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A publication of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Caritas ...the love of Christ impels us

“God Alone�

- Mother Clelia Merloni

Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus United States Province Sr. Ritamary Schulz, ASCJ Provincial Superior Sr. Virginia Herbers, ASCJ Vice Provincial, Councilor Sr. Veronica Beato, ASCJ Councilor

What’s Your Plan ? We are so grateful for the many ways you share your resources with us.

Sr. Diane Mastroianni, ASCJ Councilor Sr. Mariette Moan, ASCJ Councilor

Have you considered leaving us an estate gift?

Sr. Mary Lee, ASCJ Provincial Treasurer Sr. Rita Petrarca, ASCJ Provincial Secretary Fall/Winter Edition 2016


Editors: Nicole Mele Maura Donohue Sr. Maureen Fitzgerald Photography: Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Getty Images Mount Sacred Heart 295 Benham Street Hamden, CT 06514-2801 (203)248-4225 Fax: (203)407-8965

There are many ways to make an estate gift. Please consult your tax advisor or estate planning professional to determine which is best for you. Bequests are the easiest and most common type of planned gift. A bequest in your will may include a specific amount, a percentage of your estate’s value, or a residual amount after loved ones are cared for. Other types of planned gifts include life insurance, publicly held securities, savings bonds, closely held stock, and retirement plan assets.

M ission S tatement We are Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, consecrated women of the Church. Impelled by the spirit active in each of us and faithful to the charism of Clelia Merloni, we seek to make the compassionate Heart of Christ better known, loved, and served. We do this by personal and communal witness to the Gospel, commitment to growth in holiness, and ministry to the people of God.


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FROM OUR PROVINCIAL Dear Friends, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future full of hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 Thank you for your interest in the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. and most importantly for partnering with us in our ministries. To be people of deep holiness and to share what we have been given is a call offered to all humanity. We, as people of God, find that it is no easy task to discern God’s ways, but it is a necessary and life-giving experience if we are to be true disciples of a God who loves us beyond all measure. Sr. Ritamary Schulz, ASCJ Provincial, United States Province

We are excited about the prospect of hearing God’s call to mission and evangelization and being led by God. You are so important to us! We value your generosity, your expertise and your willingness to assist us in so many ways. It is our hope that we will all continue this valuable relationship to further God’s kingdom. We are so graced by your many kindnesses. I look forward to meeting you! In the Heart of Christ,

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A summer of celeb

17th General Chapter

General council1

NEW provincial council2

ENTRANCE TO novitiate4

Renewal of vows5

General Council 1 : Front row: left to right – Sr. Maria de Lourdes Castanha, Councilor; Mother Miriam Cunha Sobrinha, Superior General; Sr. Cornelia Marcazzan, Treasurer;  Rear: Sr. Lucia Soccio, Councilo provincial secretary; Sr. Diane mastroianni, councilor; Sr. ritamary Schulz, provincial superior; Sr. veronica beato, councilor; Sr. mariette moan, councilor; Sr. Virginia herbers, provincial vicaress,/counc Lorraine Masserano; Sr. Catherine Frances brodersen. Renewal of vows5: top row, Left to right - Sr. Carolyn brown; Sr. Christina skelley; Sr. Clara mahilia roache. Bottom Row, left to right - Sr. Laure

The road to Waterford

Apostle missionaries take on Ireland

The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus opened a new mission in Ireland in September of 2016. These Apostle missionaries went to bring the gospel of Christ to those they serve, just as in the past, hundreds of Irish missionaries came to the United States. Three sisters from the Apostles will begin an evangelization ministry in the Diocese of Waterford/Lismore, Ireland. Sr. John Catherine Coleman, Sr. Colleen Patricia Mattingly, and Sr. Kathryn Press will serve under Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan and the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford, Ireland, as part of an evangelization team that will work with youth, young adults, and families.

ENTRIES FROM THE BLOG OF SR. KATHRYN PRESS Opening of mount saint john convent A highlight was the completion of our chapel. Our sacred vessels came from all across our province (even Taiwan!) Our kind carpenter, Brendan Gallagher, did an amazing job of creating a prayerful space for us. (Please pray for Brendan who is in formation to become a deacon.) Much to our delight, +Bishop Alphonsus celebrated Mass for us on the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross. After two weeks without the Eucharist, this was the greatest gift we could have received. It certainly created a sense of empathy for those who live without access to the Eucharist and gratitude for the gift of having Jesus as the center of our religious life. 4

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Pictured Left to Right: Sr. John Catherine Coleman, Sr. Kathryn Press and Sr. Colleen Patricia Mattingly.

