Global Day of Service

Isabel Singletary
This past Saturday, in the spirit of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Carrollton joined all Sacred Heart schools worldwide in a Global Day of Service.
This past Saturday, in the spirit of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Carrollton joined all Sacred Heart schools worldwide in a Global Day of Service. The day was kicked off by Baradene College of the Sacred Heart in Auckland, New Zeland (video). This action honored a woman whose love of Christ led her to cross unknown frontiers in the service of others. Her example has guided generations of students and educators to be the best for our world.  Carrollton started the day in prayer and reflection (Photo Gallery) before engaging in service, community, and dialogue with our community partners - Honey Shine, the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative, Centro Mater, and Breakthrough Miami. One component of this Day of Dialogue community building exercise engaged students from organizations that share a connection to Carrollton with our own Junior High and High School girls. They created fun and inspiring videos that tell the story of “our common ground”.

The gathering of the adult community was kicked off with a video of a speech given by Robin Wall Kimmerer who has a doctorate in plant ecology from the State University of New York and is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. St. Philippine Duchesne’s desire to serve among these native people is well documented. The impact she left is evident in the name and oral stories of her they have handed down through the generations as the “Woman who prays always”. Ms. Kimmerer’s presentation, in the Native American tradition, upholds that all living things are related in a web of life – a message that was the subject of the projects undertaken in this Global Day of Service honoring Mother Duchesne. The adults participated in authentic conversation with leaders from our closest community partners about how we can create a shared vision for addressing our community’s most pressing needs, defining what reciprocity between Carrollton and our Partners looks like and how we can mutually support our shared commitment to social justice. (Photo Gallery) 

For the two student-led projects started on school grounds, the school community partnered with Urban Paradise Guild to build 2 gardens and native plant nurseries on the Carrollton campuses. These nurseries are collaborative projects with our community partners where students, faculty, parents, and alumna participated and are committed to continue.  (Photo Gallery)

Off-campus Carrollton Junior High students participated in the International Coastal Clean-Up at Kennedy Park and the Third-Grade Primary students did environmental clean up at the Biscayne Nature Center. (Photo Gallery) 

In the spirit of Goal III and Goal IV, this Sacred Heart Global Day of Service was full of love, friendship, support, and meaning.
 
* Prayer to begin the Global Service Day sent from The Provincial House
 
 
Creator God, source of all wisdom, 
the life of Philippine Duchesne  
speaks to us of Your fidelity and love. 
  
Her courage, tenacity and total trust in You 
empowered her as she reached out to new frontiers.  
  
Bless your Sacred Heart family in every land. 
In the silence  
draw us ever more fully into Your presence. 
In our relationships  
may we discover the wounded and tender heart of Christ,  
with the promise of hope to sustain us. 
In the journeying of each new day  
teach us to raise one voice together  
in praise of You.   
  
Through our works of service today 
may we walk in the footsteps of Philippine 
with generous hearts on fire for mission, 
celebrating Your light for our world.  
  
Amen.  
  
With joy and love and union in the Heart of Christ,  
Maureen Glavin, RSCJ
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