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AMASC Newsletter September 2015 Edition
NEWSLETTER FROM THE UNITED STATES
The Associated Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart in the US have been very busy during the past year. The alumnae community in Scottsdale Arizona hosted the AMASC Congress in November 2014. This was a joyous meeting with many US alums attending from all over the United States. During the Congress, several alums were interviewed for an AASH sponsored video call The Legacy Project. The purpose of the interviews was to create a video archive of alums’ recollections of their Sacred Heart education. The outcome of these interviews was an extraordinary collection of interpretations of Sacred Heart past, present and future. The Legacy Project was shared with the attendees at the AASH National Conference in Boston in April 2015. It was received with applause, tears and laughter.
The Boston Conference was the biennial meeting of AASH. The Eastern Region joined the alums of the immediate Boston community in organizing and hosting the three and one half day meeting. This included a visit to the local Sacred Heart school in Newton MA. An evening dinner cruise and several outstanding culinary experiences characterized the conference.
It is customary at the AASH Conference to acknowledge and honor four individuals as Cor Unum awardees. Fellow alums confer the award based on an individual’s embracing the philosophy of the Sacred Heart in her or his everyday life.
Every two years, the leadership of AASH is rotated to a new president and board of directors. President Alice Burns completed her term in June 2015; Mary Forsyth succeeded her. The new board had its first meeting at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, MO.
The shrine of St.Philippine Duchesne is located at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri. During its meeting, the board committed itself to goals of serving the needs of the alumnae and alumni through improved communications.
Niny Op de Coul-Wösten
President of The Dutch Association of the Alumnae of the Sacred Heart.
2015 REPORT OF THE DUTCH ASSOCIATION OF THE ALUMNAE OF THE SACRED HEART.
Over the years there is not much change in our yearly programs, as I already mentioned in 2014.
Every year there is a lunch-reunion, a reflection day and a golf match for the alumnae.
On the board we focus on how to work out the new AMASC theme:
”Sophie’s legacy, a gift tot the world”. *The times change and we must change with them", Madeleine Sophie Barat told us so long ago.
This will be the theme for our reflection day in November in a Trappist monastery convent. An alumna, Liesbeth Thissen, Zr Benedict,who retired this year as abbess, is each year our religious mentor during this reflection day. She always gives us so good guidance for such a rich discussion in cordiality, with a special open mind as sacred heart sisters.
We made a new website, a great achievement and update, just look at us at www.sacre-coeur.nl It is a way to get immediately good basic information of our association and to stay up to date about what is going on in the Netherlands.
Twice a year there is our bulletin ”De Wiekslag", which started from the start of our Association in 1922, with information and photos of the activities, the religious, projects and special reports of life experiences of alumnae after their Sacred Heart school-time.
In this bulletin we have paid much attention to the project of Hermine van Asten-Wennekers, Obumu in Uganda, for building a primary school and many more projects to support the people there.
Each year we have a national reunion, this year it will be held more in the center of the Netherlands, ‘ s–Hertogenbosch, so that more alumnae, will be able to come. For the sportive alumnae there is a yearly Sacred Heart Golf match.
The religious are getting older and older!
The eldest religious, Hilda Stuhlemeijer rscj, is now nearly 103 years old and in good health as you can see!! For them personal contact with the Alumnae is very important. Therefore we hold the meetings of the board in Weert, two times a year.
So we stay in contact.
We are very lucky that we have a younger religious, sister Marijke van Eechoud as a very important and active contact person for us on the board and as our contact with the religious.
Unfortunately Young Amasc no longer has a future in the Netherlands.
Young Amasc has for years tried in vain to interest the school and the pupils leaving school.
Claudia Nicolaije and her board have ended the activities.
The former Sacred Heart School ‘Sophianum’ and the pupils are no longer interested, but the history of our Sacred Heart school stays on the website of the school.
Australian Sacré-Coeur Association (ASCA)
Anne de Broglio, National President
Kincoppal-Rose Bay, Sydney. The School has honoured the memory of Sister Philomene Tiernan rscj by opening a new Learning Centre. The students welcomed the guests by holding sunflowers in memory of Sister Phil.
On that occasion, the Principal also launched the Sister Philomene Tiernan rscj Boarding Bursary which has been set up to provide financial assistance for a boarder, new to KRB, from rural areas of NSW and Queensland.
