Escuela Padre Quinha – Itaipava – Rio de Janeiro
Madre Amarante y algunos/algunas alumnos/alumnas
Acogida para niños y jóvenes de Belfort Roxo.
La ex-alumna Thereza Maria de Figueiredo Quadros, Comisaria de Justicia de la ciudad de Belfot Roxo, desarrolla una acción de protección y cuidados con niños y adolescentes abandonados por sus padres por las más diversas razones. La ANASC-BRASIL contribuye mensualmente con una donación en dinero para adquisición de materiales necesarios a esta acogida.
 

Niños amparados por el trabajo de Thereza Maria Quadros  Guardería “Mundo Infantil”  - Comunidad Dona Marta (Botafogo)
Con supervisión de los padres jesuitas del Colégio Santo Ignacio y coordinación de la ex-alumna Constança Ferreira de Carvalho, la guardería acoge los niños de la comunidad y recibe auxilio de la ANASC-BRASIL para las fiestas de Navidad, Pascua, etc...



 IInstituto Pro-Saber – Escuela Padre Quiña – Vale do Cuiabá – Itaipava
Proyecto pedagógico desarrollado por la ex-alumna Maria Cecília Almeida e Silva (fundadora y rectora del Istituto Pró-Saber) que cree que la construcción del conocimiento es posible para aquellos que luchan con dificultades financieras
o tienen una historia de sufrimiento en sus vidas. La ANASC-BRASIL contribuye con esta experiencia por creer que es consonante con los principios heredados de Magdalena Sofía.
Escuela Padre Quinha – Itaipava – Rio de Janeiro

 

NOTRAS ACTIVIDADESIX ELASC


En el período de 15 a 18 de Marzo/2016 la ANASC-BRASIL participo del IX ELASC en Cartagena de Indias (Colombia.)
Nuestra Asociación se hizo representar por una delegación de 13 personas, a saber:

Cléa Castro Neves (rscj), Orientadora Espiritual; Maria Helena Pimenta de Mello (Presidente); Rosana Pacheco Barbosa (Consejera y representante junto a AMASC); Maria Carmen Chaves Cavalcante (Consejera), su marido y su hija Isabel Chaves Cavalcante; Maria Alice Abitbol de Menezes (ex-alumna) y su marido Rubem Abitbol de Menezes; Maria de Lourdes Mader (ex-alumna); Gabriela de Londoño (ex-alumna) y las amigas Zélia de Oliveira Lima, Suzana O.Lima da Silva e Eneida Machado.    

Delegación de Brasil en el IX ELA

Mari

Maria Helena Pimenta de Mello
Presidente ANASC Brazil

INFORME DE LAS PRINCIPALES ACTIVIDADES DE ANASC-BRASIL
SEPTIEMBRE 2016 / MARZO 2017

BAZAR DE BENEFICENCIA
El 09 de Noviembre promovimos el Bazar de Navidad en beneficio de las obras sociales con foco en la educación, asistidas por la ANASC-BRASIL.
FIESTAS TRADICIONALES El 20 de Octubre nos reunimos para conmemorar Mater Admirabilis. Fue una bella celebración que reunió ex-alumnas e RSCJs en una misa seguida de testigos de las Ex-alumnas sobre sus trabajos sociales.

ACCIONES SOCIALES
Trabajo voluntario Berço de Mater (Cuna de Mater)
El trabajo voluntario de producción de ajuares para madres embarazadas de bajos ingresos “Berço de Mater” (Cuna de Mater), en 2016 distribuyó 150 ajuares.
Cine Floresta Nossa (Cine Nuestro Bosque)
El trabajo dirigido por la incansable Maria Cecília Amarante, rscj, tiene el propósito de ofrecer a los jóvenes diferentes experiencias de arte, poesía, música, teatro, fotografía y cine.
Acogida para niños, niñas y jovenes de la ciudad de Belford Roxo – Rio de Janero
La Ex-alumna Thereza Quadros, Comisaria de Justicia de la ciudad de Belford Roxo, desarrolla una acción de protección y cuidados con niños, niñas y adolescentes abandonados.
Fiesta de Navidad
Proporcionamos una Fiesta de Navidad para los niños hijos y hijas de las empleadas e las RSCJ, con un desayuno y distribución de juguetes.
Instituto Pró-Saber – Escuela Padre Quinha
ANASC-BRASIL participó activamente de la fiesta de cierre de la Escuela Padre Quinha em la ciudad de Itaipava (RJ), que cree que la construcción del conocimiento es posible para todos, sobretodo para aquellos que luchan con dificultades financieras.
Nueva modalidad de ayuda
Para 2017 ANASC-BRASIL y las RSCJ ofrecerá fondos de becas a jóvenes hijas y hijos de empleadas de las RSCJs ancianas.
Los informes de actividades de 2017, serán enviadas en el próximo informativo, puesto que las empezaremos en Abril.
Equipo ANASC-BRASIL


Rosemary .N. Ssembajjwe President UASHA
(Uganda)
REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENT OF UASHA(Uganda)

 

The Uganda Association of the Sacred Heart Alumnae/i (UASHA) is organizing a second all African Alumnae Conference preceding the 2018 Merida Congress. It is scheduled to take place from Friday 12th- Sunday 14th of May 2017 at the Dominican Sisters’ Retreat House near the Shrines of the Uganda Martyrs at Namugongo, Uganda.
The theme for the Conference will be: “Living humanely in our world today: challenges and hopes of the 21 century” Among areas of concern is environment given the fact that effects of environmental degradation have been felt globally. What can we do to live humanely in our God given environment? Our treasurer Gertrude Nakigudde runs a nongovernmental organisation on cancer. She will also give a presentation, which will highlight the relationship between cancer disease and environmental degradation.
This is the second time Uganda is organizing such a conference. The first time was in January 2014 in preparation for the Arizona Congress. We were honoured to have in attendance the then president of AMASC Pamela Snyder; and the President emeritus Hermine – van Asten- Wennekers.
The Annual General Meeting that sat on Saturday, 20/08/2016, resolved that Uganda takes the lead in organizing again this extraordinary Africa conference in preparation for the 2018 Merida Congress.


Some members of UASHA that attended the AGM on 20/08/2016

 

 

 


This time round, we expect our current AMASC President, Marisa Moreno and the Emeritus President Hermine – van Asten- Wennekersfrom Netherlands to be in attendance. Other participants will come from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Canada, among others. And for the first time, we expect to bring Chad on board. We shall have a representative from Chad, who is interested in reviving their alumnae/i association.  Uganda is committed to bring them on board. We thank Sr Ursula Bugembe rscj who is our current link with alumnae in Chad.

Some members of the Organizing committee after a meeting on Sat.11/02/2017at Mbuya Rscj Convent

We are indebted for the love and encouragement we receive from the current leadership of Amasc; the support from our dear Hermine – van Asten- Wennekers, and Sr Irene Cullen; not forgetting the leadership of Pamela Snyder that set us in motion. We love you all.


Those who would wish to attend please contact me for invitations on rssembajjwe@gmail.com by end of March 2017 for easy planning.
For God and My Country