New Mississippi parish

New parish brings together two faith communities… and their “cousins”
In the literal sense, a building is just a material object. It is brick and mortar, electrical lines and pipes. It is a place to keep people and their things dry and warm (or pleasantly cool, depending on the time of year).
Yet these inanimate […]

Frater Duy Nguyen makes perpetual profession

Frater Duy is pictured with Fr. Charlie Bisgrove, making his first profession in 2006.
Frater Duy Nguyen, SCJ, didn’t have to go to far when he joined the province formation program. Born and raised on the north side of Chicago, Frater Duy now lives and studies only a short drive from his childhood haunts.
He first […]

Embracing the future through 6-year plan

Building on the past to embrace the future
Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho, superior general, reflects on six-year program
On Tuesday, December 8, the General Administration released its six-year program, an outline of congregational priorities as well a framework for the operation of the General Administration. To give background to and better explain the program, Fr. […]

February 1, 2010

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Frater Duy Nguyen makes his perpetual vows on January 30; they are received by Fr. Tom Cassidy (Dn. David Nagel is in the background).
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Fr. Tom Cassidy took part in Frater Duy Nguyen’s final vow ceremony on January 30; this week Fr. Tom has council meetings February 2-3.
He first […]

January 25, 2010

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A few photos from the past week. At left is Bishop Joseph Potocnack with Shirley Daughtery, a teacher at Holy Family School in Holly Springs, Miss. The bishop visited with students at the school prior to attending the province gathering in Belleville, Il. At right is Br. Ben Humpfer with […]

January 18, 2010

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Fr. Tim Gray and Fr. Richard MacDonald during last year’s province gathering at Our Lady of Snows. The province again meeets at the shrine January 18-21.
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Fr. Tom Cassidy is at Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Il., this week for the province gathering. January 24-28 he is […]

January 11, 2010

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Fr. Tom Cassidy started the week in Mississippi where took part in the January 10 dedication of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Robinsonville (see photos at ). On Wednesday he will be at the wake for Fr. Richard Zelonis, and on Thursday the funeral (details below). […]

January 4, 2010

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Fr. Tom Cassidy starts the week at St. John’s Cathedral where he will be one of the con-celebrants of the installation Mass of Milwaukee’s new archbishop, Jerome Listecki.  On January 10 Fr. Tom will be in Mississippi for the dedication of Good Shepherd Church in Robinsonville.
Following complications from […]

Helping immigrants to feel at home

Helping immigrants feel at home in their new home
In 2003, the major superiors of religious communities in the Archdiocese of Toronto began to talk about the possibility of collaborative ministry. Was there something that they could do together?
A needs assessment surfaced three areas of particular concern in the archdiocese: youth, seniors and refugees. […]

Indonesia to American West

Indonesian SCJ compares reality of the American West to childhood reading
As a child, Fr. Christianus Hendrik, SCJ, read books about the American West. Karl May, a German author well-known in Europe for his stories of an Apache chief, was a favorite. Through the books, Fr. Hendrik developed a child’s impression of the West, filled with […]