Sacré Coeur, Melbourne. I was especially impressed by an initiative from Sacré Coeur, Melbourne. The Small Pleasures Fund was established to help support alumnae living with a debilitating illness or injury, through the provision of ‘small pleasures’. This includes lunches, dinners, beauty treatments; weekends away or even help around the home. The aim is to provide a ‘small pleasure’ to make someone’s day a little brighter and show them that they are not forgotten.
Stuartholme, Brisbane celebrates their 95th year and their focus goal this year is to
‘building community as a Christian Value.’
Japanese Association of the Sacred Heart (JASH)
|Yumiko Sakikawa (Vice-President)
Yoko Nakayama (President)
Report of the 29th JASH DAY
On March 17, 2015, under the warm spring sunshine, the 29th JASH Day was held at the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo. Over 170 alumnae gathered for the occasion, and after the opening prayer by Sister Reiko Tanaka, the Meeting was declared open by Sister Provincial Mieko Shinjo, Honorary President of JASH. Following a short opening address by Yoko Nakayama, JASH President, JASH Officers and Board Members took their stand on the stage to be introduced one by one.
This year’s program was planned as a reporting presentation on the 15th AMASC World Congress held in November 6-9, 2014 in Arizona USA. The intention was to share the experience of the Congress with everyone, so that all could feel that they were a part of the AMASC family. With Power Point, Vice-President Setsuko Harashina introduced the schedule of the 4day-program, while Yoko Nakayama gave a detailed account of the meetings, discussions, and presentations. Lastly, Vice-President Yumiko Sakikawa introduced the happy moments during receptions, dinners, and brief exchanges at Le Marche, where members met old friends and made new acquaintances.
In the second half of the program, Study Group Chair Yasuko Yamaoka and the three leaders of the subgroups reported on the presentation given at the Arizona Congress. At the end Kaori Okamura the Presenter, gave the resume, this time in Japanese. As in Arizona, it was received with wide acclaim, for the depth of the reasoning leading to the final conclusion shared by all three groups.
The program ended with the “Global Dance” video, showing the Sacred Heart School children world-wide dancing to the same music. The scene of the gathering moved to the Blue Parlor, where the Hospitality Committee had prepared a lovely tea party. Spring-like flower arrangements graced the tables, and a mini-bazaar took place in the Green Parlor. The once- a-year get-together of the Japanese Sacred Heart Alumnae, was a day for all to be thankful for the tie which binds together those who studied at the Sacred Heart.
Uganda Association of the Sacred Heart Alumnae/i (UASHA)
Rosemary Namukasa Ssembajjwe (Mrs)
Since this is our maiden report as members of AMASC, I would like on the onset to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all presidents of association members of AMASC that took a unanimous vote that ushered in UASHA, as the newest member of AMASC during the XV AMASC Conference in Arizona in November 2014. We shall always be grateful!
After our inauguration as AMASC members, our major task has been to mobilize membership. In Uganda, we have four Sacred Heart Schools, and two which were phased out. However, for many years there has not been a deliberate effort to bring together our alumnae who are scattered all over the country and even beyond. Hence, mobilizing them is not so much an easy task.
In line with UASHA vision, mission and objectives enshrined in the Constitution, the executive drew up a plan of action to guide UASHA operations. High on the agenda are the visits to our former schools. The rationale of this is to create awareness as we mobilize for membership. This was tabled before the Annual General Meeting in January, 2015 which endorsed it and put in place a task force to plan for the said school visits.
Our first visit was to Kalungu Girls Training Centre (KGTC) on Women’s Day 8 March 2015. We were invited by the headmistress, Sr Liz Nakubulwa rscj, who is also alumna of the same school. The number of alumnae that turned up despite the distance was overwhelming. The excitement was too much as many were meeting their former friends after a very long time.
A lot of effort was put in preparations, Grey and white T-shirts with black and blue collars bearing UASHA Logo were printed and were meant to form part of the dress code. This was for marketing purposes. The function started with Holy Eucharistic Celebration at St Charles Lwanga Parish Church at 10.30am. The main celebrant Rev. Fr Martin was full of praises for the alumnae for remembering their mother school on Women’s Day. He encouraged that spirit to continue.
Alumnae with Kalungu Girls Training Centre prefectorate on Women’s Day during school visit
After Mass we all assembled in the school’s new main hall, for other activities including speeches. The executive took the opportunity to preach about AMASC, the Arizona Conference, the future of UASHA and all were interested. The Headmistress enumerated the achievements and the challenges of the school.
