Love one another and combat with energy any feelings of aversion or resentment which may mount up in your heart.
Venerable Mother Clelia Merloni

U.S. Leadership

Each province in the congregation of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is led by a Provincial Superior, assisted by a Vice Provincial, Provincial Secretary, Provincial Treasurer, and a team of Councilors. Get to know our current and past leadership.

In Clelia’s Footsteps — The U.S. Provincial Leadership

Provincial Superior

Provincial Superior, Sr. Ritamary Schulz

Sr. Ritamary Schulz is a native of New Haven, CT and a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart in 1959, and professed final vows in 1966. She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from St. Louis University in Missouri, a master of arts degree in counseling from Iona University in New York, and a 6th year certificate in administration from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. She also completed a spiritual direction internship and holds a certificate in spiritual direction from the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality, as well as a certificate in supervision of spiritual directors.

Sr. Ritamary has a wide variety of experience in the activities and ministries of the province. She taught at the elementary and secondary school levels as principal of Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, CT, Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, and Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, CT. Sr. Ritamary’s experience in formation included several years as directress of aspirants and juniorate directress.

In addition to her years as local superior, Sr. Ritamary served the province as councilor, treasurer, and first director of the development office. She has also been actively involved in the planning and restructuring process in the province. Her most recent ministry was executive director of Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children in Greensburg, PA. She also served as a part-time spiritual director for the West Virginia Institute of Spirituality. She was appointed provincial superior in September of 2016.

Provincial Council

Pictured left to right: Sr. Mary Lee, Sr. Rita Petrarca, Sr. Diane Mastroianni, Sr. Ritamary Schulz, Sr. Veronica Beato, Sr. Mariette Moan, and Sr. Virginia Herbers

Past Provincial Superiors

Each province within the congregation is guided by a Provincial Superior. These devoted women have followed in the footsteps of Venerable Mother Clelia Merloni as past leaders of the U.S. Province.

M. Marcelline Vigano

M. Celestine Rigo
1919–1934 & 1937–1951

M. Hildegarde Campodonico
1934–1937

M. Rosina Dassi
1951–1960

M. Rosalia Sosso
1960–1968

M. Anita Marie Giampetro
1968–1977

Sr. Maria Consilia Mantello
1977–1986

Sr. Adrianne DiLonardo
1986–1995

Sr. Deborah Lopez
1995–2001

Sr. M. Clare Millea
2001–2004

Sr. Maureen Martin
2004–2013

Sr. Anne T. Walsh
2013–2016