Weekly News: October 31, 2011

Complete with his Texas hat, Fr. Frank Wittouck poses next to the sign of one of the correctional facilities at which he serves.
“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 […]


Weekly news: October 24, 2011

Fr. Lorenzo Prezzi, Fr. Levi Dos Anjos Ferreira and Fr. Simon Reyes prepare for Wednesday's presentations at the European Conference on Secularity
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 […]


Reflecting on Christ in Europe, and the SCJs’ mission

Fr. John van den Hengel, Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho and Fr. Heiner Wilmer
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 […]


Goal in Europe still the same: share the Gospel

Participants at the European Conference on Secularity
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 […]


Responding to a modern world

Fr. Levi Dos Anjos Ferreira speaks about his experience of being a Brazilian SCJ who is now a part of the German Province.
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. […]


The European Conference on Secularity

Fr. Heiner Wilhem, a member of the conference organizing committee, introduces the work of the days.
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 […]


Weekly News: October 10, 2011

Brs. Sergio Matumoto and Jonathan Schneiders, two SCJs from Brazil, just completed their ESL program and are headed to the Philippines to begin their theology studies.
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 […]


Weekly News: October 3, 2011

Fr. Byron Haaland blesses a dog at Sunday's Pet Blessing at Sacred Heart Monastery.
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 […]