The Executive handed over a gift to Sr Liz for the school as a token in appreciation for the Sacred Heart Education. It was an African artwork inscribed with UASHA Logo and words of appreciation. A copy of UASHA constitution was also given to the school Library.
Hermine – van Asten- Wennekers from Netherlands during her recent visit to Uganda. She shared lunch with some UASHA members. On the right is the president, Rosemary and her daughter Angel Merici on the left. Next is Josephine and Stella
After lunch, the alumnae made a power point presentation on career guidance. This was intended to uplift performance and to guide the students on their future career path.
As a way forward, UASHA agreed to create a permanent link with the school. This will enable UASHA offer any possible service, where necessary. We also agreed to track candidate classes. This is intended to recruit those soon graduating into UASHA.
In conclusion, I can say, our first visit to one of our schools was a success. Thanks to team work within UASHA, support by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Sr Irene Cullen who mobilized financial support for us. We intend to visit our other schools in future as to when resources allow. We also plan a water harvest (Rain water) project for our schools and communities around in future.
For God and My Country
Rosemary Namukasa Ssembajjwe (Mrs)
In April 2015, the 40th American Association of Sacred Heart Alumnae (AASH) National Conference was held at the Westin Copley Place in Boston from April 9 – 12. Over the four days there were approximately 264 alums including our 7 Canadians- Maureen Elliott, Maureen Brown, Francis Murphy, Catherine MacDonald, Sarah Cassidy, Eileen Bitten and Miriam Regan McNeil who listened to panelists discuss Outreach to the Marginalized and Honoring Our Children’s Future through Faith, Art and Action. The content of this conference was outstanding.
Barbara Rogers, RSCJ, Head of Newton Country Day School organized students to provide tours of the school, then a performance by the Grade 7 and 8 choir and presented the Iconography of the Chapel.
The Cor Unum Liturgy and Awards were held at St. Cecilia’s Church. The Woman of Conscience recipient was Gail O’Donnell rscj; Cor Unum Recipients were: Esther Mariassy Kmetty, Laurie Weiss Nuell, Karen Witt German and Eugenie Mimi O’Hagan as well as a Young Alum award and Essay Contest award.
On the closing evening, good byes were said to new and old alumnae friends while the Irish dancers performed and left all attendees with a feeling of one Heart in Philanthrophy.
The United States-Canada Province Assembly/Chapter was held on July 15-19, 2015 in St.Louis, Missouri. The focus of the four days was to reflect personally and with others on aspects of the theme Women of the Heart- Life Unfolding…Mission for the Emerging Future.
Approximately 194 RSCJs and 33 guests/staff were in attendance. I was fortunate to join Carolyn MacKenzie, Peggy Gorman and Danielle Dunleavy as Canadian guests along with the following RSCJs Canadian from Halifax: Sally Mahar, Donna Dolan, Norma Heffernan, Anne-Marie Cann, Mary Findlayson, Kim King, Uchenna Oluoha, Sally Rude, from Prince George: Sally McLean, Mary-Ann Bates, from Ottawa: Sheila Smith, Ama Serrano-Juarez and from New Orleans: Shelley Lawrence. Anne Wachter was unable to attend and was greatly missed.
Thursday July 16 began with an uplifting prayer reflection; visuals and accompanying drum beat representing our heartbeat by Uchenna Oluoha, our Halifax novice from Nigeria. A very informative Leadership Report was given following the prayer. Guests were present for the day to bring their ideas and have a Conversation of Significance with the RSCJs. To accomplish this, all participants chose one of the four guideposts: Spirituality, Education, Young People or Justice Peace In Creation to explore and discuss in small groups with guidance from Pat Kozak, csj the facilitator. Reflections of the day were noted and shared.
The upcoming days offered further discussion among each sister who would assist the General Council discern the theme and shape preparation for discussions at the General Chapter 2016. The General Chapter 2016 will take place from 7th July to 10th of August in Centro Ad Gentes in Nemi, Italy.
Carol Haggarty, rscj and the Planning Committee orchestrated an outstanding program. A few years ago, Carol asked Nick the Manager of the Embassy Suites hotel in St.Charles where all were accommodated, what his hotel was doing about the Human trafficking issue. Nick did some research on this problem in his state, was shocked and approached senior management to establish a staff-training program to promote awareness. The outcome from Carol’s question and Nick’s initiative is that Hilton hotel chain anti-trafficking efforts have now resulted in training 25,000 of its employees on dealing with this social issue.
