Dear members of the Sacred Heart Family,
As you may have been alerted by RSCJ colleagues and friends, the Bicentennial Year of Prayer will begin in one week. This Year of Prayer celebrates the missionary journey of Philippine Duchesne and her four companions from France to the New World, thus beginning the internationality of the Society of the Sacred Heart, now in 41 countries.
Sister Barbara Dawson, our Superior General, and her Council have invited the whole family of the Sacred Heart to enter the Year of Prayer, to be and to act as one Body, and to create space and silence to listen to the heartbeat of God. What a wonderful way to celebrate Philippine Duchesne, known affectionately as “the woman who prays always.”
Every Monday from November 20, 2017, to November 19, 2018, the worldwide family of the Sacred Heart will be united together in prayer and reflection. Thanks to regional editors, Françoise Greffe, RSCJ (France), Kim King, RSCJ (Canada), Elizabeth Nakayiza, RSCJ (Uganda), and Park Jeong Mi, RSCJ (Korea), the collection of reflections represents nearly all the countries where we are located. The subjects of these reflections are as varied as the background of the writers: friendship, suffering, loss, courage, boundaries, perseverance, hope. The styles include prose, poetry and prayer, and each reflection is accompanied by an image.
Philippine kept a journal, a spiritual practice that helped her become ever more attentive to the inner stirrings of her heart. A journal will be provided on rscj.org and rscjinternational.org for those who wish to download the PDF or to complete online. The use of social media is also encouraged throughout the world so that insights might be shared among us across our geographic frontiers.
You are welcome to encourage others to join us in prayer. I also urge you to explore the bicentennial website (rscj.org/bicentennial2018) for news of coming events and for numerous resources: a short Philippine biography, images, music, lesson plans, pilgrimage options, etc., to enrich your celebration of the Bicentennial Year.
Thank you for helping to make the Year of Prayer a time of grace for all of us.
Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ
In the name of the Bicentennial Committee
Hilda Adams, Linda Behrens, Donna Collins, RSCJ, Jan Dunn, RSCJ, Charla Dziedzic, Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, Bill Hobbs, Catherine Howard, Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, Maggie Kaspura, Michael Pera, Pam Schaeffer