Welcome to our website which aims to bring together the three branches of the Roman Catholic Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary (sscc), working in both Ireland and England. Our province/sector is part of a worldwide congregation consisting of priests, brothers, sisters and lay associates.
Not to be confused with other congregations of a similar name, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts (plural) was founded in 1800 in Paris, France. Its charism is based on God's unconditional love for every human being, symbolised in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and echoed in the heart of Mary his mother.
In the Irish English Province we have communities in London, Dublin and the borders areas of Cavan/Monaghan involved in pastoral apostolates including parishes, schools, hospice and retreat work. Our sscc sisters are part of a Northern European sector or region and also have connections with France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
One of the best known members of our Congregation is St Damien, known as the leper priest of Molokai who selflessly gave his life to working with the outcasts of his time. He was canonised by Pope Benedict in 2009. His co-worker, a Franciscan sister named Sr Marianne Cope, was canonised by Pope Benedict in October 2012.
Today the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts continues to contemplate live and proclaim God's compassionate love in today's society.
January 23rd is the Feastday of Saint Marianne Cope: Many people know about St. Damien of Molokai, but fewer know about his co-worker in the Hawaiian leper colonies. St. Marianne Cope, pray for us! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marianne_Cope
The Holy Fathers prayer intentions for October:
- General: “That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence”.
- Missionary: “That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world."
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