Preparing for ministry and religious life

Members of the Dehon Formation Community in Chicago

Dehon Formation Community, Chicago
In the U.S. Province, men preparing for religious life and ministry with the Priests of the Sacred Heart generally live and study in Chicago.  The Dehon Formation Community, located in Chicago’s Hyde Park area, includes candidates, novices and professed SCJs.  Most are in formation –– […]


Helping others to follow footsteps of founder

Br. Duane Lemke, SCJ, director of the Dehon Formation Community
The formation team
All candidates and SCJs in formation –– including those living outside of the Dehon Formation Community in Chicago –– are guided by members of the formation team.
Br. Duane Lemke, SCJ, is the director of the Dehon Formation Community.  He works with Fr. Vien Nguyen, […]


WEEKLY NEWS: Oct. 25, 2010

Dn. David Nagel, provincial treasurer, talks during the Major Superiors Meeting in Rome. He is there as a member of the General Finance Commission.
A shift from north to south
As noted last week, the major superiors of all of the provinces, districts and regions of the Priests of the Sacred Heart have been meeting in […]


Fr. Cassidy’s letters from Rome

Fr. Tom Cassidy leads a discussion during the Major Superiors meeting in Rome.
From October 18-27, the major superiors of all of the provinces, regions and districts of the Priests of the Sacred Heart have been meeting in Rome.  Fr. Tom Cassidy, provincial superior of the U.S. Province, has written several “letters home” from the meetings. […]


General treasurer addresses global shift in congregation

Fr. Aquilino with Fr. Dominic Peluse during the general treasurer's visit to Sacred Heart Monastery last summer.

Fr. Aquilio Mielgo, SCJ, had the floor for much of the fourth day of the SCJs’ Major Superiors Meeting in Rome.  It was a time for the general treasurer of the congregation –– in his second, six-year term — to […]


Keeping the charism alive is first task

Fr. Tom Cassidy leads a discussion during the Major Superiors meeting in Rome.
SCJ Major Superiors Meeting
From October 18-27 the major superiors of all of the provinces, districts and regions of the Priests of the Sacred Heart are meeting in Rome.
The gathering began with a presentation by Fr. Joseph M. Abella, superior general of the Claretians.  […]


October 18, 2010

St. Joseph's students dressed in traditional Lakota costumes were a part of the opening prayer service at the Mississippi In-Service. Native American studies teacher, Larayne Woster, is in the background.
Bringing a bit of South Dakota to Mississippi
For over a dozen years the U.S. Province has hosted Mission Education gatherings.   Held at SCJ ministry locations […]


Duy Nguyen’s ordination to the diaconate

Dn. Duy Nguyen with his nieces and nephews.
On Sunday, October 10, Duy Nguyen, SCJ, was ordained to the diaconate at Christ the King Church in Southaven, Miss. The church is one of several in northern Mississippi under the umbrella of Sacred Heart Southern Missions.  Click here to view photos from the […]


Much new, much the same in province birthplace

Sr. M. Clement Eiden, SCC, a member of the pastoral team, tutors a young student.
The line is a staple of province communications, from the website to vocation materials: “Ministry in the United States began in 1923 in a small mission on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation in South Dakota.”
This birthplace of the province is […]


Multicultural ministry to a multicultural land

Fr. Peter Surdel, SCJ, provincial superior of South Africa, with a young member of St. Teresa Mission
“Multicultural” is a word that typifies much of South Africa. It is an element that adds a wonderful richness to the country, yet it is also at the root of many of the nation’s struggles.

The post-apartheid national anthem of […]