A busy week in Hales Corners!
The reunion of former SCJs and students got underway this morning with a reflection led by Fr. John Czyzynski, SCJ (pictured at the top of the page during this morning’s presentation). Click here to read his text. Following the afternoon activities, reunion participants will join SCJs at the Province Jubilee Celebration tonight (June 10) at Sacred Heart Monastery, beginning with Mass at 4:30 p.m.
The SCJ jubilarians include Fr. Ed Griesemer and Fr. Paul Casper (70 years of religious vows), Fr. Tom Westhoven and Br. Andy Lewandowski (60 years of vows), Fr. Jim Walters, Fr. Yvon Sheehy and Fr. Terry Langley (50 years of vows), Fr. Ralph Intranuovo (40 years of vows) and Fr. Praveen Kumar Richard (10 years of vows). Check the province Facebook page this evening for photos from the celebration.
The Province Assembly begins at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, June 11, in the Provincial Conference Center, with a combined session of SCJs and reunion participants. Following opening prayer and introductions, the group will reflect on the question: ““How has knowing Fr. Dehon and the SCJs affected your values and the way you live your life?”
The two groups will have separate programs after lunch, with the reunion concluding its gathering with dinner at SHSST Tuesday evening with SCJs, followed by music from a mariachi band in the lobby. The Province Assembly continues until midday on Friday, June 14. As with the jubilee celebrations, be sure to check the province Facebook page for photos throughout the week.
A special note of welcome to members of the Canadian Region, several of whom are also taking part in the assembly. On Wednesday evening, the two North American administrations will have dinner together and a brief meeting.
Pauline Stanke, the mother of Kevin Stanke, province accountant, died yesterday, June 9. She had been hospitalized last week with cardiac concerns. Arrangements are pending. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Fr. Antonio Camaioni, a member of the South Italian Province, died on June 4. He was born in 1958, professed in 1979 and ordained in 1985.
Fr. Natalino Costalunga, a member of the North Italian Province, died on June 8. He was born in 1942, professed in 1959 and ordained in 1969.
Keep in prayer
Please keep the mother of Novice Kodjovi Hubert Liassidji in prayer; her name is Delphine. Yesterday she collapsed and was taken to the hospital. She is being treated for complications from high blood pressure and is said to be doing better today.
Greetings from India
Fr. Charles Brown, SCJ, assistant professor of Scripture Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, sends a photo from the Dehonian student program in Eluru, India, where he is teaching a course on the Synoptic Gospels.
“Out of my 21 students, these eight are working on an MA degree from SHSST,” wrote Fr. Charles. “The students, L to R, are: Br. Thambi Annam, Br. Pavan Bandanadham, Br. Dennis John, Br. Thomas Raju, Br. Manish Nayak, Br. Mahesh Gotikala, Br. Moses Babu Sayala and Br. Prem Raguman.” Fr. Charles is in the middle.
The course concludes on June 14
Reflections on the Litany of the Sacred Heart
A reminder: during the month of June, the province offers daily, one-minute meditations on the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The reflections, assembled by Province Dehonian Associates Director, David Schimmel, come from the writings of Fr. Leo John Dehon. Click here to view the full month of meditations, or subscribe at the following link to receive each day’s reflection via email: http://eepurl.com/gqQ2lj
Studying in Ottawa
On June 1, the Ottawa Community welcomed Bui Van Tri, an SCJ candidate from the Vietnamese District, who will study ESL in Canada until early August. He is pictured above at the Ottawa airport with SCJ Frs. Paul Tennyson and John van den Hengel. Fr. Pauline Makiala, a Congolese SCJ doing graduate studies in Ottawa, will join Tri in the English language program.
Feast of the Sacred Heart
Each year the Province Development Office, in collaboration with Sacred Heart Monastery, hosts a celebration for feast of the Sacred Heart. All are welcome at any of the day’s events; priests are invited to concelebrate the 11:00 a.m. Mass. A picnic lunch follows.
If you do plan to attend, RSVP to 414-425-3383 or 1-866-268-0157. Priests who wish to concelebrate are asked to contact Pam Milczarski at 414-427-4230 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more details.
St. Joseph’s students visit sacred sites of ancestors
St. Joseph’s Indian School students embarked on a six-day, five-night cultural trip in May to visit important and sacred sites of their ancestors. It gave them the opportunity to walk where their ancestors once walked, and pray where they once prayed.
Before St. Joseph’s students and staff hit the road, they took part in a purification ceremony of the Lakota (Sioux).
At each site, the students were able to explore, pray and reflect upon the stories of their Native people. They also met and learned from Lakota elders, park rangers and historians.
Click here to read more on the school blog.