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AMASC Newsletter March 2014 Edition
The AMASC Archives
Initially AMASC did not keep any archival records. Therefore, few documents only – some of which are stored in Belgium - are available to illuminate its early stages.
In the 1980s Filomena Luciani and Maria Franca Migone started to create an archive in which the following material is stored: AMASC’s Statute registered in Rome on 24 May 1966; some National Associations’ Constitutions; documents relating to World Congresses and other major events (organisational material, programmes, and reports); etc.
Since 2006 the AMASC Archives have been located in Rome, in the General Archives of the Sacred Heart at Villa Lante. In the Summer 2013 the Archives’ locales underwent major restoration works, which included the establishment of a new control system for the regulation of lighting, temperature and humidity.
The RSCJ reserved a substantial space for the AMASC Archives in the renovated rooms, where they host us with generosity and affection.
The General Archives of the Society of the Sacred Heart
Uganda Association of Sacred Heart Alumnae/i (UASHA) is in its final stages of joining the international body of AMASC (World Association of Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart). This was disclosed at the just concluded First General Meeting held on Saturday, 22nd February 2014 at Ggaba Convent of the Sacred Heart Sisters.
In Uganda, the Society of the Sacred Heart has played a vital role in service delivery more in education sector whereby many generations of learners have passed through its schools, and are now professionals in different fields of employment in and around Uganda.
Some of these schools include: St. Charles Lwanga Girls TrainingCentre (GTC)-Kalungu, Kangole Girls Secondary School in Moroto and former Nkozi Teachers’ Training College, Kyamusansala Primary school- Villa Maria Masaka, among others
The General Meeting was preceded by the First Continental AMASC Meeting in Africa Region held in January 2014 in Uganda, under the theme, “Listening Hearts” whereby it was agreed that Uganda forms a national association as a prerequisite of joining the AMASC family. This national association so formed should be registered legally. In September 2010, after an Alumnae/i meeting at Namugongo, an association “Uganda Association of the Sacred Heart Alumnae (UASHA)” was formed but was not duly registered and no legal document or constitution was drafted.
A team of some members, under coordination of Sr Elizabeth Nakayiza sat in numerous meetings at Gaba Covent and came up with a draft constitution, which was amended and later adopted by the First General Meeting that sat on 22 February 2014
The Society of the Sacred Heart in Uganda together with all its old students at the First General Meeting looked at the draft constitution, proposed amendments and approved it; the name UASHA was also adopted and are in the final process of registration which when completed will enable the association apply to join AMASC.
The then acting Chairperson of UASHA, Rosemary Namukasa Ssembajjwe, noted that the first meeting of UASHA was the beginning of the family of the Sacred Heart Alumnae/i in Uganda. She urged the members to be united and informed them that the association will unite all the alumnae/i of Sacred Heart Schools in Uganda through which we can work together for the benefit of the society we live in.
To oversee the running of association activities, leaders were also elected:
Rosemary Namukasa was voted as Chairperson/President, to be assisted by Sylivia Namubiru Mukasa,
Betty Ogiel as General Secretary while
Gertrude Nakigudde the Treasurer.
It was also agreed that Sr. Elizabeth Nakayiza would be in charge of coordinating and linking UASHA to AMASC and to national associations of other countries.
School representatives were also elected; Namatovu Christine (Kalungu G.T.C), Dr.Ann Nanteza (Kalisizo), Auma Margaret (Kangole), and Jane Nsubuga (Nkozi ). Sr. Susan Anyango and Sr. Jo. Wright officiated the elections.
Among the benefits that come with AMASC membership is professional consultation from the wide network that spreads worldwide; rights to attend The International Association of alumnae and alumni of the Sacred Heart meetings held every four years holding a World Congress. This year’s World Congress will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.
Uganda will become the third African country to join AMASC after Egypt and République Démocratique du Congo.
In October 2013, the Diocese of Aberdeen in Scotland ran a Pilgrimage to Rome. Four Sacred Heart Former Pupils of Queen's Cross in Aberdeen went on this Pilgrimage. A highlight of the trip was to visit Mater on the day before her Feast Day. We were warmly welcomed as we arrived having climbed the Spanish Steps continuing up to the Trinita de Monti and then to the Chapel with our party where one of the group was well in her nineties, but not even one was out of breath! We were accompanied by four other people one of whom was the daughter of a South American Sacred Heart Former Pupil. They shared that they were very touched to hear us singing the Hymn to Mater and by how much the visit had meant to us.
|A photo of the four of us:
Margaret Kessack, Anne Rae, Jean Johnstone and
Sheila Donahoe, National President on