Pat Geuting and Amy Richardson Co-coordinators for Washington, DC

Dear Associates,

We are very happy to announce the Provincial Team’s approval of Pat Geuting, RSCJ and Amy Richardson as co-coordinators for the Washington DC Associates’ Group. We are very excited that this group is moving forward.

Pat has been faithfully attending the Associates’ gatherings during the past year and a half and she expressed a willingness to take on the responsibility as a co-coordinator with Amy Richardson. She is deeply loved and respected by the members of the group and she has the skills and energy to do the job well.

Amy has been in our Sacred Heart family since she entered first grade at Stone Ridge in the early 60’s. She credits her twelve years at Sone Ridge with helping her to believe that “girls can do anything”, an attitude that served her well during medical school and her ensuing medical practice. She was involved with the Cleveland area AASH chapter and since moving back to DC has served on the Stone Ridge Alumnae Board and is currently a Trustee. Regarding the Associates, Amy writes: “Our year and a half of community building and discernment has convinced me that this relationship with the Society is the path opening before me to continue to live the journey toward the Sacred Heart charism that began all those years ago when Mother Mouton welcomed me to this wonderful Global family.”

We are grateful to Pat and Amy for their willingness to serve the Washington, DC Associates' group.

Cathy Knapik      Jane Steinfels
AC-USC Co-chairs

Associates Committee - December 2016 Report

Minutes of the Associates Committee (AC-USC) Conference Call
December 14, 2016

Participants: Sheila Hammond, Jane Steinfels, Cathy Knapik, Sue Whalen, Diane Roche, Julie Siderfin, Michelle Hogan, Peggy Gorman, Kathy Dolan, Carol Haggarty

Prayer offered by Diane

Transition Conversation
Due to new role in the Province Sheila announced that Carol Haggarty would replace her as the Provincial liaison. Carol has had a long and involved association with the St. Louis Associates. Also, since Carol works closely with the Team she will keep the them informed of the work and needs of the Associates.  Thank you Sheila and welcome Carol.

Broadening and Sharing roles and responsibilities

Quick review of responsibilities and regions as they stand now.

The Central Region already has 2 representatives because of its size.  With the formal beginnings of the Grand Coteau group in process, we need to reconsider the division of areas. Point of contact will be Yvonne Adler and Lucie Nordmann will be the RSCJ representative. Cathy Kinabrew and John have offered to help them start up.  Peggy and Julie were asked to consider what plan might be best.

Central I (Julie) will consist of: Omaha, St. Louis, New Orleans, Grand Coteau????

Central II (Peggy) will consist of: Halifax, Houston, Chicago, Detroit ???

We discussed a document outlining responsibilities of Chair/Co-Chair and Regional Representatives.  This was provisionally accepted.  We will live with it for 6 months and evaluate at the end of the year.   

Nominations for AC-USC replacements:
East – Lori Wilson
West: Kristi Laughlin, Molly Arthur, Mary Lyn Hikel
RSCJ member: Shelley Lawrence
Dec 15th deadline.
Phone interviews will be made: Cathy, Jane and Michelle.

Jane explained the gift of a virtual garden and tools that the AC-USC and Associates gave to Barb.  Well chosen, since Barb loves to garden!

Medals and Spirituality Forum:
Report given by Julie. 126 medals were mailed to 11 groups.
Spirituality Forum: A website will be forth coming with information needed for registration, etc.  (AC has earmarked $500.00 for each Associate member of the AC for the forum.)

Discussion regarding restricted funds.
Reviewed forms. Forms will be sent to Sue and Michelle for final editing.
Discussion around criteria for requests for funding. How to be used? How many times an individual has requested funding?
Each Associate group needs to be generating income. No one way has been decided.

New Business
Kathleen Hughes’ request to have Associates make their commitment during the Feast of the Sacred Heart video Eucharist on June 23, 2017.  Agreed.

A doodle will be sent for date and time of next meeting.

Submitted by Kathleen Dolan,rscj

Associates Committee - October Report

Associates Committee Transitions
Sue Whalen (Eastern), Michelle Hogan (Western), and Kathy Dolan are coming to the end of their terms on the Associates Committee.  We are seeking nominations to the Associates Committee for a representative from the Eastern region, from the Western region, and for an RSCJ to represent the Province (serving in an “at-large” role).  A request for nominations has been sent out by email and will be posted to the Update.  Nominations may be sent to or  New committee members will be asked to participate in a transition meeting in April of 2017 in St. Charles.

