Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with great joy that I introduce to you the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a Religious Community from Miami that just established a new foundation, Immaculate Heart Convent, in Phoenix to serve at Bourgade Catholic High School and GCU Holy Spirit Newman Center.
Their Motto: “All for the Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary.”
Check them out under “Who We Are” on their website:
To be a living image and presence of the Heart of Mary in the heart of the Church and place our Marian charism at the service of the Petrine principle.
Fundamental Dimensions of the Charism
Total dedication of our lives in love to the Eucharistic Heart
Being a living image and presence of the Heart of Mary
Actively receiving and communicating the gifts of the Holy Spirit
IN THE HEART OF THE CHURCH…
Generously placing our feminine genius in loving communion and service of the Petrine Principle.
Get to Know the Sisters of Immaculate Heart Convent in Phoenix:
Sr. Esther Pilar Torres, SCTJM
My name is Sr. Esther Pilar Torres, SCTJM, and I was born in Panamá, Republic of Panamá. I am a Religious Sister in the Institute of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, founded in the Archdiocese of Miami in 1990 by Mother Adela Galindo. I professed my first vows on February 11, 2019 on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, giving my life totally to the Lord! In our community in addition to professing the three Evangelical Counsels of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience, we the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary profess a Fourth Vow of Total Marian Availability – to be the living image and presence of the Heart, Person, and Mission of Mary in the Heart of the Church and in the heart of the world.
It was before the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus that I came to know the Lord’s love for me and plans for my life. Through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, Mystical Rose, I joyfully responded to my vocation. Since then, I have been serving especially with the youth, helping them come to discover the love that the Lord and Our Lady have for them and have this personal encounter. I look forward to begin serving in Bourgade High School here in Phoenix to bring the triumph of the Two Hearts, building a civilization of love!
Sr. Claire Marie Bailey, SCTJM
May the Two Hearts Reign!
My name is Sr. Clare Marie and the Lord in His great Love and Mercy has called me to be a Servant of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. I grew up and went to college in Illinois and during my Junior year the Lord entered my life in a new and deep way. I made a commitment to live my life for Him and at that time that meant turning away from false illusions of happiness and turning towards Him, making daily choices for Him and allowing Him to fill my heart! Through an adventure of Love the Lord revealed His desire for me to give Him truly everything and I entered religious life on March 19th 2015!
Our community, the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary was founded in 1990 by Mother Adela Galindo in Miami, FL. As Servants, we are called to bring the living Image and Presence of the Heart, Person and Mission of Our Lady to humanity, into the heart of the Church and the heart of the World! The Lord has now called us into this beautiful city of Phoenix! I will be serving at the Holy Spirit Newman Center near the campus of Grand Canyon University. I am very excited to begin this new mission and I look forward to walking with the students in discovering in their own lives Our Lord’s great and personal Love!
Sr. Kelly Grace O’Ryan, SCTJM
May love always triumph!
My name is Sr. Kelly Grace and I am a religious sister in the Religious Institute of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, founded by Mother Adela Galindo. I am originally from Elmhurst, Illinois, near Chicago. I grew up Catholic but encountered His love more deeply in college while attending a Newman Center where our sisters serve. I started letting go of so many things that I thought could fill my heart to let the Lord fill me instead and through it I experienced a great peace and freedom. Eventually the Lord showed me that none of those things could ever fill me because my heart was made to be satisfied by Him alone… that even if I kept seeking for someone or something else to fill me I would always be searching because it would always be Him. I gave Him my “fiat” to become His bride and professed my first vows this year on June 14th the Solemnity of Corpus Christi!
Our spiritual charism is to be the living image and presence of Our Lady and our apostolic charism is to form the human heart a new civilization of love, truth, and life! I will be serving here in Phoenix at the Holy Spirit Catholic Newman Center near Grand Canyon University. I am so excited to walk with young people and invite them to encounter the Lord and His love for them – a love that satisfies to overflowing and fills us with freedom, peace, and joy!
Moving Into Immaculate Heart Convent from July 25 – July 29, 2020
On this Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, let us remember his motto: “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam — For the Greater Glory of God”. Let us honor, praise and thank God, our Creator, being obedient to Him. St. Ignatius teaches us the path of humility by his life lived in the Light.
St. Ignatius of Loyola, born in 1491 in the family castle of Guipúzcoa, Spain, was the youngest of 13 children. He became a page, and then a soldier of Spain to fight against the French. A cannon ball severely injured his leg, and a series of unsuccessful operations ended his military career in 1521. While he recovered, he asked for novels of adventure and romance to read. The only two books they had in the house where he recovered were the Life of Christ and a book on the lives of the Saints. He read these; since he had much time on his hands, he read them several times, and he found himself drawn to holiness as thoughts of the heroic virtues of Christ and the Saints brought him deep and lasting joy. He decided to dedicate himself to becoming a soldier of Jesus in the Catholic Faith.
His leg never healed properly, yet he became a pilgrim to seek God’s will for his life. He made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, choosing to beg and live solely on God’s providence. His humility of poverty, suffering and prayer led him to God.
Soon afterwards, St. Ignatius experienced visions, followed by a year-long trial of fears and scruples which caused him much suffering yet ended. Out of this experience, St. Ignatius composed his famous “Spiritual Exercises.” After traveling and studying in different schools, he finished in Paris, where he received his degree at the age of 43. He had several followers at the University of Paris, including St. Francis Xavier and St. Peter Favre. At the age of 45, he began his Institute called the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits. (SJ)
A true mystic, St. Ignatius focused on the essential foundations of Christianity: the Trinity, Jesus and the Holy Eucharist. He died in 1556 at the age of 65. He was canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622. He is the patron saint of spiritual retreatants, soldiers, and the Basque country.
“If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a saint.” ~ St. Ignatius
Prayers of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Take O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will. All that I am and all that I possess, You have given to me. I surrender it all to You; dispose of it according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace, that’s enough for me. With these I will be rich enough, and I will desire nothing more. Amen.
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous; Teach me to serve You as You deserve; To give, and not to count the cost; To fight, and not to heed the wounds; To toil, and not to seek for rest; To labor, and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing I am doing Your Will. Amen.
St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Rules of Discernment (of the First Week) are very helpful to me as I pray and understand the movements of the Holy Spirit. I also find his life, spirituality and prayers particularly helpful for gaining hope, strength and courage as I follow Jesus Christ and fight the good fight. May you find these inspiring for you to do all for the greater glory of God!
With gratitude and prayers, I am
Your Sister in Christ,
Sister Anthony Mary Diago, RSM
Director of the Office of Consecrated Life
Diocese of Phoenix