Fr. John Young Center dedicated in Olive Branch; refugee family celebrates first year in Canada; JPR resources on the web; province represented in Africa Faith & Justice Network; November birthdays; US Province in Rome; provincial’s calendar; and happy 80th Fr. Bob!
Last year Dehonians in Ottawa, in partnership with those who join the community in worship on Sundays, welcomed a refugee family from Syria. The Dehonians joined Canadians across the country in a national project to welcome, sponsor and resettle Syrians who had fled their country as it plunged deeper into a violent civil war. On October 22, the family celebrated its first year in Canada. They did so by thanking those who helped them through food: a meal of Syrian dishes.
North American administrations meet in Montréal; Fr. Quang Tran joins St. Martin of Tours team; Indian chapel project completed through generosity of SHML donors; SHSM staff learn about DACA at in-serivce; St. Joseph’s celebrates 90 years of education.
Twice a year the administrations of the US Province and Canadian Region meet together to discuss common concerns, areas of collaboration, and update each other on the people and ministries of each entity. The fall meeting took place October 16-17 in Montréal. Topics included migration, the international theological conference, vocations, the North American retreats, communications and the 2018 General Conference.
Meet our 2017-18 formation community; Fr. Bernie Rosinski celebrates Mass at Divine Heart 50-year reunion; International Communications Commission meets in Rome; a gift to novitiate honors parents.
The Dehon Formation Community in Chicago is home to an international community of professed SCJs and those discerning religious life with the congregation. It houses the initial formation programs of the province and also welcomes SCJs from around the world on sabbatical or in graduate programs. Integrated into the program is the Novitiate, located just 15 minutes south of Sacred Heart Monastery. Read the vocation stories of our students and SCJs!
Fr. Hendrik shares a missionary’s story; Canadian Region meets in assembly; province creates new healthcare position; SHSST hosts annual multicultural mass and fair; renovations of SHSST/SHM begin; Br. Joseph Vu approved for final vows; DHS class of ’67 holds reunion.
“I never think of myself as a missionary,” said Fr. Christianus Hendrik, SCJ. “I just came here to help.” Fr. Hendrik was the October First Friday presenter at the Dehon Formation Community in Chicago. Originally from Indonesia, he was asked to share what it means to him to be a missionary. Fr. Hendrik serves in rural South Dakota in the congregation’s first mission in the United States.
Just over a year ago, Mary Balistreri began working at Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake serving as a health care resource to the SCJ community. A registered nurse, Mary has an extensive background in gerontology, health care assessment and in-place health care assistance. Now her role has extended to the entire province, serving as a resource to SCJs of all ages.
Sacred Heart principal takes part in educators’ meeting in Rome; Canadian SCJs meet in assembly; new health care center at St. Joe’s prepares to open; SHSM staff to learn about “Dreamers” at in-service; “Share the Journey” begins; Sacred Heart celebrates 70 years.