The funeral homily for Fr. Michael van der Peet, SCJ

Remembering a fellow SCJ and a good friend
Fr. Jan de Jong, SCJ, president-rector of Sacred Heart School of Theology and long-time friend of Fr. Michael van der Peet, SCJ, gave the homily at Fr. Michael’s funeral Mass on April 28.  Fr. Michael had asked Fr. Jan years ago if he would speak at his funeral.
“I […]


April 26, 2010

Remembering Fr. Michael
Following complications from a stroke, Fr. Michael van der Peet  died April 21.  He was 85.
Fr. Michael van der Peet
Fr. Michael would probably be the first to say that no one person’s life is more important than another’s.  The work of a quiet parish priest, or a brother doing ministry with the elderly, […]


World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Fr. John Czyzynski, SCJ, novice master.
April 25 is 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
“A fundamental element, one which can be seen in every vocation to the priesthood and the consecrated life, is friendship with Christ,” wrote Pope Benedict XVI in his message for this year’s world day of prayer.  “Jesus lived in constant union […]


Milwaukee paper features Fr. van der Peet

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did a feature story in its obituary section on Fr. Michael van der Peet, SCJ. Published in the print edition on April 23, you can read it online by clicking HERE.


Archbishop Listecki visits SHST

Dn. Gerald Okoli, Fr. Charles Bisgrove and Fr. Jan de Jong join Archbishop Listecki at the altar.
On April 21, Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee celebrated Mass with students, staff and faculty at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. This was the new archbishop’s first visit to the seminary at which seminarians from the […]


Archbishop Listecki visits SHST

Archbishop Listecki greets Fr. Jan de Jong, SCJ, president-rector of SHST, during the sign of peace.
On April 21, Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee celebrated Mass with students, staff and faculty at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. This was the new archbishop’s first visit to the seminary at which seminarians from the Archdiocese […]


Fr. Michael van der Peet dies

Fr. Michael during a blessing at Villa Maria at which the community gave thanks for the land upon which the old monastery once stood.
Fr. Michael van der Peet, SCJ, died April 21.  He was 85.
Professed in 1946 and ordained in 1953, Fr. Michael once joked that he “joined the family business.”
“Of my mother’s family, there […]


Fr. Michael reflects on his life

Reflection on my life
Written by Fr. Michael van der Peet, SCJ
February 6, 2008
When you are in your eighties, you often think of your mortality.  It is never far away.  There are moments of fear at the thought of separation from so many loved ones, but those moments are only scarce and so I can honestly […]


April 19, 2010

Participants at the Missio Cordis conference in Brazil included Fr. Paul Grizzelle Reid of the U.S. Province
Missio Cordis
Fr. Paul Grizzelle Reid represented the U.S Province at Missio Cordis, a theological seminar hosted by the Brazilian provinces in Brusque, Brazil.  It was the second in what is hoped to be a series of seminars focusing on […]


Back to the books!

Fr. Francis Vu Tran has been associate pastor at St. Martin of Tours parish for the past six years.
SCJ prepares for studies in Rome

As noted in the previous article, Fr. Francis Vu Tran, SCJ, leaves St. Martin of Tours parish to continue language studies in preparation for graduate work in Biblical Theology in […]