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AMASC Newsletter September 2014 Edition
CONTRIBUTORS of NEWS
Esther Máriássy Kmetty
Annual report from the HUNGARIAN Sacred Heart Alumnae Association
The Hungarian Association has continued to be active in spite of the fact that the school was closed by the Communist regime after the 1948 school year.
The alumnae meet on the first Wednesday of each month from September to June in the former school.
There are relevant speakers which are arranged by the President. I have heard some of the RSCJs who reside in Budapest, a professor at the university and a member who presented a biography of a favorite Mére of her school days.
The dues are payable by each alumna in the amount she is able to pay.
The major caritas project is assisting one another as needed. Those able give rides to those who need it.
This is being submitted by Esther Máriássy Kmetty, a dues paying member of the Hungarian Association who is the delegate by proxy to the AMASC Congress to by held in Scottsdale, Arizona, November 5-9, 2014.
Gloria Leal, President
"The Alumnae Association of the Sacred Heart of Cuba in Exile and the "Gagas", a group of alumnae from the same graduating class in Cuba, donated a house for a family in need in Santo Domingo as shown in the photo (the before and after).
In addition, the Association helped a mission for the elderly established by Carmen Comella, rscj in Habana, Cuba, ran by the two religious sisters who are in Cuba in San Jose Obrero and Regis House.
The Association celebrated at Carrollton (Sacred Heart) School a mass to honor Saint Magdalene Sophie's feast followed by a lunch where around one hundred alumnae enjoyed this event. Also, during Lent, there was a Reflection Day.
The "Hojita de Mater" is mailed four times a year to approximately 250 Cuban alumnae residing in the United States or other parts of the world. This publication keeps the Cuban alumnae linked in the spirit of the Sacred Heart.
On October 18, 2014, there will be a mass to honor Mater at the Carrollton campus.
On November 8, 2014, the Association will celebrate the annual Hojas de Otono, our fund raising activity of the year."
Australian Sacré-Coeur Association (ASCA)
Anne de Broglio, National President
As this report is being written, Australia like many other countries of the world, is still feeling the pain of loosing some of their nationals through the Air Malaysia MH17 disaster.
We lost Sister Philomene Tiernan rscj, 77years of age, who was returning home after a rewarding sabbatical leave in England, USA and France. She attended the Sacred Heart Conference celebrating the life and legacy of Janet Erskine Stuart held in the U.K. and she later travelled to Joigny for a retreat.
Before her return to Australia, Sr Phil visited family in The Netherlands where a special service was being held for her uncle who died in World War II.
Memorial Services for Sr Tiernan and Australians who died on MH17 have been held in many cities of Australia as well as at the three Sacred Heart Schools. We pray for Sister Phil and all those who died in that terrible tragedy as well as prayers for strength for their families.
Special celebrations were held this year in honour of the Centenary of the death of Mother Stuart.
Kincoppal-Rose Bay in Sydney opened a space to be known as the Stuart Centre, in recognition of Sister Janet Erskine Stuart rscj.
Sacré Coeur, Burke Road, Melbourne The Janet Erskine Stuart Crucifix (A gift of hope) - When she was the Reverend Mother General, Janet Erskine Stuart gifted the school with the beautiful crucifix which adorns the main chapel. This year they commemorate both the centenary of the reception of this gift, as well as her death, in 1914.
Stuartholme, Brisbane had great celebrations for the Centenary of the death of Mother Janet Stuart. The Alumnae also organised a Madeleine Sophie Tour in June/July to attend JES Conference, visit Sacré Coeur schools in France as well as visiting Joigny.
Canada Sacred Heart Association (CASHA)
Sheila Donahoe, National President
CASHA newsletter article September 2014
All Chapters have been promoting the 2014 Congress and at this time the Canadian delegation is small but there are a couple of time attendees registered.
Montreal has produced a seond edition of its newsletter which is a renewed and much appreciated and informative initiative. They held a well-attended Spring tea and Mass, a Pin Ceremony where graduates of 2014 were given an AMASC pin by an alumna, and supported many fund raising events including the Annual Golf Tournament in support of the School Bursary fund. A team of young alumnae won this year's tournament! The Montreal school hosted the Congolese in North America as they gathered for a day of meetings and fellowship in May.
Vancouver continues to stay connected with a dedicated team who produced a spring Newsletter and gathered t their old school to shre their friendship and support for their Sacred Heart family. The Janet Stuart Chapter in Ottawa is reflecting and visionng for the future of its group. They have reached out to try to get new participants to keep the group flourishing. A new leader is expected to take over in the next few months.
