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AMASC Newsletter September 2016 Edition
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Asociacion de Antiguas Alumnas Cubanas en el Exilio
Cecilia La Villa Travieso
El 14 de mayo celebramos la Fiesta de Santa Magdalena Sofía en Carrollton. La Misa fue oficiada por el Padre José Luis Menéndez, párroco de Corpus Christi, una iglesia situada en uno de los barrios más necesitados en Miami. Tuvimos una muy buena asistencia y luego compartimos en el almuerzo de mesa en mesa, todas saludándonos y conversando para mantener el vínculo de esta gran familia.
La Directiva volvió a aprobar la donación al proyecto “Carmen Comella, rscj” en Cuba. Este es enteramente patrocinado por la Asociación con la ayuda de todos sus miembros. El Proyecto ayuda a personas de mayor edad y personas discapacitadas, visitándolas, limpiando y llevándoles artículos de primera necesidad.
Durante el 2016, además hemos contribuído a las siguientes obras:
Religiosas del Sagrado Corazon en Cuba - donación anual a las rscj que aún viven en Cuba y necesitan ayuda financiera.
Padre Pedro Corcés, sacerdote en Cuba que necesitaba donaciones para reconstruir iglesia.
San José Obrero - programa para ayudar a los más necesitados en Honduras.
Misioneros del Camino - programa para ayudar a niños abandonados en Guatemala.
Regis House - programa para ayudar en la rehabilitación de adicción a las drogas en Miami.
Corpus Christi - parroquia en una de las zonas más necesitadas en Miami.
Misión Santa Ana - contribución a esta misión en Homestead, Florida, que ayuda a familias de inmigrantes y bajos ingresos.
Y, como cada año, ayudamos a las Antiguas que estén necesitadas de ayuda económica, emocional y espiritual.
La Directiva ya comenzó los preparativos para nuestro almuerzo anual que se celebrará el 5 de noviembre. Esperamos que asistan unas 300 antiguas cubanas, puertorriqueñas y colombianas.
National President of CANADA
In February, CASHA annual conference call was held where President, Treasurer and chapter reports were shared, Anne Wachter, rscj sent theSociety news and members were thrilled that Pauline Scott joined the executive as secretary.
Sacred Heart Commission on Goals (SHCOG) leads a process that all SH schools in the US and Canada
engage in to support and ensure the mission is alive and well. In April, the Sacred Heart School of Halifax(SHSH) steering committee for SHCOG met with alums in a self-study exercise to listen and seek to include the way they understand the SH goals and criteria. As well as the way they experience and live them out at SHSH. The self-study document will be completed this spring/fall and mailed to the Commission on Goals by September 30th.
CASHA was pleased to have two Canadian representatives, Halifax Alumnae incoming President, Meaghean Richardson and Bianca Arciero, Montreal alum attend the first AMASC International Youth Meeting in Washington D.C, coinciding with the AMASC executive midterm mandate meeting in June. Meaghean wrote an article about the amazing experience the 10 alums from 7 countries had in Washington.
Bianca Arciero (Canada),
Emily Ariz (USA),
Nikolas Dobiasch (Austria),
Ayaka Futay (Japan),
Arantxa Gallardo (Mexico),
Meaghean Richardson ( Canada),
Andrea Ulrich (USA),
Sofia Zamora (Peru).
Along with our joys this year we had our sorrows with the passing of Alumnae, friends and family members and we sadly acknowledge the loss of two members of our Sacred Heart family; Patti Collicutt, dear sister of Maureen Elliott, past AMASC Board member and dear Sister Shelagh Deegan, rscj.
Always in our hearts and prayers are those who have passed.
CASHA executive, Sacred Heart Schools in Montreal and Halifax continue to promote the accomplishments of our alums, support the initiatives of AMASC and RSCJ’s and live the mission of the Sacred Heart.
National President- Canada
National President of England-Wales
At the national level, we only have a handful of older members - some from the school at Hove which closed in the 60's and no longer has an association; some from the Irish associations who live in England; and a few from other countries who also live in London and have been loyal members for many years.