At our biennial Associate Committee - United States Canada (AC-USC) meeting at the Stuart Center in Washington, DC, this past April, the committee formally adopted an Associate symbol.  Each Associate who has made a commitment will receive a medal recognizing this commitment from the Associates Committee.  The medals may be presented at the renewal of commitment ceremonies held by the individual groups this year.  Associates who subsequently make commitments will be presented with the medal at his/her initial commitment ceremony.  If your group has not received their medals, please email

Finance Task Force:
The Associates Committee is developing criteria for a “scholarship fund” to assist groups who have a financial need when sending Co-Coordinators to Province meetings and other major expenses.  More information will be distributed in the coming months as the process is formalized.

Spirituality Forum: 
Please save the date for the Spirituality Forum – July 12-16, 2017 – in St. Louis, MO.  The theme, in preparation for the 200th anniversary of Philippine’s bringing in the Americas, celebrating her life and legacy.  The Forum will take place at St. Louis University and featured speakers are Catherine Mooney, Gerardette Philips, RSCJ, and Priscilla Solomon, CSJ.  The gathering will include presentations, small group reflections, workshops, prayer, daily liturgy, and celebration.  For inquiries email:

Associates Committee Spring Meeting:

To avoid conflicting with the Spirituality Forum, the Associates Committee will convene our next Co-Coordinator meeting in 2018.  In April of 2017, the Associates Committee and new members will meet in St. Charles, MO. 

-Cathy Knapik, Co-Chair, Associates Committee 

Associates’ Survey – Part 3

We continue to share the results of our Associates’ survey from February 2016.  Today’s responses were made in response to the question, “How does Sacred Heart Spirituality impact your life?”

Three major themes included: Spirituality/ Centrality/Foundation, Prayer/Relationship with God, and Social Justice. Example responses in each theme include:

Spirituality/Centrality/Foundation –  A common theme stated is that the Sacred Heart is the central focus and resting place of our lives. One individual shared that Sacred Heart spirituality becomes the metaphor for the foundation of heart and soul coming together in that deep understanding that love is the only way to move through our lives and to ensure joy and stability, no matter what challenges face us.

Prayer/Relationship with God – It is the very fiber of their being, prayer, and life walk with them on their spiritual walk. Another stated that her Spiritual Director helped her with the contemplative dimension of Sacred Heart Spirituality and deepens her vision of St. Madeleine Sophie and St. Philippine Duchesne. Additionally, Associates commented that their prayer life was fostered and actions were guided by their identity as an Associate of the Religious off the Sacred Heart. 

Social Justice – Sacred Heart spirituality gives each one a socially conscious sense of self and their religion as they see the Sacred Heart of Jesus as the heart of the Cosmos. Another stated that it supports her faith life and her call to be one with the poor. Also, one stated that they were compelled to pray more and to view the world and its needs through a broader and more inclusive lens.
In response to the question, “How do you envision the relationship between the Religious of the Sacred Heart and Associates in the USC Province evolving over the next 10 years?

Several themes emerged from the data: Deepening Relationship, Bearers of the Charism, 
Growth/Mentoring/Increased Membership, and Communication, Commitment/Transitions.
The following quotes summarize much of what was shared in the responses.
·       I imagine that the relationship will deepen in the next ten years. The Religious of the Sacred Heart will continue to embrace the role of lay people. The Associates will grow in numbers and they will help continue the mission and spread the charism of the society of the Sacred Heart. The Associates groups will find ways to work more closely with each other. We will continue to cherish, learn from, and be inspired by the RSCJ in our groups evolving in ways we cannot yet imagine.

We are happy to share this information with all of our Associates and the Religious of the Sacred Heart. Thank you to everyone that participated in our survey.

Cathy Knapik, Associates’ Committee, Co-Chair

Mary Kay Hunyady - Co-Coordinator for San Francisco

We are very pleased that the Provincial Team has officially appointed Mary Kay Hunyady to serve as Co-Coordinator of the San Francisco Associates group with Kristi Laughlin.

One nomination simply began with “Mary Kay is awesome!”  The group recognizes that she has many gifts that will be an asset to the group including: one to one contacts; working in a group setting; community organizing; working with the 65 and under facilitating the group; leading a provincial planning group; and her training as a therapist. The group is aware of the great wealth of knowledge and experience that she brings to the group.  They look forward to her guidance and are hopeful of growing together as a group.

We are grateful to Mary Kay for her willingness to serve in this capacity.  We are also grateful to Ginny for her leadership of many years and her shepherding of the Associate movement! 

Congratulations and thanks to all!
- Jane Steinfels, Associates Committee