Book Reviews

Review of books written by or about RSCJs and Alumna

Welcome to Sister Carolyn Osiek, rscj who wil suggest books for the AMASC website limiting them to those by or about the RSCJs as well as those by or about Sacred Heart Alumnae.

Sister Osiek, rscj is the Archivist for the Society of the Sacred Heart, U.S. Province as well as Scripture Scholar and Author who lives in St. Louis. Sister Osiek is also Charles Fischer Professor of New Testament Emerita, Brite Divinity School.


Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: A Heart on Fire across Frontiers

Learn more about ‘The woman who prays always’
In time for its bicentennial celebration, the Society of the Sacred Heart has published
“Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne: A Heart on Fire across Frontiers,
written by Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ.

Two hundred years ago, Rose Philippine Duchesne set out across the Atlantic to establish the Society of the Sacred Heart and educate the children of the new world. Opening the first Catholic school west of the Mississippi, Mother Duchesne, known as “the woman who prays always,” crossed frontiers to bring faith, love and education to the new world.
Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, is Charles Fischer Catholic Professor of New Testament emerita at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University and now provincial archivist for the Society of the Sacred Heart,United States–Canada Province.
In this short book on the life of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, she brings to life the compelling story of the saint who paved the way for Catholic education west of the Mississippi.
The book is available for order through your local book store or
For quantities of 50 or more, contact Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, at

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"Against All Odds"

A graduate of RSCJ's Kangole and Kalunga High Schools, Betty Ogiel Rubanga writes about the challenges she faced as a girl child growing up in Africa. This is a true story about an orphaned girl-child from Karamoja, a neglected rural area of northern Uganda. Her greatest dream was to get an education but she had to go against many heartbreaking obstacles to achieve that dream. In a culture where education for girls is not a priority, she was fortunate to meet the RSCJ who gave her personal support as well as financial aid. Her resilience and determination enabled her to complete secondary school and university. A reviewer on shares: "Betty Ogiel Rubanga's story is inspiring. She is an example of the life-changing benefits of education for girls and women. She is proof of how faith, using your gifts, and grit can transform your life. It is also a testament to the Society of the Sacred Heart and their networks of schools around the world which have supported the education of girls and women in Uganda. A must-read to understand what life in Uganda has been and is like for many."
Betty dedicated her book to the RSCJ and to Sacred Heart Education. Support Betty by sharing her story.

Judith Ann  Brown, RSCJ, Judith Ann  Brown, RSCJ and
Frances Gimber, RSCJ,
Mary Catherine McKay, RSCJ, 1929-2001.

A short biography of a religious who touched many people's lives, as member of the Central Council of the Society in Rome, Director of Novices, worker for social justice in Nicaragua and Harlem, and resource for spiritual leadership until her sudden death in Japan. Available from the Society of the Sacred Heart, 4120 W. Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108, U.S.A. 

Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, (1893-1966): Biographer of Philippine Duchesne.
Louise Callan, RSCJ (1893-1966): Biographer of Philippine Duchesne

Louise Callan, RSCJ, was Professor of History and Sacred Scripture at Maryville College in St. Louis until her death in 1966, greatly loved by her many Maryville students. Overcoming severe obstacles of time and limitations of resources available to her, she produced a major biography, of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ (1769-1852), pioneer missionary from France to America in 1818, a biography that is widely known and has yet to be superseded. Her work, which was met with critical acclaim, was accomplished during years in which she suffered courageously from cancer and worse from the treatments available at the time. A teacher to the end, she died an hour after finishing her last class. This biography is a tribute to her as we approach the bicentennial of the arrival of Philippine and her companions in 1818.
The book is available for $11.95 plus shipping or $3.49 ebook from various online vendors, including iUniverse, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

A Child’s Life of St. Madeleine Sophie

By Dacia Van Antwerp, ASH, 1948 Illustrations by Carla Maria Melendez Relli, ASH, 2020
Published by Denton Publications
2121 Clawson Avenue, Apt. 101
Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
Cost $14, MI residents add 6% MI sales tax = $14.84
All net proceeds from the sale of this little book\will go to
 the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA.

Sophie's Fire

By Constance Solari (CreateSpace, 2012). A historical novel based on the life of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. See its website with much information about St. Madeleine Sophie's life and historical context, and Available at

Barat College: A Legacy, a Spirit, and a Name

By Martha Curry, RSCJ.. A new book published by an RSCJ about the history of Barat College, Lake Forest, IL, founded by the Society. It has many alumnae who will be interested.
Chicago, Illinois: Loyola Press, 2012.
$20.00 plus shipping. ISBN 3734-8.
The book can be ordered from Loyola Press, 1-800-621-1008,
or by mail to: Loyola Press, 3441 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60657.
It is not available online. More information at

The Society of the Sacred Heart in Nineteenth-Century France, 1800-1865.

By Phil Kilroy, RSCJ. Cork University Press; available April 30, 2012. ISBN 1859184995.

Madeleine Simon RSCJ: Born Contemplative.

New Edition - Introducing Children to Christain Meditation: Edited by - Penelope Sturrock
Madeleine Simon RSCJ had an intuitive understanding that children are 'born contemplative'. This book helps adults who care for children to share in their openness and longing for God in the silence, stillness and simplicity of Christian meditation. This new edition brings an experiential dimension to her enduring message. An invitation at the end of each chapter encourages the reader to respond not only to the content but, more importantly, to the experience of sharing the prayer of silence with children. The book will help practicing meditators who are looking for a way to introduce meditation to children. It will also encourage those who have not practiced meditation to begin in the interest of children.

La Société du Sacré-Coeur dans le monde de son temps 1865-2000
de Monique Luirard et Clare Pratt. Presses Universitaires du Septentrion (30 décembre 1995)

Traducción española: La Sociedad del Sagrado Corazón en el mundo de su tiempo 1865-2000, de Rosa Carbonell, RSCJ. Kitbooks, 2014.

English translation: The Society of the Sacred Heart in the World of Its Times 1865-2000,
by Frances Gimber, RSCJ. iUniverse, 2016.

Les Années pionnières 1818-1823

de Chantal Paisant Le Cerf, 2001. Correspondence of St. Philippine Duchesne and her four companions on their journey to America.

A Trail of Light: The Very Full Life of Anita Figueredo

Bloomington, IN: Wordclay, 2009. Anita Figueredo Doyle was a prominent alumna of Manhattanville and board member at University of San Diego. She was a surgeon who practiced many years in San Diego. Sarita Eastman is Anita's daughter. The book is available in English and Spanish from

Madeleine Chi, Shanghai Sacred Heart: Risk in Faith, 1926-1952.

Published by the Society of the Sacred Heart, 2001; order from Society of the Sacred Heart Archives, U.S. Province.
This one is not new, but important for your international

Sister Karuna Mary Braganza rscj.

Read more on the Book and Journal Review

Kathryn Sullivan, RSCJ (1905-2006): Teacher of the Word

Southward, Ha!The Society of the Sacred Heart Enters "Land of the Spanish Sea"

Check the Flyer of the introductory books available in English

In French:

La mission au féminin : Témoignages de religieuses missionnaires au fil d'un siècle (XIXe-début XXe siècle)

Chantal Paisant (Auteur), Collectif (Auteur)
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