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Hearts + Minds Exhibition




HEARTS + MINDS is a permanent exhibition installed at Mount Anville House by the Mount Anville Sacred Heart Education Trust.

The title of the exhibition echoes the motto of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Cor unum et anima una in Corde Jesu. The exhibition celebrates the legacy of St Madeleine Sophie Barat, and of the Society, to education in Ireland. This legacy includes the contribution of the Society to female education, to the education of the poor, and to the promotion of the Catholic faith.

HEARTS + MINDS will be a constant reminder to Mount Anville pupils and past pupils that they are part of a word-wide network of Sacred Heart schools, a global family that shares the five goals of Sacred Heart education: faith, character, intellect, community and social awareness.

The exhibition will be open for viewing on Thursdays by appointment. Shortly, a link will be created to the exhibition from the Mount Anville schools websites. In the meantime, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 01 2122604 to make an appointment to view the exhibition.

Vocation Promotion Work

Vocation Promotion Work


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Many of you are aware that annually there is an event in Ireland

that attracts large crowds namely the Ploughing Championships.

Over several years now some religious congregations take display stands

at this exhibition for it attracts people from every corner of Ireland.

This year the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny and the Carmelites of Delgany

had particular stalls while several religious congregations took advantage of
the Vocations Ireland and The Irish Missionary Union

presence there to be about and distribute information

 on their particular congregation.

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I divided my time between their two places and

offered people the Novena of Confidence and Prayers for different occasions.

Throughout the three days we noticed that people came to

talk in the early morning and the evening after 4.p.m.

when there were fewer people around.

10.30 – 4.p.m. people were more self-conscious

especially if there was a person behind a table.

Once we moved away they would come to the stand and take the literature.

Carmel Flynn

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European Vocations Promotion Group

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When 42 of us met in Epernon 1-5 August the atmosphere was both serious and joyous.      
The idea of vocation promoters coming together was first proposed by the Provincials of Europe. Coming together in a supportive ambiance was helpful and life-giving.

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The days began and ended with prayer and in between, people met in language groups, in provinces and exchanged ideas and reflections on Vocations. 

For me the emphasis was on Vocations to the Society not just within a particular province. This was encouraging.

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The photos give you an idea of this time together.


The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Icrystal mgprayermagine a multi-coloured crystal,
each tiny surface iridescent as it  catches and reflects the light.
Imagine the whole brilliant and glowing, shimmering with new colours,
whichever way we view it.

redheart crystalThis is an attempt at describing the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
the most multi- faceted Heart imaginable,
at once loving, open tender compassionate, wounded,
welcoming, pierced, humble, generous, merciful, free…
This is a Heart which burns with passionate love
whilst also beating quietly with gentleness and fidelity, 
                                     but which is always totally unlimited love, open to all.

The readings and especially the Gospels for the feast present us with three distinct facets,
which individually or taken together are full of riches.

In Year A, Jesus invites us to come to him to learn from his gentle and sacredheart statuewood
humble Heart (Matt. 11:25-30).
Here the Heart of Jesus is a place of refuge and welcome, a shelter,
a safe place, a place of peace where every burden is laid down,
every fear put to rest. But here, vitally, we are invited to enter
into the dispositions of his Heart wholly given to God and
to all people and to make those dispositions our own.


In Year B, we have the piercing of Jesus’ Heart

 (John 19:31-37), an event where malevolence meets goodness, sin meets love.
And on face value, sin definitely wins.
Love is powerless, sin is powerful, love is defenceless, vulnerable, open to attack,
sin is armed and dangerous.
Love is a spent force, sin is triumphant.

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And yet through that act of gratuitous cruelty, Jesus’ Heart is opened,
never to close,
releasing a torrent of superabundant redemptive love,
a wellspring that will never dry up. God’s generous, self-giving love
pours forth from a Heart wounded by sin – wounded but not overcome.
Here we have hatred somehow lost
in the mighty flow of the love it has unwittingly unleashed.
Love, seemingly powerless, has in its very powerlessness,
conquered sin. And it is here, in the pierced and wounded Heart
of Jesus that we find our salvation and the sureness
for our hope, here too, crucially, where we can bring our own broken,
wounded hearts for healing and restoration.

The Lord God says this: I am going to look after my flock myself and keep all of it in view.
As a shepherd keeps all his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his scattered sheep,
so shall I keep my sheep in view. I shall rescue them from wherever they have been scattered
during the mist and darkness. I shall bring them out of the countries where they are; 
 shall gather them together from foreign countries and bring them back to their own land.

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I shall pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravine and in every inhabited
place in the land.
I shall feed them in good pasturage; the high mountains of Israel
will be their grazing ground.
There they will rest in good grazing ground;
they will
browse in rich pastures on the mountains of Israel. I myself will pasture my sheep,

I myself will show them where to rest - it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the
lost one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong.
I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them.

Jesus spoke this parable to the Scribes and Pharisees:

What one among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in the wildernessicon withlambmgprayer
and go after the missing one till he found it?
And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his
shoulders and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours?

“Rejoice with me,’ he would say, ‘I have found my sheep that was lost.’

In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant
sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous ones who have no need of repentance.’

“And on His shoulders gently laid a
nd home rejoicing brought it.”

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And in this Year, Year C, we reflect on the tenderness and watchful
care of the Good Shepherd (Lk. 15:3-7), who knows each one of us intimately
and rejoices to bring us home into his Heart.
Lovingly the Shepherd reaches out to the weakest and most vulnerable,
the unwanted and unloved, those suffering any form of rejection,
and especially, those who believe they have strayed beyond the bounds of God’s love.
All are brought home into that wide open Heart where there is space enough for everyone.

All this and more is in the Sacred Heart, we especially celebrate this month:
a Heart that is always open,
always inviting and always pouring forth a love that is totally boundless,
tender and true.


Written by Silvana Dallegrano rscj and published in Magnificat for June 7th 2013.
Pictures and arrangement by M Grant rscj

 “Like a Shepherd He feeds His Flocklamb picture

and gathers them into his arms,

holding them carefully close to His Heart,

Leading them Home.

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