Good News From the Apostles

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.

Holly Berry Festival
12 Days of Holly Berry Virtual Festival November 10-21

Our annual Holly Berry Festival is going virtual this year as the 12 Days of Holly Berry from November 10 through 21.


The 12 Days of Holly Berry will combine the convenience of online shopping with traditional festival activities. Holly Berry staples like the Apostles’ famous pickled eggplant, homemade jellies, and special handcrafted items made by the Sisters will be available for purchase via an online store.


The Holly Berry raises critical funds that support the care of the retired and infirm Apostles at Sacred Heart Manor in Hamden. This year’s event will feature a main raffle with three grand prizes. The drawing will be held November 21 at 2:00 p.m. (EST) and will be broadcast live online. Winners can pick up their prize or have it mailed to them at no cost.


There will also be traditional basket raffles and a virtual Christmas Tree Lane raffle featuring an assortment of beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Handcrafted items will be available for shipping in the United States at an additional cost. All other items, including pickled eggplant, jellies, baked goods, basket raffles, and Christmas trees must be picked up at Mount Sacred Heart in Hamden, Connecticut. Free curbside pickup will be offered.

The virtual Holly Berry store will open on November 10 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on the Holly Berry website and will remain open through November 21. The store will not be accessible prior to November 10 and items cannot be reserved or purchased in advance.

More specific details will become available as the event nears. Updates will be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page. We hope to “see” you during this special virtual event in support of our retired Sisters!

    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. 

    Apostles in the News
    Magazine page

    The Catholic Compass magazine of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee published an in-depth feature story about our very own Sr. Margaret Ann Calcutta in its September/October edition. Sr. Margaret Ann is the Director of the Morning Star Program for students with learning challenges and special needs at St. John the Evangelist School. 

    Click here to read her story, which begins on page 14.

    This edition also features an article about the new Mother Clelia Morning Start High School that opened in August. This story begins on page 8.

    Art and Faith Inside Prison

    Sr. Jerilyn Hunihan, a chaplain at Hartford Correctional Center, was invited to speak at Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel at Yale University on September 22, 2020, as part of their lecture series.

    In her presentation titled Signs of Hope: Art and Faith Inside Prison, Sr. Jerilyn shared stories from her ministry. She also shared artwork and poetry from inmates to highlight the transformative power of art and faith in a prison environment. You can watch her lecture by clicking on the image below.:

    Watch Sr. Jerilyn Hunihan's lecture Signs of Hope Art and Faith Inside Prison

    2020 Declared “Clelian Missionary Year”
    A Sister with four teenagers wearing red aprons

    The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are celebrating 2020 as the Clelian Missionary Year. Pondering the graces of the recent beatification of Mother Clelia, we are celebrating her charism alive today in our various missions. Ultimately, to love is our mission! Please pray with us and for us, that as Apostles of His Heart we may bring to everyone “a ray of that holy tenderness that the Heart of Jesus has infallibly communicated to [us].” (Dir Man. Art. 212).

    In this Clelian Missionary Year, we look to Blessed Clelia, who teaches us: “When divine love is truly in the heart, it awakens in it a great desire to see God known, loved, and served” (Book 7, Letter 6). 

    Having encountered the person of Jesus Christ and utterly convinced of His love for us, we consecrate ourselves to Jesus and to loving Him. Like the first Apostles, we have been sent in mission in order to help others know His love and His tender mercy.

    The various missions of the Apostles span 15 countries and include education, healthcare, and pastoral ministry. We bring Christ’s compassionate love to countless children, the elderly, the immigrant, as well as to prisoners, victims of human trafficking and those who are victims of poverty. During this Missionary Year, we invite you to pray with us and for us as together we seek to make known to every person the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.