Weekly news: July 1, 2019

Happy Independence Day!

The Provincial Offices will be closed July 4-5 for Independence Day. Have a wonderful holiday!

Fr. Dominic greets visitors after the Sacred Heart Mass

Feast-day celebrations in Hales Corners

“The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a powerful reminder of the love of Christ poured out for us all,” said Fr. Ed Kilianski, SCJ, at last week’s Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart. “It is at once a representation of His divine love and His human love. In the Sacred Heart we see the love of God which created the heavens and the earth; a love which created humankind and then redeemed us when we fell. The Sacred Heart is also one of fully human love; one which expressed itself in the love of Jesus for His Mother; the love of Jesus for His disciples, and the love which He showed for all He preached to and cared for. It was a love that was able to forgive those who nailed Him to a cross.”

Fr. Ed was the homilist and Fr. Dominic Peluse, SCJ, was the main celebrant the Mass at Sacred Heart Monastery. The SCJs were joined by guests from around the country.

Click here to read Fr. Ed’s full homily.

Click here to view photos from the celebration.

Hubert (one of our novices) helps Fr. Ed vest for the feast-day Mass

Follow us on Instagram!

Just in time to share a few photos from the feast-day Mass on Friday, the US Province is now on Instagram. Follow us at:  https://www.instagram.com/dehoniansusa/  (dehoniansusa)

Also, the Canadian Region has an Instagram account for vocations at https://www.instagram.com/dehonianway/  (dehonianway)

On the radio

On Friday, Fr. Mark Mastin, SCJ, was interviewed on Sacred Heart Radio during the Cincinnati station’s “Driving Home the Faith” afternoon show. He spoke about the Priests of the Sacred Heart, ministries in South Dakota, the charism of the founder and the spirituality of the SCJs. The interview was a part of the station’s focus on feast of the Sacred Heart.

Click here to listen to the interview. It runs just under nine minutes.


Fr. Bob Tucker, SCJ, is now a member of the Sacred Heart Community at Sacred Heart at Monastery Lake. He is in Room 109.

Fr. Vien is the spiritual director of this year’s SHSST Holy Land trip

Annual SHSST Holy Land Archaeological Expedition

Fr. Vien Nguyen, SCJ, is the spiritual director of this summer’s Holy Land Archaeological Expedition organized by Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. The group left for Tel Aviv on June 21. Click here to view photos and other posts from the expedition on its Facebook page. The group of 15, which includes seminarians and MA students, returns to SHSST on July 13.

Former superior general calls for a “new theology”

Fr. Heiner

Bishop Heiner Wilmer, SCJ, former superior general, was featured in the June 25 issue of La Croix. The article’s focus was on the bishop’s statements regarding clerical abuse of power and his call for a “new theology” to address it.

“He argued that the Church had forgotten that abuse of power was as old as the Gospels, pointing to several examples in the New Testament, including how the disciples quarreled over who was first among them,” wrote Christa Pongratz-Lippitt of La Croix. “Wilmer noted that the Church’s reaction to the abuse crisis up to now has been to apply discipline and canon law, improve prevention and communications and work together with the judiciary and state authorities.

“’That is all good and right, but we have not yet got around to tackling the problem fundamentally,’ he said.

“In his view, that will require the Church to ask itself what the power abuse crisis means for ‘the way we speak about God, the Church and the way we proclaim the Gospel.’”

Click here to read the full article on Aggiornamento.

Or here, in La Croix (note: you might be required your to give your email address to read the full article on La Croix).


Sacred Heart Conference

The schedule is falling into place for the International Conference on Sacred Heart Devotion to be held November 8-9, 2019, at Villa Aurelia in Rome (next to the Generalate).

Click here to view the schedule.

Click here to view the speaker profiles.

Click here to go to the homepage of the conference website where you can access registration and other information. The website is in both English and Italian; during the conference there will be simultaneous translation in English, French and Italian.

Welcome back!


Celsus Robert, who had left the formation program to address immigration concerns, will return this fall to begin studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. Originally from St. Lucia, Celsus has lived in the United States since 2000. He has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice from Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, and an MBA in Health Care Management from the University of Southern California.

“My whole life has been social justice, seeking ways to serve the poor,” he said at the 2017 Provincial Assembly. “I had great jobs and was already doing what Fr. Dehon calls us to do. But I wanted more and that is why I am here.”

Mark your calendars!

Invitations are going in the mail this week for the First Professions of Hubert Kodjovi Liassidji and John Huan Nguyen. All SCJs and candidates in North America are invited. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 15, at 4:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Monastery / Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. A reception and dinner will follow. If you plan to attend, RSVP by August 5 at provadm@usprovince.org or call 414-425-6910.

Closing shot

Participants at this past weekend’s 40th reunion of seminarians from IHM, Bellfontaine. Fr. Jim Walters, SCJ, is vested in the front row, left.

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