Weekly News: July 1, 2013

Fr. Tom Cassidy, out-going provincial superior, congratulates Fr. Stephen Huffstetter on his election as the new provincial. The new administration takes office August 1.
Fr. Tom Cassidy, out-going provincial superior, congratulates Fr. Stephen Huffstetter on his election as the new provincial. The new administration takes office August 1.


Tentative plans are now final. The installation of the new administration will be on August 1, at 4:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake. A reception and dinner will follow, also at SHML. Residents of the senior living complex will join SCJs at the liturgy.

In order to plan for food needs, those attending are asked to RSVP to Mary Gorski. Click here to send an email or call the Provincialate Offices.

Also on the calendar

On August 14 Justin Krenke will be received into the novitiate during a 5 p.m. Adoration service at Sacred Heart School of Theology. All SCJs are welcome to attend; no formal invitations will be sent.

James Nguyen and Juan Carlos Castañeda Rojas will make their first profession of vows during a 10:30 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart School of Theology on August 15. Invitations went in the mail last week.

All SCJs in Canada and the United States should have received an invitation to the North American Conference, the concluding moment of the general visitation. SCJs are asked to RSVP to the conference by July 31. A response form was included with the mailed invitation. SCJs can also go to the Members section of the US Province website (www.sacredheartusa.org) to fill out an online response form in either English or French.

SCJ receives pallium from pope

Archbishop Claudio Dalla Zuanna
Archbishop Claudio Dalla Zuanna

On June 29, Archbishop Claudio Dalla Zuanna was among 34 newly ordained archbishops to receive his pallium from Pope Francis. The pallium is a special vestment given by the pope to archbishops.

Archbishop Claudio was vicar general of the Priests of the Sacred Heart until being named archbishop of Beira, Mozambique, exactly a year prior to the ceremony.

In his homily Pope Francis returned to a theme that he had set for himself during his inauguration Mass in March, asking the archbishops to “confirm your brothers in love,” and to “let yourself be consumed by the Gospel.”

A large delegation of family and friends from Claudio’s hometown were present for the ceremony.

Please remember

Fr. José Ignacio Saez López, a member of the Spanish Province, died June 27. He was born in 1942, professed in 1960 and ordained in 1967.

Br. Jozef Slenter, a member of the Dutch-Flemish Confederation, died June 27. He was born in 1927 and ordained in 1955.

Eva Mae Overton, the sister of Fr. Richard MacDonald, died June 27. She was 71 and had been in home hospice care, suffering from lung cancer. Fr. Mac wrote that “She was a widow who is survived by her three grown children, two daughters and a son.  Preceding Mae in death was my brother, John, and my sister Mary Overton, who was killed in a car crash in 2010.   I was in St. Petersburg all last week with Mom, who is 93, and am going to fly out to California to do the funeral for my sister.”


On June 25 Fr. Ed Kilianski underwent carotid surgery to correct a narrowing of the carotid artery. The surgery went well and he was home a few days after. “Please send my thanks to the province for all the prayers, cards, emails and phone calls,” said Fr. Ed. “I believe in the power of prayer.”

He will have a follow-up appointment in about a month to determine whether similar surgery is needed on the right side.

Brazilian SCJ reflects on growing protest movement

A protest movement that began in mid-June is spreading throughout the major cities in Brazil. Initially organized to protest increases in bus, train and metro ticket prices, concerns now include the need for better health and education services and anger toward a sense of corruption in government.

Fr. Gilberto
Fr. Gilberto

Fr. Stefan Tertünte, an SCJ from the German Province, recently interviewed Fr. Gilberto Heleno, SCJ, about the movement. A member of the Central Brazilian Province, Fr. Gilberto has done advanced studies in social communication. He has an undergraduate degree in business administration, as well as a master’s degree in systematic philosophy from the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome. Fr. Gilberto is currently a professor of philosophy at the SCJs seminary in Taubaté, Brazil.

Fr. Stefan asked Fr. Gilberto “As seen through Dehonian eyes, what do you make of this movement?”

His response: It is time that the Brazilians react to a political class that thinks only of its own power. Even now, the whole political power of both the government and of the opposition is focused on the next presidential elections in 2014! The demonstrations come at an appropriate time and show the Brazilian politicians that there is great dissatisfaction with the performance of them all, with rare exceptions.

“As Dehonians, I think we should follow the same position as the bishops: support the demonstrations and the right of citizens to publicly express their political grievances, but without violence and vandalism. One of the great challenges of Brazilian society is social injustice. In our country there are realities that are worthy of a developed country, but also situations of great misery and poverty that scream to us. As Dehonians we must advocate that there is only peace with justice.”

Click here to read the full interview.

Books about the founder available

The Spirit and Life of Fr. Dehon, 15 Days of Prayer with the Founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, as well as Leo Dehon: A Passion for Christ, A Passion for the World (English translation by Fr. P.J. McGuire of the biography by French SCJ Fr. André Perroux), are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The books were originally published by the province development office. The office is reviewing its inventory and able to make its excess stock available.

There are approximately 6,000 copies of A Passion for Christ, and 3,600 copies of The Spirit and Life.

If you are interested in receiving copies please contact Nancy Gray, province administrative assistant, at provadm@usprovince.org or call 414-427-4261.


The Province Development Office has a new post box for general correspondence:

P.O. Box 367
Hales Corners, WI 53130-0367

Mail to boxes 900, 904 and 427 will be handled at a different facility as of July 11.


SCJs honored during the 60th anniversary celebration of Sacred Heart School in Pointe-au-Chene, Quebec
SCJs honored during the 60th anniversary celebration of Sacred Heart School in Pointe-au-Chene, Quebec

Happy Canada Day!

Today is a national holiday for our SCJs to the north. Happy Canada Day! Above is a photo of some of our Quebecois SCJs during a wine and cheese event in May at Sacred Heart School in Pointe-au-Chene, Quebec. The SCJs were honored during the evening as a part of the year-long 60th anniversary celebration of the school. Sacred Heart was originally the seminary of the French Canadian Province. Pictured with the SCJs is Michelle Cyr, director of the school.

Happy Independence Day!

On Thursday and Friday, July 4-5, the Provincialate Offices will be closed for the Independence Day holiday.

Happy birthday!

Among those celebrating a birthday this month: Fr. Bill Marrevee (77) on July 5, Br. Long Nguyen (34) on June 15, Fr. Richard Woodbury (69) and Fr. Willyans Prado Rapozo (31) on July 19, Fr. Dominic Peluse (67) on July 22, Fr. Vince McDonald (82) on July 25, Fr. Vien Nguyen (40) on July 27 and Fr. Peter McKenna (64) on July 29. Happy birthday!

Provincial’s Time

Our provincial superior, Fr. Tom Cassidy, and our provincial-elect, Fr. Stephen Huffstetter, are both on the road. Fr. Tom is in South Dakota for the funeral of a friend, Betty Roby, and Fr. Steve is doing donor visits for St. Joseph’s Indian School on the way to some vacation time with family.

Fr. Tom will be back in the office later this week and stays in the Milwaukee area until July 15, when he travels to Houston via Mississippi.