St. Joseph’s bookmobile gives away over 6,000 books this summer; Schools in Collaboration meet; updates and prayer requests; new email for Fr. Steve; composer of Spitfire Grill score dies; congregation notes 137th anniversary.
Representatives from the SCJ Schools in Collaboration project gathered at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, SD, June 11-12. Participants affirmed their commitment to work jointly with students to establish bonds of community and strengthen the spiritual base of Dehonian education. Representatives from St. Joe’s sister school in Germany, Gymnasium Leonium, joined the group via SKYPE.
Celebrating and honoring stories of immigration; Br. Andy Gancarczyk joins US Province, prayer requests; health updates; link to Fr. General’s first homily after election; link to Pope Francis’ encyclical; storms in South Dakota; Dehon essay award-winner; jubilee reminder
June 20 is the United Nation’s World Refugee Day. Although the focus of the day is on refugees, “immigration” itself has been a hot-button issue of discussion for many years. In recent months the North American Immigration Committee has been collecting the immigration stories of SCJs and those with whom they minister to publish in a booklet later this year. Read excerpts from those stories…
Celebrating Feast of the Sacred Heart: annual feast-day Mass at Sacred Heart Monastery, special memorial for Fr. Frank Clancy in Raymondville in conjunction with the feast, interim provincial superior celebrates with OLG-Houston community, and first letter from new general administration to Dehonian Family released for the feast. Other news: election assembly information, updates and prayer requests.
Fr. Jim Schroeder, SCJ, was the homilist for the Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass at Sacred Heart Monastery on Friday, June 12. “I think this is one of the greatest feasts in the church year and certainly my favorite, because this solemnity celebrates not just an historical event but the very love of God, the Heart of God, as present in the Heart of Jesus,” said Fr. Jim. “We Christians can perhaps be a little superior thinking it is only in Christ and the Christian covenant that we celebrate God’s tender love. However, our first reading today reveals God as a tender parent, not just to Israel, or Ephraim, but to each of us…”
“On this Feast of the Sacred Heart we write to you with great joy,” write members of the newly elected general administration to the Dehonian Family in anticipation of Feast of the Sacred Heart, June 12. “We have experienced the fruits of many missionary efforts as Dehonians from 40 countries gathered for the 23rd General Chapter, just concluded in Rome…”
General Chapter comes to an end; Fr. Ed Kilianski named interim provincial superior until August 24-28 election assembly; SHSST Bethsaida expedition gets underway; feast-day Mass June 12 at Sacred Heart Monastery; prayer requests.
With the election of Fr. Stephen Huffstetter to the General Council in Rome, Fr. Ed Kilianski becomes the interim provincial superior of the US Province until the province election assembly August 24 -28. “In a spirit of Ecce Venio and Fiat, I humbly accept this responsibility,” wrote Fr. Ed to members of the province. “I promise you that I will do my best to serve each of you and our province.”
Fr. Steve is elected to the General Council; an election assembly will be held in Hales Corners August 24-18 so that the province can select a new administration. Fr. Ed Kilianski will be the interim provincial superior until the new administration is elected. Links to photos, reports and videos from the General Chapter are available. Pentecost celebrations in Mississippi.