100th Anniversary of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart

Written on: January 21, 2021

Dear Friends,

During 2021 the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart want you to join with us in thanking God for our 100 years as a religious congregation. At this significant moment in our history, we acknowledge and thank also those who passed along to us the charism of St. Marguerite d’Youville, the Grey Nuns, Sisters of Charity of Montreal and the Grey Nuns of the Cross of Ottawa.

These 100 years have been filled with an abundance of opportunities to serve God’s people with compassion and love. In spite of hardships, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart persevered in their desire to help all those in need, especially the forgotten and underserved, in the spirit of St. Marguerite d’Youville. In spite of difficult times, the sisters found new and resourceful ways to meet the emerging needs of that decade.

Although we would like to see and celebrate with each of you who have traveled through these experiences with us, the events of our time call for a different kind of celebration. During 2021, in recognition of our 100 years of God’s grace to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, we shall share some of our abundant blessings with the poor and the hungry of our times as we believe St. Marguerite would want us to do.

Please pray with us in gratitude for the love and guidance of Divine Providence through these years and for the many blessings which we continue to receive.

Joyfully in the Sacred Heart,

Sister Denise Roche, GNSH
President

“Learn from the heart of God, the attitudes of love, tender concern and compassion.”
St. Marguerite d’Youville

7 thoughts on “100th Anniversary of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart

  1. Michael McClure says:

    Congratulations to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart on their 100th year of service to others. I enjoyed learning from them at my time as a faculty member at D’Youville College. Learning from the GNSH has been a continuous part of my life. Thank you.

  2. dianne schindler says:

    Congratulations to the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, on their 100th year Anniversary of Ministry and service to others! Our young family was taught by the Grey Nuns, in the late 70’s and early 80’s, at Mother of Divine Providence School in King of Prussia, Pa. My children, though now well into their 40’s, still lovingly remember their kindergarten teacher, Sr. Barbara. She was loving and supportive , not only towards all her students, but to anxious parents as well. The other Sisters and Lay teachers, at the school, were also instrumental in establishing a good educational, as well as a religious foundation, for my children . Prayers for their continued Mission of service to others!

  3. Arlene Kisker says:

    My twin sister and I graduated from Holy Angels Academy in 1955. Our cousin, Sister Marion Adrian who lived next door to us growing up, taught there when we were seniors. She was the reason we went to Holy Angels as she graduated from there also. She passed away this past December at the age of 90 and I miss her phone calls and our visits when she lived in Albion. We congratulate Sister Denise (also, I believe a graduate of HAA) and all her work at D’Youville and now as president of the Grey Nuns. Always, Arlene (Hahn) Kisker.

  4. Kathy McDonough says:

    I went to D’Youville College in Buffalo,NY. I graduated in 1969. I still go back every 5 years for reunion. Still best friends with my D’YC roommates! I now live in Atlanta.
    My father was taught by the Grey Nuns in Jackson Heights, N Y.
    His 2nd (?) grade teacher was Sr. Irene Marie. Sr. Irene Marie was the treasurer(?) of D’YC when I was there. He reconnected with her each time he came D’YC.
    I was hoping to hear some “juicy” stories about his behavior in grade school but no luck. She was a total professional.
    Congratulations on 100 years of love and service.
    Kathy McDonough

  5. Sharon Clarkson says:

    I worked as the food service director at Grey Nuns in Yardley from 1989 to 1994. It was not only a job but such a blessing! I left to raise my children, but we came back to visit every year as my children grew up. Sister Molly meant so much to us as well as many other Grey Nuns. Thank you for making such a difference in my life and the lives of my family!

  6. Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI says:

    Congratulations, best wishes, love and support go out to all the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart from the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate! We join in giving thanks to God for your service to the Reign of God in so many fields of action in the spirit of St. Marguerite D’Youville. Our histories are tied together and in a very special way, I thank Sister Denise Roche for all she did to assist our prenovitiate formation in Buffalo when our young men studied at D’Youville College. May God bless you, Sister Denise, as you lead the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart at this time. With our prayers for you. Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI

  7. Collin (Danny) Jones says:

    I was so touched by the article celebrating the 100 years for the order of The Grey Nuns of The Sacred Heart. I was born in 1948 and raised in Atlanta. My parents, along with my sister and myself, members of the Cathedral of Christ the King family. My sister and I attended public school and transferred to Christ the King in 1959. Myself the beginning of 6th grade. It wasn’t until 7th grade that my teacher was a Sister. It was in fact Sister Mary Christopher. Eight grade brought me into Sister Francis Maureen’s class. Coming from public school was quite an adjustment. I had been somewhat of a troubled student/child. The lay teacher, Ms Peavy as best remember, helped get me “straightened” out and more with the program of education. However, Sister Mary Christopher was a turning point, much to my now looking back, in attitude adjustment. Moving on to 8th grade was probably one of the most rewarding years in my educational process. Sister Francis Maureen is the kindest person I have ever been lucky enough to have known. Her gentle but stern way found me actually liking to go to school for the first time ever. Moving on to St. Pius introduced me to other Sisters of the Sacred Heart and other orders of Sisters. Over the next four years and a 1966 graduate of PiHi, I have found memories of all the dedicated teachers no matter lay or ordered that were involved in the education of a “non-student” personality that has had a wonderful and successful life. Many, many thanks to the Sisters of The Grey Nuns of The Sacred Heart and congratulations on 100 years. And as a side note, my wife and I were married at the the Cathedral of Christ the King on March 14, 1970 and will be celebrating our 51st anniversary this year. Again, thanks to all parties involved for making and solidifying the foundation for a lifetime of success!

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