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.

Apostle Jubilarians Make Pilgrimage to Rome

Six Apostle Sisters celebrating their 50th jubilee of religious profession were blessed with the opportunity to begin the new year with a pilgrimage to Rome. 

Sr. Marialice Ackermann, Sr. Catherine Antinora, Sr. Cora Lombardo, Sr. Kierstin Martin, Sr. Benjamin Merlotti and Sr. Nancy Strillacci were among the Apostles who participated in a special pilgrimage for Sisters celebrating the 25th and 50th anniversaries of their religious profession. They were joined by Apostle Sisters from our international provinces.  

In addition to visiting various points of interest in Italy, the pilgrims enjoyed visiting places of importance in the life of our foundress, Blessed Clelia Merloni, and spent time in prayer at Blessed Clelia’s tomb.

A commemorative jubilee Mass was also celebrated at our Generalate in Rome.

Sisters visiting Blessed Clelia's tombSisters in Rome
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.

Apostle Legacy Exhibit Opens at Provincialate

Main hallway featuring the opportunity to learn about the role prayer, ministry, and community play in the life of an apostleAn historical exhibit dedicated to the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the congregation’s newly beatified foundress, Blessed Clelia Merloni, was unveiled to the public during a dedication ceremony on June 28, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Featuring interactive audio/visual displays, artifacts, and replicas, the Apostle Legacy Exhibit tells the story of who the apostles are, both past and present, and how the congregation came to be founded. The exhibit’s main attractions include three thematic rooms: The Mission Room, which provides a history of Apostle ministries in the United States; the Founder’s Room, which focuses on the life of Blessed Clelia and her founding the congregation; and a replica of Blessed Clelia’s bedroom in Rome, where she spent the last two-and-a-half years of her life. 

As visitors travel down the main hallway from room to room they have the opportunity to learn about the role prayer, ministry, and community play in the life of an apostle. 

“This exhibit is a true tribute to the legacy the sisters have left here in the United States,” said Sr. Virginia Herbers, ASCJ, who spearheaded the creation and design of the exhibit. “It is also our way of honoring the beatification of Blessed Clelia and allowing her legacy of holiness to bless all those who can benefit from her example of love, mercy, and reparation.”

Housed on the ground floor of Sacred Heart Manor at the United States provincialate in Hamden, Connecticut, the Apostle Legacy Exhibit was made possible through the generosity of the Knights of Columbus Museum, who donated several museum-quality display furnishings, and numerous benefactors. 

The Apostle Legacy Exhibit is open to the public every Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (203) 248.4031. The exhibit entrance is located near the Clelian Center entrance at the rear of 261 Benham Street, Hamden, Connecticut 06514.