As you know from my previous post, this year our sisters celebrate 100 years of ministry to the people of St. Louis, Missouri. Our upcoming centennial would not be possible if not for an event 52 years earlier–the birth of our foundress, Mother Clelia Merloni.
Clelia Cleopatra Merloni was born in Forli, Italy on March 10, 1861. For a creative presentation on her life and the foundation of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I highly recommend the great video “Oh The Places She Goes” put together by two graduates from Sacred Heart Academy (Hamden, CT).
She is for me a model for living life with total trust in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She believed in God’s plan for her life and for her Congregation. I pray that will continue to lead me to the fount of life and holiness that is the Sacred Heart so I can share the riches of His love with all those I meet.