Cecile Meijer RSCJ has been the representative of the Society of the Sacred Heart at the United Nations since 2003. Her responsibilities included not only attendance at U.N. conferences and meetings, but also travel to other provinces of the Society to explain the importance of the U.N. and to learn about issues of particular importance on the local scene. With her 'home base' in New York City for many years, she has hosted groups of students (including many from other countries), and developed a website to keep RSCJ around the world abreast of important issues and events.
On March 16, 2016 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Roehampton where she lectured last year. The ceremony was held at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York City. It was attended not only by representatives of the University, but also by RSCJ from Fairchester and New York, members of the 91st St. school community, Barbara Dawson RSCJ, Provincial of the U.S.-Canada Province, and her sister Lidwine who lives in Oklahoma.
For the full text of her speech (which is well worth reading), see below.