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Pitching In on Global Service Day

From Nat Wilburn
Head of Schools

This past Saturday, September 15, the international network of Sacred Heart schools celebrated Global Service Day. From Auckland, New Zealand, to right here in Chicago, our worldwide community honored St. Rose Philippine Duchesne's crossing an ocean and frontier to bring the RSCJ mission and educational vision to the New World, thereby creating an international presence which is still expanding today.

Locally, Sacred Heart-Sheridan Road joined with our sister schools, Josephinum Academy and Woodlands Academy, to work at the following service sites: Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach, City Farm Chicago, Cradles to Crayons, Feed My Starving Children, and Greater Chicago Food Depository. Be sure to have a look at the photos posted to Flickr. Thank you, one and all, for your efforts on behalf of these important organizations! Kudos also to the alumni-organized bike drive that netted more than 70 bicycles which were then donated to Working Bikes. All in all, it was a day in which our global community put Goal IV into meaningful action and illustrated the good that can come when we act in solidarity with one another.

Sr. Sheila Hammond, RSCJ, Provincial of the United States-Canada Province, congratulated the Sacred Heart family on the anniversary of Philippine's arrival and the founding of the first RSCJ school in North America. In creating Global Service Day, Religious of the Sacred Heart around the world celebrated Philippine's legacy in a most appropriate way. Goal IV, Criteria 7 reminds the entire school community that we are charged with participating "...actively in the national and international networks of Sacred Heart schools." Saturday was a wonderful example of our working to build community among our local Sacred Heart families as well as across the globe. Click here to see a video of global participants.