Vocation Profile - Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sr. Angela Gertsema A.S.C.J.
Vocation Director
295 Benham Street
Hamden, CT 06514


Professed members120
Year founded1894
Generalate/motherhouseRome, Italy
Province/federationUnited States

Bridgeport, CT; Greensburg, PA; Hartford, CT; New York, NY; Norwich, CT; Pensacola-Tallahassee, FL; St. Louis, MO
Our charism is to be the compassionate Heart of Jesus for all people through love, service and reparation. We are Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, consecrated women of the Church. Impelled by the Spirit active in each of us and faithful to the charism of our founder, Celia Merloni, we work to make the compassionate Heart of Christ better known, loved and served. We do this by personal and communal witness to the Gospel, commitment to holiness and ministry to the people of God. We are involved in education, pastoral and social service, parish and retreat ministry, health care, and missionary activity.
Good physical and mental health; ability to live religious life; high school diploma or beyond.
The formation program begins with a three-month pre-postulancy period. The women live in a formation community at the Provincialate in Hamden, Connecticut. Following this is the entrance into the postulate where the candidate continues to discern and to verify the authenticity of her call to the Apostles’ charism. The novitiate is a two-year program, one of which is dedicated to practical experience in a community of the province. The candidate then professes first vows. Two years of temporary profession is spent in a formal juniorate program, which may involve ministry or study. The remaining years of temporary profession are spent living and serving in a community of the province. After five years of temporary profession the sister may request perpetual vows.
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