Our History

The Sacred Heart Apostolate of Syracuse was started by Gloria Anson after she heard a talk about the enthronement of the Sacred Heart in a local church. She read The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart, by Rev. Francis Larkin, SS.CC., which was recommended by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and she began to implement steps to enthrone the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in her own home.

The former Bishop Joseph O’Keefe of the Diocese of Syracuse, New York, blessed and encouraged the operation of the Sacred Heart Center, which was the home base of operations for Gloria’s national ministry. For the entirety of the ministry, beginning in 1974, she has been supported by all her bishops.

Gloria Anson

Founder and First President, Sacred Heart Apostolate, Inc., Syracuse, NY

Over 43 years of parish missions, enthronements and catechesis workshops
– National & International

Redemptorist Lay Missionary

Conducted 9 Diocesan Enthronements

Conducted Over 5000 Enthronements:
– Families, singles, businesses, parishes/rectories, (6) religious communities,
prayer groups, schools, fraternal organizations and conferences
– Diocesan Enthronement of Diocese in Atlanta at Eucharistic Congress:
14,000 attending
– Enthronement of Universities: Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH,
Christendom College, Front Royal, VA and St. Thomas Aquinas, CA

Sacred Heart Ceremonials:
In English, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and Vietnamese

Distributed Sacred Heart Enthronement kits:
Every US state as well as UK, Guam, West Indies, Philippines and Nigeria

After missions, missionaries are trained and formed to evangelize through the
– Regional workshop for parishes of the diocese of Cincinnati, OH
– Atlanta Diocese Catechesis Resulted in 30 parishes embracing this work

Annual Retreats: Fatima Renewal Center, Dalton, PA and formation meetings

Chair woman of Sacred Heart Congress (1991), Conference (1993) and
Convocation (1997)

Priest Workshops:
Diocese of Lincoln, NE (110 Priests), Archdioceses of New York and Atlanta, GA

Invitations to speak at national conferences:
– Unity Conference in Philadelphia, PA
– Marian Conference in Wichita, KS
– Signs of the Times in Woodridge, VA
– Christendom College Conference in Front Royal, VA

Triduums: Utica NY, Hyde Park, NY and New York City