“It’s very exciting to be able to serve the church in this way by listening to and walking with people in their journey of faith.” Sr. Kathryn Press, ASCJ

Since our sisters first visited Waterford, we’ve received the hospitality of the Little Sisters of the Poor. They’ve been in Waterford for more than 150 years (although they are technically no longer in this diocese). They invited us over for lunch on Thursday because they were having a prayer service with Padre Pio’s relic (brought courtesy of Fr. Canice!!). Their welcome and hospitality cannot be outdone. We all came away with hearts renewed and spirits lifted because of their witness to the joy and beauty of religious life. Mother Caroline has given us an open invitation to join them for holidays, days of prayer, and any occasion our hearts desire.

brations and events

jubilarians 3

Welcome home, Sr. Clare Farewell, Sr. Anne


or; Sr. Lucia Giussani, Councilor; Sr. Maria Josefina Suzin, Secretary; Sr. Anne T. Walsh, Vicaress General. new provincial cOUNCIL2: Left to right - Sr. Mary lee, provincial treasurer; Sr. Rita petrarca, cilor. PICTURED ABOVE: Jubilarians3: left to right – Sr. Lisa retort; Sr. Mary Shawn Lyons; Sr. Susan Emmerich; Sr. Estelle Barelli. Entrance to Novitiate 4: left to right - Sr. Kelsey Ann shaver; Sr. Allison en Elizabeth Zak; Sr. Christine marie Rattini; Sr. Kathryn Press; Sr. maria sciaroni. Separate photo - Sr. Elizabeth Doyle.

Outreach and Support: a collaborative effoRT The news media is filled with images of people fleeing their country of origin destroyed by warring factions who have little regard for human life. Although no one can eliminate this overwhelming challenge, everyone can do something. In response to this devastating dilemma, organizations -- both religious and secular -- have reached out to accept refugee families into their communities. This summer the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus partnered with the St. Thomas More community at Yale University, to support and welcome a refugee family of eight to the greater New Haven area. The work to prepare for the arrival of the family was truly a labor of love.  Many worked to ready the apartment for their arrival; prepared schedules for shopping, school, laundry and language lessons; and prayed for their safe arrival.  It was indeed a joyful frenzy of activity.  As September began, the older children settled into school and their parents continued to seek employment.  What a blessing it has been to welcome God’s children in need of safe haven into the New Haven community.  Those who

have interacted with this refugee family surely have been the greatest recipients. Our foundress, Clelia Merloni, was drawn to the urban poor who suffered greatly during the time of the Industrial Revolution in northern Italy. Requesting a blessing from the bishop of Como, Italy, Mother Clelia stated that she and the sisters wanted to “dedicate ourselves to the active religious life, gathering orphans and poor, abandoned, and underprivileged girls.”

Through our ministries, we strive to “promote a spirituality of communion” (Novo Millennio Ineunte, 43) whereby the joys or sufferings of another become our own. Our devotion to the Heart of Christ prompts us to give a human face to the love of God. We hope in this way that divine goodness, mercy, and compassion may bring healing and comfort to the entire human family.

Today’s challenges are different from those of Clelia’s time: the fast pace of life, the lack of supportive extended family, ethical questions in science and technology. Yet, some needs remain the same. All people live with a spiritual hunger, long to be loved and accepted, and desired to live a meaningful life. Our sisters have always found niches where they as individuals can serve: soup kitchens, prisons, tutoring in inner city schools, communicating via letter and email with those in need of encouragement, visiting the sick, and the list goes on.

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In his visit this summer to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, Pope Francis proclaimed to more than two million people, “Have the courage to be happy!” It seems that each pilgrim took to heart his message. In the midst of a busy itinerary that found pilgrims at Our Lady of Czestochowa, Jasna Gora Monastery, Auschwitz, Birkenau, the shrine of Divine Mercy, and the John Paul II sanctuary, each participant found solace and a renewed commitment to bring joy to all those they would encountered. Nine Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were blessed to be among these World Youth Day pilgrims. Some traveled with the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, while others were a part of the Taiwan delegation.

Father. All were filled with the joy of God’s presence, despite discomfort. Laughter, song, shared stories of faith, and opportunities for prayer characterized the time spent on pilgrimage. Truly, all were imbued with the courage to be happy! “Don’t be discouraged: with a smile and open arms, you proclaim hope and you are a Blessing for our one human family, which here you represent so beautifully!” Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2016

An estimated 187 countries were represented at World Youth Day, and although many languages were heard, the common language spoken by all pilgrims was the language of God’s love. In the midst of an allnight vigil, after having walked 11 miles, many pilgrims slept outside in an enormous field in anticipation of attending a Mass with the Holy PICTURED ABOVE: LEFT TO RIGHT - SR. CHRISTINE HOFFNER, ASCJ, SR. MARIA SCIARONI, ASCJ, SR. ALICE LEGAN, ASCJ, SR. KATHRYN PRESS, ASCJ; SR. LAUREN ELIZABETH ZAK, ASCJ, SR. MARY LEE, ASCJ & SR. DANIELA MINNITI, ASCJ.

