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There are many exciting things happening in our vibrant and growing congregation! We’ve included all the latest news and our most recent publications here. Visit our News page often to stay updated.

Walking with the Lord: Lenten Reflections

We invite you to journey with us to the foot of the cross this Lent. Over the next six weeks, we will share short Lenten reflections from our Sisters based on weekly Gospel readings. Let us pray and grow together through this holy season.

Week Two: What is the Chalice That You've Been Given to Drink?
Sr. Patricia Kofron, ASCJ

What is the CHALICE that you’ve been GIVEN TO DRINK? Walking with the Lord: Lent 2021

Replying to the mother of the sons of Zebedee who asked that her sons sit next to Jesus, one on the right and one on the left, Jesus asked of the brothers, “Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?” They said to him, “We can.” (Mt 20:17-28)

What is the chalice that you’ve been given to drink? Is it perhaps a broken relationship, a failed marriage, a physically or mentally sick spouse or loved one, a wayward son or daughter? Or maybe you’ve been faced with unemployment, financial struggles, or even homelessness. Whether it is worry, anxiety, depression, a lack of self-esteem, or the burden of caring for someone suffering from dementia, we all experience trials and difficulties.

We know from Jesus himself that in order to be his disciple, we must take up our cross when following him. In other words, we must drink from the bitter chalice of suffering.

What then sustains us as we take up our cups and drink? Is it not the hope that we gain from the example of Jesus who “did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many”?

Meditating on the crucified Jesus and uniting our sufferings with those of our Lord and Savior can assist us in our Lenten journeys; however, it is of utmost importance to remember that the Crucifixion is followed by the Resurrection! 

May our willingness to carry the crosses that have come our way enable us to joyfully proclaim on Easter “HE HAS RISEN”!

Sr. Patricia serves as Pastoral Associate at Seven Holy Founders Parish in Affton, MO.

Week One: Thy Will Be Done
Sr. Colleen Smith, ASCJ

May we pray with abandon...Thy Will Be Done Sr. Colleen Smith, ASCJ. Walking with the Lord: Lent 2021

Jesus said to his disciples, “This is how you are to pray. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done…” (see Mt. 6: 1-15).

As I think about the words of the prayer Jesus taught us, the central phrase “Thy will be done” catches my attention. No matter why we are brought to prayer, Jesus tells us to frame our prayer with an acceptance of the Father’s will.

I wonder, “What if I don’t want what God wants?” And my Heavenly Father seems to just smile at my foolishness. Jesus tells us in the Gospels that he has come so that we might have life and fullness of joy (Jn 10:10). 

Why would I not then pray with all my heart, “Thy will be done?”

My prayer changes me, and I realize what I want most deeply is what God wants. This Lent, let us pray for one another that we may have the courage to trust in our Heavenly Father who desires only that which is good for us and who promises fullness of joy. In the midst of trials, loneliness, or whatever uncertainty plagues our hearts, may we pray with abandon, “Thy will be done!”

Sr. Colleen is currently Director of the Office of Mission Advancement for the Mary, Queen of Apostles Province.

Check Out Our Newest Web Page!
Sisters Speak

We are excited to announce the launch of a new page on our website called Sisters Speak. Here we will share monthly reflections from our Sisters about various elements of religious life and discerning one’s vocation, along with some discernment resources.

If you have ever wondered what it is like to live in religious community, or if you have an interest in advice about discernment, we invite you to check out this new page!

NCEA Appoints Sr. Mary Grace Walsh to Board
Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D.

The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) recently announced the appointment of Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, ASCJ, Ph.D., a Provincial Councilor for the Mary Queen of Apostles Province of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to its Board of Directors. 

As the largest private professional education association in the world, NCEA works with Catholic educators across the country to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church.

“I am grateful to Bishop Kicanas and the Board of Directors of NCEA for inviting me to join in supporting the mission of this important organization,” said Sr. Mary Grace. “Our Catholic schools provide vital resources to our communities, and I look forward to working with NCEA to further enhance the opportunities available to students and educators.”

Born and raised in New Haven, Sr. Mary Grace is a 1975 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden. Until July 2020, she served the Archdiocese of Hartford for four years as Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis, and as the President of Saint Thomas Seminary. She is currently President of Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, the sister school of Sacred Heart Academy.

Sr. Mary Grace is a dedicated champion of Catholic education. Prior to her work with the Archdiocese of Hartford, she was Superintendent and Secretary of Catholic Education and Faith Formation in the Diocese of Bridgeport from 2006 to 2015. She has also served as an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator in seven archdioceses/dioceses across the country.  

Sr. Mary Grace holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Albertus Magnus College, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Saint Louis University, and a Ph.D. in educational administration/church leadership from Fordham University. She was appointed to the NCEA Board of Directors alongside Henry P. Fortier, secretary for education/superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Orlando. 

“NCEA is blessed to have the expertise of Sister Mary Grace and Henry as part of the NCEA Board of Directors. Their insight and contributions will be valuable to the mission of NCEA,” Kathy Mears, NCEA Interim President/CEO, said in a press release. 

New York Church Installs Shrine to Blessed Clelia
 Blessed Clelia Shrine blessing

A beautiful shrine dedicated to Blessed Clelia Merloni, foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was installed at Immaculate Conception Church in Tuckahoe, New York, where Sr. Cora Lombardo, ASCJ, serves as Director of Religious Education. 

The shrine features a first-class relic from Blessed Clelia’s body, which is embedded in a wooden Mission Lamp, and a rendering of her portrait on Talavera tiles.

The shrine was unveiled and blessed on October 17, 2020. The Apostles are grateful to Rev. Anthony Sorgie, pastor of Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady parish, for encouraging devotion to Blessed Clelia and sharing her charism.

Read more about the shrine in Catholic New York, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York.

Meet Our Vocations Director

Meet Sr. Colleen Mattingly, our new Vocations Director! The role of Vocations Director is one that usually involves a lot of traveling—to college campuses, discernment events and Catholic conferences—to meet women who are discerning religious life. With Covid-19, however, these events have been cancelled or have gone virtual, requiring Sr. Colleen to think outside in her approach to meeting discerners. Watch her meet and greet video below!

A Florida native, Sr. Colleen entered the Apostles in 2005. Throughout the years, she has served in New York, NY; St. Louis, MO; Tallahassee, FL; and most recently, Waterford, Ireland. Sr. Colleen runs on coffee and her hobbies include singing, playing guitar, baking, running, and reading.

New Video Series Highlights Blessed Clelia’s Virtues

Our foundress, Blessed Clelia Merloni, was a woman of many virtues. Her life was anything but easy, yet the trials and suffering she endured only fueled her desire for holiness.

We invite you to get to know Blessed Clelia and her virtues in our newly launched video series called Broken & Blessed on our YouTube channel. Videos in this series will be posted twice a month. 

It is our hope that these video reflections from our Sisters will help you to embrace Blessed Clelia as a model of holiness.