Ottawa mourns the loss of one of its long standing and most famours memberswith the passing of Eleanor Milne, a former Dominion Scuptor.
Halifax added 38 new members to its alumnae/i roster with the graudates of 2014. They were welcomed into the Association at a Spring Luncheon and among those attending were Krista Jacsson '80 who son Sam Wile graduated and two grandmothers, Claire Landry Murphy '55 and Judy Simms Sapp '61, proudly watched their grandchildren Katie MacLellan and Alexander Sapp receive their membership. Halifax had two very successful fundraising events in a book reading with Donna Morrisey, a food demonstration with Chef Dale Nichols and alumna Emma Strubank '09, great participation in the most successful Bursary dinner ever and two Passports events. All of CASHA is praying for the nuns from Barat Residence as they prepare to move to their new home at Caritas Center.
We look forward to Scottsdale and AMASC 2014.
Japanese Association of the Sacred Heart (JASH)
Report from Yoko Nakayama, JASH President
A Collaboration between two JASH Committees
AMASC Tokyo Congress Commemorative Fund Committee and the Study Group Committee
The month of June for JASH has always been marked by an important annual event, the “Gathering of Young Alumnae” organized by the Commemorative Fund Committee. This year, with the 15th AMASC World Congress in view, the Chairs of two committees of JASH got together to organize a joint event named the “Gathering of Young Alumnae and the Study Group”. It was held on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
With an audience of 70 JASH members including 20 Young Alumnae, the Gathering opened with a Prayer in response to “A minute for Peace”, a message sent to us from AMASC. Then followed Commemorative Fund Committee Chair Sueko Watanabe’s invitation to all JASH members as well as the Young Alumnae to attend the AMASC Congress in Arizona. Two past participants of AMASC Congresses (Costa Rica and Sydney) gave an informative and enjoyable talk on their unforgettable encounter with AMASC, how interesting and fun it was, and the impact it had on their lives. The Young Alumnae listened on with great interest.
Study Group Chair Yasuko Yamaoka at the helm, the Study Group’s contribution to this joint event was the PP presentation of the resumé of their three years’ work. Kaori Okamura, former JASH Secretary, presented it in exactly the same way as it would be in Arizona. Beautifully prepared and perfectly executed, we all hoped that many fellow AMASC Attendees from all over the world would come and witness JASH’s Study Group Presentation at the AMASC Congress.
The afternoon concluded with Tea and Cakes prepared by the members of the two committees, where different age groups of JASH members mixed and mingled, and enjoyed an hour of lively conversation.
L’Amicale Françoise Braun
le réseau des Anciennes du Sacré-Cœur de la RD Congo en Amérique du Nord
L’Amicale est une cellule de l’ANASC DR Congo en existence depuis 2010. Elle a tenu son assemblée générale annuelle le Samedi 24 Mai 2014, à l’Ecole du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal, Canada. Cette rencontre était placée sous le thème général du passage de flambeau « Picking the torch and carrying it with pride », voulant par-là encourager les « petites » pour parler Sacré-Cœur du Congo, à prendre la relève. Celles-ci ont répondu à l’appel en organisant la rencontre et en assurant l’intendance, la présidence, et le suivi des décisions et recommandations.
Grâce à la générosité et à l’engagement de ses membres effectifs, sympathisants et d’honneur, et en étroite collaboration avec l’ANASC, nous avons continué d’unir nos cœurs à l’écoute du monde, de l’Afrique et du Congo depuis la dernière rencontre du 25 Mai 2013 à Ottawa. Un membre de l’Amicale a pris part, aux côtés de la délégation de l’ANASC et de la Présidente de l’AMASC, à la première rencontre de la région Afrique, à Kampala, en Janvier 2014. Nous avons continué d’apporter notre soutien à la promotion de l’excellence et de l’honneur dans les 6 écoles du SC, par une aide à la formation des clubs d’excellence.
Le caractère international du SC a été souligné. Tout d’abord les passeports du SC que nous avions pu faire établir grâce à des échanges avec Esther Kmetty (US International Hospsitality) ont été distribués aux membres. Puis, une « grande », ancienne de Mbanza-Mboma, a présenté un mot de remerciement saluant l’élan de solidarité de la grande famille du Sacré– Cœur à travers le monde; ainsi que la compassion, la sympathie et la générosité dont ont fait preuve des connaissances, des amis/amies, et des personnes de bonne volonté à travers les Etats-Unis et le Canada, en faveur de la réhabilitation des infrastructures de Mbanza-Mboma après l’incendie du 9 février.