From the Heart

Summer Volunteer Program

“How do the sisters live?” “What do they do?” These questions are often asked of religious sisters as they interact with young people. This summer, these questions were answered by inviting young women to join us in volunteer experiences in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and St. Louis, Missouri. The young women lived with the sisters in community for brief time, but long enough to experience their life of prayer, community and ministry. Without exception these young women gained much from their experiences. The Apostles were also the recipients of the enthusiasm and joy shared by each young woman who participated. We look forward to next summer’s Volunteer experience!


The Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum was a fully endowed, week-long immersion experience that was formulated by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. It brought together young Catholic women leaders from across the United States in an effort to deepen their faith experience, provide learning opportunities for leadership, and allow for networking opportunities among the participants and speakers. There was time for prayer, inspiring talks given by lay and religious women leaders, and events that encouraged the sharing of experiences. The GIVEN Forum was a launch pad for what St. John Paul II called the feminine genius and a response to Pope Francis’ call to activate women’s gifts in the Church. By creating an environment of mentorship, many of the next generation of Catholic women leaders developed and implemented initiatives to utilize their gifts for the life of the Church. Women religious from various religious communities who represented the membership of CMSWR were present to help facilitate group discussions, and to simply be present to the young women who participated. “I so enjoyed interacting with so

many sisters and young people in a Each GIVEN participant formulated an Action Plan, that would be presented to her Diocese, work place or University f a i t h - f i l l e d e n v i r o n m e n t t h a t w a s with the hope of being implemented. life-giving on so many levels… and fun!” It was a week of coming to know sisters from various Sr. Maureen Fitzgerald religious communities and celebrating their various charisms as well as sharing in the deep joy and hope of the young women who participated. 6

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Apostle Immigrant Services

a partnership of service

Apostle Immigrant Services, a ministry of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was awarded the “Partnership Award” for their collaborative work with Junta for Progressive Action of Fair Haven, and for the legal services it offers to immigrants in the Greater New Haven area. Since 2008, Apostle Immigrant Services has worked with immigrants in the greater New Haven area, helping them attain their goals: achieving US citizenship; gaining work authorization; uniting with family members; becoming legal residents; improving educational skills. The Clients served at AIS come from more than 80 countries. Apostle Immigrant Services relies on the expertise and dedication of its small staff as well as the commitment and enthusiasm of its volunteers Pictured above (1), left to right: Sr. Mary Ellen Burns, ASCJ, Director; Sr. Doretta J. D’Albero, ASCJ, BIA Accredited Representative; Erika Vergara, Administrative Assistant with many other roles; CT State Senator Gary Winfield. (3), left to right: Dr. Alicia S. Camacho, Junta Board of Directors and Sr. Mary Ellen Burns, ASCJ

Ministries and Milestones

75 Years - Pensacola Catholic High School - Pensacola, FL 70 Years - Sacred Heart Academy - Hamden, CT 65 Years - Santa Maria School - Bronx, NY 60 Years - Cor Jesu Academy - St. Louis, MO 60 Years - St. Rita School - Hamden, CT 40 Years - Sacred Heart Manor - Hamden, CT

CONNECTED 2016 charism connection

Charism Connection is an annual week-long program held at Mount Sacred Heart in Hamden, Connecticut. This spirit filled week is designed to give six Cor Jesu Academy students (St. Louis, Missouri) and six Sacred Heart Academy students (Hamden, Connecticut) the opportunity to learn more about their sister schools as well as to become a part of faith filled experiences that focus on a shared charism. On their return to their schools they bring with them a vibrant spirit that invigorates the entire student body. Although these schools are more than a thousand miles apart, they are united in their enthusiasm to spread the love of the heart of Christ.

2016 Clelian Institute Days of information,Transformation, Identification, continuation The Clelian Institute is a spiritual journey that the Apostles make long with professionals around the country who minister together in Apostle missions. The group explores how Sacred Heart spirituality and the charism of Mother Clelia Merloni can be more fully integrated into daily life and work. A common vision will lead to a deeper immersion in ASCJ spirituality and charism in order to enliven the overall mission in service to the Church. The leadership provided will allow the treasure of the Apostle charism to be shared more creatively and personally with those to whom the Apostles minister. … the love of Christ impels us


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2-day Juried Craft Fair - Free Admission! Friday, November 18 (3 - 8 pm) & Saturday, November 19 (10 am - 3 pm) Held in the Philip Paolella Recreational Center at Sacred Heart Academy: 265 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514

The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ask for your generosity for our major fundraiser, the Holly Berry Festival held on November 18 & 19, 2016. The Holly Berry Festival consists of a craft fair, baked ziti dinner, bake sale, raffle, and much more. The proceeds of this fundraising event benefit our retired and infirm sisters. Your contribution will enable us to care for these sisters, who have spent years in education, health care, parish work, and other ministries. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact us for more information

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