In brief

In brief…

SACRED HEART HERITAGE TOURS IN FRANCE AND THE USA

AASH, the American Association, has just published two remarkable booklets proposing tours of symbolic places of the Sacred Heart in France, the country of Foundress Sophie Barat, and in the United States, where the first great missionary of the Sacred Heart and second great Saint of the Congregation, Philippine Duchesne, was sent in 1818.

Do not hesitate to consult them for inspiration to organize your own trips to these countries that are highly emblematic of the Sacred Heart, or to design your own tours of discovery of places concerning the Sacred Heart in your country: cities of arrival of the first rscj, where there are rscj communities, schools, friendships, etc.

Cf. the site: https://aash.org

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LET’S NOT FORGET BOUGOUDANG!

Yes, the new buildings of the small school in Bougoudang are already completed, and some of the little pupils are now sitting behind desks in their renovated classrooms. Sr Dorota Zych will send us some short videos about this, which we will soon post in the solidarity box on our homepage.

But it must be said that this has only been possible because of generous individual donors (in France in particular), AMASC and some national associations have contributed to this project: Ireland, Italy, France and Belgium… and there is still a lot to do!

AMASC has 36 national associations around the world. Many of them have not yet responded to the call to join forces to carry out the rscj project in Chad, each according to their means. In these times of pandemic, solidarity is no longer just an option, it is an urgent call for anyone who has received Sophie Barat’s values as a legacy. Let our hearts speak!

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SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS

The universal Church will celebrate the “Feast of the Heart of Jesus” on 11 June, a feast that commemorates the Divine Mercy, to which the Family of the Sacred Heart cannot remain insensitive. The Spiritual Advisor of AMASC offers you a meditation on this subject. Since 2002, this feast is also a day of prayer for the sanctification of priests.

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ELECTION OF RHONDA MEEGAN AS AASH PRESIDENT

At its national conference from 22 to 25 April 2021, which took place by zoom, our friend Rhonda Meeghan, member of the AMASC Board of Directors, was elected as President of the American association for a 2-year term. AASH has over 40,000 alumni in 46 associations. Each year, nearly 1300 students graduate from the network of 24 schools in North America (including 2 in Canada).

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THIRD MEETING OF EUROPEAN ALUMNI IN TOURS (FRANCE)

After a first cancellation due to the pandemic last year, the French association (UFASC) invites all the European alumni to meet in Tours from 6 to 9 October.

On the programme of this 3rd European meeting, which follows on from the one in Madrid (2016) and Vienna (2013), in addition to the usual exchanges between associations: the discovery of many treasures of Touraine: the castles of Chenonceau, Amboise and Villandry, as well as the abbeys of Saint-Martin and Fontevrault.

It is possible to register directly on the UFASC website: http://ufasc.fr

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A SPANISH ALUMNA DECLARED VENERABLE

On 24 April 2021, Pope Francis declared the Spaniard Amparo Portilla Crespo (1925-1996), a former student of the Sacred Heart of Godella, venerable.

She was an exemplary wife and mother of a large family (11 children), very devout, a tireless worker, always joyful and generous, who showed a special predilection for the most vulnerable, the poor and the sick from a very young age. She defended those who were far from God, emphasising their qualities and excusing their faults, without accepting sin.

Amparo Portilla Crespo was and remains a model Christian woman in the midst of the world.

For more information on the life of the new Venerable: www.amparoportilla.org