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.

Celebration of Vows
Perpetual Vows 2020 Gallery

The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus joyfully celebrated the Perpetual Profession of three Sisters on August 1 and the renewal of vows of four Sisters on July 31 at the Provincialate in Hamden, Conn. 

Sr. Elizabeth Doyle, ASCJ; Sr Clara Mahilia Roache, ASCJ; and Sr. Christina Skelley, ASCJ professed their final vows in a small, socially-distanced Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Peter A. Rosazza, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Hartford. Rev. Jaime Maldonado-Avilés concelebrated and Rev. Matthew Gworek served as Master of Ceremonies.

Originally from St. Louis, Sr. Elizabeth Doyle, 30, teaches Spanish and theology at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, where she is also Director of Campus Ministry. She is an alumna of Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, the sister school of Sacred Heart Academy. Sr. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Art in Spanish and Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Missouri, and a master’s in Spanish from St. Louis University. She also studied theology at Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

Renewal of Vows 2020 Gallery

Sr. Mahilia, 40, was born and raised in of St. Lucia. In August 2020, Sr. Mahilia joined the staff at Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis as a theology teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Central Connecticut State University and a master’s in international trade policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in California. She also earned a four-year biblical studies certificate from the Catholic Biblical School of the Archdiocese of Hartford. 

A native of Aurora, Ill., Sr. Christina, 35, is a convert to the faith. She was received into the Catholic Church in 2006 while she was a student at Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a bachelor’s in humanities. She also holds a master’s in education from St. Louis University. Sr. Christina teaches 5th grade and music at St. Joseph School in Imperial, Mo. She’s been in ministry at St. Joseph since 2017.  

In a Mass celebrated by Rev. Thomas Kelly, Sr. Catherine Francis Brodersen, ASCJ; Sr. Allison Lorraine Masserano, ASCJ; Sr. Catherine Ann Phillips, ASCJ; and Sr. Kelsey Ann Shaver, ASCJ renewed their temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. These vows are renewed annually until Perpetual Profession. 

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.