• June 12, 2013

Rev. Thierry de Roucy, founder

Rev. Thierry de Roucy in University of Stanford, US, 2005.

Heart’s Home founder, Rev. Thierry de Roucy was born in 1957 near Compiègne, France.

In 2013, he was appointed as an Officer of the French order of the Légion d’Honneur. His work is inspired by the con­vic­tion that lone­li­ness and the feeling of being unloved are the greatest pover­ties. Thierry de Roucy was 18 when he entered the reli­gious con­gre­ga­tion of the Servants of Jesus and Mary in France. He received his bach­elor and master of Philosophy from the Institute of Comparative Philosophy in Paris. He is an alumnus of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas Angelicum in Rome where he earned a Master of Theology. He was ordained a priest in 1983. From 1988 to 2001, he was the Superior General of his con­gre­ga­tion.

In 1990, he founded Heart’s Home, a move­ment striving to bring con­so­la­tion and com­pas­sion to the most wounded people and to restore their dig­nity through friend­ship and grass­roots ser­vices. Since the move­ment was founded, about 1,400 vol­un­teers of 41 nation­al­i­ties have been recruited, formed and sent forth by Heart’s Home as of March 2013. At the request of former Heart’s Home vol­un­teers, Rev. Thierry de Roucy founded three new branches of the orga­ni­za­tion: in 1994, the Servants of God’s Presence, a con­gre­ga­tion of reli­gious sis­ters affil­i­ated with Heart’s Home; in 1995, the Heart’s Home Permanent Members - for lay con­se­crated men and women - and the Sacerdotal Molokai Fraternity - for sem­i­nar­ians and priests. Rev. Thierry de Roucy also founded a pub­lishing house, “Les éditions du Serviteur”, and pub­lished about 20 books including his own essays and trans­lated works of Adrienne von Speyr, Hans Urs von Balthasar and Catherine Doherty (among others).

In the United-States, Rev. Thierry de Roucy opened three cen­ters: a Heart’s Home in Brooklyn, NY pro­vides assis­tance and sup­port to iso­lated and chal­lenged indi­vid­uals from local Housing Projects, Nursing Homes, Hospitals and Shelters.;[8] a Heart’s Home on the campus of Gonzaga University, in Spokane, WA ; the International Center for a Culture of Compassion located upstate New York (United States).

Thought and Spirituality

Rev. Thierry de Roucy’s spir­i­tu­ality is rooted in both the Gospel and his expe­ri­ence besides the poorest. The main points of his thought and spir­i­tu­ality are:

1. the humanity of Jesus-Christ and his filial rela­tion­ship of obe­di­ence to the Father within the Holy Trinity;

2. the com­pas­sion of Mary: “standing at the foot of the cross” (Jn 19,25), she faith­fully takes part in Jesus’ Passion;

3. the Holy Saturday as the climax of the Passion that cul­mi­nates in the silence of death (Adrienne von Speyr), sor­rowful mys­tery in which Jesus expe­ri­ences the deepest human suf­fering: lone­li­ness and the feeling of the absur­dity of life;

4. the sacra­ments - and par­tic­u­larly the Confession and the Eucharist - as encoun­ters with the Risen Christ and as a par­tic­i­pa­tion in his mis­sion;

5. the gra­tuity of pres­ence and friend­ship as the answer to the thirst of the human heart and as the ulti­mate man­i­fes­ta­tion of God’s com­pas­sion;

6. the loving atten­tion to “small things” (Catherine Doherty) as a sign and an expres­sion of love towards the whole reality inas­much as it is good, beau­tiful and true;

7. edu­ca­tion as a growth of the whole person (intel­li­gence, freedom and affec­tivity) in his or her rela­tion­ship to the real and desire of infinite;

8. cul­ture in gen­eral, and espe­cially art, as a quest and an expres­sion of the Absolute.

Father Thierry de Roucy’s thought is anchored in the tra­di­tion of the Catholic Church. He was inspired, among many others, by the lives and the spir­i­tual or the­o­log­ical works of Adrienne von Speyr, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Father Thomas Philippe, Luigi Giussani, Maurice Zundel, don Le Saux (Swami Abishiktananda), Catherine Doherty and Charles de Foucauld. The teach­ings of the Popes, par­tic­u­larly John-Paul II and Benedict XVI, are a con­stant ref­er­ence in his writ­ings.

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