We have an End: The glory of the Heart of Jesus.A Mission: To Discover and make known the Love of His Heart.A spirituality: to be United and conformed to the Heart of Jesus. A Service in the Church and in the world of today: Transformative Education with a Preferential Love for the poor.

Platinum Jubilee Eucharistic Celebration 9 June 2013

Platinum Jubilee of the Indian Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart Inaugurated with Concelebrated Mass.

It would be difficult to capture the ambience of the concelebrated mass, that inaugurated the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Indian Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart, at Sophia College Chapel on June 9th morning, the feast of the Sacred Heart. The chapel was bedecked with colourful flowers and lamps.

Sister Rita Pinto, Provincial of India, took the participants down history lane, in an introductory presentation, recalling how Archbishop Roberts, then Bishop of Mumbai invited the RSCJs from the English and Welsh Vicariate to start a college in Mumbai. That was in 1939. In 1940, the college opened and was to become one of the leading women’s colleges, providing quality higher education in India. The society was to spread its wings in 75 years, from Mumbai to Karnataka and Jharkhand to Uttarkhand in the north. There were years of sunshine and years of rain.

Bishop Bosco Penha, a long time friend and brother to the Society, who was the main celebrant at the mass, in his own inimitable way called on the religious during his homily to live lives of simplicity and humility, not to be taken in by titles, to never forget their time of prayer and to pray not only with their minds but also with their bodies. He reminded them that they should ‘be the good news’, a challenge that the RSCJs who spoke on behalf of the community said they would take up. Sisters Marie, Ambuja, Niela and Ananda reflected on Bishop Bosco’s homily, making the mass truly participatory.

The Gospel reading was that of the shepherd leaving the 99 sheep and going after the one sheep that was lost, a passage that spoke to one and all. Sister Ananda Amritmahal, Principal of the college summed up the message of the Sacred Heart feast in the words of the poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, who said, ‘God breaks our hearts again and again till they remain open.’

The whole service was one which spoke to participants of the openness of the Society in service to others. The choir led by Trevor Martin gave the service a quality and depth that only good religious music can provide. The presence of Religious from other congregations, staff members of the College and Polytechnic and lay friends added to the joy of the day’s celebration.

This inaugural mass has started for the RSCJs a whole year that will be marked by celebrations and reminders of the long glorious history of the Congregation in India. A message from the Mother General, Sister Kathleen Conan was read out by Sister Rita, wishing the Indian Province a growth in the life of the Spirit. That was a fitting wrap up to the celebrations.

There was a Multi media Presentation on the Society at the Convention Hall after the mass followed by an Agape.
Janina Shanti Gomes

Who we are..?

We are a small, diverse and inclusive group, welcoming in our midst a variety of socio-cultural backgrounds, ages and temperaments. Primarily an educational congregation, our earliest ventures were in the field of education

Sophia College for Women in Mumbai was our first foundation in 1941, and remains the institution with which we are most often associated. The College has continued to grow in the years since then, and while some sisters continue to work there, a number have moved on into other areas of service. Today, the range includes Schools, Colleges& Nursery Schools.