Vietnamese continue Milwaukee’s immigrant tradition

Milwaukee’s Vietnamese community a part of the St. Martin of Tours parish family The concept of ethnic Catholic communities is a familiar one in the United States.  The early years of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee were guided primarily by people of German descent, including German-speaking bishops, and German religious orders who taught at parish schools. […]


March 29, 2010

Holy Week schedule The Provincialate Offices will be closed at noon on Holy Thursday (April 1) and all day on Good Friday (April 2).  The office will re-open on Monday, April 5. Back to Africa After a few post-retirement months in the United States, Bishop Joseph Potocnak is back in South Africa, where he ministered […]


Displays celebrate founder’s North American visit

The Province Archives recently opened three new displays in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fr. Leo John Dehon’s visit to North America.  The founder attended the Eucharistic Congress in Montréal in August, 1910, during which he made crucial contacts with bishops from around the world who later assisted him in placing SCJ missionaries after […]


March 22, 2010

New center opens for Catholic-Jewish studies The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology is being established as a tribute to Professor Richard Lux, Ph.D., on the occasion of his retirement after 37 years on the Sacred Heart faculty. Its purpose is to establish a legacy that will continue his life’s […]


SCJ named as bishop

On March 19 Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Fr. Vilson Basso, SCJ, as bishop of the Diocese of Caxias, Maranhao (Brazil). He will succeed Bishop Luis D’Andrea, OFM Conv, who is 76. Fr. Vilsom Basso was born in Tuparendi, in the diocese of San Angelo, Brazil; he grew up in an SCJ parish.  After […]


World Day for Water

The general administration of the Priests of the Sacred Heart encourages its members, co-workers and other  collaborators to commemorate “World Day for Water” on Monday, March 22.  The day was organized by the United Nations in 1992 following the Rio de Janeiro conference on climate change. This year’s theme for the day:  “Clean Water for […]


Vietnamese roots blended with a bit of Cajun spice

Br. Long Nguyen, SCJ, prepares for final vows His name is Vietnamese but Br. Long Nguyen, SCJ, is definitely a man of Louisiana’s bayou country.  He appreciates a good gumbo as much as the Vietnamese dishes from his family’s homeland.  And while he speaks fluent Vietnamese, his English is definitely tinted with a bit of […]


March 15, 2010

Provincial’s Time Fr. Cassidy will be with the Pinellas Park community March 17-22 and in Texas March 25-29.   Then he will be in the office for a bit before heading to South Dakota April 6-9 for board meetings. Come and visit! As noted last week, the U.S. Province has a new home on the web. […]


Founder’s Day celebrated on March 14

Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, was born on March 14, 1843.  The date is celebrated as “Founder’s Day” by SCJ communities throughout the world. Born into a French aristocratic family, Fr. Dehon earned degrees in science and law before entering the French seminary in Rome.  There, he earned […]


Damage to SCJ structures in Chile

As previously noted, no members of the Priests of the Sacred Heart were injured during Chile’s recent earthquakes.  However, several SCJ structures were damaged.  Fr. Julian Braun, SCJ, provincial superior of the Chilean Province, wrote with a few more specifics about the damage initially reported: “As far as our works are concerned, I can report […]