Maureen Glavin, RSCJ, Head of School of the Academy of the Sacred Heart welcomed us to the school where we walked past sculptures of Saint Madeleine Sophia, Mater and the wall of photos of the Network of Schools on our way to the chapel, shrine of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne.
A Liturgy of the Eucharist was held where we celebrated the 75th, 60th and 50th anniversaries of 13 rscjs First profession of vows. A dinner followed the liturgy where shared a meal and heard about the planning strategies and activities for the 200th anniversary of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne in 2018.
In conclusion, I am grateful for my experience at the Assembly, my visit to the Shrine and my involvement with the Religious of the Sacred Heart and I look forward to Life unfolding.
National President- Canada
ASOCIACIÓN DE ANTIGUAS ALUMNAS DE CUBA EN EL EXILIO
Gloria Leal, President
Como en años anteriores, tuvimos nuestro Día de Reflexión dirigido por el Padre Ernesto Travieso, sj. El P. Travieso nos habló de la importancia del amor en todos los aspectos de la vida. Una gran alegría fue la presencia de Ada Martínez, rscj, quien se encontraba de visita en Miami procedente de Cuba, donde reside. En la foto se encuentran Josefina Franca Arguelles, ex-Presidente de las Antiguas, y Ada.
En la Misa y almuerzo por nuestra Santa Madre, celebrado en Carrollton, Sister Susan Cook, se despidió de las antiguas alumnas cubanas y nos presentó al Nuevo “Head Master”. Sister Cook se mudó para Washington a desempeñar el cargo recientemente creado de Directora de todos los Colegios del Sagrado Corazon de Estados Unidos y Canadá. Le deseamos mucho éxito y le agradecemos la ayuda y hospitalidad que nos brindó.
La clase del 61, con la ayuda de la Asociación, continuamos donando una casita anual a una familia campesina en las montañas de República Dominicana la cual fue inaugurada en el mes de agosto. Este año los Cooperadores, o coordinadores de Salud de los campitos en las montañas, nos presentaron una placa en reconocimiento por el apoyo brindado con amor y sencillez.
Y nos preparamos para nuestra celebración del día de Mater y nuestro almuerzo anual de las Antiguas Alumnas que viven en Miami ya que las AA de Puerto Rico y Colombia participan, junto con las cubanas, en el evento que llamamos “Hojas de Otoño”. El almuerzo será el 7 de noviembre.
NEWS from NEW-ZEALAND
Viki Cullen - President of New-Zealand and
on the BOARD of AMASC
When I returned from the AMASC Conference in Scottsdale at the end of November our Committee year was at an end, so there was very little to report until after our summer holidays. Here in New Zealand life slows down during the School holidays from December to early February. For the Alumnae Committee our activities are as follows:
•The Annual General Meeting, in April, reports given from the Sisters, Shelley Byers the Alumnae President, Treasurer, and AMASC report.
Elected was a joint leadership with Shelley Byers and Mel Watson.
•Feast of Madeleine Sophie Barat on the 25th May, the Alumnae joined with the school in a celebration of 2 Alumnae, Wanda Ellis who was awarded the Queens Service Medal for her work with the Polish Community. Djuanne Walker who was awarded the Emeritus Award for her dedication to the RSCJ Community. It was a very moving and joyful celebration and hope that it will be an annual event.
•In June the Alumnae were invited to the Presentation of the Erica Pabst Scholarship for Equity and Justice, combined with the University of Auckland which was awarded to Samantha Gianotti who is studying Law.
•In April we sadly farewelled dear Sister Fleurette Caldwell who died after a long illness, and will be sadly missed by her community. There are 11 Sisters living in the community house situated in the grounds of Baradene.
•The 5 year Re-union of students was held in the evening of 19th June, a lot of fun was had by all who attended.
•In July, the Alumnae Committee were all encouraged to attend a day of Strategic Planning for the coming year and 5 years beyond, facilitated by Frances a very experienced woman in her field. The day was a huge success, and everyone who attended felt that it was extremely worthwhile.
•Bridge Day was attended by over a 100 enthusiasts, which is a very successful event put on by the Alumnae, raising money for 2 scholarships that are given for those who are under hardship.
•In September the Highlight of the Alumnae year is the High Tea where the Meritae Award is given to an Alumna who has been an inspiration and stood out in their community. This year going to Dr Tokilupe Taumoepeau the first woman Vascular Surgeon in Australasia. Also invited are as many of the Past Presidents of the Association that we could make contact with, to thank them for the hard work that they have given so generously to the Association.
