On March 30th the North American Committee on Immigration hosted a panel discussion on the root causes of today’s massive waves of migration. Speakers included Rachel Ida Buff, associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Louise Cainkar, associate professor of sociology at Marquette University, and Ed Fallone, associate professor at Marquette University Law School. The morning presentation was held at the Provincial Conference Center in Hales Corners, WI.
Holy Week and Easter schedule; April birthdays; Fr. Mark Fortner reflects on pastoral counseling; prayer requests; a new “club” in India; personnel appointments; upcoming lectures and presentations; budget reminder; new publications; Fr. Ed’s calendar; annual superiors’ meeting
Founder’s Day a time to celebrate all vocations to the Dehonian charism; SCJ scholar contributes to French-African Bible; 20 Questions with Donna Dean, St. Joe’s executive director of Corporate Services; Fr. Stephen Huffstetter reflects on visit to Chile; budget reminder; death notices; South Dakota SCJ published in local paper; Fr. Ed’s schedule; Provincialate Office schedule during Holy Week and Easter.
One of the first challenges of bringing the Word of God to others is ensuring that it is in a language –– literally and metaphorically –– that can be understood. It was with this goal in mind that the Daughters of St. Paul undertook a massive project: translating the African Bible not only into French, but French in an African context. One of the contributing scholars to the work was Fr. Joseph Mukuna, SCJ, a member of Congolese Province currently doing post-graduate studies at Loyola University in Chicago.
“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, each answering 20 questions. Donna Dean is Executive Director of Corporate Services for St. Joseph’s Indian School in South Dakota (previously she was Human Resources Director). Along with her many years at St. Joe’s, Donna has also been a member of the Province Dehonian Associates Committee and has served on the organizational team of several Mission Education Conferences.
Remembering Fr. Ray Vega; reflecting on how we are all called to be agents of God’s mercy; two SCJ seminarians receive ministry of lector; upcoming SCJ-sponsored presentation to address the root causes of the current migration crisis; blog posts from India and South America; province budget reminders and updates.
Fr. Ray Vega, SCJ, died early March 6 in Pinellas Park, FL. He was 94. Originally from East Chicago, Ind., Fr. Ray pursued his religious vocation after serving in the US Navy. He was active during both World War II and the Korean Conflict as a hospital corpsman. Professed in 1957, he served the Priests of the Sacred Heart as a religious brother for many years before following the call to ordained ministry. Services will be held in Pinellas Park, FL and at Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake in Wisconsin.
“Sacred Heart Southern Missions does some great work in northern Mississippi,” writes Fr. Jack Kurps, SHSM executive director. “The staff of our schools, social service offices, and housing has the advantage of working closely with those who come seeking assistance. They meet the people, they hear the stories, they see the tears, they witness the anguish and frustration…. I don’t do any of that.