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From rscj.org:

In anticipation of the creation of the Conference of Sacred Heart Education in the United States and Canada, the leadership team of the United States – Canada Province has asked Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, to become the first Head of the Conference. Sister Cooke, currently serving as headmistress of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, has generously agreed to lead the Conference when it is launched in August 2015.

The Conference of Sacred Heart Education is being created as part of the Society of the Sacred Heart’s commitment to the future of Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States. Over the last several years, the leadership of this province and the leadership of the twenty-four Sacred Heart schools in the United States and Canada have worked together to create a new structure and a new relation-based paradigm to ensure the vitality of the Society’s mission in the schools. The Conference will serve as a forum for genuine conversation regarding the evolving mission of Sacred Heart education. It will be integrated with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.

As Head of Conference, Sister Cooke’s primary responsibility is to sustain the relationship between the Society of the Sacred Heart and each school through ongoing communications and education. In collaboration with a group of provincial team-appointed advisors, Sister Cooke will have responsibilities in the area of governance, education to mission and accountability for mission. The Head of Conference’s role is essentially one of giving direction, guidance and support to the Schools of the Sacred Heart on behalf of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Sister Cooke has served as headmistress of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart since 1998. Her acceptance of her new role as Head of Conference came only after much prayer and discernment.

“We are grateful for her decision and thank the Carrollton community for preparing her to serve the entire Network with vision and energy for the future,” said Provincial Barbara Dawson, RSCJ. “I can think of no one better suited to lead the Conference during its vital first years.”

The creation of the Conference of Sacred Heart education marks an exciting new chapter for Sacred Heart education in the United States and Canada, a new chapter in the 200-year story of making God’s love visible through the service of education.

Letter from the Provincial Team:

January 9, 2014

Dear Sisters in the United States – Canada Province,

It is with great joy that we share the news that the Provincial Team has asked Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, to become the first Head of the Conference on Sacred Heart Education, and Suzanne has accepted this call to serve our province and educational mission in a new way, effective August, 2015.

As you know, the Conference of Sacred Heart Education is being created as part of the Society of the Sacred Heart’s commitment to the future of Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States. Over the last several years, the leadership of the United States – Canada Province and the heads and chairs of Sacred Heart schools in the U.S. and Canada have worked together to create a new structure and a new relation-based paradigm that will ensure the vitality of the Society’s mission in the schools and will serve as a forum for genuine conversation regarding the evolving mission of Sacred Heart education. You will hear from us soon with the details of how the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and the Conference will be integrated and work together for the sake of our schools and our mission.

As Head of Conference, Suzanne’s primary responsibility is to sustain the relationship between the Society of the Sacred Heart and each school through ongoing communications and education. Suzanne, in collaboration with a provincial team- appointed group of advisors, will be delegated with responsibilities in the area of governance, education to mission and accountability for mission. The Head of Conference’s role is essentially one of giving direction, guidance and support to the twenty-four Schools of the Sacred Heart in the United States and Canada on behalf of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

As we all know, every new beginning – even one as exciting as this one – requires an ending. Suzanne has served as headmistress of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart since 1998. As she notes in her letter to parents, “As the School of Christ’s Heart in Miami, Carrollton is stronger than it has ever been.” What she does not say is that this strength is owed in no small part to Suzanne’s dynamic leadership. She loves Carrollton and its community, and it has thrived under her direction. Her acceptance of her new role as Head of Conference came only after much prayer and discernment. We are grateful for her decision and thank the Carrollton community for preparing her to serve the entire Network with vision and energy for the future. We are sending you a copy of her letter to the Carrollton community with this letter.

The USC province is on the cusp of a new beginning for Sacred Heart education in the United States and Canada. Let us pray for this important part of our mission in our two countries as together with our lay colleagues we bring to fruition St. Madeleine Sophie’s vision for education as it evolves into the 21st century.

In loving gratitude,

The Provincial Team, United States – Canada Province

                

Barbara Dawson, RSCJ                  Margaret Causey, RSCJ                       Anne-Marie Conn, RSCJ

                       

Sheila Hammond, RSCJ                                               Diana Wall, RSCJ       

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