We in New Zealand are looking forward to spring and summer, as the days grow longer, we are watching the cherry blossom trees burst into life.
Maria Helena Pimenta de Mello
Presidenta de ANASC-BRASIL
“Los tiempos cambian y tenemos que cambiar con ellos”
RELATORIO DE ACTIVIDADES DE LA ANASC-BRASIL PERIODO: SEPTIEMBRE DE 2014 A SEPTIEMBRE DE 2015
Dando continuidad al proyecto de patrocinar la actualización cultural y espiritual de las exalumnas, promovemos 4 conferencias en el periodo de 2014/2015
En marzo 2015: conferencia sobre el poeta portugués FERNANDO PESSOA, con la ex-alumna ANNA MARIA DA VEIGA MANDELERT.
En mayo 2015: conferencia con el Pe. LUIS CORREA LIMA, sj (Historiador y Profesor de PUC en temas de Historia y Teología). Tema: CIUDADANÍA E INTOLERANCIA.
“DIGA NO AL PREJUICIO”
En agosto 2015: Nuevamente la ex-alumna ANNA MARIA DA VEIGA MANDELERT nos ofreció una conferencia sobre el escritor MARCEL PROUST.
Todavía en agosto 2015 tuvimos una interesante conferencia con la ex-alumna ROSA MARIA GUERREIRO, que nos hizo reflexionar sobre un tema que últimamente viene involucrando y conmoviendo a todos:
DEL NASCIMENTO DEL ISLÁM A LOS CONFLICTOS ATUALES DEL ORIENTE.
Rosa María en el centro y sus compañeras de clase.
En el campo de las Acciones Sociales, promovimos los dos tradicionales Bazares en beneficio de las Obras apoyadas por la ANASC-BRASIL
De Navidad: ocurrido el 05 de noviembre de 2014.
Tres de las organizadoras de los Bazares:Paula Leal, Clotilde da Veigra F. Azevedo e Thereza Albernaz
|Mesa de la ANASC-BRASIL||
Una de las mesas más concurridas
De las Madres: ocorrido el 15 de abril de 2015
Celebramos, con el cariño de siempre, nuestros queridos símbolos
Fiesta de Mater:
En 2014, el lunes 20 de octubre celebramos Mater con una paraliturgia en alabanzas a la Virgen María preparada por nuestra
Orientadora Espiritual, Cléa de Castro Neves, rscj. Las devotas exalumnas y el cuadro de Mater
Fiesta de Madalena Sofía
El 25 de mayo de 2015, unidas a las Hermanas, festejamos Madalena Sofía en una Misa en el Alto da Boa Vista. Las RSCJ Marina di Polto, provincial, y María del Rosario Correa, miembro del consejo, dejaron la coordinación y pasaron el cargo de provincial a HELOISA MARIA RODRIGUES DA CUNHA, teniendo como consejeras a las Hermanas IRIS DA SILVA AMARO y JOAQUINA DE SOUSA NETA (Jô).
Fue una celebración sencilla, pero con una participación bien activa de las Hermanas que pudieron asistir, de la directoría de la ANASC, algunas ex-alumnas y otros amigos/as.
Un momento de la misa comemorativa
Cuna de Mater:Cuna de Mater: Continua caminando muy bien nuestro trabajo voluntario de confección de ajuares para madres de escasos recursos. En 2014/2015 hicimos muchas entregas.
Entrega de ajuares al Grupo Pró-Vida
La ex-alumna voluntaria ROSINA FERANDES WAGNER en la entrega de ajuares a la
Clínica de la Familia en la Comuna de la Rocinha
Pró-Saber + Acción Social por la Música en el Brasil
Brillar y hacer brillar. Una reunión de pequeñas estrellas en un encuentro musical, a favor de la educación. El concierto Constelación, Música y Educación une dos acciones sociales que, con la fuerza de su trayectoria, son capaces de revelar que la inclusión social es el principio y el fundamento de la constitución de una sociedad justa, y considera que crear acceso a los jóvenes a la formación de su ciudadanía, transforma los individuos y la colectividad:
El 18 de junio de 2015 la ANASC-BRASIL, junto con el Instituto Superior de Educación Pró-Saber, apoyó una presentación del conjunto de violonchelos y contrabajos de la Acción Social por la Música del Brasil - Orquesta Sinfónica de Jóvenes de Rio de Janeiro, con jóvenes y niños de las comunas Doña Marta, Babilonia, Pavón-Pavoncito, “Chapéu Mangueira”, Complejo del Alemán y Complejo de la Peña. Fue un gran concierto! La platea emocionada y encantada, aplaudió de pié valorizando el empeño y dedicación de aquellos jóvenes y sus maestros.
