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St Madeleine Sophie Barat

The origins of the Society of the Sacred Heart and its formative years are inextricably bound to the person of Madeleine Sophie Barat. She used her spiritual gifts and intellectual to guide the Society for 65 years. Her efforts in leadership in this period resulted in four overarching achievements:

          • • vision of the mission
      • • articulation of spirit and way of life
        • growth in membership
        • definition of the work of education

Sophie Barat's understanding of the purpose and aim of the Society of the Sacred Heart was that of a community rooted in prayer and expressing the love of the Heart of Christ. She wrote "There will be a society of women consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. . . .[who] will be the centre which unites all its elements. This Society will be marked by great union among its members and by a vital desire to procure the greater glory of God." The means by which members of the Society would achieve this purpose were chiefly four: the education of girls as boarders; the free instruction of poor children; retreats; and spiritual conversations with lay persons. More at http://rscj.org/node/6


RSCJ International Website

There is so much information on the RSCJs International Website such as History, News, Projecst and so much more.
Link to http://www.rscjinternational.org/en/home.html
Information of RSCJs Provincial websites as well as a list of the countries where they are.
Link to http://www.rscjinternational.org/en/who-we-are/intl-links-publicmenu-34.html

RSCJ at the United Nations

Welcome to all in the Sacred Heart family – religious, students and faculties, coworkers and friends. The link below offers you information on the presence of the RSCJs at the UN as a non-governmental organization (NGO), associated with the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the United Nations.
Link to http://sacredheartattheun.org/rscj-u
Read Issue No. 6 Newsletter from the NGO Office
Feb 2013 - Click here for Week 1 - 4 of the Diary from Indonesia by Anne Corry, rscj;
Feb 2013 - Click here for Article entitled Educating for Universal Human Rights.

RSCJ on Facebook

Facebook RSCJ to be the Heart of God on earth at http://www.facebook.com/groups/489590945461/?fref=ts

Latest News and Events


Janet Erskine Stuart rscj

Celebrating JANET ERSKINE STUART rscj's legacy one hundred years after her death www.societysacredheart.org.uk/janet-erskine-stuart-centenary-celebrations.html
Click here for the information flyer to follow the special events of the centenary celebrations as well as read reflective and biographical material.


Janet Erskine Stuart was born November 11, 1857 in the Anglican Rectory of Cottesmore, Rutland, England. As a child of thirteen, she set out on a solitary search for Truth, having been urged to this venture by a casual remark of one of her brothers that every rational creature must have a last end. The search for this last end took, she said, seven years and brought her to the Catholic Church at the age of twenty-one. In 1882, she entered the Society of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton, outside of London, where she was to spend 30 years of her religious life. Named Mistress of Novices soon after her profession, she became Superior in 1894, and 17 years later was elected the sixth Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart. While Superior General, Janet Stuart set as a goal to know all the religious personally and visited every community in the Society throughout the world. Janet Stuart's influence extends throughout the world primarily through her writings. Religious of the Sacred Heart as well as many other congregations and individuals committed to spiritual growth and educational excellence have been inspired by her conferences, essays, and poetry. Among Stuart's best known works are Highways and Byways of the Spiritual Life (1909) and The Education of Catholic Girls (1912).
Janet Erskine Stuart died a few months after the outbreak of World War I, on October 21, 1914.

Philippine Duchesne

St Rose Philippine Duchesne rscj

Born in Grenoble, France, in 1769, Rose joined the Society of the Sacred Heart. In 1818, when she was forty-nine years old, Rose was sent to the United States. She founded a boarding school for daughters of pioneers near St. Louis and opened the first free school west of the Missouri. At the age of seventy-one, she began a school for Indians, who soon came to call her "the woman who is always praying". Her biographers have also stressed her courage in frontier conditions, her singlemindedness in pursuing her dream of serving Native Americans, and her self-acceptance. This holy servant of God was beatified by Pope Pius XII in 1940 and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1988.

Feastday: November 18 Died: 1852 Canonized By: Pope John Paul II St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Virgin http://rscj.org/Philippine


A Reflection on St. Philippine from the Society of the Sacred Heart

Philippine dreamed big and listened wide for the voice, the call, of God. Whether working with those in need closer to home in Grenoble, or giving herself to a pull that would take her away from that which was physically familiar and ever deeper into the diverse terrain of the Heart where she made her true home, Philippine responded with disponibilite , creativity, and a broad, inclusive desire to make God's love known.

With fervor, she talked and wrote openly of her desires, her thoughts, her discernment with God. My contemporary imagination easily hears her saying year after year "and, oh, by the way ... if you need someone to cross an ocean and start something new ... I'm still open because that is where I believe God is calling me to go." It is one thing to have the dream. It is another still to voice it. But it is something else altogether to drop everything and go forward once approval comes ... to go when the cost is dear and the unknowns looming; to go prayerfully and with courage; to say Yes and walk on knowing that doubt, fear, and challenge will be probable companions and might sometimes even gain the upper hand temporarily; to say Yes above all else to sharing the Love to which I too have given my life. That level of freedom, that intensity of commitment to dreaming and discerning, to the Society, to God, and to God's people, is one of the qualities I admire most about Philippine.


A Prayer of Dedication to Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne

When we are asked to be bold and courageous, You are our inspiration
When our imaginations dream and see beyond the limits of our sight, You are our hope
When we fail to meet a challenge and need to accept our limitations, You are our model
When we pray with the desire for deep union with God,
You are our Saint
And with your blessing, to the greater glory of God, we seek to be loving people who live and serve others with your same purpose, vision, and quiet humility.
Kimberly M. King, rscj