VI International Heads Conference

Caring for our Common Home

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  • April 22-27, 2020 I Miami, Florida

    We are pleased to invite the directors, heads and leaders of Sacred Heart Schools, Centers and Institutions of Education to participate in the 6th International Leaders Conference to be held in Miami, Florida, USA from April 22nd – 27th, 2020. The conference formally begins at 9:00 am on Thursday and ends after lunch on Monday. We do want all to know we will be ready to receive participants on Wednesday for dinner to support all who are traveling great distances.

    Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, in which the pope describes the earth as “our common home,” we hope our days together will spark an inclusive dialogue about how we as Sacred Heart Schools are shaping the future of our planet through education. The fragility of our common home becomes more and more evident as we witness natural disasters, hear of rising sea levels and learn of the forced migrations of people from their homes which are no longer habitable. Sensing the urgency of our environmental challenges, we have considered the work of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission (JPIC) of the Society of the Sacred Heart while planning the conference.


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  • Cost, Accommodations and Travel

    Cost: The cost of the conference is $850.00 (US). This covers all the costs of speakers, food, and resources for the conference. (Accommodations and airfare not included) Upon completing your on-line registration, you will follow the link to make your payment. Acceptable forms of payment include credit card, electronic funds transfer or wire transfer.
    Location: Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Miami, Florida. The entire conference will be held at the school.

    Accommodations: The cost of accommodations as well as making the reservations is the responsibility of the participants.

    Airport: The closest airport is MIA, Miami International Airport. There is an airport in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FTL). The time between FTL to the school is approximately one hour. Booking and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.

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  • Our Keynote Speakers Include

    Isabelle Lagneau, RSCJ, a member of the General Counsel, Society of the Sacred Heart. Isabelle will speak to the vision of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat as the foundation of the mission of Sacred Heart education. She is the former Coordinator of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools in France. 

    Martin G. Poulsom SDB, a Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Roehampton. He is a specialist in the theology of creation, and is the author of The Dialectics of Creation. He is a member of the Salesians of Don Dosco, a religious order dedicated to youth ministry. He is currently lecturing in systematic theology, science and religion, and theological anthropology. 

    Elizabeth Rush is a 2019 Pulitzer Finalist and author of Rising Dispatches from the New American Shore. Currently a visiting professor at Brown University, Elizabeth explores in her own work how humans adapt to changes enacted upon them by forces seemingly beyond their control, from ecological transformation to political revolution. 

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  • Panels

    We are planning two panel discussions. One will be an interdisciplinary panel on the impact of climate change. The second will include members of the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Commission of the Society.

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  • Additional Elements to the Conference

    We will spend some time working with the International Education Commission. We plan to invite all participants to share programs, processes and/or actions school communities are taking to address climate change. This information will be shared through the forum of a "marketplace". Participants will be asked ot bring materials for this sharing. Details on the marketplace as a form of sharing will go to participants after they have registered. 
Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.