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.

Advent Reflections - Week One
Watching and Waiting - Advent reflections from the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Some years, Advent catches me off guard. This year is one of those years, and yet, here we are. Advent 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, following a contentious national election, while an economic crisis unfolds.

I was actually startled as I heard the Gospel of the First Sunday of Advent proclaimed. The last word of the Gospel, spoken by Jesus, was “Watch!”

We invite you to please read the entirety of  Sr. Colleen Therese Smith's week one Advent reflection.

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. 

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.