La situation de Mbanza-Mboma continue de dominer nos débats et nos actions. Les membres, individuellement et collectivement, sont venus en aide en joignant leurs efforts et leur engagement à ceux des anciennes du Sacré-Cœur regroupées au sein de l’ANASC Congo, apportant soutien matériel et financier pour subvenir aux besoins immédiats et contribuer à la reconstruction.
Maria Helena Pimenta de Mello - Presidenta de ANASC-BRASIL
RELATORIO DE ACTIVIDADES DE LA ANASC-BRASIL
DE ENERO A AGOSTO DE 2014
En 2014 la ANASC-BRASIL sufrió pérdidas irreparables de ex-alunas que dejaron una laguna en la “Familia Sacré-Coeur” de Brasil, reflejada en nuestras actividades. En Enero nuestra Consejera ELIZABETH GURJÃO nos dejó después de un largo periodo enferma. En Mayo, su hermana MARIA INÊS GURJÃO falleció repentinamente. María Inés siempre fue participante activa de la ANASC-BRASIL y nos proporcionaba una actualización cultural ministrando cursos sobre el proyecto LA HISTORIA EXIBIDA EN EL CINE, y finalmente en Junio, la querida Tintim (María Cristina Mascarenhas), grande colaboradora en los Bazares que realizamos. Sin embargo, la ANASC-BRASIL no puede parar y, inclusive con toda la falta que sentimos, no perdemos el estímulo.
En Marzo tuvimos la visita de la Superiora General de las RSCJ, Kathleen Conan y de una de sus Consejeras María del Socorro Rubio. En la ocasión, la ANASC-BRASIL, asociada con las Religiosas, promovió una conferencia con Frei Betto sobre el tema espiritualidad en el mundo de hoy. La conferencia fue realizada en el Instituto Superior de Educación Pro-Saber con casa llena y público atento e interesado. Frei Betto definió claramente las diferencias entre religiosidad y espiritualidad y abordó, con mucha propiedad, el tema escogido resaltando la semejanza entre DIOS y AMOR, AMOR y DIOS.
En mayo realizamos el tradicional Bazar de las Madres en beneficio de las Obras Sociales asistidas por ANASC-BRASIL.
En Junio no promovimos eventos debido a la realización de la Copa del Mundo de Futbol en Brasil.
En Julio, en el día 30 realizamos un BINGO DE BENEFICIENCIA a favor de nuestro trabajo voluntario BERÇO DE MATER (Cuna de Mater) que confecciona ajuares completos para bebés de madres de escasos recursos.
Maria Helena Pimenta, Presidenta de la ANASC-BRASIL entregando el 1º premio (un tablet) a la feliz ganadora Cléa de Castro Neves, rscj
El Curso de Biblia, presentado por la RSCJ Cléa de Castro Neves en el primer jueves de cada mes, sigue durante todo el año.
En este momento estamos enpeñadas en la organización de la Festa de Mater que celebraremos el 20 de Octubre próximo. Maria Helena Pimenta de Mello
Presidenta de ANASC-BRASIL
CUBA Alumnae Association
Peidad Subirat, President
LAST AUGUST 27th OUR ASSOCIATION OF ALUMNAE AND SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEART MET AT SAN JUAN DE LETRAN PARRISH IN VEDADO, HAVANA, TO OFFER A MASS FOR THE SOUL OF SR. PHIL TIERNAN AND ALL THE VICTIMS OF THE RECENT PLANE CRASH .
AFTER THE MASS, WE HAD A SHORT MEETING WITH OUR SISTERS WHO LEFT THEIR HOUSE IN HAVANA AND MOVED TO THE PROVINCE AND CITY OF SANCTI SPIRITUS. THEY LEFT ME SOME INFORMATION ABOUT ALL THE SPIRITUAL AND SOCIAL WORK THEY ACCOMPLISH IN THIS CITY WHERE THEY ARE VERY WELCOMED. I PLAN TO BRING ALL THIS INFORMATION TO OUR INTERNACIONAL CONGRESS NEXT NOVEMBER, AS WELL AS WHAT SOME OF OUR ASSOCIATES ARE DOING HERE IN HAVANA.
IN THESE PICTURES YOU CAN SEE THE ALTAR OF THIS CHURCH, SOME OF THE PERSONS WHO PARTICIPATED, AND THE GROUP OF OUR SISTERS WHO ARE NOW HERE IN CUBA, WITH THE PRIESTS WHO WORK IN THIS CHURCH. SISTER ADA MARTINEZ READING ABOUT THE LIFE AND WORK OF SR. TIERNAN.
