November 26 is commemorated throughout the congregation as “SCJ Memorial Day,” a time to remember in a special way those SCJs who have given their lives in ministry. Among them were Bishop Joseph Wittebols and 27 other SCJs who died during the 1964 Simba rebellion in the Congo.
Thanksgiving information and prayers, SCJ retreat in Mississippi, Akta Lakota Museum receives South Dakota Great Service Star, SCJs at National Catholic Youth Conference, remembering SCJ martyrs, 100th anniversary in Cameroon, and a memo from Fr. Steve.
The formation community introducers itself; congregation responds to the Philippines following typhoon; prayer requests; welcome to a “new” member of the province; visits in South Africa; news from the province vocation office; videos available
The Dehon Formation House in Chicago is home to an international, intergenerational, community of professed SCJs and those discerning religious life with the congregation. The community not only houses the initial formation programs (candidacy, novitiate, philosophy and theology) of the province but also welcomes SCJs on sabbatical or in graduate programs. In their own words, they share a bit about themselves and their vocation stories.
Responding to the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Fr. José Ornelas Carvalho, superior general, writes the following: “It is with great sadness that we have witnessed once again the force and the devastation of extreme weather. This time it occurred in the Philippines…
Major superiors meet to prepare for next general chapter –– planning committee chosen, dates set, and other details in process; former provincial superior continues to post blog entries from his visit to South Africa; prayer requests; and remembering on Veterans Day those who served in the military.
They have often been referred to as the “Senate of the Congregation,” the major superiors (those in-charge) of the over 40 entities of the Priests of the Sacred Heart. Approximately every two years they come together to be in dialogue with the general curia about common issues of concern. Meeting from November 3-9 their primary topic this time was the 2015 general chapter.
Major Superiors Meeting begins in Rome; Congolese SCJ reflects on the effects of war on his nation’s people and how he is compelled to address them; Fr. Tom Cassidy writes about his visit with Bishop Adam Musialek of De Aar, South Africa; St. Joseph’s Indian School students help to decorate national Christmas tree.