En septiembre 2015 realizamos un BINGO en beneficio de las Obras Sociales asistidas por ANASC-BRASIL. Fue una tarde de “congé” como en los viejos tiempos de Colegio Sacré-Coeur. Muchas diversiones, excelentes premios y brindes en profusión. La participación de todos fue la garantía del suceso de este evento.
Marie-Pascale de Drouas
Presidente de l'UFASC (Union Française des Anciens et Anciennes du Sacré-Coeur)
PREMIER BILAN POUR LA NOUVELLE EQUIPE DE L’UFASC
L’équipe élue lors de l’Assemblée Générale de l’UFASC le 9 octobre 2014 termine sa première année de mandat. Avec près d’une centaine de nouvelles adhésions, des comptes en équilibre et le maintien de son soutien aux rscj elle peut être fière de ce premier bilan. Nous nous efforcerons de garder le cap cette année, malgré un contexte économique difficile dans notre pays.
Parmi les sujets de satisfaction lors de l’année écoulée, notons en particulier:
. la poursuite du rapprochement entre les différents membres de la famille du Sacré-Cœur , avec en particulier des visites dans les écoles, les festivités en l’honneur du cent-cinquantième anniversaire de la mort de Ste Madeleine-Sophie Barat organisées en commun avec les rscj, et, pour la première fois, une invitation de la part de ces dernières à participer à leur prochaine Assemblée Générale !
. et, par ailleurs, une ouverture plus grande à l’international. Ainsi au retour du Congrès de l’AMASC nous avons décidé de rechercher et accueillir plus largement des ancien(ne)s de l’étranger lors de nos grandes réunions (Journée d’amitié et fête de Madeleine-Sophie Barat). C’est pourquoi, nous avons adressé à toutes les présidentes nationales une lettre leur demandant de nous signaler des membres de leurs associations arrivant ou résidant déjà dans notre pays. Peu ont répondu à notre sollicitation, mais nous ne désespérons pas d’avoir de nouvelles réponses à la suite de ce court article !
Marie-Pascale de Drouas
THE NEW UFASC TEAM, ONE YEAR ON.
The team that was elected at the UFASC annual meeting on Oct. 9 2014 is about to complete its first year. With nearly one hundred additional members, balanced accounts and continued support to the RSCJ, it feels quite proud of its achievements. However, it braces for a tough year, with France having to contend with a slow economy.
Here are a few projects which we carried through during the last year:
- We continued to bring closer the different strands of the Sacred Heart family: we organised visits to schools, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the death of Saint Madeleine-Sopphie Barat, together with the RSCJ who, for the first time, invited us to their annual meeting, to take place soon.
- We aim to forge closer links with the Sacred-Heart abroad. Back from the AMASC congress, we decided to get in touch with alumnis from foreign schools and invite them to our main gatherings (such as the Friendship Day and the Madeleine-Sophie Barat Day). In a letter, we asked the presidents of all the national associations to inform us about members of their associations who are settling or settled in France. So far, the responses have been few and far between, but we do not despair to get more of them, particularly after this article!
Rosa Cristina Jaramillo
Presidenta UNASC Colombia
INFORME DE LA PRESIDENTA UNASC COLOMBIA
La UNASC Colombia ha venido trabajando sin tregua en la preparación del IX ELASC que tendrá lugar en Cartagena Colombia del 15 al 18 de marzo de 2016 y que tendrá como tema central el legado de nuestra Santa Madre Santa Magdalena Sofía que ya en su tiempo decía " Los tiempos cambias y nosotros debemos cambiar con ellos." Todas nuestras compañeras de Latinoamérica serán bienvenidas a este Encuentro.
Hemos querido que como motivación y preparación para este próximo evento latinoamericano todas las Asociaciones nacionales y latinas trabajen y respondan una encuesta preparada para tal motivo. Los puntos principales son la comparación entre el tiempo de Santa Magdalena y nuestro tiempo en temas tales como Espiritualidad, Educación, Tecnología y Ecología. Las Presidentas de los diferentes países han recibido dicha encuesta y están encargadas de su divulgación.