SAN JUAN DE LETRÁN CHURCH IS IMPORTANT FOR US BECAUSE THE VIA CRUCIS THEY HAVE IS THE ONE THAT BELONGED TO THE CHAPEL OF OUR SCHOOL, SAGRADO CORAZÓN DEL COUNTRY IN HAVANA, OIL PAINTED BY THE SPANIARD ANTONIO MARTINEZ ANDRÉS. IN ANOTHER E-MAIL I WILL SEND YOU SOME PICTURES OF THE VIA CRUCIS.
WITH LOVE AND PRAYERS IN THE SACRED HEART,
Marisa Moreno de Mealcher President de EXASAC, Mexico
Presentación del Libro "Un Colegio con Corazón"
Las exalumnas del colegio del sagrdo Corazónde San Luis Potosi presentaron el dia 28 de agosto de 2014 el libro "Un Colegio con Corazón" escrito por Julia Teresa Gómez. La presentación resulto muy amena pues se vivió un ambiente de fiesta, de carino, nostalgia y alegria. El beneficio exonomico de la venta se libro se dedicará a Ayuda Mutua, obra que lievan a cabo las exalumnas del colegio de San Luis.
SCESA India- SCESA REPORT April 2013- March 2014
Rajni Desai Hon.Chairperson
Over the past few years, Sophia College Ex-Students’ Association - SCESA, has begun to play an increasingly more visible and collaborative role in Sophia College. Thanks to the support of the Principal, Dr. (Sr.) Ananada Amritmahal, the staff and students, SCESA has become an integral part of the Sophia family.
SCESA FOR SOPHIA PROGRAMMES
CAREER CONNECTIONS for providing information on career choices and opportunities for further studies and internships.
LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMME including workshops, seminars and individual counselling run by Energia Wellbeing and Ambreen Pradhan an alumna of Sophia
MIND MAPPING SEMINAR by Mr. Dharmendra Rai - Mumbai's Leading Mind Mapping Trainer
FROM ME TO WE – an interactive workshop by Mr. Dilip D’Souza, well known author and activist, to initiate a dialogue and action to strengthen democracy.
BREAKING THE CULTURE OF SILENCE – launch of movement to highlight women’s right to safety and justice. A screening of Bawandar (Sandstorm) starring Nandita Das was followed by a discussion with the actor on the issues emerging from the film.
A LECTURE-PERFORMANCE by renowned Bharat Natyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai as part of a Cultural Enrichment Programme for youth in collaboration with SPIC MACAY.
SOPHIA’S FIRST CONVOCATION for the graduates of the Class of 2013
GET-TOGETHERS with Teaching and Administrative Staff and Student Council of the College to strengthen bonds and explore areas of collaboration.
YOUTH FOR WATER - WATER FOR LIFE –An extension of SCESA’s 10-year partnership with SHARE (now SWADES) in support of sustainable rural development and rain water harvesting. Sophia students are given an opportunity to engage with rural households to study water issues from a social, economic, political and scientific perspective.
SCESA BAZAAR - Shop for A Cause - a thrice-yearly feature on the campus, providing 25 NGOs with a platform to creates awareness about their work and sell their products.
CIVIC AWARENESS – in collaboration with CMCA (Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness) to promote civic responsibility and action by children in 32 schools in Mumbai.
SCESA MEMBERSHIP EVENTS
Annual Back-To-College Day – At the Annual General Body Meeting, a new 15- member committee for the next 3 years was elected – Dr. Sr. Ananda Amritmahal (President), Rajni Desai (Chairperson), Roweena Kavadia (Secretary) and Vinodini Lulla (Treasurer) are the office bearers.
This was followed by felicitation of distinguished alumnae Dr. Mrs. Elaine Charles, a renowned educationist, Mrs. Pheroza Godrej, a well-known art historian and environmentalist, and Mrs. Gauri Sharma Tripathi, a celebrated Kathak dancer based in London.
AMASC - World Association of Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart – Lynette Saldanha, a SCESA member, represents Asia on the board of the association.
College Information Resource Centre to provide easy access to information on resource persons and services for various college events and programmes.
Sophia Campus News Network (SCNN) to provide information on forthcoming college events.
A Talking Space for students and others to meet with trained counselors ‘just to talk’ in a friendly and relaxed environment.
