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Cor Unum: One Heart
At Newton Country Day, Chapel is held weekly, with readings and reflections given by students, faculty, and staff members. This school year, in response to social distancing guidelines, Upper School Chapel has been reimagined with the launch of Cor Unum.

On Monday, September 21, Director of Campus Ministry Sara Milone introduced Cor Unum, the Latin translation of One Heart, to the Newton community.

“Although we are in different classrooms around campus, we remain, always, one Newton Country Day School community, one Sacred Heart family. Each week we will gather in a new way to listen to the Gospel, to bring our prayers before God, to build a stronger community, and a stronger relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with God,” explained Milone.

During Cor Unum, students are asked to view their cohort as a community comprised of young women with different stories, different backgrounds, and different ways of relating to God. Although each member is different, they all share in the common connection of being Daughters of the Sacred Heart.

Cor Unum begins with cohorts watching a live stream from Newton’s Chapel, led by Milone and student volunteers. After an opening prayer and Gospel reading, students are asked to journal about reflection questions based on the Scripture and theme of the week. Girls are then invited to share their reflections within their cohort community in a circle format. During this time, girls are encouraged to speak from their heart when it is their turn, and listen with their heart when someone else is sharing. The circle format creates space for meaningful sharing and genuine encounter which are essential to building authentic community among the students.

Students are then directed back to the live stream for the closing of Cor Unum which includes the Our Father and a closing prayer. Cor Unum will take place each Monday throughout the year.