History

As the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an international congregation with provinces and missions on 5 continents, each province has its own story of growth and expansion in addition to the shared roots we hold in common. For the earliest history of the congregation, please visit the section on Our Foundress, Mother Clelia Merloni. The history of the U.S. Province is told briefly in the section "A Century of Service." On this page you are introduced to the 6 women who have followed in Clelia Merloni's footsteps as leaders of the congregation with the title "Superior General." The history of the worldwide congregation is revealed through the accomplishments of our leaders.

Mother Marcelline Vigano

Mother Marcelline ViganoBorn in Brugherio (Milan) January 6,1869, Mother Marcelline Vigano entered the newly founded Congregation of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Viareggio in 1895...

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Mother Hildegarde Campodonico

Mother Hildegarde CampodonicoBorn to Italian parents in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 1, 1879, Mother Hildegarde Campodonico knew how to blend a love for her native land and the land of her heritage. She embraced religious life with youthful enthusiasm, entering the novitiate of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boston in 1904....

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Mother Speranzina Morelli

Mother Speranzina Morelli The General Chapter which met during the 1950 Holy Year elected Mother Speranzina Morelli as its fourth Superior General. She was born in Verdello, Italy, on July 21, 1901, and entered the Congregation on October 16, 1920. Mother Speranzina was a missionary and local superior in the Aegean Islands for many years....

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Mother Rosalia Sosso

Mother Rosalia SossoThe 1968 General Chapter elected Mother Rosalia Sosso to succeed Mother Speranzina as Superior General. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1915, Mother Rosalia entered the Congregation in 1935. She soon distinguished herself for her exemplary religious life and apostolic zeal as teacher, music instructor, principal, and formation directress...

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Mother Maria Auxiliadora de Godoy

Mother Maria Auxiliadora de GodoyThe twelfth General Chapter. held at Rocca di Papa in 1986. elected Mother Maria Auxiliadora de Godoy its sixth Superior General. The third of fifteen children. Mother Auxiliadora was born on October 1, 1931. in Viradouro. in the State of San Paulo. Brazil. She entered the Congregation in 1951 and made her first profession in 1954...

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Mother M. Clare Millea

Mother M. Clare MilleaSucceeding Mother Maria Auxiliadora de Godoy as the seventh Superior General is Mother M. Clare Millea, elected by the 15th General Chapter in 2004. The merger of the Central and Southern Italian provinces, begun by Mother Auxiliadora, was completed in September, 2006...

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