Duchesne Prayer Room Mount Anville

Duchesne Prayer Room – Mount Anville

Thursday, 29 August, marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of St Rose Philippine Duchesne.

The Duchesne Prayer Room was created in 2018 to commemorate the bicentenary of the journey of St Rose Philippine Duchesne to the United States in 1818. The Duchesne Prayer room was created with input from the Society of the Sacred Heart Irish/Scottish Province and United States Province (USC). We wish to thank Eibhlis Connaughton for all her assistance and support. We also would like to especially thank Sr Carolyn Osiek, Director U.S. Province Archives, as well as staff at the Shrine of St Rose Philippine Duchesne. We had the honour of hosting Sr Suzanne Cooke and Sr Ann Taylor (USC Province) in the Duchesne Prayer Room on the occasion of their visit to Mount Anville in March 2019.  

The Duchesne Prayer Room provides a quiet space for prayer and contemplation for pupils, teachers and members of the Mount Anville community. Visitors to the space also have the opportunity to learn about Philippine through text and visual displays, quotations, audio, and objects associated with the 'Woman Who Prays Always'. An original modern artwork, specially commissioned for the room, serves as a focal point for meditation.  

The video was viewed for the first time on 22 August when staff of both schools on the Mount Anville campus came together for a joint teacher-training day as the new school year commenced.  

The video may be viewed and downloaded at:


Prayer and Reflection Service
in Roscrea Cemetery
20th July 2019

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The dedicated committee responsible for the care of the RSCJ’s graveyard in Roscrea invited us to meet and pray for those buried there on 20th July.
To their dedicated care we owe enormous gratitude which was expressed and confirmed by all at the end of our time of remembrance and prayer.

Two of the committee joined the eleven RSCJ for lunch in the Racket Hall.  When we arrived at the cemetery other members of the committee, former pupils, teachers and friends were awaiting us. The faithful accordion player accompanied us in singing Holy God. This was followed by a reflection related to global warming and what is likely to be handed on to the next generation if we don’t take action now.

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Prayer and Scripture Reading  of Ephesians 1;3-10,  Psalm 138 and John 14. 1-6 were followed by prayers of the faithful until the moment came when we listened to some biographical details of four RSCJ namely Marie Caradec born in Brittany who died in 1948, Jane Kelly 1952, Margaret Barbour 1954 both of whom were Tipperary women and Mary Thompson 1954 originally from Armagh.

When the final hymn Sweet Heart of Jesus ended Fr. Lawrence Walsh presented a pencil framed drawing to our Canonical Leader. Mary Collier corresponded with an RSCJ Julia White in Armagh and sketched the drawing in 1897 when she was18 and a boarder in the Convent school.


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Before proceeding to the Legion of Mary Hall to enjoy a mouth-watering tea, another member of the committee called our attention to the Lawson Cypress trees planted along by the boundary wall at the oldest part of the cemetery at the end of 19th or beginning of 20th century. The seeds from California or Oregon were first grown by a person by the name of Lawson who was head of an Edinburgh nursery.

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Roscrea Cemetery Visit


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30th June 2018  was a gloriously sunny day as rscj from Dublin joined former colleagues, pupils and parishioners in Roscrea for a memorial service to honor the deceased members of the Society of the Sacred Heart who are buried in the community cemetery there. 

In the opening reflection they acknowledged that they had come together to celebrate the dignity and status that those interred in the cemetery were given though Baptism. Those present were reminded that all have been given the same dignity and status consequently we are called to live our lives in union and in imitation of Christ to improve the world in which we live.

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The photos in the gallery give you some sense of the joyful and appreciative memorial service.

Following the service all were taken on a tour of the new Sacred Heart School at the end of which there was refreshments for all present.  The photos of the school also give you a sense of the happy event.   

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Visit General Council to Ireland and Scotland


Visit of the General Council to Ireland and Scotland

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Central Team with Provincial Leadership Group 

May 25 was celebrated together with rscj in Dublin. Following Mass there was a general meeting, lunch and a second plenary session until it was time to go to a community for two hours during which there was a meal.

This pattern of time and a meal with the different communities was a feature of the visit.

May 26 - Nine different groups with whom rscj work and link did presentations. By then Boda and Marie Jeanne had left for Edinburgh. In the afternoon, Barb and Isabelle travelled to Armagh and from there went to Edinburgh for the regional day on 27 May.

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 RSCJ in Scotland with the members of the General Council on Sunday 27 May

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Boda and Marie Jeanne In Bonnyrigg with Catherine, Monica, Rose,
and Jeanette McGlone (Helper of the Holy Souls).

On their return they visited rscj in Cedar House and had meetings with some of the staff, directors and members of the Cedar House Board.

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General Council and Province Leadership Group IRS

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Barb & Isabelle visit Sheila & Madeleine


RSCJ in Migrant Education

Women Religious in Migrant Education



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