Weekly News: October 31, 2011

“I was in prison and you visited me” Fr. Frank Wittouck writes that “Fr. Chuck Kelly said this to me (“I was in prison and you visited me”) a few years ago in Raymondville when he was headed to the prison to celebrate Mass; he was so sick at the time.” “I was in prison […]


Weekly news: October 24, 2011

European Conference on Secularity “Secularity” was the stated topic of the October 18-20 European Conference in Clairefontaine, Belgium, but the focus of the gathering was much more than secularity itself. Instead, it was a starting point for the congregation to answer the question:  How does the love of Christ impel us –– the Priests of […]


Reflecting on Christ in Europe, and the SCJs’ mission

Homily from the opening Mass of the European Conference on Secularity In his Gospel Luke is the only one who tells the story of the mission of the 70 – or as some traditions say, 72 – disciples. It is interesting that this periscope of the Gospel was chosen for today’s liturgy. It sets Luke […]


Goal in Europe still the same: share the Gospel

The SCJs’ European Conference on Secularity was held October 18-20 in Clairefontaine, Belgium. The theme of secularity took root at the 2009 General Chapter where members of the European entities noted the effect of secularity on the church and a desire to better understand its impact, especially as it affects vocations, ministry, and the members […]


Responding to a modern world

Lived realities The morning of the second day of the European Conference on Secularity was devoted to hearing about the realities of six Dehonians (SCJs) who live and work in various parts of Europe. They spoke of the cultures in which they minister, and the challenges they face. Starting in the north, Fr. Zenon Strykowski […]


The European Conference on Secularity

The conference begins The European Conference on Secularity opened October 18 in Clairefontaine, Belgium. The conference is the concluding moment of the general visitation of the European continent (in July, Asia had a similar continental gathering). The theme of secularity took root at the 2009 General Chapter where European SCJs noted the effect of secularity […]


Weekly News: October 10, 2011

On to the Philippines Fr. Jose Benedito de Morases Machado, district superior of the Philippines and Fr. Francis Pupkowski, the district’s fund raising director, spent the past two weeks in the United States. One of the reasons for their visit was to update the provincial council on the ministries and goals of the Philippine district. […]


Weekly News: October 3, 2011

Going to the dogs Sacred Heart Monastery hosted just over a dozen dogs and cats, along with their owners, at a Pet Blessing on Sunday, October 2. Fr. Byron Haaland (pictured above with two of the participants) did an individual blessing for each animal. There was also a brief prayer service. Each pet received a […]