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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.