The U.S. Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart rejoiced as Juliet Mousseau, RSPreparing to take First VowsCJ, made her first vows in July. The ceremony took place on the first day of the United States provincial assembly at the Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, the founder of the U.S. Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Also during the Mass, all Religious present renewed their vows, including eighteen of the province’s Jubilarians.

Sister Mousseau selected the readings and songs for the liturgy, which reflected both God’s great love for each person and her own strong sense of vocation. James Voiss, SJ, presided at the Mass, and Ellen Collesano, RSCJ, gave the reflection. Provincial Paula Toner, RSCJ, received Sister Mousseau’s vows on behalf of the Society and later sent her on her mission, to teach at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

As a religious professed of temporary vows, Sister Mousseau now enters a period in which she will serve in an apostolic ministry while she deepens her life with Christ and her understanding of the mission of the Society. Through God’s grace, she can anticipate making her final profession in approximately six years.

A native of Helena, Montana, Sister Mousseau, entered the Society of the Sacred Heart as a candidate in St. Louis in 2009. She began her novitiate the following year in San Diego. During her two year noviceship, in addition to learning about the mission, ministries and history of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Sister Mousseau served one academic term as religion teacher and campus minister at Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, one of the 22 schools in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools, in Newton, Massachusetts.

Sister Mousseau holds a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in historical theology from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Gonzaga University. She has taught graduate and undergraduate classes at the University of Dallas School of Ministry, Saint Louis University, Aquinas Institute of Theology and Maryville University. Her research has focused on medieval theology, theology of the Holy Spirit and music and liturgy. She has presented at several international conferences and has published several translations and written numerous scholarly articles and papers.