Weekly News: March 25, 2013


Please note that the Provincial Offices will be closed from 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, through Monday, April 1 in observance of Triduum and Easter.
The office reopens on Tuesday, April 2. However, news and prayer requests can be sent at any time. Click here to share a news item. Also, remember that the province […]

Diagnosed with Asperger’s, SCJ now advocates for others

Fr. Greg Schill
Something was different
Fr. Greg Schill says that even as a child he had a sense that he was experiencing the world differently than others.
With a laser beam focus of attention he often became obsessed with a single object or concern while not even seeing that which might be right in front of his […]

Weekly news: March 18, 2013

A photo published by the New York Daily News the night Pope Francis was introduced to the people
SCJ takes part in historic moment

“While working on my thesis, I had the Vatican site open on my computer because I wanted to be part of the conclave, part of such an important piece of history,” wrote Fr. […]

SCJ bishop remembers Argentine cardinal’s solidarity with the poor

Bishop Virginio said that as cardinal of Buenos Aires Pope Francis never spent Holy Thursday at the cathedral; he always went to wash the feet of the poor. He is pictured here doing just that. The photo is from an online album published by CNN at: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/16/world/europe/vatican-new-pope/?hpt=hp_t2

“I felt joy and hope knowing that it is […]

Being a part of history

A photo published by the New York Daily News the night Pope Francis was introduced to the people
Fr. Francis Vu Tran is a member of the U.S. Province currently studying biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. The following is his reflection on learning about the selection of the new Pope:
The conclave’s black […]

Bishop Bressanelli reflects on fellow Argentine’s election

Pope Francis
Joy and compassion
Fr. Virgino Bressanelli, former SCJ superior general and bishop of Neuquén, Argentina, reflected on the appointment of his fellow countryman and bishop as pope:
Bishop Bressanelli
“I do not know how to express my feelings at this time. On the one hand there is great joy but on the other hand, I have a […]

Weekly News: March 11, 2013

Fr. Kusmaryadi with staff at Yos Sudarso Metro High School
Supporting education in Indonesia
Fr. Tom Cassidy recently received a letter from Fr. F.X. Kusmaryadi, director of Yos Sudarso Metro High School in Lampung Province, Indonesia. The US Province committed $55,000 toward the Yos Sudarso Foundation which serves a diverse population of financially poor Christian, Muslim, Hindu […]

Dehonian Vocation Day

Founder’s Day
March 14 marks the 170th anniversary of the birth of founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Leo John Dehon,  Born in 1843 to a French aristocratic family, he credited his mother for his devotion to the Sacred Heart, a devotion which inspired him found a religious community focused on bringing people […]

The Heart of Christ in the Future of Europe

Fr. Heiner Wilmer, provincial superior of Germany, was the main celebrant at the closing Mass in Albino. Here he holds a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other echoing Fr. Dehon’s call to reference both in prayer.
What does it mean to be an SCJ today?

For several years SCJs in Europe have been […]

Fr. Wayne Jenkins’ homily for his mother

We have entered the Great Fast of Lent four days ago.  Within today’s Gospel proclamation, Jesus is confronted for his understanding of fasting.  He stretches the disciples and the Pharisees to move beyond only abstaining from food but also to consider the absence of a person as a way of fasting.  This morning, at Mom’s […]