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 

Eastern Region Associates' Retreat

On the weekend of September 16-18, 27 Associates and RSCJ came together for a retreat at The Linwood Spiritual Center in Rhinebeck, NY. Situated on a cliff overlooking the Hudson River, we could not have asked for a more fitting and beautiful setting. Sisters Barb Dawson and Sheila Hammond were our presenters.

After an informal gathering on Friday evening Barb gave us an overview of the General Chapter just completed and of how the various constituencies spent time getting to know and connect with each other. She shared with us the four calls of the Chapter and we concluded the evening with prayer.

Saturday found us enjoying breakfast with each other and some quiet walks around the property. This was followed by a period of prayer modeled on what took place each day of the Chapter. We were then introduced to the first CALL -  to be and act as one body. We prayed about and discussed what this would mean. After lunch the second CALL was identified – to embrace silence and once again we prayed about what this would mean and how it could look in our lives. The liturgy followed and Father Ken Doyle was the presider. At the offertory, a person from each group present (8 out of 14) brought forth a gift representative of their particular group. After a relaxing dinner, the third CALL – to live in a more humane way was prayed about and discussed.

Sunday morning found us looking at two pictures of Philippine: one of Sophie blessing and sending Philippine on her way and the other of Philippine sitting on The Rebecca looking off into the distance. We were given time to define our very own “Rebecca moment” and to examine the last CALL – to reach new frontiers – and to see how this will be lived out in our own lives. We had a delicious brunch and left with full hearts and minds determined to “continue the journey together to discover and reveal the live of the Heart of Christ to the life of the world.” It was a grace-filled time for us all and we rejoiced that we were able to spend this time together in solidarity and prayer.

Susan Whalen, Associates Committee, Eastern Region Representative

Associates' Survey - Part 2

The Spirituality Committee of the Province Associates Committee conducted a simple survey via email to each Associate in early February. In the May Update we shared that 120 of 180 Associates participated in this survey. We also shared their professional experience, background and expertise.

Associates other interests include; writing, composing, research, painting, embroidery, a wide variety of sports, volunteer work, gardening, theater, crafts, cooking, music, travel, sculpting, stamp collecting, crochet, photography, singing, illustrating, computers, and basket weaving. One associate paints Icons and another is a Docent at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Several Associates enjoy Yoga, and Meditation and one enjoys Blogging. Most of the Associates shared their love for spending time with their family and friends.

Associates’ opinion with regards to the present Associates’ “Identity Statement” was interesting. Over 67% said that the statement closely described what they feel called to live as an Associate of the USC Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Only 20% said that the identity statement was an adequate representation of who we are at the moment, but it still needs to be developed further. No one agreed with the statement that the identity statement did not reflect their experience of, or hopes for the Associates of the USC Province. Additional comments included, that the statement needs to be more in the forefront of consciousness and lived experience of our shared mission.

Cathy Knapik, Associates Committee, Co-Chair

Spirituality Forum - July 2017


Philippine Duchesne:

Celebrating Her Life and Legacy

July 12-16, 2017

St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO


Catherine Mooney

Gerardette Philips, RSCJ

Priscilla Solomon, CSJ

Our time together will include presentations,
small group reflections, workshops, prayer,
daily liturgy, and celebration

Begins with registration 3:00-5:00 PM Wednesday, July 12

Ends with lunch Sunday, July 16

For inquiries email:

(More details and an online registration link coming soon)

For anyone interested in the spirituality of the Society of the Sacred Heart

Forum Committee:  Kathy McGrath, RSCJ (Chair), Mary Charlotte Chandler, RSCJ, Ian Humphreys, Rhonda Meegan, Diane Roche, RSCJ, Julie Siderfin, Margie Strom, RSCJ

Judy Quest and Mary Jane Tiernan - Associate Coordinators for Omaha and San Diego

We are very pleased to announce that the Provincial Team has appointed Judy Quest to serve as Coordinator for the Omaha group.  Judy’s leadership will help to transition the Omaha group to Associate leadership, after the retirement of Sr. Sumpter. 

Judy Quest has been a member of the Omaha group for about 10 years and previously served as Co-Coordinator for the group before stepping down for health reasons.  Judy retired in 2014 after 23 years as a counselor at Duchesne Omaha.  Judy also served the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in coordinating the Clown Project in Omaha.  She is a professional clown and has worked with young people to share joy with others through the work of clowning.  Currently she volunteers at the Holy Family Parish lunch program.  She says that her main task is "to smile and let (people) know they are loved."  (Her clown name is Dear Heart.)  She is dedicated to the Omaha Associates group, and although a little bit nervous about navigating the immediate route forward without Sr. Sumpter, is passionate about keeping the group together and moving forward.  She and her husband Tom have been married for 40 years.  (Tom has served on the Facilities staff at Duchesne and retires this year.)  They have three children. 

We are very grateful to Judy for her willingness to serve in this capacity. 

And, we are very grateful to Sr. Sumpter for her leadership and care for the Omaha group over the years!

We are also very pleased to announce that the Provincial Team has appointed Mary Jane Tiernan to serve as Co-Coordinator of the San Diego Associates group to succeed Suzanne Strassburger. 

Mary Jane Tiernan has been a long-time Associate, since the Associates actually started in San Diego. She is very committed and engaged in both the spirit, prayer, and the monthly meetings that occur from September to June each year. She is very much a Sacred Heart person: an alum, a friend of many RSCJ, and a faithful member of the San Diego Community of Associates. She is a woman of prayer. She actively supports the Associates activities all these years. She is a very caring member of this community of women who strive to grow in deeper relationship with God, and to live each day the grace of having known the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

We are grateful to Mary Jane for her willingness to serve in this capacity. 

We also want to thank Suzanne for her years of service as Co-Coordinator of the San Diego group.

-Jane Steinfels, Associates Committee