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:

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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An rscj in Haiti writes 

Maria….+ 118 ….as if it had been yesterday….

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Cantera is one of the barrios on the fringes of Santurce, where we live.
Way back in the ‘70s some of our sisters started a Center that offers a variety of services, especially to the elderly and the very young.
I volunteered for four years to work with pre-K children.

During the last two weeks I have visited Cantera several times
with the one sisters who still works at the Center.
What did we find, whom did we meet?

Antonia, who lives with her two handicapped children. One of them is blind. Their house was flooded and of course, mattresses were drenched, clothes soaked… At the moment her biggest problem is that, with no electricity, she can barely do all the wash that is needed. But, no complaints. She only asked for adult pampers, but it may be possible to give them new mattresses as well.

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Sonia and her handicapped daughter Naomi, who only have one bed for the  two of them,  and who live in a house where the ceiling leaks everywhere.

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They get wet when it rains.



Joanna is rebuilding the top floor of her house, cement brick by cement brick, with the money she and her husband earn by selling lunches and sodas.

Esperanza, whose son died two days before Christmas due to a lung condition.
With no electricity, no oxygen…not even a fan.
His is one of the Maria-related deaths the government refuses to acknowledge. Needless to say, Esperanza is very depressed.
She asked for paint to cheer up the house, but the request is not so simple to fulfill as the house has to be cleaned first with a pressure hose and there is no electricity.

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One of my classmates had received some money from her cousin’s CCD class in North Carolina. She gave some of it to Esperanza, and Pura, the RSCJ who works in the Center, took her to Kmart. Esperanza bought a pair of shoes, a blouse and jeans, underwear …but set some money aside to give to her neighbor who has hooked her up to her generator so that she can have some light at night.  I was deeply moved by this gesture.

Melissa works but has not been paid for months. She lost everything in her house, and is living with her son at her mother’s. A person who is emptying her late aunt’s apartment will bring her everything useful.

Inés and her husband Jorge lived in a house perched on a strip of land on the very edge of Cantera. Now they live among debris. They are, literally, squatters, so no agency can help them.  When Maria struck, Inés was blown out of the house, into the street.

Jorge has tried to shore up the walls with some plywood and put up a roof with the iron sheets he bought with the $200 they were given by FEMA. They live in the one room that offers some shelter, but they get wet when it rains.

Again, just facts. No recriminations or complaints. Pura had told them that we would come to visit them. So they bought a bag of ice and had cold water for us. I wept as I accepted it.

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Why am I showing you all of this?
I am afraid that too much is being said about the hopeless situation that is Puerto Rico.
I just want you to see a bit of the courage, determination, and yes, deep suffering.
But the main reason is that to tell you, once more, that I am in a privileged situation “to learn from others the way of the Beatitudes", as  Chapter 1970 stated so well.

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