Juliet Mousseau, a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart sisters community, is associate professor of church history at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. She writes on medieval Christian history and theology as well as contemporary issues in religious life. She entered the Society of the Sacred Heart after completing her doctorate in historical theology at Saint Louis University.
Today, as our Society of the Sacred Heart congregation re-shape relationships among provinces, the sisters throughout North and South America are united in one region, named for Philippine Duchesne. This is in spite of the fact that friendship among the members of these provinces suffered through the political tensions of the 20th century.
Few women religious have written at depth about the vows in the last 10 years. This represents a desperate hole in the informational and reflection materials available for those of us who are preparing for final or first profession. So, we're doing something about it.