Connecticut 2013-2014

Mount Sacred Heart

The United States Provincialate for the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is located in Hamden, Connecticut on a wooded, 125-acre property known as Mount Sacred Heart. Formerly known as Cherry Hill, the property was purchased from the estate of Manley E. Chester, a prominent local businessman, in 1946.
At that time, the Provincialate was still located on Greene Street in nearby New Haven. Under the direction of Provincial Superior Mother Celestine Rigo, ground was broken for
the new Provincialate in 1950. Originally dedicated in 1953 and rededicated in 2005, the main building houses the Provincial offices as well as residential areas and the Caritas Christi Center. Connected to the building is Sacred Heart Academy. Also on the property is Sacred Heart Manor, the Apostles' retirement home, which itself houses the Clelian Adult Day Center and the Sacred Heart Manor Nursery and Kindergarten. Additionally, the original stone mansion on the property, built in the early 1900s, is home to the Apostles' formation community. The renovated and updated structure was rededicated in the summer of 2008 and is now known as the "Sr. Antonine Signorelli Formation House."

In residence at Mount Sacred Heart are,
front row: Sr. Patricia Cigrand, Director of the Caritas Christi Center; Sr. Maria Lourdes Maranan, Registered Nurse at Sacred Heart Manor; Sr. Marilyn Lagermann, Registered Nurse at Sacred Heart Manor; Sr. Paula Marie Pitruzzello, Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish; and Sr. Ann Maria Sforza, Manager of Buildings & Grounds. Second row:Sr. Elaine Ann Lattanzi, Director of Sacred Heart Manor Nursery & Kindergarten; Sr. Doretta D'Albero, Paralegal at Apostle Immigrant Service;  Sr. Anne Walsh, Provincial Superior; Sr. Lisa Retort, Provincial Secretary, and Sr. Linda Pettinella, Vice Provincial Superior.

Sacred Heart Academy

Established on Greene Street in New Haven in 1946
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by Sr. M. Antonine Signorelli, Sacred Heart Academy is a college preparatory school for young women located at Mount Sacred Heart in Hamden, CT. SHA was dedicated at Mount Sacred Heart in 1956, three years after the dedication of the Provincialate. Over the course of its 65+ year history, SHA has graduated over 5,000 students.The Apostles living in the Sacred Heart Academy community are Sr. Sheila O'Neill, President; Sr. Mary Anne Sharron, faculty member; Sr. Mariette Moan, faculty member and Alumnae Director and Director of the Office for Religious of the Archdiocese of Hartford; Sr. Maureen Flynn, Principal; Sr. Lany Jo Smith, Director of Campus Ministry; and Sr. Judith Musco, Dean of Student Activities.

 Sacred Heart Manor

Dedicated in 1976, Sacred Heart Manor, the Apostles' retirement home in Hamden on the Mount Sacred Heart property was the vision of Provincial Superior Sr. Anita Marie Giampetro. Because the retired sisters at that time had almost all been involved in education, Sr. Anita Marie also thought it was important to establish a nursery school and kindergarten as a lively reminder of the sisters' days in active ministry. The nursery was established first in the Provincialate building, but it moved to the Manor when construction was complete.
In addition to the Nursery & Kindergarten, the Clelian Adult Day Center has also been located at the Manor since its founding in 1988.

Sisters in residence at the Manor participate in the ministry of the province, whether as active volunteers at the Clelian Center, by making sandwiches for the "Midnight Run," or through prayer as Apostle Adorers.

Read more about Sacred Heart Manor in the feature article of the Spring, 2006 issue of Caritas, the newsletter of the Apostles.


Sr. Antonine Signorelli Novitiate Community

This year, the community residing in the Sister Antonine Signorelli Formation House consists of the novices in their Canonical year, along with Sr. Luisa Villegas, Novice Directress. The Canonical year is dedicated to the religious and spiritual formation of the novice.

During this year the novices will experience the consecrated life through study and internalization of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
The members of this formation community are (front, L-R) Sr. Lauren Elizabeth Zak and Sr. Elizabeth Doyle; second row, Sr. Luisa Villegas and Sr. Clara Mahilia Roache; third row, Sr. Christina Skelley.

As the Novices continue in the initial stage of formation as Apostles, they spend their time in service at the various ministries on the Mount Sacred Heart property,

and attend classes as well. 


Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Apostles have a long history of service to the New Haven community, starting in 1906 when we came from Boston, just 4 years after first arriving from Italy.


The establishment of the Guadalupe Community in the Fair Haven section in 2008 marked the return of an Apostle convent to within the city limits for the first time in several years. At that time, we launched a new initiative: Apostle Immigrant Services. Sr. Mary Ellen Burns, an attorney with several years of experience serving a largely-immigrant community in New York City, leads the new ministry. In photo, (L-R) Sr. Eleanor Perfetto, Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in East Haven, Sr. Jeanne Marie Vonder Haar, who in addition to tutoring with AIS, is a Pastoral Associate at St. Aedan/St. Brendan Parish in New Haven; Sr. Susan Francis Graham, Registered Nurse at Sacred Heart Manor and Vocations assistant; Sr. Mary Ellen Burns; and Sr. Estelle Barelli, who ministers at Sacred Heart Manor.

 Mary, Mother of the Church

Mary, Mother of the Church Convent was established in 1994 on Denslow Hill Road on the property of Mount Sacred Heart in Hamden. Members of the community are Sr. Maureen Fitzgerald, Principal of St. Rita School; Sr. Cecilia Marie Scaduto, Director of Clelian Adult Day Center; Sr. Mary Jane Paolella, faculty member at Sacred Heart Academy; Sr. Anne D'Alessio, Vice Principal at St. Rita School, and Sr. Joanna Paolella, Communications Assistant at the Mount Sacred Heart Provincialate.

Sacred Heart on the Lake

Located in Higganum, Connecticut, Sacred Heart on the Lake was established in 1964 through the efforts of Provincial Superior Mother Rosalia Sosso. Mother Rosalia sought to provide a place where Apostles could spend weekends or vacation time away from the busy schedules of daily ministry. The larger of two buildings on the beautiful 46-acre property is a renovated factory which is not only available to the Apostles, but also to groups wishing to use it for retreat days or workshops. In 1970 the congregation purchased an adjoining property with a house to be used as a convent.


Since then, the Apostles in residence have served local parishes in the Norwich diocese.

The present community at Sacred Heart on the Lake includes (L-R) Sr. Emmanuel Shoaf, who manages the grounds; Sr. Mary Veronica Sabelli, who teaches at Holy Apostles College and Seminary; Sr. Dominic Joseph Valla, a pastoral associate at St. Patrick Parish in East Hampton; and Sr. Jerilyn Hunihan, a Chaplain with the Connecticut Department of Corrections. 


St. Raphael

The mission at St. Raphael Parish in Bridgeport, CT was established in 1937 when the sisters were sent to help with catechetical and parish work for the Italian population of Bridgeport. In 1960 when St. Raphael School opened, the sisters began serving as administrators and teachers in the parish school. Starting with the 2013-14 school year, St. Raphael School was incorporated into the new "Cathedral Academy" which features two campuses: the St. Raphael Campus which is the lower school, and the St. Augustine Campus, the upper school.

Members of the Apostle community at St. Raphael Convent are Sr. Deborah Lopez, Principal at the St. Raphael lower school; Sr. Lisa Florio, faculty member at the St. Augustine upper school; Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Bridgeport Office for Education; and Sr. Angela Gertsema, faculty member at the lower school.

St. Joseph

The Apostles were invited to serve in St. Joseph Parish in Shelton in 2006 by the pastor, Fr. Chris Walsh.

The community includes (L-R) Sr. Carolyn Carlisano, teacher at St. Joseph School; Sr. Ruth Aubrey, an Administrative Assistant in the Office of Clergy for the Diocese of Bridgeport; Sr. Nancy Strillacci, Program Director in the Office of Clergy for the Diocese of Bridgeport. and Sr. Rita Petrarca, Pastoral Associate for the Parish and Archivist for the Apostles' U.S. Province.




Immaculate Heart of Mary

Currently living at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Guilford are Sr. Carol Sansone, Principal of Our Lady of Mercy School in Madison, Sr. Carolyn Severino, Principal of St. Mary School in Branford; Sr. Christine Hoffner, faculty member at Our Lady of Mercy School, and Sr. Ellen Cronan, teacher at St. Mary's and administrator at Our Lady of Mercy.