Our Community History

75+ YEARS OF GRATEFUL LOVE

Sister Ida's
Call

Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart

1922-1940

The First 25 Years

Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart

1940-1965

25-50
Years

Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart

1966-1990

50-75
Years

Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart

1991-2015

The Charism continues...

Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart

2016-present

The History of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart
1940

Discover the beauty of a Call from God and the results of responding wholeheartedly.

1922

Sister Ida's Call

God's call and His gifts are irrevocable. - St. Paul

October 7, 1922

1922

Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart
Ida Peterfy as a small child

1922:  October 7, 1922, Ida Peterfy was born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia to a Hungarian family (before 1920 this city was part of Hungary and was known as Kassa, in the current day it is known as Kosice, Slovakia).   She was the only child of Dr. Joseph Peterfy, a professor of law and history and later director of the city library: and the fourth daughter of her mother, Ida Kristof, who had been widowed during World War I.

1925

1925

A smiley and determined child, Ida knew God was close to her family; they knew Him, trusted Him and referred to Him in everyday events, but they were not overly pious. In her own words: “Why did God give me the gift of Faith?  Out of His 100% love, so that I would know Him.  We cannot love someone we do not know, and therefore, I think that the gift of Faith precedes any other gift.  That gift was given to me very early in my childhood.  We were not very religious at home, just ‘nice and Catholic’.  Dad did not receive the Sacraments until I became a religious, and I did not talk him into receiving them.  Mother became a frequent communicant after I became a religious also, but not before.”

The First 25 Years

From Hungary to Austria to Canada to the United States

God does not give a road map.

25-50 Years

Vatican II, First General Chapter, Heart of Jesus Retreat Center, Sacred Heart Retreat Camp, Mission in Taiwan, Official Erection of Community

50-75 Years

The Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, Sister Ida returns to her heavenly Father, Servant of God Sister Ida Peterfy

The Charism Continues...

Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Servant of God Sister Ida Peterfy

1940