Remembering Fr. PJ McGuire, world renowned Dehon scholar; address updates; SCJ community in Ottawa to sponsor refugee family; March birthdays; prayer requests; Fr. Steve writes from South America; provincial superior’s calendar through March.
Fr. Paul (“PJ”) McGuire, SCJ, died of a stroke this afternoon (Feb. 22) in suburban Milwaukee. He was hospitalized in January with cardiac concerns; in recent weeks he had been at the Congregational Home in Brookfield, WI, for rehabilitation. Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, Fr. PJ was 73. He professed his first vows with the Priests of the Sacred Heart in 1960 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1968.
Sharing stories of mercy in Mississippi; prayer requests; Spanish school joins Schools in Collaboration; US Province JPR director joins in capital protest; Fr. Ed’s schedule; follow-up to immigration discussions; article reflecting on immigration rhetoric; SHSST alum follows two sons to the priesthood; Fr. Steve’s final blog post from India.
Staff from all of the ministries of Sacred Heart Southern Missions Mississippi came together for an in-service day on February 15. The focus was “Mercy,” in commemoration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Fr. John van den Hengel led the group in a reflection on “Mercy and Fr. Dehon.” “Compassion and mercy belong to the Kingdom of God,” he said. “You can’t speak of mercy and compassion without God… What ties us together is God’s mercy.”
Twenty Questions with Fr. Bernie Rosinski; council sets its meeting calendar for the rest of the year; Fr. Steve shares his journal from the visitation of the Indian District; Fr. Ed Kilianski to give a retreat in Florida; Fr. Charles Brown shares photos from South Africa, including one from a visit with Fr. John Strittmatter, an American SCJ now retired in Aliwal North.
Favorite color? What makes you happy? What are you good at? What is your greatest fear… “Twenty Questions” is a regular feature in which SCJs and those with whom they minister and collaborate share a bit about themselves in an informal Q&A format, each answering 20 questions. Fr. Bernie Rosinski, our first 20Q feature, is a member of the SCJ community in South Dakota where he is a very active retiree. Among his previous jobs: vice general secretary in Rome and provincial secretary here in the US Province.
Lunar New Year’s celebrations at St. Martin of Tours; prayer requests and updates; former general councilor reflects on vocation and the congregation; Canadian communities welcome refugees; Dehon Study Center newsletter available online; new local leadership named; general visitations come to an end in India; provincial’s calendar and a memory from the “Mission House.”
Fr. Albert Lingwengwe was novice master for the Congolese Province when he learned that he was being considered for general administration in Rome. “Never for a moment did I think that I would work in Rome, moreover, as a member of the General Council,” Much to his surprise, he was elected to the council in 2009; he completed his term last summer. Now on a study sabbatical in the ESL program at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, he recently, he sat down to reflect on his vocation, service in administration, and the SCJs’ impact on Africa, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Students at SCJ schools raise funds for refugee children as a part of Catholic Schools Week; Sacred Heart teacher reflects on the dual work of mercy and teaching; Lenten reflections once again offered by Dehonian Associates; Fr. Stephen Huffstetter writes from India; Fr. Charles Brown sends a photo with novices in Congo; updates, death notices and prayer requests.