La Enciclica "Laudato Si" del Papa Francisco se nos presenta como una oportunidad para reflexionar cual es la ética que estamos obligadas a asumir reflexionando en la necesidad y responsabilidad tanto individual como colectiva ante el mal mayor del mundo en estos momentos. Tendremos muy en cuenta el desafío que el Papa nos propone es su Encíclica para responder a la encuesta que estamos solicitando y además para la reflexión a la que estamos llamadas en nuestro próximo Encuentro ELASC. Estamos obligadas moralmente a dejar un mundo mejor y más limpio a las generaciones venideras.
Las Asociaciones de Colombia Bogotá, Cali, Medellín y Manizales han continuado su labor social en las diferentes obras sociales haciendo énfasis en La Canasta de Mater obra de solidaridad con nuestras hermanas ex alumnas que necesitan de nuestro apoyo económico y sicológico. Los grupos de Estudio continúan reuniéndose periódicamente y son el motor filosófico de nuestra Asociación Nacional.
SCESA(Sophia College Ex-Students / Ex-Staff Association)
Ms. Rajni Desai
National President of India
Greetings from India!
A short summary on our activities beginning with our alumnae day, held on Saturday, January 10th, 2015
The Guests of Honor for the day were Dr. Dhananjaya Saranath, Molecular Oncologist,Ms. Anjali Monteiro, Professor at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Ms. Lynn de Souza, Founder Social Access. It was an illuminating morning and the audience held on to every word spoken by the speakers.
SCESA in partnership with CMCA conducted a 6 module programme on ACtive Citizenship
195 students from first year Junior College attended this programme. Sr. Annie Peter, Vice Principal of Junior College along with Ms. Shiney Gilbert, who is also the EVS Professor, were very supportive of the programme. The sessions were conducted every Friday from 16th January 2015 to 20th February, 2015. Civic Tutors from CMCA who conducted this program were Ms. Roweena Kavadia, Ms Rajni Desai, Ms Vinodini Lulla, Ms Tripiti Narula, Ms Anita Pishrody, and Ms. Joan Pal.
SCESA organized an Administrative Staff Tea Party for the Non-TeaChing Staff of the College on 16th March 2015 to thank them for the support that they have given us through the year in various ways. Over 60 non-teaching staff of the College attended and by the whoops of delight, everyone seemed to have had a good time!
The annual Coffee and Cake for the TeaChing Staff was held on 10th July, 2015. This interaction with retired staff is very inspiring for our present staff. This year SCESA felicated Sr. Theresa Pereira (Former Vice Principal, Junior College) and Ms. Sheila Kapoor (Former Professor, Vocational Dept.)
Ms. Ambereen Pradhan Sophia Alumnae and MD of Energia Wellbeing organized a Career exhibition on 21st August 2015. Eight desks were set up, giving information on careers in MBA, CA, BBA, Hospitality Management, Jewellery Designing, Travel and Tourism, Wellness Industry etc. Students were satisfied with the micro view on each field.
Italian National Association UNIEASC
Anna Maria Galeotti Galli
September 2015 Italian Newsletter
The celebrations in honor of the 150th anniversary of the death of Maddalena Sofia were held at Villa Lante at the foot of Gianicolo in the heart of Trastevere in Rome.
Three days dedicated to friendship and togetherness!
The Sacred Heart nuns organized every detail of the days, 22nd, 23rd and 24th of May. In order to better organize the 160 alumnae, we were divided into groups and given colored cords to be worn around our necks. After the welcome speeches, each local association presented a tribute to the Santa della Cappella in the form of a poem, prayer, song or letter. The dinner which followed, seated with old friends and new, created a feeling of home to all those present. These three days together created a mutual sense of gratitude between the alumnae and the nuns.
The following day began with Mass, celebrated by an auxiliary Bishop of Rome, and a visit to Santa Maria in Trastevere and Santa Rufina, the first roman settlement of the Sacred Heart community. For these activities we were divided into our color-coded groups.
In the afternoon we were divided into our groups to discuss and reflect what most affected each of us about the spirituality of Maddalena Sofia Barat's message. Each group then summed up the discussion of the debates and from this emerged the values of responsibility and sense of duty.
The young students from the Sacro Cuore di Trinità dei Monti Institute and their headmistress Maria Luisa Campa (alumna who, with the support of the “Frères de Jerusalem”, continues to follow the pedagogic teachings of Maddalena Sofia) also participated in the debates.
We were all very emotional to meet Pope Francesco at Sunday mass in San Pietro.
President: Maria del Lujàn Flores
INFORME ANUAL DE URUGUAY
Durante el presente período se ha trabajado activamente para contactar a las ex-alumnas, habiéndose obtenido resultados significativos que indudablemente darán sus frutos en breve plazo, en los diversos emprendimientos iniciados por AMA.