Report from AMASC England and Wales September 2014
Elisabeth McCausland - National President
Since our last report - March 2014 much has happened –
European Presidents meeting
In March the European AMASC presidents travelled to Rome for the two yearly meeting at the home of the RSCJ archive Villa Lante, pictured below. Apart from holding the meeting here where important topics such as Phoenix Conference and future of AMASC were discussed, it proved to be a great place to stay particularly for Alumnae as it echoed all the reminiscences of school life and has a beautiful chapel and grounds. It is also 15 minutes from the Vatician City and the new B & B accommodation wing is open to all who wish to stay, is simple but comfortable and reasonably priced.
|Villa Lante Convent of Sacred Heart||European Presidents Meeting at Villa Lante|
Garden at Villa Lante with St Peter’s in the background
May informal lunch at Hurlingham Club
18 members so of our members enjoyed our in formal AMASC October lunch at Hurlingham Club London - This is held as closely as possible to feast day of St Madeleine Sophie and is enjoyed by all and a time to catch up.
Sancta Sophia College Alumni and Friends UK reunion on 4th June at the Oxford and Cambridge Club
Some of our AMASC group attended this event to meet up with Alumna from Australia which was to have been held in the House of Lords but the State Opening of Parliament changed its date and so a new venue was found.
The biggest events of 2014 were centred around the Anniversary Celebrations for the life of Janet Erskine Stuart
Several Members of the Rscj, Alumnae and Teachers from various Sacred Heart Institutions gathered for the Mass and Reception warmly welcomed by the English RSCJ – our thanks to them for a splendid evening
Attendees at the Mass at Digby Stuart Convent Roehampton decorated for the Centenary Mass on 27th July 2014
There was a Pilgrimage to Cottesmore the Birthplace of Janet Erskine Stuart on the following day.
Some of the group at the home of Janet Erskine Stuart at Cottlesmore.
We were made welcome by the present owners as it The Service at Cottesmore Church - the Church in which Janet’s father was Rectoris no longer a Rectory
Death of Sr Philomene Tiernan
Our Amasc Group were very saddened by the loss of Sr Philomene Tiernan who had attended the JES celebrations and then lost her life on board the Malaysian flight MH17 when it was shot down over Ukraine.
Hilary Thompson our Schools coordinator was so instrumental is helping to bring the life of JES to the Schools but particularly of Fenham in Newcastle –The June celebrations for Janet Erskine Stuart were so well co-ordinated. – Hilary Thompson reported on a very active year for the Sacred Heart schools network. Five new heads have been appointed over the past year, a time of change and opportunity.
Hilary hopes to arrange a visit to Joigny for members of staff who often have no opportunity to meet sisters.
I attended the summer event Old Girls’ day at Woldingham School on 11th May and attended mass at the newly refurbished Chapel.
The school thrives and has a full quota of students from home and abroad. The reports were full of energy and dedication in the pursuit of furthering education under the St Madeleine Sophie guidelines
Hospitality: The Committee continue to welcome alumnae and enjoyed meeting all the visitors for the JES celebrations.
One lots of stamps was handed over to Bolsa del Sello from our group during the Rome visit.
We are also looking forward to the reports from the World Congress in Phoenix Arizona and will be represented by our Committee Member Yasko Kurahachi
2014 REPORT OF THE DUTCH ASSOCIATION OF THE ALUMNAE OF THE SACRED HEART
Niny Op de Coul-Wosten,National President
All over the years there is not so many change in our yearly programs. We have every year our lunch- reunion , a reflection day and a golf day. We give very much attention to our Sacred Heart bulletin, two times in the year. We get so many enthusiastic reactions!
Each time we have a theme like congé, the processions, have photo’s about the reunions and the reflection days, and special the live-stories of alumnae and the religious.
In 2013 we celebrated that our Association existed 90 years. Therefore in September we held a national reunion in our former school in Vaals, in the south of The Netherlands. Nowadays it is a hotel. It was a great success!
We welcomed many alumnae and had a special musical program with our Sacred Heart songs!
The religious become very old and they are just a few, 3 (one is now 101 years old!) in Weert and in The Hague there are also living 4 religious. For them personal contact with the alumnae is very important. Therefore we hold our meetings of the board in Weert, two times a year. So we stay a little bit in contact.
We are very lucky that we have a younger religious, Marijke van Eechoud as a very important and active contact person for us on the board and as a contact with the religious.
The most important concern for us is, how to keep a close social contact between the alumnae, and the religious, personal contact is our force! But we have to face the reality that our members are getting older en older, and that the amount of alumnae is decreasing year by year.
Within Young Amasc there is little enthusiasm and activity any more. Claudia Nicolaije is ending her term in 2014 and de school Sophianum is not interested in the Sacred Heart network. But we go on, as long as we can!