Glory be to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Glory Forever!
We, the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus are a contemplative-active, pontifical, Franciscan religious Congregation founded by St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar and Blessed Klara Szczesna in 1894 in Krakow, Poland.
By our prayer and apostolic service, we are devoted to extending the Kingdom of Love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus everywhere. We are an international Congregation serving in Poland, Ukraine, Italy, France, Bolivia, Argentina and the United States. The United States Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is represented in the Dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Grand Rapids, Harrisburg and Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.
September 14, 2018 Our Annual Golf Tournament was held at Cresson Summit Country Club.
August 3, 2018 On the First Friday of August, August 3, 2018, Sr. Marietta Therese Hanley, SSCJ, a perpetually professed Sister of the Congregation of Sister Servant of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, entered into eternal life at 12:35 am at St. Joseph Convent, Munster Twp., Portage, PA, surrounded by her religious Sisters, family and friends. The vigil for Sister Marietta Therese was held at St. Francis Xavier Church on Tuesday, August 7, led by Fr. Angelo Patti, with prayer throughout the day led by the Sisters and a Chaplet of Mercy led by All Saints Catholic School. S i s t e r Marietta Therese’s funeral Mass took place St. Aloysius Church Cresson, PA on Wednesday August 8 at 11:00 a.m., where, in the presence of the Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown, Most Rev. Mark Bartchak, the Celebrant, Very Reverend John Byrnes, JV, JCL, Homilist Rev. Dennis Carbonaro, nineteen priest concelebrants, Deacon Richard Golden, seminarians, religious, and family and friends, the church was filled to capacity, a tribute to the love and devotion of this Sister. The graveside prayers at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery were offered by Franciscan Friars Fr. Jim Mormon, Tor and Fr. Nathan Malavolti, TOR.
August 2, 2018 Mother Amabilis Dȩbicka observed her 65th Anniversary of religious profession. Within those 65 years, Mother has distinguished herself as a faithful and dedicated religious Sister who was entrusted with unique responsibilities in her religious life. Mother was the foremost pioneer for establishing our Congregation in the United States of America, where she served here as first superior, director of novices and later, first provincial superior. God has certainly used Mother’s intrepid spirit, her optimism and warmth with people to further the designs of His Sacred Heart for the benefit of countless souls in the United States and Jamaica. We give thanks to God for the gift we have in our beloved Mother Amabilis.
July 27-29, 2018 Sister Mary Joseph Calore and Sr. Augustine Marie Molnar joined 23 other religious Sisters to assist with the Fiat Camp for the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington, held at Mount Saint Mary's University and Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD. Sr. Mary Joseph Calore was a speaker at the event, delivering a lecture on Chapter VI of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudium et Exsultate, and Sr. Augustine Marie Molnar assisted with music. Both Sisters participated in group and panel discussions for the 52 young women present, discerning their vocation in life. The event was marked by a visit and Mass by one of the Auxiliary Bishops of Washington, Most Rev. Michael William Fisher as well as by the observance of the Memorial and veneration of the relics of Blessed Stanley Rother, first American-born martyr and alumnus of Mount St. Mary's Seminary.
July 16-20, 2018 Sister Gabriela Strachowska and Sr. Angela Marie Igou with four teachers and adult and teen volunteers organized Camp Logos at Sacred Heart Parish and Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 60 children.
July 15-19, 2018 Sr. Mary Joseph Calore and Sr. Augustine Marie Molnar participated in the Fiat Days/Quo Vadis Discernment week for the Diocese of Allentown, at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA with the theme "Take Courage, Do Not be Afraid (Mt. 14:27)." Over 100 young people participated. Sister Mary Joseph joined the Bishop of Allentown, Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert, the vocation director, Fr. Mark Searles and religious and seminarians in addressing the parents of those attending. Sr. Augustine Marie Molnar organized a youth choir and assisted with music for the week.
June 10-17, 2018 The Sisters made their Annual Retreat at St. Joseph Convent, Munster Township, Portage, Pennsylvania, led by the Benedictine monk Fr. Nathanael Polinski, OSB of St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA.
June 9, 2018 Our Sisters observed the Silver Jubilee of Religious Profession of Sr. Maria Anna Mellody with a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Francis Xavier Church in Cresson, PA, the principal celebrant being Most Reverend Mark Bartchak, Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown
June 8, 2018 The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated at St. Joseph Convent Chapel in Munster Township, Portage, PA by the celebrant, Fr. Matthew Reese. The Mass was followed by a social and fireworks provided by Fr. Michael Wolfe and Matt & Emily Wolfe and friends of the Sisters.
June 5-7, 2018 Our Sisters observed our annual Triduum of adoration and evening devotions before the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at St. Joseph Convent Chapel, Munster Township, Portage, PA, with homilists, Fr. James Mormon, TOR, Fr. Michael Wolfe, and Fr. Matthew Baum.