- • En este sentido nos permitimos recordar el apoyo continuo a las obras con las que colabora la Asociación, en particular a Bella Italia, al club de niños del El Talar, así como a la Parroquia Mater Admirabilis. A esta última, en la reciente Asamblea, se decidió incrementar la ayuda periódica que se le proporciona debido a necesidades que han surgido. Sobre el particular, se ha procurado colaborar, no solo con bienes materiales, ya que se encuentran ubicados en zonas críticas y carenciadas, sino que se hacen esfuerzos por llevar a los chicos que concurren el Mensaje de Cristo y sus enseñanzas, procurando por diversos medios transmitir principios y normas de conducta que les permitan alcanzar una vida en “sociedad” y una espiritualidad que les haga trascender lo meramente material y la racionalidad atea. En síntesis, que sus vidas cobren sentido a la luz de la Fé.
- • Con relación al colegio y liceo de Paso Carrasco, cabe señalar que se mantiene con él un estrecho vínculo dado que constituye una prioridad tanto desde el punto de vista material como espiritual, en la medida que significa el continuar con la educación del Sagrado Corazón en una población vulnerable que ha tenido una enorme adhesión a los principios inspirados por Santa Magdalena Sofía.
- • Ya se ha puesto en funcionamiento el sistema de “becas” a través de “madrinas” anónimas que colaboran para socorrer y atender, aunque sea parcialmente, las necesidades de los niños y de sus familiares.
- • Por otra parte, se ha continuado con el apoyo a las ex-alumnas , que por diversos motivos, se ven privadas de asistencia espiritual, económica y/o sanitaria. Esta actividad se cumple desde hace varios años.
- • A fin de recaudar fondos, se llevó a cabo un TÉ con Desfile de Modelos, en la Confitería Cake´s, de larga tradición, ubicada en un barrio residencial de primer nivel de nuestra Capital (a pasos de las Embajadas de España, Italia, Rusia y otras). En la oportunidad, no solo se limitó a la donación de lo recaudado en el evento en sí, sino que se recibieron donaciones de diferentes firmas comerciales, algunas de las cuales fueron rifadas entre los asistentes (viajes, estadías en Hoteles de zonas turísticas, productos de belleza, etc.).
- • Como siempre, se continúa con la celebración de nuestras misas, con la asistencia de las ex-alumnas del Sagrado Corazón, de Santa Magdalena Sofía, del Sagrado Corazón, Mater Admirabilis y el próximo 8 de diciembre día de la Inmaculada Concepción. Este año, por primera vez, se celebró la misa de Mater Admirabilis en el nuevo liceo inaugurado del Sagrado Corazón, contando con amplia concurrencia.
- • Al presente se están efectuando diligencias para mantener una entrevista con el señor Cardenal de Uruguay, Daniel Sturla, a fin de informarlo de las actividades de nuestra Asociación y concretar de ser posible su participación en la Misa Concelebrada que se llevará a cabo el día 8 de diciembre en una de las Sedes de nuestro Colegio Sagrado Corazón en el marco de los festejos del 150 Aniversario de Santa Magdalena Sofía Barat.
- • Asimismo, se está coordinando la participación al Congreso Latinoamericano Elasc IX, a celebrarse el año próximo en Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
- • Para los primeros meses del próximo año 2016, se prevé la realización de un Concierto de Música Sacra. A tales efectos, se efectúan las gestiones necesarias.
Montevideo, 30 octubre de 2015.
Taiwan Announced Change of President in September 2015
Taiwan's new National President Cecilia Huang Fu (left); ex-President Cindy Chang (right)
Taiwan's new National President is Cecilia Huang Fu.
Cecelia has a remarkable background, an unusual bonding with Sacred Heart. Her mother has been a teacher in SH Taiwan for over 30 years, therefore we can say Cecilia has been with SH even before she was born.
Cecilia attended SH kindergarten, primary school and high school, all together 15 years, which is probably an record that no one has ever exceeded.
Cecilia is also a very capable and passionate individual, spending the past 20 years in the IT industry, she is currently the Product Development Director of ASUS.
We are so happy that Cecilia is willing to take on the role, and we already see new energy and intelligence injected into the big Sacred Heart family.
Sister Rose Chihwei Sun (left) presented gift and flowers to Cindy Chang(right), as an appreciation for her dedication as SH alumnae Chairperson for 13 years (2003-2015).