CORONAVIRUS

What follows are a variety of links related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have something to share, please click here.

Easter Week resources

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has prepared a webpage with resources regarding Holy Week in the midst of COVID-19 including an at-home guide for individuals and families in both English and Spanish. Click here to access the site.

Resource page

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) has an extensive webpage of resources regarding COVID-19, including online workshops and tutorials on livestreaming, video conferencing and guidelines for adapting ministries. Click here to access the site.

Reflections

We invite Dehonians, co-workers and other collaborators in SCJ ministry to share their personal reflections regarding the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in their lives and their communities. Click here to access them. Individual reflections can be accessed by clicking on the person’s name below.

Fr. Juan Carlos Castañeda Rojas, SCJ
Kory Christianson
Fr. John Czyzynski, SCJ
Br. Diego Diaz, SCJ
Fr.  Byron Haaland, SCJ
Fr. Christianus Hendrik, SCJ
Fr. Albertus Joni, SCJ
Steve Koepke
Fr. Praveen Kumar Richard, SCJ
Br.  Duane Lemke, SCJ
Pam Milczarski
Frater Henry Nguyen, SCJ
Frater Long Nguyen, SCJ
Fr. Vien Nguyen, SCJ
Fr. Dominic Peluse, SCJ
Fr. Rafael Querobin, SCJ
David Schimmel
Mike Tyrell

A first-hand experience in Rome

Fr. Stephen Huffstetter, SCJ, vicar general, wrote a letter to the province on March 18, 2020, sharing his experience of being in Rome during the city’s shut-down in response to COVID-19. Italy has been one of the most significantly impacted countries by the virus. Click here to read his text.

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology COVID-19 update page

A page has been created on the Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology website for communications regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the operation of the seminary. Click here to access it.

Music for social distancing

Dr. Benjamin Stone, Director of Music and Organist at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, is posting musical pieces, along with background information on them, for daily listening. Featured composers include Johann Sebastian Bach, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Matthias Weckmann, Dan Locklair and Georg Böhm. Click here to access the listings.

Information resources

The New York Times and many other media outlets are offering free access to all news regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Below is a list of news and information resources that you may find useful.

Reflection “Love in the Time of COVID-19” by columnist Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI
CMSM COVID-19 webpage
New York Times
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Flu and coronavirus comparison
Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” order
Catholic Charities (Wisconsin) – outreach options for the elderly and others with special challenges during “Safer in Place”

Click here to submit a resource

Prayers

Sacred Heart Southern Missions is encouraging presence through prayer. From 11:45 – 11:50 a.m. (Central Time), Fr. Jack Kurps, SCJ, executive director of SHSM, invites people “to join in prayer wherever they are.” Click here to access a PDF of suggested prayers.

In the video below, Fr. Dominic Peluse, SCJ, leads a Prayer for a Pandemic. The words are printed on the screen. Please join us in prayer and share the prayer with others.

It affects us all

Every corner of the US Province of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians) is seeking ways to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our schools are physically closed with many converting to online education (including Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology), liturgies are streamed online, social services are adapted to assist those in need while still maintaining safety protocols, support staff are working from home. For safety reasons, our Provincialate and many other offices in the United States are maintaining their services with the smallest number of staff possible. In Wisconsin, the governor has issued a “Safe in Place” order that drastically limits who can leave their home and why. This will be in place at least until April 24. HOWEVER, staff are checking both phone and email messages and trying to respond to requests as soon as possible.

Donate

The world economy is extremely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). We know that many of our benefactors  (large and small) will justifiably pause to reflect on what they can afford to give during this uncertainty. That will no doubt have an impact on our ability to fulfill our ministries. If your finances at this time allow you to do so, please consider making a contribution to the Priests of the Sacred Heart. Click here to DONATE. Thank you for joining us in ministry and prayer.