ur Lady Help of Christians was in one of the poorest neighborhoods in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1913, but surely Italian parishioners valued a new parish school because over six hundred children enrolled the day the registration started! It was the first parochial school staffed by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the U.S.
This burst of enthusiasm from the first contacts with our sisters was a welcome sign. St. Louis became a source of many religious vocations since the faith and the devotion to the Sacred Heart were strong. In time the hub of activity was Fairmount Heights, or the “Hill” section, where a nursery, elementary, and high school were established. Many missions spread in the metropolitan area. In addition to education and parish ministry, now Apostles serve in retreat and university settings.
Today the Apostles serve the people of metropolitan St. Louis in the following ministries:
The Clelian House mission was established in December 2002 on the Hill in St. Louis. It is now home to the juniorate formation community.
Members of the Clelian House community are: (L to R) Sr. Virginia Herbers, Juniorate Directress and Cor Jesu Academy faculty member; Sr. Cara Grace Kissell, student at St. Louis University; Sr. Kathryn Press, faculty member at St. Ambrose School; Sr. Carolyn Brown, student at St. Louis University; and Sr. Susan Francis Graham, nurse at St. Anthony's Medical Center.
Cor Jesu Academy
Cor Jesu Academy is a Catholic, college preparatory community in St. Louis, Missouri founded in 1956 by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We provide an academically challenging environment and a program for the total education of talented, academically qualified young women. Inspired by the charism of “sharing the love of the heart of Christ” we empower students to embrace personal dignity and faith, integrity, and compassion and a commitment to serve others.
The faculty and staff of Cor Jesu Academy are composed of dedicated religious and lay professionals. Currently there are five Apostles and more than seventy-five lay men and women on the faculty and staff.
Members of the Cor Jesu community are: (L-R) Sr. Susan Marie Krupp, faculty member; Sr. Sharon Kalert, faculty member; Sr. Barbara Thomas, President; Sr. Kathleen Mary Coonan, Principal; and Sr. Colleen Patricia Mattingly, faculty member.
Our Lady Queen of Apostles
From its earliest roots as a YWCA camp in the early 1900s, "Montebello" has been a place of respite. Located in Imperial, Missouri near the banks of the Mississippi River, the property was purchased by the Apostles on the initative of Sr. Anita Marie Giampetro, Provinvial Superior, in 1969. Sr. Anita Marie was familiar with the property from her days as principal of Cor Jesu Academy, having utilized Montebello as a recreational facility for the students.
In 1989, Sr. Anita Marie was assigned as Superior of the community and opened a preschool which operated until 2006. Presently, the Queen of Apostles Center is a full-time retreat and spirituality center. Throughout the year the Center hosts opportunities for spiritual growth and faith development for individuals and groups who desire to deepen their relationship with God. The Center is committed to serving all persons who seek spiritual renewal in silence, solitude and prayer.
The ministry of Queen of Apostles Community is diversified. Sr. Catherine Antinora serves as the Director of the Spirituality Center and of the programs that consist of days of prayer, overnight private retreats, faculty days of reflection and prayer, and faith-sharing groups, as well as other programs. Sr. Kathryn Skeffington assists in the Center and also is responsible for the children’s spirituality and catechesis program with two groups meeting each week.
Sr. Rosemary Buttice serves part-time at the Center in spiritual direction, in hospitality, and in presenting conferences for the retreats and faculty days of prayer both at the Center and in the parish setting. She also is Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE) for RCIA and adult faith formation at St. Joseph Parish, Imperial, MO.
Sr. Colleen Therese Smith is the Vocation Director for the Apostles' United States Province and the Center serves as a home-base for her when she is not traveling for vocation meetings, retreats, conferences, or interviews.
Sisters in the Queen of Apostles Community are: (L-R) Sr. Colleen Therese Smith; Sr. Rosemary Buttice, Sr. Kathryn Skeffington, and Sr. Catherine Antinora.
Our Lady of Hope
The Our Lady of Hope community was established in July 2005 in the North County region of St. Louis.
(L-R) Sr. Christian Price is the National Director of Youth and Young Adults with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Sr. Patricia Kofron is pastoral associate at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish. Sr. Mary White teaches in the Physician Assistant Education program at St. Louis University in the Doisy College of Health Sciences.
Sacred Heart Villa
Sacred Heart Villa began in 1940 as a childcare service for working parents on “The Hill," in St. Louis, MO. Since its beginning, the Villa has been dedicated to the education and care of preschool age children in their formative years. The sisters serve as administrators, teachers, and catechists along with a dedicated lay staff.
Many families in the metropolitan St. Louis area choose the Villa as the first school for their children. Emphasis is placed on the child’s total growth and development with particular attention to early learning needs and nurturing the Catholic values. The entire program and the environment reflect our commitment to God’s little ones.
Sisters in the Sacred Heart Villa community are: (L to R) Sr. Bridget Smith, teacher; Sr. Eleanor Pozzo, meal preparation; Sr. Maria Battaglia, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; Sr. Sandra Krupp, ministry to St. Ambrose Parish; Sr. Jude Ruggeri, Executive Director.
The members of the St. Ambrose community are Sr. Christine Kiley, Principal of St. Ambrose School; Sr. Maria Battaglia, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Sacred Heart Villa; and Sr. Carrie Christine Zagurskie, faculty member at St. Ambrose School.