We still have a luncheon twice a year which is well attended by these stalwarts and we all appreciate being able to maintain our friendships.
None of the schools or colleges have any religious and the national association has few links with the rscj. Therefore we are hoping to establish a link with Woldingham School which is part of the Sacred Heart network of schools. We will try to have closer ties between the Woldingham Old Girls' Association (known as WHSA) and AMASC, so that England's role/presence in the world is not lost. There are so many opportunities for student/work/cultural exchanges. It would be a shame that the international aspect and the spirit of St Madeleine Sophie cannot continue for pupils when they leave our schools. "
JASH (Japan Alumnae Association of the Sacred Heart)
Yoko Nakayama (President)
Introducing “The Story of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat” by Naomi Kojima
In the autumn of 2015, the AMASC Tokyo Congress Commemorative Fund Committee held their annual “Gathering of Young Alumnae” with a very important member of our Association, Naomi Kojima, as the guest speaker. Naomi is an author and illustrator of many children’s books both in Japan and the US, but more important for JASH, it is thanks to her lovely picture book “The Story of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat” that a whole generation of Sacred Heart students in Japan came to know and love the Foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Here is a quick report on how the book was born, as told by Naomi to the audience at the gathering on October 31.
In 1987, Naomi was approached by the Sister who was then the Principal of her alma mater, asking her to write a book about Saint Madeleine Sophie that could be read and enjoyed by the youngest members of the school. Although she did not know very much about the Foundress, she accepted the offer and set out to immerse herself in preliminary research. As she delved into the story of “Sophie” she discovered so many things she wanted to tell the young readers, that her original idea of a 32page picture book quickly became a 56page story book filled with narrative as well as Naomi’s trademark illustrations studded with information. The story begins from Sophie’s childhood in Joigny, and how with the desire to spread God’s love to the end of the Earth, she founded and led the Society of the Sacred Heart for 62years. On every page, readers will find the warmth of Sophie’s personality, the love she had for all living things and the joy she conveyed to those who came close to her.
In concluding her talk, Naomi mentioned how working on this little book had given her a chance to return to her schooldays, to reassess and reevaluate the education she received. Proud to be a member of the beneficiaries of the legacy of the Foundress, she hoped that the spirit of Saint Madeleine Sophie will be lived by all of us, and will be passed on to the future generations yet to come.
(The English version of the book can be purchased on Amazon com.)
Australian Sacré-Coeur Association - ASCA
Anne de Broglio
The Australian Sacré Coeur Association has followed the RSCJ during their Chapter and congratulate Sr Barbara Dawson rscj on her election as the new Superior General for the next eight years. It was such a wonderful way to follow our dear RSCJs in their Chapter in Italy.
Provincial Sr Joan Pender rscj, Sr Lynette Toohey rscj, Sr Anne Corry rscj are from the Australia-New Zealand Province who attended the Chapter 2016 in Italy this year 2016.
Australia is in the process of handing over the Presidency to the Sacré-Coeur Association in Melbourne. Every four years one State hands-over to another State and this will be from NSW to Victoria, Australia.
In April/May this year Kincoppal-Rose Bay in Sydney hosted a Meditatio and the Ecology, Environment Seminar organised by the Australian Christian Meditation Community. Father Laurence Freeman was the main speaker. This seminar focused on the relationship between our ecology and economy and how a contemplative consciousness might heal our growing disconnections with the earth, and our increasing identification as ‘consumers’.
Joyce P Webster
The Former Pupils Association of Queen’s Cross Aberdeen Scotland met at the beginning of Advent in Bishop’s house – formerly the Convent.
Despite the time of year there was a good turnout. Sr Deirdre O’Brien spoke about her time in China, Mass was then followed by the lighting of the Advent Wreath and the singing of ‘Veni’. There was lots of friendly chatter during the afternoon tea.The Convent School closed in 1971 and it is wonderful to think that the attendance at our meetings is still good (around 30people) as the youngest are now 60yrs and the oldest at the meeting was 96yrs.
This is the only active Former Pupil Association in Scotland and thanks were extended to our outgoing President May Jones and a welcome to our new President Catherine McIntyre and under her good care the Association will continue to meet.