Preparing for ministry and religious life

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 –– undergraduate and theology students.  Some are […]


Helping others to follow footsteps of founder

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, SCJ, and Fr. John Czyzynski, SCJ.  Fr. […]


WEEKLY NEWS: Oct. 25, 2010

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 Rome.  Meetings conclude on October 27. In their first days the superiors focused on the Six Year Plan.  The document brought to light […]


Fr. Cassidy’s letters from 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.  Click on the links below to access them: Roma 1 Roma 2 […]


General treasurer addresses global shift in congregation

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 both present the financial picture of the congregation and to share his plans for the future. […]


Keeping the charism alive is first task

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.  The first task of a major superior, he said is […]


October 18, 2010

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 around the country, it is a time for staff, volunteers and others associated with SCJ ministry to spend time together and better learn about the Priests of the Sacred […]


Duy Nguyen’s ordination to the diaconate

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 ceremony.


Much new, much the same in province birthplace

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 briefly noted in just about every descriptive piece written about the SCJs in the […]


Multicultural ministry to a multicultural land

“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 South Africa gives a taste of this multicultural richness. It is sung in a combination […]